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Theism Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Updated on April 16, 2020
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Organized religion is a poison meant to sway the underprivileged and line the pockets of shyster preachers.

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Putting it as concisely as possible: Yes, theism is absolutely evil and there is no fact-based argument for theism without doing away with logic completely and hanging on to "faith" in the implausible and seemingly non-existent. I will say, however, I find religious belief to be a pillar of psychology, but the preaching of theistic religion to others as if your ignorance was the answer over everyone else's is regressive. God and the existence of Gods are not provable concepts, and I'd put my life on them never being provable or, at the most, being proven not to exist.

Interpretation Is Deception

Let's start out with some examples of things regularly "interpreted" out or simply ignored for the sake of continuing to preach lies, despite these things allegedly being written by men who spoke to God or angels. I'll be using the international study bible, and the Quran for direct references.

Christianity: "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination." Leviticus 18:22

"If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them." Leviticus 20:13

It is safe to say that Christianity, their God, calls for the murder of homosexuals. This is regularly argued against, despite the bible never saying to disregard the old testament, by saying the old testament is negligible and no longer applies. The supposed teachings of their God no longer apply, according to most Christians....

Islam: "And if two of you commit it, then hurt them both; but if they turn again and amend, leave them alone, verily, God is easily turned, compassionate." Sura 4:21

"And when the forbidden months have passed, kill the idolaters wherever you find them and take them prisoners, and beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they repent and observe Prayer and pay the Zakat, then leave their way free. Surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful." Sura 9:5

So I'm not even getting into taqiyya here, but these strangely prove that Islam is more peaceful than Christianity. Nonetheless, permitting murder and hurting others in the name of Allah should the need arise, even calling for the torture of homosexuals who will not turn from homosexuality. If we went into the complex topic of taqiyya, we'd really start to point out the hypocrisy of interpretation versus reality.

I could go on and on, ad nauseam, with quotes from religious texts that are regularly interpreted against the original intentions of the writers whom these same believers feel were passed down by God himself. I could even go to Hinduism, Judaism, Mormonism, etc. but in doing so I'd be repeating the same dogmatic nonsense over and over, just repeated in a different way.

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God's Word

As a writer who has assisted in creating and establishing the tenets of newfound religions not born of theism, I can tell you that I never want my words to be interpreted away from because I put in a lot of work to ensure my words were timeless. Yet, the theists will often claim that the alleged words from God, the ones that his supposed prophets wrote down for all to learn, the words that also say you will go to hell if you don't follow them, are totally open to interpretation and revision. Do you really think God, the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present, would force others to write this stuff down and tell you to follow it under threat of death and eternal suffering if he wanted you to rewrite it against its own principles?

God is allegedly a much higher power than I am, yet I worked much harder than he did in establishing timeless tenets such as acceptance and understanding for everyone regardless of their personal choices. This is just further proof of God being non-existent, or at least willfully absent, though it is most accurate to say theistic religion is just manipulating human gullibility and emotion to sway them to something not in their favor.

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Manipulating the Traumatized

Just like with con-artists targeting the most vulnerable, you will never see more conversions happen than in the times people are suffering the most. Theists are like leeches that thrive on the weak and disenfranchised, quick to swarm with their teachings of God any time someone is down in the dumps. This is doubly the case when the person refuses to believe in God, and rather than recognizing their supposed benevolent God isn't already helping these people, they promise that if the sufferer accepts God they will see a difference.

When I was being groomed by a pedophile, where was God? When I saw the lifeless bodies of children mangled in concrete rubble, where was God? When I helped to clear out a sex trafficking den full of children, some whose insides had been pulled out due to sexual abuse and then left to rot, where was God?

Every situation I faced the theists were there preaching their drivel, yet I saw no God nor Gods there. I felt no warmth and love, nor did I see a bright future for the many who later died of their traumas. Why would you follow a supposed God or set of Gods who allows things like this to happen, a God or Gods whom allow their own creations to do such things to one another without any provable consequence?

Your silly God(s) can't undo the trauma they allowed to occur, and more suffer only to die than non-existent Gods could ever help and save.

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Keep God Absent

The concepts of deities within theism help to propagate more evil than they solve, allowing deities to be used as a scapegoat more often than they are actually present to bring justice; because let's face it, God doesn't ever deliver justice on earth, humans are left with that task. Just as humans are left with the task of carrying out justice, they are left to preach the existence of God(s) in their absence, and it is inarguable that this creates more arguments than it does constructive conversations.

So, in the spirit of God's willful absence, you should leave them that way; they obviously don't wish to reveal themselves to the world unless they are going to let it get destroyed like it says in most religious texts. In lieu of a physical God, teach nothing but kindness, mindfulness, acceptance, and understanding. Surely your absent God(s) would rather you teach their principles to everyone without dogmatic nonsense, rather than their existence they wish to keep a mystery anyways. You can't continue to argue in favor of a being who does not wish to prove themselves, unless you like to subjugate others without any real evidence like theism often preaches that you should do.

Thus, we come to the conclusion that theism is inherently evil, favoring lies and subjugation for the purpose of the teachings and power of men over God(s). Theism teaches you to discriminate, murder, take spiritual punishment into your own hands, and manipulate others through dishonesty as you call it faith and interpretation. Leave the business of God to God, he is omnipotent and can spread his teachings himself if he wants.

We are better off learning to rely on one another in the seeming absence of God, than we are arguing about whether or not the ignorant teachings of men on behalf of God are even relevant. If we support one another in all we do, working toward a healthier future for our communities, then we are living up to all the good in religion without ever having to argue the evil.

Worship the literal concept of God(s) on your own time, stop pressing it on others as if you could be even marginally correct.

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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Was that not the original purpose of most theistic beliefs? The Hebrews, Egyptians, Byzantines, Romans, Greeks, any modernist political system.... All use theism to their own ends, without even making those ends morally relative, more self-serving of the few with privilege enough to see behind and control the veil.

      If not most theism, then all modern theism is tainted much like the apologists believe, though I still disagree with their stance as well because they use it to gain religious followings.

      A murky topic, but if we could hypothetically remove deities from physical and spiritual existence in religious texts, the stories told therein would have a much easier time spreading their valuable sentiments. The only purpose of God(s) is to muddle the important philosophy of men to hide their inequities and abuse the message, and to steep implausible ideas in unquestionable mysticism.

      I can't see theism as more constructive than it is regressive, because reality dictates it is damaging as a whole.

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      RoadMonkey 

      12 months ago

      Theism itself is not evil. It's the use that people put it to - using beliefs to gain power over others.

    • ValKaras profile image

      Val Karas 

      12 months ago from Canada

      Kyler -- Totally agreed.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Yes, Val, as usual our way in presenting things differs and we often present our meanings in a way others cannot grasp fully. It is rare anyone can truly present their thoughts and feelings in such a way that others grasp their true meaning to the self that is expressing them. We seem to come off like an oxymoron to one another, despite our similarities, while also acknowledging it isn't the case.

      However, in presenting it to others it allows me to ground myself in reality. In our own decadence we tend to lose sight of what is around us, and in presenting it we can come to a closer understanding of how our self is functioning with and affecting the other individual selves around us.

      Concisely: If we didn't share with the public then we'd soon become just as gullible as those following false ideals, except we'd be the one leading ourselves astray. Exposure therapy, if you will, for the sake of personal refinement is what others offer all too readily. That is part of my partial relief.

      You use humor, a lack of caring to combat it all, almost like espionage against the evils. I prefer treating the evils like an enemy combatant, and in doing so I also overcome the "victim" mentality that sees me returning to these topics.

      We lose battles, but it's the long-game that we are playing and that's the only game that matters.

    • ValKaras profile image

      Val Karas 

      12 months ago from Canada

      Kyler -- In a few places of my literary work I found it important to introduce myself as an out of box thinker who will turn every stone and pebble looking for an alternate truth -- if there is one.

      Thinking on this theme which you introduced in your article, I am doing the same, somewhat prone to question the "victimhood" of modern times believers -- leaving behind Spanish Inquisition and witch hunts.

      So my mind is telling me that all "victims" of manipulation and brainwashing are doing it to themselves. THERE ARE NO SINISTER FORCES CAPABLE OF HIJACKING ANYONE'S MIND UNLESS THEY ALLOW IT.

      Sounding like a worn out cliche by now -- we are the only creators of our intimate reality, and no one can walk into our brains to press some buttons in there -- it's all self made.

      A good half of my adult life I devoted my studious and self-molding efforts in a spirit of personal sovereignty, so I am not just paraphrasing some self-help books here, but talking from first hand experience.

      As kids we are molded by family and society to become socially acceptable, and we instill into our memory banks many bad programs that are not life-promoting. But then we grow up, and at that point we become responsible -- to junk the crap and establish a desired inner world.

      In that sense, yes, we could certainly say a lot -- and I mean a lot about wrongdoings of this world -- but that always brings us to the square one of having to choose what we will do with all that information.

      Really, Kyler, what do we gain by allowing all negativities of this world to color our inner world? I write about them a lot, but it's all coming from a playful mind, often satirical. But then I also let readers know that I don't really give a rat's ass about politics, religion, global warming, or anything over which I have no control as an individual.

      I am "religiously" nurturing my happiness and peace -- for no one ever volunteered to do it for me.

      That's my message. There is absolutely nothing in me that I could relieve by sharing with others. Others have their own crap to think about, they don't need mine.

      But then, aren't we all so different -- and I am saluting you, my friend, for your own style of interacting, your article does perfectly what you need it to do. And, contrary to the impression that this comment might make -- I truly respect that need, which is only deeply human.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      12 months ago from California

      Long time no see! Yes, Val, as mentioned in the article I believe religion/belief and theism or fanaticism as you put it, to be a pillar of psychology. My goal with this article, ultimately, is to perform catharsis for myself, and to let others know that their preaching of God shall fall upon deaf ears when they bring it to me.

      I never wish to sway others to my beliefs, only to bring awareness to evil and to decide whether or not I even make any sense through the public reveal of my inner thoughts. Thus, I do not look down upon anyone who would seek to believe in deities, however I will look down upon others seeking to subjugate me under their beliefs in deities.

      When I am struggling briefly and someone comes to say "God is with you," I question why a God would allow their creations to suffer where a lowly human such as myself would never allow others to suffer if I claimed to have and had the power to stop it.

      Very important distinction to make that I probably failed to clarify: Believe as you will, so shall I, but if we walk together in kindness and acceptance then our beliefs that drive us forward matter not.

      Concisely: Preaching a single set of beliefs limits human capacity, and often draws attention from the real problems and your comment explained that better than I did.

    • ValKaras profile image

      Val Karas 

      12 months ago from Canada

      Kyler -- In my modest opinion, the problem goes deeper than theism, it's the problem of the present general level of consciousness evolution, showing all symptoms of reluctance to yank itself from the crazy history.

      So I would rather talk about the mental "function of believing", which in the hierarchy of mental forces can hijack our logicalness, or kick it out altogether from processing of reality.

      Thus, in this garden variety of fanatics, I don't see much difference between those of religious, political, nutritional, medical, or any other that I may not be aware of at the moment.

      A fanatic is a fanatic -- period. His mind will generate fanaticism of his own choice, since his closed mind is not wired for reasoning that would stem from a flexible, objective, even tolerant model of mental functioning.

      In a strictly moral and psychological sense, fanaticism of any kind is only as good or bad depending on if it's hurting self or others -- or is not..

      So, I am not quick to junk theism if it happens to help someone psychologically -- to maintain optimism, hope, altruism, love, and compassion, or a cheerful disposition. And, I don't care if such person chooses to believe in a god, angels, and every word of his holy book..

      In other words, I don't feel called upon to tell people what they should, or shouldn't believe -- just like I won't tell people to snap out of Santa Claus story. It is none of my business what others choose to believe -- as long as they don't try to force it on me.

      Killings have been done in the name of gods, politicians, bankers, and common criminals. So, I am simply talking about this level of consciousness evolution which breeds all kinds of arrogance -- physical and intellectual.

      And, knowing a thing or two about human nature, I don't see how your or my article may raise that level of evolution. You know, as well as I do, that those who will agree with you, will be exclusively those who don't need any awakening -- whereas those who do need it, won't change their minds.

      That's how it works. Write an article about cooking, and those who regularly eat out won't read further than your title.

      Mankind won't wake up until they are ready to wake up.

      When and how?

      I don't know.

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