The Bridge: Where Are You? WE are emerging from our past where we put faith in someone or .....
something (religion, political idealogy, profession, organization). Thinking we need to someone to be our Guru, our Leader. So the cycle of heirachy continues. What if it is time to make it okay to be oneself and yet a sibling to all? If the latter is the case, what guidelines would we need to make that happen?
I think I know what you're asking and from what I interpreted from my personal experience of living(currently) in the Bible Belt, its almost physically AND mentally impossible at this point. For men to realize that we create mental stabilities, under pressure or hardships of life, of a higher up or a God that can fix anything, we have to first realize how the human brain works. Imaginary friends help kids to deal with stresses of their young lives, as of God to those old enough to understand His "true" power. God or any other religion higher up is a therapist to most, they help people with stressful situations and bring hope to ones mind. At this point in time, so much change and independence's is happening among us that we fear open minded-ness. A man sees something different walking down a street or a person verbally speaking their minds about life, then he goes home to pray for it to change because he is scared of the unknown. The Baby Boomers and a small portion after, are currently the most religious people on the earth. For they grew up in a time where, praising a man for hope and money, was something you do everyday. While they were a high number of children themselves, a high number of them had children, which caused many of the 21st century young adults to believe in what they did as children. So, now you're talking about at least 70% of the country believe in a singular well known religion as Christianity. I believe in due time, not in our lifespans, that number will decrease and hopefully one day be at a minimum of 20%. Sadly, as of now, we can't mentally withstand the captivity of losing our "imaginary friends" at our young ages(young ages being we as a human race, being young in total of years on earth).
From what you have said about the Christian Belt and baby Boomers, it sounds overwhelming. Remember though, water on its own seems ineffectual. However, when water rushes by, it can erode mountains. We can do our bit and become, like rushing water.
by JP Carlos 2 years ago
Should children be given the chance to choose their own faith and religion?Many are born into their faith and often do not have a chance to explore other faith and religion. Although some have changed their religious belief when they grow up, but this is a handful of people only.
by VendettaVixen 6 years ago
A child is baptised, receives first communion, and is confirmed before they even fully understand what religion is, and what consequences it will have on their life.Would it be better to wait until a person is... say sixteen or eighteen years old, then asking them which religion they'd like to be...
by Grace Marguerite Williams 3 years ago
What makes some people to see their religious books as the ONLY authoritative point of reference inwhich to refer to, judge, & analyze the world, instead of taking a more logical, educated, & scientific approach in analyzing the world events & conditions?
by Claire Evans 6 years ago
It's easy to deconvert to atheism because they are disappointed, hurt or because they have lost their faith due to God making sense. It's harder to suddenly make a rational atheists convert to Christianity, which is faith-based. How does it happen?
by Charlie LeSueur 17 months ago
Does anyone else feel that organized religion is built on a foundation of making you feel guilty?I feel that in order for an organized religion to run successfully it must be predicated on the fact that you must feel guilty on a number of levels. Guilty if you: 1. Aren't coming to church. 2. Don't...
by MrMaranatha 6 years ago
I'm sick to death of listening to people bash religion with this line of thinking... "Where is my freedom from your religion?" Well... Where is MY freedom from YOURS? Yours is being taught in the schools as Science... call it Evolution if you will but the fact is that...
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