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Should Religion Be Defined as Abstract Reality?

Updated on March 21, 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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Religion to me, personally, was a prison in which I was always made to feel guilty and afraid for things that I had done and things that were to come. On more than one occasion, and sometimes even now as an adult, I've been threatened with eternal suffering in lakes made of boiling sulfur and fire. Whether it be family members, pastors, or complete strangers religion has been a poison in my life, and there is no question as to the rationality behind my current views. However, I believe that religion is simply a form of abstract reality and I'd like to explore that concept.

Con-Artists and Abusers

It is worrying when you look at yourself, and others, and recognize how drawn to idealism we are; even more worrying is how gullible most individuals are in the face of someone else figuratively painting a beautiful image that in reality is hiding ugly truths. In my case I was able to observe and endure money-hungry, child-abusing, best equated to con-artists, shyster individuals creating an abstract reality that allowed them to get away with evil behavior. More often than not, organized religion goes out of its way to establish standards for others to follow that outside of the abstract reality of religion have no practical and fair application; that is to say, it does not have practical and fair application without some serious mental gymnastics to help explain away behavior looked down upon within religious texts.

Now I know I mentioned mental gymnastics used to explain away atrocious behavior, but we can't delude ourselves that the ones who wrote these ideals to begin with were, most commonly, individuals who practiced questionable ideals. These ideals were often along the lines of murder being okay, political assassination being fine, sexual assault being an option for punishment, and even sometimes human sacrifice for the greater good being rational every-day occurrences. Jesus Christ himself, correctly named Yeshua, often had spates of violence such as when he went into the temple and started flipping donations tables and whipping the shysters running them.

The tales of Yeshua are noble but I'd venture to say they cover ugly truths lost to time, just like in legend and myth surrounding politicians of the past. In this same vein you will see people break away from scripture in order to support their own disgusting actions. Let me tell you of the occurrences at my church to offer some examples of abstract reality being used as a tool of deception.

Abstract reality is widely used to cover the ulterior motives of disreputable individuals.

At my previous church, Calvary Chapel Rancho Santa Margarita, we had some very interesting occurrences; these occurrences led to the departure of numerous individuals from the church, including my own abusive family members. The funny part of it was that it wasn't just one head pastor, but also his replacement committing terrible acts against their flock. To this day I can't help but chuckle, with a hint of disgust peppered in, when I recall the events.

My church had a pastor who seemed to be a great man; he adopted his children from Africa, he went on missionary trips constantly, and when he wasn't preaching he was refining his preaching abilities and "love for God". One day, however, his wife's sister needed to stay in their home and the pastor found himself later sneaking into her room under the cover of night and engaging in adultery while his wife and children were fast asleep. Public discovery of this led to his stepping down and replacement.

The man our previous pastor was replaced with was well known to be surrounded by allegations of abusing kids verbally, and even using the church coffers to feed his own ego. The allegations turned out to be true when he screamed at and demeaned myself and other minors while doing community service under his guidance, and later on when he slept with the wife of one of his flock. He didn't step down when news of the adultery and lust spread, instead he doubled down on his own actions and continued to lead everyone astray of reality.

These experiences wouldn't be fair to apply to all abstract reality, though I hope it helps bring awareness to the many dishonest individuals out there, so let's explore when abstract reality is safe to consume.

Science is the act of seeking to disprove your theory. Religion is having faith in what you cannot prove physically. Better to blend the two than blindly follow one.

— Kyler J. Falk
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Safe for Consumption

The abstract realities that I find to be unarguably safe for consumption are pretty simple to recognize, and even simpler to follow in principle. These abstract realities are any that do not have one single set of principles or purveyor, do not follow deities or anything unproven by staunch sciences and evidences, do not allow anyone to contradict themselves and their practices to hide evil, and do not require you to subjugate yourself and your desires in any way. I'm sure I could add more to that list but I'm attempting to be concise and I've left out more details on the lack of rigidity this list adheres to.

Belief systems come in every shape and form, and it can be extremely difficult to find one that suits your needs and desires. Personally, I find that to be the beauty of abstract reality, the fact that you don't need to adhere to any one perspective, or any at all for that matter. In keeping a watchful eye over abstract reality, if you determine that something is uncomfortable or otherwise not in your best interest then you may discard it and needn't follow it any further.

Take for example myself, I have a very simple set of morals and principles that are ever-evolving and seek only to serve me. In serving only myself and my principles I am able to adapt and evolve as every situation demands. Yet, that is very vague and I need to expand upon what it is my principles actually are.

My principles put concisely: If it seeks to cause harm to, subjugate, invalidate, diminish, or extinguish the existence of others then it is best avoided. Every action I take, word I speak, and thought I think needs to take into account the existence of others and the effect it will have throughout the entire world. When I have done wrong, apologize, and when others do wrong to me, seek recourse from them. If a matter can't be resolved then return to it at a later date, or make sure it can never happen again.

Better to be adaptive, and to evolve away from rigid principles. Always seek to escape spiritual and physical subjugation that others would want you to believe is in your best interests.

Don't Disparage Others

One last thing to wrap up this cute little article here, please do not disparage others for their beliefs in their abstract reality. We all develop some form of realities outside of reality itself because it is necessary for us to live healthy lives both within our minds and in society as a whole. Just because something seems absolutely silly to you, that does not mean it isn't absolutely essential to someone else. Instead, turn your attentions to the liars and deceivers using abstract reality for selfish and damaging gain; the type to break you down so they may reshape you to their own desired image.

It is upon good people to end the evil of others, and we mustn't attack our brothers and sisters just because their "invisible sky daddy" doesn't agree with our "Jedi force-powers" if you can forgive my jest.

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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Thank you, Holley, and it is all too common for threats and attacks to be issued in the name of beliefs. I'm sorry you had to experience those terrible claims being used against you.

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      Holley Hyler 

      2 weeks ago from Upstate New York

      I like your quote about blending science and religion and can relate to a lot of what you've said here. I've also been threatened with burning lakes and such. Those who threaten don't seem to understand how much this alienates us further from the point of view they might like us to embrace. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      It is unfortunate you feel that way, by my perceptions I offered more than you asked and then some. I have an auditory and visual processing disorder that often causes me to miss underlying messages and sentiments within long-format dialogue, however, and if you wish to present your question without any other context then I may be able to offer you the answer you seek, as it will be easier for me to process if all I have to read is the question itself.

      Would love to finish what we started, but to each his own.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      2 weeks ago from now on

      Kyler, you are speaking jibberish and have said nothing that has anything to do with my original question.

      So be it, I’ll bid you adieu.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Yes, Mitara, I'm very pleased that you saw the underlying message for what it is. Encouraging complex thought, questioning, curiosity, and acceptance over the rigid adherence to principle and the writings of another.

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      Mitara N 

      2 weeks ago from South Africa

      Definitely a force to be reckoned with...

      Matter of practicing what you preach,

      I see what you are saying, we are all spiritually inclined on various levels. But there are many that abuse this staunchness, taking advantage. It's due to such experiences that turn staunch spiritual individuals to a sense of bitterness.

      Promises are made but when it came to deliverance. It lies with a question unanswered. Those that practice it, are not there for the consequences, just moving on to the next unsuspecting.

      Everyone chooses their own path and choice of spirituality. It needs to be respected and not taken advantage of.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      You are putting your faith in an all-powerful, all-good, all-present being who doesn't stop any of this from happening despite the previous claims. It would seem we continuously reach an impasse when adhering to strict interpretation and guidelines that not even God himself can follow.

      This is where my stance becomes apparent, let man do as they wish and determine by their actions in the name of their beliefs whether or not they are evil. There are good men, and there are bad men, and it is an ongoing and never-ending battle between the two.

      If you strive for righteous behavior, good doings, and live the life you preach then I could care less what you believe and I love you. If you are to the contrary, then I will seek to strike you and the God you worship down to the ground.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      2 weeks ago from now on

      Kyler do you know how ridiculous this statement is

      “My faith lies in the common sense of man to discern what is good, and what is evil for themselves without strictly following the teachings of those who break their own teachings incessantly. “

      So your faith is in the common sense of man which to this date has wreaked upon the world wars, unspeakable violence, torture, racism, perversions, tyranny and mass murder from the beginning of recorded history!

      Just what do you define as common sense because if it is righteousness it certainly isn’t common among humans nor can it be sensical by any standard of known human behavior to this date.

      You are putting your faith in something that doesn’t exist or if it does it is pure evil, far from righteousness of any kind.

      Show me how your idea of human common sense isn’t basically evil, sin is about the only thing you can say is common among humans.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Pardon me, T, I often think my words are clear due to my own understanding of them and I felt I answered your question as per what was presented in that article. I will state, however, that I see where you are coming from and cannot appreciate the tone in which it is being expressed. I read the article and I find it to be a tool that better suits evil, because it subjugates you by the hand of those that seek to preach it as a "must-have" and rigid requirement to follow.

      My faith lies in the common sense of man to discern what is good, and what is evil for themselves without strictly following the teachings of those who break their own teachings incessantly. Even in religious texts, deities spoken of often cannot heed their own advice and warnings, much like I expressed in my article "God Isn't Real" which explores the strict interpretation of the Abrahamic God.

      I'll clarify my answer as it concerns all that has been proposed: God disgusts me, the idea of God disgusts me, the idea that men use God to their own ends disgusts me, leaving your power in the hands of a seemingly non-existent God disgusts me, having the good attributed to God without the bad also being in his hands disgusts me, giving credit to God for the good doings of man while denying him the credit for the evil disgusts me, overall the rigid adherence to principles written by evil men disgusts me, and telling people they are wrong for their beliefs also disgusts me and despite my disgust I want everyone to celebrate their beliefs freely so that I may discern for myself whether or not my perceptions of them are reasonable.

      I'd sooner strike down God than let anyone tell me I have to subscribe strictly to the poisonous writings of man. I would also advise that you do not take my writings as the poison you view them as being, like some might take it as a breath of fresh air. Rigidity, strict adherence, legalism, in face of the "unrighteous" as you claim we all are is as ridiculous as my hopes that man can function without the teachings of "deities".

      Hopefully this clears things up, and I'd ask that you drop the discriminatory tone lest we devolve to the level of ad hominem and straw man arguments any further. Your tone and delivery is doing more damage for your views than it is assisting.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      2 weeks ago from now on

      Kyler, I didn’t ask you to expresse your views and actions clearly.

      What I asked you to do is give me your thoughts about what is stated in the link I provided you. Evidently you didn’t even read it or you don’t understand it.

      For you to assert “ I live my life by actions that I would consider "righteous" and in-line with most people's beliefs, even Christians.” Means you are the determiner of what is righteous. This is a godless ideology which demands therefore that each and every individual decides what is righteous and what is not. So if I think murdering sick people is a righteous act who are you to differ with my assertion or anyone else’s?

      You are evidently ignorant of the fact that no one is righteous, we are all sinners and only God, not you or me or anyone else can set the standard for what is righteous. No “works” of your righteousness will get you to God.

      If you even entertain the thought that there may be a God you have to realize that only he, who created everything including you, is holy and can define what is righteous and what is not.

      Think about it, if the God of the Bible is who He says He is then wouldn’t He give us His word to direct our lives or would He just leave morality up to each individual to decide what is right and what is wrong?

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Yes, Manatita has many wonderful truths to share, but he saw disparaging and negativity toward religion where there was none intended or expressed. I only look down upon those who use religion for evil, and I expressed my lack of rigidity as far as what I consider acceptable practices within the article as well. I dislike deities, but I do not look down on those who follow them, and I often find Manatita's, and others', rigidity as it concerns the existence of deities to be suffocating when they attempt to say I'm wrong because I don't believe it.

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      AL 

      2 weeks ago from South Equator, East Pacific

      Interestingly contrasting views about religion. I agree with you Kyler about what has become of religion today, a tool used for selfish desires. Religion is indeed an abstract reality, but the truth is, everything is an abstract of the reality we create ourselves. Knowledge of good and bad is also an abstract of what we perceive to be right and wrong deeds.

      Manatita has a poetic way of expressing his views, but there is a lot of truth that I agree with in his words. The sense of purpose and comfort that I have found in religion, far outweighs the wrong deeds of men in the name of religion.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @T: I live my life by actions that I would consider "righteous" and in-line with most people's beliefs, even Christians. The only thing I do not do is submit to a rigid view of God(s). I am allowed to hold love, hate, questions, answers I create, and so much more as it concerns God(s). I'd recommend reading what it is I said to Manatita, I think it expresses my views and actions clearly.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @Manatita: You let what you see as negative affect you negatively. In all your wisdom, just as all of us, you have much to learn of acceptance. I'm an enemy of evil, and to fear what it is I say is to fear the hand of good and justice.

      Worship your God(s), but I am here to bring light to the darkness so that others do not need to know of those pitch black places in which I spent so many of my years. Those dark places hidden by the evil that uses abstract reality as a tool of manipulation, rather than a tool of healing, love, and acceptance.

      Should any God(s) and I come face to face in whatever awaits upon my death, rest assured, I believe I will be welcome to dine at their bountiful tables. If suffering is my eternity, then purging evil will be my eternal crusade. Should there be eternal darkness, then I have at least tried to make the world a better place before embracing death.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      2 weeks ago from now on

      Kyler, I like that you write about interesting and somewhat controversial issues. You are a thought provoker and I hope a truth seeker.

      Here is a different perspective, I wonder if you have considered, about religion. What are your thoughts?

      https://philippians1v21.wordpress.com/why-believe-...

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      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      My Beloved brother, please forgive me, but your article has come over as disparaging and even dark to me at times. I could easily agree with you on so many counts! But to go there would be to live with the very things of which you speak.

      You and I affect the world by the vibrations that we offer to the world. Religion has had its problems no end and we will find plenty to complain about if we look for it. Still, if you put your hand in paint it will become sticky.

      Overall, Religion has helped and given solace to many and it gave me a very good sense of morals and ethics as a child.

      God is the Absolute and Creation is Its body. Nothing comes from an empty void. Whatever we see or don't see, has a use or a purpose as it is within God or Creation, same difference. Even the corona virus!

      On the Life-tree, God, there are many branches. Rather like an Orchestra or a garden. I like roses and my friend likes tulips. I like the violin and perhaps you like the guitar, but together we can come together, like the Orchestra or garden, to give great music or fragrances.

      Christ tells us that not even a leaf falls without the Father in heaven knowing … that even our very hairs are numbered. If you see an omnipresent God, then that means that Spirit is in all and is indeed all things.

      The God-lover may not speak of religion much, as yes, it carries a certain negative energy for some, but he/she knows that it is an aspect of God … that is useful, that nothing happens without the will of the Supreme. Many find solace from it.

      Let us try to send out good vibrations. If we try to be like everyone else, then who will? You will find, when you look at your son or daughter, that is impossible not to Love … not to believe in diversity. One may like music, the other law. What we wish for ourselves, it is good to wish for others. Let us pray.

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