10 Things about Religions and Their Followers that I Do Not Like
(Please note that this article is not about or against any particular religion, it covers all the religions)
I was born in a Jain family. Jainism is considered as an atheistic religion as it does not believe in Creator God. But most of the Jains do not know the fact.
I have learned a lot from my friends from various religions including that of mine. I have learned from the extremist activities by followers of all 'Peaceful' and 'Tolerant' religions. I have observed that how followers of every religion are victims of stupidity.
However, I do not consider that all the things in all the religions are bad. I think that in most cases the extremists use religions as their weapons. Of course, the followers are responsible for sheltering extremists.
I do not like to hate, but I dislike many things in the religions and their followers. Here is a list of things I dislike.
1. Superiority Complex of the Followers of Religions
Most of the followers of every religion have a superiority complex. This superiority complex is systematically developed in the minds of followers of every religion by the clergies, parents, co-followers, community leaders and religious leaders. If so many people tell you that you are born into the best religion in the world, you will automatically start to believe in the superiority of your religion.
2. Hatred against Followers of Other Religions
Many believers hate other religions and their followers. As the believers are taught that their religious path is the only truth, all other paths become wrong paths for them. Such believers hate all other paths and the people walking on them. This hatred is developed in extremism, and finally in terrorism.
Hatred is a crime against humanity. Mostly hatred is taught by clergies and community leaders.
Once Napoleon said, 'Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet'. But now one can say that Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people fight.
3. Meaningless Rituals
Every religion has its own rituals. If there is a religion, there are rituals. Most of the rituals are just meaningless. But the followers perform such rituals and believe that doing this will help them to reserve a seat in heaven or lead them to salvation. I do not want to discuss about the stupidities in rituals of any religion, as I do not want to hurt sentiments of the followers of any religion. If a follower of any religion is reading this article, he should think himself/herself what rituals they perform and is there any logic behind them? Better way is to find stupidity in rituals in other religions and tell a follower of another religion to find ritualistic stupidity in your own religion. This way you would know about stupid rituals.
4. Praying Loudly
Most followers like to pray loudly, even by using a loud speaker. I do not understand if the God exists and he knows everything, why the believers should pray loudly? If the God is everywhere, why the believers need to pray loudly? And if the God is in the sky, how it is possible that shouting prayers on speakers will reach to him? Better thing is that they should send high frequency radio waves towards sky. Another chance to use science and technology for stupid religious activities.
5. Believing Everything Written in Holy Scriptures
Every religion has its own holy books which are written in ancient period. The staunch followers of every religion believe that every thing, each sentence and each word written in the Holy book is an absolute truth. If a holy book says that the earth is flat, then the followers will believe that the earth is flat. The believers of Holy Scriptures never accept the facts and truth, although their religion say ‘Thou Shalt Not Lie’.
The definition of truth for believers is ‘That what is written in the Holy book’. But if there is a truth written in other books, is not truth for them.
6. Not Believing in Science
The believers do not believe in science and in the facts proven by science, although they like to say that theirs is the only scientific religion. They would like to take benefits of all the things invented by scientists and technologist, but they will oppose science. This is not only their split personality, but also their ungratefulness towards science.
Such believers should stop using all the things invented by scientists, including TV, Radio, Internet, Modern vehicles etc. If these things are not mentioned in their holy scriptures, and they should not allow them into any of their religious activities.
7. Grouping and Separatism
A good follower of a religion can be only an individual. But in fact the followers of every religion establish their group, community and organizations; and promote separatism in their members. Followers of one religion are separated from the followers of other religions on the basis of different faiths. They are not allowed to intermarry. They are told to live in separate colonies. They are encouraged to wear different type of costume, and even to speak a different language. This separatism leads to extremism and disputes with followers of other religions.
8. Lack of Comparative Study
Most followers do not know anything about other religions. If one tries to know about various religions, many of his misconceptions about other religions will get away. One will find many similarities between his and other religions. He will find some better things in other religions, which his religion lacks. Comparative study is possible only if one believes in co-existence, but the clergies and religious leaders do not believe in co-existence.
9. Superstitions and Blind Beliefs
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10. Not Knowing Self
Every religion has its own God, although the concept about the God may be different. Followers of every religion are encouraged to know about the God. But only God knows he exist or not ( :)), On the other hand, but we exist. So one should know himself/herself, as knowing self can give many benefits to us and others. This is a better way to bring peace in our minds, our home and in the world.
But followers are not interested in knowing about inner self. They are just interested in knowing outer things like God(s), Ghosts and Aliens.
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