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Religion: A Pathway to Salvation or Destruction?

Updated on October 20, 2013

Religions' two choices - childish fantasy

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A Pathway to Salvation or Destruction?

Learn the difference between spirituality and religiosity before it is too late. Help to stop the mental abuse of children being subjected to such intense fear, guilt, and hatred way before their age of reasoning. This cycle of fear and empty promises must not be allowed to continue to replace reality.

It is amazing to me that we have unwittingly created a world with a cultural way of life based on a delusional fantasy.

It is very disturbing and emotionally draining; sapping and depleting all logic from our minds and souls.

It is thwarting any and all, progress toward world peace and freedom from oppression.

It is so beyond my comprehension how an entire race of supposedly intelligent beings can blindly make themselves subservient to mythology designed specifically to control their thoughts, and their very lives.

The sooner humanity realizes the error of its ways, the better off this world will be for it.

I am talking about organized religions as they are today.

PLEASE do not confuse the concepts of 'religion' and 'spirituality'. They are NOT one and the same.

Mankind cannot exist without spirituality to put perspective on, and rationalize, our very existence. Whether it is real, or perceived, is of little relevance. For most people, in order to justify one's existence, there must be a level of belief in the existence of a sentient Creator. The odds of randomness of our present and intricately complicated physical existence are as great, or greater than the belief in a Creator, or Creators.

We must get a grip on reality and logic in order to accept and understand the subtle differences between "spirituality" and "organized religions".

The few that 'benefit' from organized religions will fight to the death to maintain the status quo. (see the news regarding the Middle East revolutions). The dictators are massacring the amassing rebellions in a fight to the death to preserve their control over the people while the rest of the world does nothing but stand idly by and watch it happening.

Government agencies, religious entities, and the individual factions of followers, of both, would sooner censure the truth than face their own mortality with reality and logic; and lose control over their own implanted beliefs, or their control over the lives of other people.

Reality is a relatively subjective concept, that is true. But those who would project and force their own particular views of reality onto others are the greatest cause of world dissension.

The massively abusive brainwashing must cease, before any kind of healing can begin.

Please view the attached video with open ears, open eyes and an open mind. After viewing it we cannot logically justify what society is doing to its children - in any religious, or in any governmental context.

Justification cannot be made by quoting of scriptures of any religion that are in themselves basically flawed in the first place.

We must shed the fear in our hearts and minds; and embrace a Creator of higher intelligence and design, than the one we are being forced to accept today by our own exposure to past indoctrination techniques.

Just because we were taught repetitively that something is real - does not make it logically so.

Stifling the mind is NOT knowledge, or progressive growth fodder for the soul to grow and develop in the way it was meant to do.

We are spirits on a mission of growth and the forces that thwart this growth is an evil we must overcome. Evil will hold us back from learning the truth about the 'soul's journey' we are all on.

Stifle the individual, stifle the masses; and feed the evil that would stop our soul's progression to where it is meant to go.

Jesus, and other Gnostics, knew the truth, but their teachings were altered for selfish and unholy reasons. Grossly twisted to continue the promotion of, a legacy of, chaos, sorrow and hatred - with that all ambiguous promise of rewards after death. All to insure continuation of that control over the lives of others.

If there is a universal war between good and evil - the evil is winning. For that war is simply LOVE versus HATRED. The hatred in this world today is destroying the love. There is a fine line between the physiology, and psychology, of love and hate, but the outcomes are resoundingly different.

We must make our choices and live with the consequences of that choice. Are we going to choose 'Love' or 'Hate'?

We can realistically reverse the cycle by stopping the perpetuation of hatred from one generation to the next. Repeating the same errors over and over is a trait of our current societal mentality.

It can change, one person at a time, one generation at a time.


  • Spirituality is the view that the spirit is a prime element of reality, and an integral part of the human body (our soul).
  • Religiosity is excessively, obtrusively, or sentimentally religious.
  • Religiousness is relating to faithful devotion to a set of religious beliefs, or observances - or scrupulously and conscientiously faithful.
  • Faithfulness is steadfast in affection or allegiance. Firm in adherence to what ever one owes allegiance and implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert, or betray. Or even open your mind to other possibilities, or possible change.

We must be able to distinguish the subtle differences between these terms and their basic implications of control over our own personal life choices.

We can chose to continue our hatreds, and intolerance, in the name of our religious beliefs, or we can chose to spread love by example of our individual spiritually progressive beliefs. Beliefs that openly embrace love, acceptance of life's diversity, and not judging others based on our personal beliefs.

Blind Faith is no longer enough. This is the mistaken dogma for sightless people, unable, or unwilling, to discern or judge for themselves. It gives no regard to rational discrimination (dissemination), guidance, restrictions, or choices.

Having an unfounded belief in anything , or anyone , does not make it real, true, factual, right, just, positive, or good.

We must learn to think for ourselves. Being brainwashed as children is emotionally and mentally abusive and takes away the natural, logical ability to reason and reach a valid conclusion about our beliefs; or anything else in our life learning process that in anyway impacts, or questions, that negative information implanted so deeply into our subconscious minds.

I, for one, do not want anyone to take that freedom, or ability, away from me again, as was done to me as a child growing up in Roman Catholic environment.

It has taken many years to undo the damage that has been done, and even now, flashbacks of gloom and doom creep into my subconscious.

These 'flashbacks' only reinforce the reality of the damages that were done to my impressionable childhood psyche.

No child should ever have to endure this abuse by religious entities that have taken way too much liberty in making decisions for, and implanting guilt, fear, and hatred into the innocent minds of our children.

And neither should we as adults.

THINK what we are doing, or allowing others to do, to our children!!

They will suffer those damages the rest of their lives.

Here is a perfect example of the concept that: "abused children will someday become the abusers".

Mental and emotional abuse is as damaging and devastating to a child's mind as physical, or sexual, abuse is.

by: d.william 06/06/2011

There is none so blind as he who will not see.

1st Step to Healing - Recognizing Religion for What It Is

© 2011 d.william


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank YOU for taking the time to read and comment. Too bad the free thinkers like you and i were not the majority. This would be a far better world, free of guilt and hatred; and filled with love, wonder and acceptance for all of Creation.

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      8 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Organized religion as practiced is by and large the most malevolent force existing in the world today. Indoctrination and intimidation, regarless of faith is not the way. What does the true God require from us except the willingness to follow his paths? We are free moral agents capable of making the choice. If He is not going to twist my arm regarding my choice decision, man certainly has no right in this regard. He does not desire automotons, he could make those whenever he wished. As I said before I am not an atheist, but remain distant from those that use religion for their own selfish ends. This all involves reflection, critical thinking and a belief in yourself as a competent individual. This is a topic where I have seen irrational behavior from ordinarily rational people. What is accomplished by beating you or I into submission regarding a particular faith? How else can you explain the Crusades, Holy Jihad or the film you included showing the indoctrination of children obviously too young to discern what it is that there are being made a party to. Great hub, thanks.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      thanks for commenting. You got that right. I criticize and chastise, ALL religions for this emotional abuse, but i know it will never change. Those radically indoctrinated religious zealots are so afraid of going to hell that they will never even listen to the voice of reason or logic.

      One day when i was still working, i made some negative comment about bible quoting, and religious bigotry to a woman i worked with who was totally baptist indoctrinated, and she was really frightened that God would strike us both down where we stand for saying anything negative about Him and the bible. She told me in a subsequent conversation that she was really terrified for several days that something bad was going to happen to me for saying it, and to her for listening to it. How's that for brainwashing?

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      8 years ago from California

      Very thought provoking hub d. - I have often wondered about the impact on children, as they are like clay, molded by the values of those they trust. I agree with you completely - Spirituality is quite different than Religiosity, we are all spiritual beings, however once brainwashed by self-serving power hungry people who use the church to further their own corrupt beliefs it is hard to undo the damage.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and your kind words of approval. When i see (hear from) those brainwashed people, telling me they will pray for my soul, it sort of makes me nauseous. Not that i think what they are saying is wrong, but that they truly believe, that what they believe, is the only truth. I am so glad i was able to grow beyond that limited mentality and experience the world, and view its beauty and that of the universe with awe and wonder at the great marvels that our Creative Universal Mind was able to conceive and bring to a physical reality. I wish i had not been cheated out of this experience throughout my entire life time because of that awful emotional beating i endured as a child, in the hands of the Roman Catholic church.

      I wonder if it is possible to sue them for child abuse, and emotional distress? LOL. Can you just imagine that scenario?

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      Jean Bakula 

      8 years ago

      Hi There,

      You have written an interesting and thought provoking piece as usual! I am one of those who consider myself "spiritual" but not relgious. It does seem cruel that teachings that have no factual basis are foisted on children, and stupid that adults blindly believe a bunch of nonsense. Just to read the Book of Genesis you have to take so many leaps in your mind that it is boggling. In my Metaphysics class, our teacher is a Catholic, and has his beliefs. But he teaches that Jesus was a great master who knew all the answers to our metaphysical questions, he learned many in his "lost years" in India! Jesus was reincarnated himself, and when he says "You will do all these things and more than me", he really thought people would use him as an example of their inherent abilities, not make a silly religion out of him. I'm sure he would be dismayed to see what happened here on Earth! Hey, at least its past 5/21 and we're still here! And according to the Hermetic Laws, you can't have love without hate, good without bad, hot without cold, etc. Love you, voted up. Jean

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Excellent comment. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I did not know that part of the bible. I have read it cover to cover many, many years ago, but do not recall those particular passages, or they certainly would have been incorporated into my hubs as well.

      This is exactly what i have been trying to say without really pissing people off by bluntly saying organized religions are born of Satan.

      If you can point me to that part of the bible i will do a hub based on that precept.

      Can you believe, that I, of all people would actually "quote" something from the bible? Maybe there is hope for me after all?

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for visiting, reading and commenting. That is exactly my point. I do not negate the positive attributes of the purported teachings of Jesus, i simply deplore how organized religions have been duping people en masse for way too many centuries now.

      You are correct in your assertions. The first problem is to wake up the majority to the deceptions they are being fed by organized religions. Instead of brainwashing our children into the religious cults, we should be teaching them love, tolerance, acceptance, etc..- not via brainwashing, but by example. Like this will every happen!!?

      Thanks so much for reading and you vote of approval. That means a lot to me.

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      8 years ago from Atlanta

      Actually, the problems we have with religion were foretold by Jesus when he was here, and they are recorded in the Bible. I'm not sure that you get this, and I know most of the world doesn't, so here goes:

      All major religions are the fabrication of Satan, the deceiver. That includes main-stream Christianity. When we understand that there is a spiritual battle going on here on earth, maybe we can get it. Why do Christians act so contrary to the example that Jesus gave us? Simple answer, they are NOT CHRISTIANS! Jesus told us that many would come teaching a religion about Him and deceive the multitudes into a false doctrine. He said that before His return, except for the elect, the whole world would be deceived into believing a false Christianity. Then we have Islam whose purpose is to destroy Jews and Christians. Of course, the Jews and Christians wish the Muslims would disappear, but most seem to accept their right to worship as they want, just not in Israel.

      If we put any faith in the Bible, Christians must admit that they are most likely one of the deceived and therefore, not Christians at all. In the end-game they will be shown the truth along with the rest of the world.

      Who, or what, do most humans worship? Well, Satan, of course. After all, He is currently the lord of this earth. Jesus isn't ruling over His kingdom yet. That is in the Bible too.

      So unless we can claim to be one of God's elect, we can bet our souls that we have been deceived by Satan into following his plan for us instead of God's. How do we know which few of us are the true Christians? God only knows. I know that I have no idea. But, I do know what the Bible says, which is more than most professing Christians can say. All they know is the crap spewed out by their pastors on Sunday (or Saturday) morning.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I agree with you 100% !

      Awesome and vote up !!!

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      Lee Raynor 

      8 years ago from Citra Florida

      I think every generation uses religion to justify their own cultural and personal prejudices. At one time religion was used to support slavery, religion still supports misogyny, and still condemns homosexuality. My point is that if there were no religions we would find another way to justify our prejudices. I could hate you because you wear brown shoes or have curly hair and I would find a group that supports my view point. We need enlightenment as a species, with or without religion

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      8 years ago from Southern California

      A thoughtful hub. The teachings of Christ and every other prophet have been twisted to suit those in power - and it's amazing like you say, that intelligent people blindly accept it without question.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      8 years ago from Isle of Man

      A very effective way to programme a person is to repeatedly tell that person something you want them to believe. The younger the person the easier it is to brainwash them. Parents and teachers sometimes do this inadvertently out of frustration and calling a child stupid often enough will result in behaviour from the child to fulfil the adult's expectation. The same result can be achieved deliberately and POWs can bear this out. I have also treated many people who have come to me with destructive subconscious programmes that were as a result of this kind of conditioning during their young formative years. Our mouths are like loaded guns so be careful where you point your words! Another great hub to bring these injustices into public awareness. Thank you.


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