10 Things about Religions and Their Followers that I Do Not Like

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(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

Most of the followers of every religion are victims of Blind Beliefs and Superstitions. Believers believe blindly in everything that does not exist. Please read: God, Religion, Faith, Superstitions etc.

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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delia-delia 21 months ago

Very interesting opinions! For me there is no debate in what I believe ...we all have free will Choices...I made my choice and live by it. I don't belong to any particular man made religion because of the many pointed out issues. I believe in God - Jesus and the Holy Spirit, this is MY choice! We should all live together in harmony and eliminate the hatered that is prevelant about other religions. I just can not hate a person, only their bad deeds.

Thanks for sharing your thought provoking opinions!


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Parantap Bhatt 22 months ago from Noida, India

Interesting and somewhat accurate account i'd say. Every ardent follower believes that his/her religion is superior and modern believers now fight over which religion is more scientific. Creating analogies from their respective texts saying " it was already there in our texts what science has proven now."

What I don't understand is why they are not able to precede any scientific discovery by reading their texts.


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Parantap Bhatt 22 months ago from Noida, India

Interesting and somewhat accurate account i'd say. Every ardent follower believes that his/her religion is superior and modern believers now fight over which religion is more scientific. Creating analogies from their respective texts saying " it was already there in our texts what science has proven now."

What I don't understand is why they are not able to precede any scientific discovery by reading their texts.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

Just happened to see this hub and found it very interesting because you focus on the undesirable points of religions without knocking the religion itself. Neil Freer has written several books on variations of this subject, which you might find interesting. I think religion offers people the hope of life after death. They are afraid of dying and no longer existing. Then they get caught in the trap of whatever their religious leader is preaching or teaching and are forbidden to think for themselves.


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misslong123 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

I like your #2 the best. I grew up in a church that didn't appreciate other religions, but instead judged them critically. I think this turned so many people away from the Lord, which is the opposite of what church is supposed to do. Great job in covering this topic! Keep up the good work! Michele


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KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

You have your points and I agree with you but not all would.

One last point I wish to share, all religions are for the sake of people, but now people kill each other in the name of the religion/God!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting about what you don't like every religion is different and one should respect other religions.


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Mahavir, a very much thought provoking hub. voted up, God bless.


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Christy Marie007 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

Interestingly, I've found that many atheists are just or more intolerant about religion as religion is about atheism.

Also, I wouldn't believe that Jesus was the Messiah without any kind of evidence. Faith doesn't have to be blind. I have studied the writings of the Old Testament prophets and am convinced that Jesus is the Messiah. I also have read enough apologetics and spoken to a couple of biblical scholars and am convinced that the 4 books of the Gospels are 4 genuine accounts of Jesus' life, teachings, miracles,death and resurrection.

That being said, I get what you say about the hatred. I've experienced that from many in my own belief system. I don't believe hatred is of Jesus because the first two commandments are all about love.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

jainismus,

This is an excellent thought-provoking hub. I was brought up as a Roman Catholic and studied religion for eight years in Catholic elementary schools during the 1950s. At that time I remember that studying Catholicism was more important than studying science. I didn't have my first science course until the 9th grade. It is true that belief in God and in religions is all based on faith. I really believe that people believe in God and religions because they fear the unknown after death. All religions address this fear of the unknown by comforting people with salvation and the keys of getting one's soul to heaven after death. One thing which you didn't mention and I don't especially like is that all religions are run as businesses. If you attend services, you are expected to pay when the collection box comes around, and in some religions like the Mormon religion, you are required to donate 10 percent of your salary. Why do so many religions have to be so ornate with gold temples, chalices, and so forth. When I received Confirmation as a 14 year old, the bishop proclaimed me as a Christian soldier. Not as one expected to participate in another Crusade, but as one to try to spread Catholicism to non-believers. These are some of things I don't like about organized religions. I believe there is a supreme being or God who created us, but when it comes to religions, there is really no one religion that answers all of my spiritual questions. Voted up ansd sharing with followers.


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

I was born into a Christian family. However, they were not strict. Currently, I practice the Christian Methodist religion. We studied the book God is Not One: The Eight Religions That Run the World. We also went to a lecture on atheism for this class. I feel that we try and respect other religions even when some of their practices scare us. (women in particular!) In my family I have Muslims. I also have some very very strict Evangelical Christians.

I do wish we could all just live this: "Love is the most important commandment."


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Hmmmmm...interesting post...

Unfortunately - i can only agree with the first 2 of your 'issues'..

Actually - i believe the other 8 may constitute religious intolerance.

While i too am disturbed by a superiority borne of religious faith, and intolerance for other faiths - my opinion is if they leave me alone - and aren't attempting to kill people - i don't care if they pray loudly or have rituals. Ritual away - just leave me and the rest of the world out of it..

Ya know?

Btw - i don't subscribe to any religion whatsoever...none...nada..i'm not even an athiest..i don't believe in god, heaven, hell, bible...etc..

But - i certainly won't beat you - or anyone else - over the head with it - and hope nobody would do such to me either..

Sadly - that's not how religion - AND PEOPLE - works...


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

You provide a lot of food for thought Mahavir. I'd just like to make one point. All religions call for love towards fellow humans. I wonder how hate came to be associated with others and their religion.

Voted up and shared.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Jainismus, Thank you for a wonderful hub, sparking debate and sharing and a closer look at what we believe. I know life is good for you, I hope you do too.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Some of your reasons are justifiable. I believe in religious tolerance, so, I don't like people overly preaching their belief as ultimate path of salvation.

Have a great 2013


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I don't discuss religion, but I appreciate you sharing your point of view.


Arihant_Sidha 3 years ago

Liked to read your article and I fully agree that most of Jains do not know what their religion is about. Concerning belief in GOD, I am of the opinion that everybody has the right to believe in or not believe in GOD. We say humanity has really progressed over time, man has become intelligent over years etc. I feel we are far from it. Man and humanity has been degrading and all because he does not question his belief's, thoughts, actions and consequences of all these. There is nothing wrong in believing in GOD or being an atheist so far as there is reason behind that agrees with his inner self rather than blind faith. Almost all of this blind faith comes from ignorance and out of fear and when this happens, it would only mean that human beings have stopped thinking and have stopped listening to his/her inner self. When Ignorance and fear comes into picture all our ability to think is overshadowed, we begin trusting blindly what others say by means of organised groups, family, media in the form of TV, journals and also religious text. If only man questioned the reason for his belief and only if he has found a reason, a reason that satisfies himself and only himself irrespective of what others think, what family believes in .. the right basis for a sound belief is established. Right knowledge, Right perception and Right conduct would help us all to a better humanity.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Austin for reading and enjoying it. Also thank you for commenting on it.


whowas 3 years ago

Hi jainismus,

You certainly got a debate going with this interesting article. I won't say any more because I really don't think I could make a valuable contribution to the debate.

But I enjoyed reading this and following through some of the infuriating comments!

All the best to you. :)


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Ericdierker:

Well said. To the point and perhaps potent enough to put an end to these comments. Congratulations.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Samraj10, You may want to check that number one. It could be that it is to: love your God with all you got.

Love is my religion. Christ is the epitome. Courts cannot dictate love.

This hub is about what someone does not like about religion. But guess what,,,, love is not one of those things that the author does not like. Christians need to focus on that wonderful truth, Christ preached love.


Samraj19 4 years ago

Regarding 10 commandments,

The 10 commencements are just do's (positive) and dont's (negative).

All those don'ts would have been already covered by any court of law.

Jesus gave priority to the dos and asked people to follow those 2 great commandments over and above others. Hence, one can conclude that after Jesus Christ those 2 great commandments taken the front seat out of 10.

1. Honor your father and your mother

2. Love thy neighbor and others as thyself

The 2nd one suppose to be the greatest of all which is not told by any other Religion.


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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

@jainismus, a fabulous list. Every one of these items speaks about ego.

And every major religion I've studied has as its goal the eradication of ego, including Christianity.

Knowing self is perhaps the most important aspect of spiritual studies, because we have been fooled by the false self of ego. That is not the real us -- the permanent "self." The Buddhists describe the permanent or immortal self as a non-self, perhaps because it is not central, but humble.

Scientology is one religion from which I've gained a great deal of spiritual growth, and yet, there biggest downfall is an ignorance of ego. Perhaps its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, was blinded by his own ego. What I do know is that I have found my own spiritual nature and miracles from what I gained in Scientology. And today, I feel I am a far better Christian because of it.


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joer4x4 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

We always have something in common if one looks deep enough. We need to stop acting out of emotion and reason things out. We always cast out our emotions to others when they are meant for us.

When I questioned whether the Ten Commandments were needed this is what I was referring to. For every action there is an emotion response. This emotional result will tell you if the action was right or wrong.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Way cool Joer4x4. It is nice and pleasant to find someone of different ways try to find the similarity and commonality rather than look for friction.

For some reason I think we are rizing to the top. I think religion is losing it's grip and Love is in the rooting stage. Hang On! What I want to sit down with are high Bishop and burley men and bring us eye to eye.


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joer4x4 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Eric: It would take a long write to explain the context (perhaps a hub is due and I do not want to hijack this author's hub) but to make it short - yes I agree. The origin or existence of Jesus Christ is unimportant compared to one who models their life after him. Ultimately is is all about love - each and every good and evil path.

Larry: I throughly understand the teaching of the church. When I see an oxymoron, I question its honesty and integrity. I have my own belief system that I am comfortable with and can explain acts of good and evil. It is based on my own observation and experience in my life. I have an affliction of solving problems through reasoning and rational thinking.

Being Catholic does not do it for me. There is much more to life, God, and the human being than the church will allow. Perhaps another hub is due to explain it all.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Hey Joe, that is sincerity on your part. You are consistent. Your humanistic position is the best responsive declaration against the annoying premise of this hub. You keep it real.

Now I hope you can consider the suffering and dying of Jesus, as an act of great love. Great love is not rational. Great love is all consuming. Great love allows you to appreciate my point of view and you mine. Check it out, just by reading what you wrote here, I Love you man. That is some kind of miracle, that looking for "what bugs us" could never achieve


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Joe:

There was a time in this country that many did not find it wrong to kidnap people from their native country and bring them to this country as slave labor. There were many who did not know that it was wrong to massacre entire Indian reservations. One man thought it was all right to try and eliminate the Jews. Yes, I think we need the 10 commandments. The values your great-great-great grandparents started teaching their children is the basis of the moral code you live by today. As far as Jesus having to be a God, he was God, in the form of his son. The Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three divine entities in one--I cannot explain, but I accept--as a matter of faith. Therefore, Jesus was not a mere mortal. Remember, he was conceived by the Holy Spirit and not by man. God is good, because while we are imperfect, he gives us the ability to make good choices or wrong choices. We can chose to forgive, to be faithful, to be charitable. Or we can chose to be dangerous, bigoted, hateful and selfish. Someday, mankind may see the joy of paradise without having to deal with the problems we face each day. I know from personal experience, some of the things I accomplished, I could have not done on my own. I know my life and the life of my son was save through the intervention of God, even the Doctors agree with that. You use to be a Catholic, I believe. Something caused your opinion to change. I urge you go go back to that moment and re-examine that event and determine if you made the right choice. I consider you a friend. We have agreed and we have disagreed. I think you are a good person. At the moment, I think you are searching. You will be in my prayers.

Have a good evening.

Larry


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joer4x4 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

"It is also accepted that Jesus died for our salvation"

If you think about that it is irrational. It takes a "God" to die a physical death for a mistake that a mere mortal man made? There is no justification for that kind of action nor is it necessary.

So once Adam sinned, then all of mankind was on the hook and we still are at least until we're baptized. So when the next murder occurs should we all get the death penalty? It does not make sense.

Do you really need the Ten Commandments to know right from wrong?

If you really think it out logically and concisely and follow each teaching to the next I can not see any rationality in it. Religion is irrational and if God is good and just then it can't come from God.

Larry (and James), like I said before if it works for you go for it. I fully support you for it. It is a means to an end that you need to accomplish or your life would not be complete.

Best to all - good evening:)


Larry Wall 4 years ago

If a book was presented and the claim was made that it was written by God, would you believe it? I think most would answer no.

Part of the Bible is the telling of historical events. There will be differences. Read three newspapers about the same event and you will wonder which one was real.

Part of the Bible is about the teachings of God. The 10 Commandments are pretty clear. Among Christians it is accepted that Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus and she conceived by the Holy Spirit. It is also accepted that Jesus lived so he could deliver the teachings of God as he did in the Sermon on the Mount. It is also accepted that Jesus died for our salvation and whosoever believes in him will enjoy everlasting life.

The problem we have today, and the Catholic church, of which I am a member has the same issues as other churches, we sometimes try to turn faith into a contract between God that was written by a bunch of lawyers. Accept the basis. Accept that God created free will and we are the masters of our own fate, which can be a eternity in paradise with the father, or an eternity in hell. You have options. You just have to exercise the right options and meet the requirements of those options.


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joer4x4 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

The problem I see with the bible is it was written by men. If God wrote the bible through fallible men as we are taught then was that a mistake by God? Surely God is aware of his creations and of the ego of man to control others.

On the other hand would a unconditional loving God prefer not to interfere with man so that the lessons are learned from free will rather than by force? Which method would be lasting?

Why did God not write the Bible first hand if it was so important for our salvation? Even Jesus Christ did not leave us any written laws.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Joe:

You know that the birth and teachings of Christ are not recorded in history because of the separation of church state mentality. The books of the Bible, if assembled as a history book, instead of one of spiritual guidance would provide that proof.

God loves his children, but when Eve ate the apple, God decided his children were not ready for paradise. Therefore we have an earthly existence where we work to help others, take care ourselves and to advance civilization. I had encountered a lot of rough spots in my life, without knowing there was the reward of heaven at the end of the road, I am not sure I would have made it this part. Like you I seek God within my own heard, but I learn more and more about him, who have studied his life and teachers and that time in history in much greater detail than I ever will. The two do not have to be separate.

A few other points not directed to you but to other comments.

Churches collect money. They pay the staff salaries. They maintain the buildings, the provide assistance to the poor, they send money to foreign missions and yes they invest some to provide income in difficult economic times, such as we are facing now. In Louisiana, if the air conditioning in the church is not working, a lot of people will not attend and some should not because they will get ill.

People, church leaders, have abused the use of the collection plate. However, a few people have killed people for no apparent reasons. Do not lump every category or institution in the same group. There are always exceptions to the expected and accepted norm.

Finally, Joe, you said in one quote, science was created and owned by the Catholic Church. I will grant you that the early church did not embrace all scientific discoveries. But the Greeks and the Romans made scientific discoveries before the birth of Christ. Science is understand the physical laws that control our plant and our universe. Prehistoric man invented the wheel, the incline and the lever using a fulcrum.

Archimedes, a Greek, who lived before Christ was born, is viewed as many as the father of science. He discovered the theory of specific gravity. That concept is used today to determine the usefulness and value of different grades of oil. Civilizations before Christ learned how to conquer the seas through displacement and ballast. The pyramids, the Spinx and temples that pre-date Christ were build using scientific techniques.

If I was going to write a full response to this hub, which I am not, I guess the title would be:

One Thing about Those Who Do not like Religions and Their Followers.

The hub would simply state that those people expect their views to be accepted, but do not accept that those who believe in God are entitled to their views and beliefs and because you do not like them, does not make them wrong.

I disagree with many religions. I try to respect their rights to practice their faith as the choose as long as it does not endanger the well being or the accepted moral code of the general populations. In other words, I do have a problem with Cults and self-proclaimed leaders.


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joer4x4 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

James,

Please show me the evidence that JC walked this planet? The only evidence is that of the Catholic Church is the writings of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John years after and their writings are not consistent across each other. The story is the same but the details are too different among the four. The evidence for these four existing is the same as JC. Even the church does have hard evidence.

If there were so many eye witnesses,then why is it not recorded in history? Surely such a tremendous set of events would have been felt around the known world at the time and if so would have been recorded by the Romans at least. Yet the only source is the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church didn't get rolling right away, it took over a hundred years for them to gain power and defeat the agnostic Christians. If the Catholics did not believe the agnostics were the competition why did they wipe out their teachings? Why didn't they coexist?

The men who started the church were the same ones who translated "upon this rock I will build my church" The above apostles never used the word the Hebrew "Bet Knetset" (church) in that quote.

James, you are speaking not out of reason but out of emotion. We have the writings of Plato and Caesar is recored in Roman documents.

If man was created in God's image, then how is it possible for man to be a sinner? Then if man is a sinner, man cannot be created in God's image. Which is it? Does God write in oxymorons? You can't have it both ways.

James, I have kissed more alters than you have seen. I was born and bred in the Catholic Church and I learned a lot. From the politics of creating a saint to the collection plate, I witnessed it all. Behind the scenes, the rectory is far more human then anything else.

Let me make one thin clear. I do not speak out of disbelief of God for I fully believe he/she/it exists. But I know this from myself and not from a religion.

If God is truly love then there is no room for him to create sinners or servants. If we are created in his image then his image is within us and and it is there where we will find truth.

The difference between us is I seek truth from my own heart, you seek it from other men. But that's ok - we all have our paths to follow.

To have creations die and spend the rest of eternity worshiping God in heaven stifles not just the creativity of man but of God himself. When creativity ends, so does existence. This would be the work of a god who is self centered and prefers power and control with fear. This would not be the God of love of which so many men and religions speak.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

As far as superiority goes I can see you having that perception. After all, such widely different religions cannot all be correct. If any of them are correct then it is superior to the others.

I do not see so-called religions in competition though. There is no competitor to Christ Jesus. He is the only one who claimed to be God Incarnate. Mohammed didn't; Moses didn't; Buddha didn't believe in God; Hindus believe in millions of gods; and as you said, the Jain are atheists.

That said, with the exception of Muslims, I do not believe any religion promotes hatred toward others. Mine surely doesn't; it is based on Love itself.

Yes, I believe the Holy Scriptures are set apart and above all merely human writings. But the idea that Christians are against science is assinine and comes from Satan. Without Christians there would be no science. The reason most all science came out of Europe—the Scientific Revolution—is because the Christian Faith believes in a rational God who is a real Person and who endowed humanity with rational minds capable of perceiving Him through His creation.

When people try to use science to advance the agenda of the antichrist then that I am opposed to. Science itself is neutral.

To believe in God has nothing to do with ghosts or aliens. In fact, just the opposite is true. You are more likely to believe in ghosts or aliens if you do NOT believe in God.

Your commenter above who said Jesus was a Gnostic is 180 degress off base.

And your other commenter, who says "Religion promotes self persecution . . . If man was made in "God's image and likeness", then it is written by God's own hand that God is also a sinner. Let's not forget that science was owned and controlled by the Catholic Church for centuries before it was freed to the likes of government and special interest think tanks. We have archaeological records for millions of years yet not one shred of evidence of a mere 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ walked the land."

My goodness, what a fool. By that I do not mean because these are his misguided beliefs; but that he opens his mouth and says them out loud in public. His first sentence is the opposite of the truth. To be a Child of God is the highest honor imaginable, not a reason to persecute yourself. Ha! LOL

That we are Created in the Image of God does not mean God is a sinner. That is a statement that can only have a demonic origin. This man needs an exorcist and quick. He is right that the Catholic Church launched the Scientific Revolution—for which he should be kissing a Catholic altar instead of complaining about it (unless he wants to live primitively). And his closing line about there being no evidence Jesus lived is incredibly stupid. We have as much evidence Jesus lived as we do that Plato lived or Julius Caesar lived. And we have ZERO proof that the world is millions of years old or about anything that happened a hundred million years ago or that there ever was a hundred million years ago. Talk about misplaced faith! There were plenty of eyewitnesses of Jesus walking the earth. How many eyewitnesses are there who reported what they saw from a hundred million years ago? But just because some scientists says it it is taken on faith?


muninamisagarji 4 years ago

Ya,i too feel it.I agree with u mahavir,with least exception.Shed more light on the topic.

With heartly blessings.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Samraj for expressing your humorous thoughts on this topic.


Samraj19 4 years ago

Technically, Religion is acting as a "telecom service provider" for communicating with GOD some uses 1st generation like trunk booking, some uses STD / ISD as a next generation and some uses modern Satellite communication, it is up to the individuals whether they need a middle man to establish a connection instead of using a satellite modem for establishing direct communication.

In my opinion, the elite middle man in every Religion are the problem creators with their greediness for money, power and political establishments


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank Rohit for reading the Hub and commenting on it.


rohit 4 years ago

It is very right as you said "Better follower of an religion can be an individual not group"


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Cogerson, Thank you for reading this hub and expressing your views.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub....I can easily see why you picked this as your featured story on your profile page. I learned many things in this hub and you presented them in an interesting and informative way. I think science and religion can work hand in hand....not sure why some people feel they have to be seperate...voted up and interesting.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I think this is a wonderful hub. I voted up and interesting. What you say has a lot of truth to it. I think that may be why it hurt many who read it.

Please do not take this as condescending it is meant in love. I feel some empathy and compassion for you. You have laid out quite well what you see in many religions. Tsk tsk to them that they made you feel that way. Some famous singer dude once said "Love is my Religion". I wish that you could revisit these "religions" with love in your heart and see the beauty and constancy of their rituals and scriptures.

One really cool thing about religious study and thought is that no matter the source of the writing if you read it with love you get a whole different meaning than if you read it in anger and skepticism. Buddha and Christ are exceptionally true to this rule. Shinto and Toaism also.

But if you want to continue to find problems I am quite sure that you will. Or maybe you want to grab on to my religion and that is of Love.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

All we know about God either comes from the Bible or through our personal relationship. Knowing God is not about height, weight, etc. Instead it is knowing he is watching over you and has assured a place in paradise for you if you accept that he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so that we may have everlasting life.

You do not have to be a scholar, I certainly am not, to have faith in God. However, you do have to believe in faith. Otherwise, there may be no relationship. Even if someone does not believe in God, that does not mean he does not care about you. Pretty amazing when you think about it--without trying to overthink it.

You mentioned in one of your posts you wanted to throw some light on the subject. I just want you to see the light. Also, you have been critical of Catholics.


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William Haloupek 4 years ago from New Jersey

Larry, I think I am pretty close to the dictionary definitions: faith is belief without evidence, and superstition is irrational belief in the unknown or mysterious. So faith in God is not necessarily the same as superstition, but the two concepts are related. Exactly how they are related is a matter of dispute. In my view, nobody really knows anything about God, despite the claims of organized religions.


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joer4x4 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

I agree knowing the self is important. However, religion does not empower the individual. One can not forgive themselves only God can but you need an intermediary to be forgiven.

Religion promotes self persecution in many ways. You are a sinner once born according to Christianity. If man was made in "God's image and likeness", then it is written by God's own hand that God is also a sinner.

Let's not forget that science was owned and controlled by the Catholic Church for centuries before it was freed to the likes of government and special interest think tanks.

We have archaeological records for millions of years yet not one shred of evidence of a mere 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ walked the land.

All evidence points to all religions were started men.


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english-mike 4 years ago from England

William

We are moving away from a material epoch to the age of spiritual awareness. you will find people then will not be that bothered if they have the latest phone or car, but will be happy to smile and love the planet a bit more. This site is brilliant and I am new to it, but I am in the process of putting together a Hub so look out for it.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Only one point to make.

Belief in God is not superstition. It is a matter of faith. The ability to have faith in something you cannot see, touch, feel, etc. is one of the things that separates us from the lower species. God is real. I cannot prove it, but I accept it. Because I do does not mean you are anyone else has to. But my faith is a belief in something very real. A lot of other people feel the same way.


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William Haloupek 4 years ago from New Jersey

A great deal of recent literature has been devoted to the religious instinct. One wonders why we evolved with an instinct that causes us to wear impractical clothing, refuse to eat certain foods, and devote a lot of energy to nonproductive activities. I hesitate to say that we are ready as a species to abandon the religious instinct. It gives us a sense of community. Along with this is a tendency toward charity, empathy and tolerance, toward those in our community. The other side of the coin is that the sense of community can turn into an us-and-them mentality, making us hostile, fearful, vicious and hateful toward "them." We have had many wars due to religious hatred. We also have great charities inspired by religious feelings. We abandon religious superstition at our peril. Man is something which must be overcome, as Nietzsche said, but he must be overcome by man.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Anjela, first I thank you for reading this Hub and expressing your views on it.

I would like to request you to not to take the content as personal attack. Further, I have not attacked any particular religion, it is just to show common mistakes being done by many followers of various religions. On the other hand there are many persons like you (and me too) in every religion who have secular views and peaceful thoughts.

Sorry if my article hurts sentiments of some readers, but my intention is not to hurt, but to throw some light on this issue. Believe me.. :)


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Suzanne for appreciating the hub.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

As a Christian I feel I've been personally attacked in this Hub. I am none of the unkind things attributed to Christians therein nor do I judge others who do not believe as I do. Believing in God and Jesus Christ does not make me ignorant, stupid or uneducated. If one chooses not to believe that is that individual's perogative -- it does not, however, give anyone the right to assume that those of us who do believe are less in any way or form. Your argument is well made and your presentation is excellent -- I find fault only with the judgmental attitude contained therein. Best/Sis


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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

Great observations! Voted up and awesome! :)


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you always exploring for reading and commenting.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

A Catholic Priest once said in his homily, that all who believe in God were brothers and sisters--separated for now, but all brothers and sisters.

I cannot speak to the religions that do not believe in God, that those of us who are Christians accept. I think thee is a connection, but I am not competent to go into that area.

As far as the various Christian faiths, people respond to the Word of God in different ways and receive it in different ways.

When I got married as a Baptist to a Catholic, we had two Catholic Priests and my Baptist Pastor taking part in the ceremony. It is not so much that different religions divide. The problem, in my opinion, is that people spend more time looking for the differences instead of the similarities.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Sir for reading my Hub and expressing your views on the topic in detail and explaining so many things.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Different religions divide. There is but one God, Why so many religions? All churches believe they are the right one. I want to look up an article on Cathars. Thank you for the opportunity to express myself..


Larry Wall 4 years ago

You are entitled to your opinions, and I respect that right. I think you are being overly harsh in some cases and making some assumptions.

I am a Catholic who used to be a Baptist. So I familiarity with more than one.

I do not know what you define as a ritual. Is a wedding ceremony or a burial a ritual--probably so. Is it improper, I do not think so.

I have never and my wife and son nor my parents ever told anyone they were following the wrong religion. There are those that I do not agree with and practices in some that I do no agree with, but that is my right.

In both the Catholic and Baptist Churches there are times when the congregations pray as a group. As an individual, I pray verbally with my wife, within the confines of our home. I pray silently all the time.

I am not going to everything you said point by point. I do believe in things I cannot prove--that is faith. I cannot prove to you or anyone that God exists. I believe by the faith I have been taught and the miracles, which you may call coincidences or luck, that God exists.

I believe in science. I do not think the world was created in 7 days as we know days. I do not take everything in the Bible literally, because as you know it was written in ancient languages, which have probably lost something through the multiple translations and interpretations.

Some of the things you say are just wrong. When my wife and I were married, I was a Baptist. I did not convert to Catholicism until eight years later. We were allow to intermarry. I attended Mass frequently before I converted. Catholics may attend services of other churches. I cannot speak for all religions. I ask a question on the questions and answer section if anyone had attended churches other than their own. Many had been to Jewish, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, etc.

You had one statement that really bothers me. It was your last sentence. "But followers are not interested in knowing about inner self. They are just interested in knowing outer things like God(s), Ghosts and Aliens."

I do not know if there is life anywhere else in the universe and I do not know if that life that may exist is intelligent or not. I do not believe in ghosts. I know only one God. I know many people believe in other gods, who in most cases lived and died. The Christian God, is a living God who lives for all eternity. You will not like that statement.

You do not have to like people who believe in God--that is your right and no one can force you to accept a different attitude. It is my right and the right of so many others, who by choice, believe in God. You should not hate them. Because in one way or the other, they are always praying that people like you will come to the realization that there has to be a God.

Take care.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you english-mike for reading and expressing your views on this topic. Also thank you for sharing the information. I had read an article about Cathars and I liked their philosophy and way of life they followed.


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english-mike 4 years ago from England

Jainismus

I think you are right. The thing about organised religion is that it has been orchestrated by the powers that be to control the masses. Look at Christ, what we do know of him compared to the interpretation and wrong doing by the people " Men " that are there to spread his word. Jesus was essentially a Gnostic, He preached where needed. Not in churches. He needed no fancy robes or garments, and he believed Man and Woman were equal. This philosophy spread and the gnostic church was formed the most famous western group being the Cathars. This humble movement so infuriated the Catholic Church that they sent a Holy crusade against them " the only crusade against Christian people in history " in 1209. Totally annhilerating them. We have the 1480 Spanish Inquisitions. The 1600's Science awakening , with the likes of Galileo and Giordano Bruno put to the stake for heresy. It goes on, it goes on it goes on. I have looked at many religions and all are about control, but the cathars were probably the closest to the truth. We all have a piece of God inside us trapped in a mortal body, some call it the soul, life force or spirit, but it is with us all our life. On death the energy is released to the oneness.


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Liberum 4 years ago

Believers can't have single concept of God because they have different cultures. I don't see any point if you ask: "Which God exist?" I believe that exists and no matter how do you call it. For Christians it's simply God, in Islam that's Allah and we can continue such list. You don't believe? Okay, it's your right, but many people believe and that's their right. It's simple.

And by the way, to hate and be skeptical is the easiest way. Before hate, you need to fully understand those religions because they are reaaaaly deep. As I said before, it's a huge part of culture for many nations. You can say that you hate stealing and killing, because those things are simple for everyone. You can't say same about religion, it's traditions or rituals if you don't have knowledge and understanding about them. If you don't understand and don't know meaning of all those things and you say: "I hate them and they're stupid", that shows you from negative side. Hating requires no intellect, understanding requires a lot of it.

I'm calm against atheists. If they don't believe, it's their right. But better don't write about things you don't know and don't call them stupid because of your lack of knowledge. If you still call some things stupid or whatever, tell us specific examples and such, otherwise it's pointless.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks for reading.

But which God exist? Who's God? Do the believers agree in a single concept of the God? All concepts about aa single thing can not be true, but all concepts may be false.


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boyatdelhi 4 years ago

There are rituals and mistakes in religion.

But God exists. You need to look at Jesus who said "I am the only way, truth and life." Taste and see that God is good.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Liberum for for sharing your views. You are right, many people divide their own religion. It applies not only to Christianity, but all the religions which are established.


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Liberum 4 years ago

You have too one sided opinion. Generally, religious people are normal human beings and they understand many things well. If there's 10% fanatics and they're using religion not the right way, that doesn't means that all other religious people are such.

Nowadays problem is simple, there's too much directions of the same religion. Because there're people who try to make money simply creating some new religious group etc. For example, I'm a Catholic and my family has been Catholics for a many hundred years. That's also a major part of culture. But now there's Lutherans, Baptists, Adventists and hundreds of other sub-confessions of Christianity. There comes new people, they distorts and re-makes basics of Catholicism in their own way and they are saying: "Come with us, we have more interesting rules than Catholics!" And that's the problem for all major religions, probably. Problem are in evil people, who use religion.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Aman for reading and expressing your views.


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A K Turner 4 years ago from West Yorkshire

There are definitely some things I agree with, however my advice is to test and test again, with regard to religious books. The fact is I have seen stuff that defies explanation. check this out: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Be-sceptic...


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amanthkr01 4 years ago from India

Hello Jainismus,

I really appreciate your work of putting limelight on some serious common drawbacks of all the religions. religion was made with the motive to connect the mankind with the almighty but now days it has become nothing but to separate one human with the another.

People are now days recognised on the basis of their religions instead of their deeds.

Voted up and shared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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