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Why I Believe In God but Not Religion

Updated on September 22, 2015
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God created man, and gave man the gift of self-awareness, so that man could shape the world as he saw fit. Man created religion, a system of beliefs, to bring people closer to God, and teach people how to live in a world full of chaos. The earliest forms of religion were probably meant to lead people away from the pitfalls of life, and show the way to prosperity. Many of the religions we find in today’s society still teach these fundamentals, and still help people find their way when they are lost. As people started to ask more questions, religion started to take on different shapes and forms, and suddenly there were many different answers to the same questions. This diversity in beliefs should’ve been a good thing, but it became the reason why bloody wars were fought, why people were murdered, and why so many people turn away from God today.

I am a believer in God and not a believer in Religion, to many people this might sound contradictory, but to me it’s the only thing that makes sense. God created me, and gave me the ability to think for myself. I do not believe he gave me this gift to blindly follow the path others have set before me, but to set my own path and find my own way in this world. Now, this doesn’t mean I don’t think religion has something valuable to offer me. Religion has taught me many valuable lessons, the only reason I don’t choose to follow a religious path is because I don’t believe there’s one religion that has all the answers. I believe every religion has something valuable to offer. From the discipline of Buddhism to the inspiration of Christianity, each religion has something I can take from it, and I believe God wants it this way. I don’t believe it was God’s intent for his children to fight bloody wars in his name, for his children to shun their brothers and sisters because they couldn’t agree on things.

Religious diversity is a blessing, but too many people use it as an excuse to hate others. One of the biggest fundamental beliefs every religion teaches is tolerance, but this lesson seems to be the first thing forgotten when men decide to lead crusades against other men. For this reason, I will choose to believe in God and not Religion.

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      thomas 3 years ago

      I agree with the person who belives in God and does not follow a religion.

      First those so called relgious used religion to put African people into slavery and a lot of so called christian still hate blacks in usa.

      And muslims put Africans into slavery as well.

      Also jews did the same put blacks into slavery and made money.

      Akhenaten was the first to believe in the unity of one God Ra the sun God.

      So jesus is light so is RA. Virgin birth oh that was borrowed.

      So I believe in that As a Black the Knowldege of Self is the knowledge of self

      and that was written in the pymrimids which we as Africans draw and built. So I believe in RA the true god above all Gods and the truth of God

      and Ptha Hotep who wrote the first book ever written calle the Maxims of Pthahotep which already teaches the true reality of Matt and great ethics which the ten commandments came and copied Maat 44 laws or negative confessions.

      So your water down religion came from Africia that is true and not racisist.

      That why we Africans and Blck people are still here.

      Jews gods people ha, they know too

      we fought for our rights in this country and we are still fighting as you gun down travon and other black kids. so when you die you turn black as the say ashes to ashes dust to dust. Holla

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      tc 3 years ago

      you do not need religion its nonsense look at all the things the cathokic church says and is contradicted in the bible.we need freedom not control

      by government and religion both are corrupt and evil

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      Kimberlie Kacan 4 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      Good hub and good point. I am firm in my own religion and beliefs, but the biggest issue I have with religion is how people use their individual religion to make believers of other religions wrong. If people looked more closely, they'd see that religious beliefs are very closely linked together regardless of how it is practiced. People forget that God created ALL of us and I have a hard time believing that God, who loves us all so much, would favor one religion over another and punish people for how they choose to worship Him.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I think people could benefit by exploring different belief systems. If anything it could teach a bit more tolerance for others beliefs as well as bring the world closer.

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      Katharine L Sparrow 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Interesting perspective, I agree with many of your points.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Interaction with like minded individuals is always rewarding. I know I love it when I'm around a group of people who enjoy playing chess; we can talk theory and strategy for hours, and it never gets old. This isn't an exclusive benefit of one religion though. I'm sure I could enter any house of worship and I'd find people I could feel connected to.

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      Laura L Scotty 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      I love the interaction with people that also feel drawn to participate at a religious level.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      What is the value you find in organized religion. I always keep an open mind to these things.

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      Laura L Scotty 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      I can see the value in following an organized religion besides being spiritual. Perhaps I was presumptuous in assuming there was room for discussion. No offense intended.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Which part would you like to debate about, lol. I'm not sure where we are in conflict. I make no criticisms about those who choose one faith or the other, I just feel for my personal choice I like to find some of my answers on my own.

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      Laura L Scotty 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      I see your point here but I can't completely agree with it. I used to call myself spiritual and not religious. In my spiritualism, I was led to my current duties which I perform for my particular parish. I prefer to believe that God called me to do this in my interspective side when I would just silently talk and go from there. This nicely written piece would be a great start for a friendly debate.