Explain what has driven you from religion? The people is a cop-out, what about religion itself bothers you?
It is the easy answer that teaches laziness, sheep-like behavior and has held us back as a species for centuries.
Because it is all concocted, it will always cause wars and conflicts. But - damn ! It is a great way of getting people to do what you want.
God says we are the chosen and we need to go out and spread the word.
What a surprise! People are fighting against god's word. How very very odd! Who would have thought? still - it says in the bible that people will do that, so I will shout the word louder.
Eventually I will win. Praise be!!! Not that this is a religion. Oh no. I have a personal relationship with god that is not a religion. I still need to spread the word though............
I think its incredibly unfair to ask the question "What about religion, other than the people associated with it, do you dislike?" That implies religion could exist without the human beings perpetuating and interpreting it, which is simply not true. Religion is man made, and continues to exist because there are still people who uphold its tenets.
So, I guess to answer your question more directly: Religion itself exists because of humankind, but since it is not treated as such, it is regarded with what sometimes becomes dangerous devotion. It did not have to be inherently bad, but its been misused by competing ideologies so frequently as to become a destructive force. This is what bothers me about it.
Most I have been in take way to much litterary lisence with Gods words, re-interpret what is there, change it for their own advantages, and or social norms.
Ask you to follow their interpretation, and not question them about it. No good!
Many religions leave out important data, so it is impossible to think about God clearly. The people who run these religions did this, so I guess I can't leave out "the people".
Ok - many religions leave out reincarnation and karma. Yeah, yeah it sounds all new-agey - but it isn't. If you look at the definitions of those two concepts they explain a whole lot about our existence here.
I am extremely devoted to my faith. Yes, I am a clergyman. However, I do lament the narrow-viewed individuals who pride themselves on the notion that they are heaven bound and the next person is not. I see this in all faiths including in my own faith. Yes, God does expect us to live our lives within parameters. Were it not so we would not have those regrettable feelings at certain times although we have learned, in this society, to dismiss or compromise that feeling that we may convince ourselves that our acts are just fine. If we, as a people, truly trusted our instincts and that small voice within we would apt to be open to the views of other faiths and reserve judgement until after the views have been heard. Religion can be a great journey in life so long as you use correct judgement, be open to other precepts of faith and accept or at least investigate that perhaps some of your thoughts and actions are not correct. Tear down the wall of pride and you will see a new view of the world you never saw.
I believe you hit it on the head,"Pride". I think pride is the downfall of man and woman. We just have a hard time with accepting we could be wrong.
Read this, it'll probably give you an idea=)
I don't like or dislike people based on their religion. But I do not like people who force their religion on others.
Every religion is based on man's desire to influence the world that he cannot influence. he does so with ritual, sacrifice and devotion. Somehow regardless of which religion you look at, there are always those similarities. Most religions are outgrown eventually, meaning that people either find a more plausible doctrine or wake up and realize that there are gaps in what they are supposed to believe. What is even worse is that people actually have spiritual experiences, some by meditation, some by the relief of thinking they are no longer on their own... this can be observed regardless of which religion you chose... and sometimes even outside of religion. What a "born again" Christian is feeling deep inside is no different to what a scientologist experiences when they are bonding.. makes me think that its less about the god you worship and more about the chemicals you release through your ritual.
I dislike religion because it is a pack of lies and fairytales, and keeps mankind in the dark ages.
Makes the religionists feel better.
Anything they say is the word of god - anything anyone else says is a "humble opinion," or an "attack" if they are of the evangelical persuasion....
I didn't think you were being humble. I just thought you were pointing out the bleedin' obvious.
I was! I do not do humble either. I sometimes state my opinion to religionists in the same way they do. Bad habit.
It would seem subjective, maybe to me it is a habit that one develops from a source one does not believe in
The thing that puts me off about religion is determining how should i interpret the txt...Are things supposed to be taken literally or figuratively...And there are a bunch of ambiguities.
I grew up a Christian, read most of the Bible and use to attend church regularly. I understand most of the prophecies that are in the Bible and I do believe that some of those things should be applied in life to make a better society for humanity. But on the other hand, there is a lot of false or made-up stories and beliefs about the Bible. The Bible was translated and changed too many times that you can't ever know what's true or not unless you read the actual books that were written. A lot of good writers write from their imagination, so why isn't theirs true?
And I almost forgot that most of the religions in our society stole their ways and symbols from Pagans and Freemasons, who have been around since the time the Bible was first written and have their own stories around the times that the books in the bible were written. And the story about Jesus and the 12 disciples was in many religions before Jesus's time including Ancient Egyptians who have 12 minor gods and one main one, the chinese zodiac has 12 astrological minors and one major.
So I guess I'll just say I'm still looking to find out all the truths, and I will use my own spirituality to figure out what I want to believe in.
I use to be a Christian freak. What I mean by that is I was one of those weirdos that always read the bible but also looked down on people for not following it.
I didn't drink, cuss, smoke or anything. If you did that stuff around me, I cringed. If you had tattoos and piercings, I looked down on you.
I was miserable. I still felt like god hated me because I wasn't good enough.
In college, I accidentally read a fictional book about reincarnation. I started researching it and a light went off. It made more sense to me than being judged once and that was it.
So I am no longer a christian and I'm a lot happier and I give back more to society.
I went from a right-wing Christian to a independent, free thinker who is very spiritual. And I couldn't be happier
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