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[Oct. 23rd, 2005|11:17 pm]
Right, I'm in the mood for it, and I might as well say this now. Careful if you're easily offended, and don't say I didn't warn you.

Why I do not like religion

I simply do not understand why we need it, what is so good about it, and why it's placed on such a high pedestal. No one in present day was around back then when "it all happened", and therefore no one can prove it was really real now was it? All these so called 'holy texts', of any religion of any deity of any sort, were written by men. Therefore, it can be interpreted any way by men, in any way they see fit. Who is to say whether or not they are using this chance to manipulate the writings to support their claims and whether they feel? Frankly, I feel putting so much weight on a text that was written by a man, very dodgy. Sure, it's hella old and stuff, and written by many men, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a text that was created by a person, and people have opinions and motives. Like, a motive to make you believe in this thing called a "religion".

Deities too, I find dodgy. In fact sometimes, I feel they can shove it. We cannot see them, touch them or feel them. No, don't give me that "he's in my heart/head/soul" nonsense. He/She/It is not there. Yet I find it ridiculous how people credit these non-existant things so much, even when things have been so shitty and only turn out okay because of their own effort. My former principal, whom I shall only refer to as NEC, is a great man, and very religious. Heck, my ex-school was a Methodist one, and being a principal of such a school I'm sure he was at least semi-religious. Yet, a few years back he was accussed of molesting a student while having been asked by him for personal help. Here we have a great man that has helped keep a questionable school afloat for so long, contributes tons to society AND is a religious man and what does he get? He gets this crappy accusation of being a bloody molester. A whole lot of good religion's done for him. Yes, in the end he got immense support and the case was dropped. Religion and whatever deity had no part of it, it was because everyone else felt he was being wronged and therefore, rallied up to help him. I highly doubt religon had a part in it.

Of course how can we forget all the killings that have been going on recently because of religion? Now I know what most of you might say. "It's not because of religion, it's because of people who misinterpret it or use it wrongly". Sure sure, that's real easy to say. But it doesn't take away my feeling that religion has caused, or been the catalyst for a LOT of problems, and I don't see anything that it has really given back. Maybe John Lennon had a point, maybe a world with "no religion too" would be a great idea, as all I've really seen religion do is divide people. Not only amongst people with different religions, but sometimes those with and without religions too. Ironic.

Sure, religion's helped people live on, helped people become better etc etc. Sometimes I'm envious of those of you who can so easily, or willingly embrace this thing you call a religion, a "faith". But if you're a good person who feels everyone should be treated equally, then great! We could use more of you. But why need religion to do it? Why need something that to me, just seems like some invisible 'deity' that advocates a whole long list of "You shall not"s?

AM I saying that everyone who is religious is an idiot? No I am not. I am saying that religion is complete bullshit? I would love to, but I would like to remain open-minded and hopefully one day someone from up above will come down and bitch slap me. What I am saying however is I am tired of why religion is so darn important and put on such a high horse when it seems so fake and has done a whole lot of harm. I've been mocked, look down on, ostracised AND discredited all my life. Trust me, I had contemplated suicide many times like many other people have. But I'm still here today, and I don't think any guy up there (if he IS there) helped me at all. Believe it or not, I even prayed once back in Secondary 5. Maybe I don't deserve his oh-so-holy-and-divine help. But as it is now, I'm not convinced that it's of any good, if it exists in the first place.


[User Picture]From: shotamerican
2005-10-24 04:57 am (UTC)
Although I am a firm believer in God, I am not offended that you feel this way. I feel, no matter the outcome of your belief, you are entitled to your own journey in life.

But, and I could be wrong about this, I feel your animosity is being misplaced. Religion isn't something that is supposed to magically make things in life go right, and it's true that people have done many mudane things in the "name of the Lord." Which is why I find the saying, "Nuke a Gay Whale for Jesus Christ," incredibly amusing. But face it, not everyone in the world are angels, religious or not. There's actually a lot of not-so-good people out there. It's sad when you are surprised to meet a good-natured person these days, rather than being surprised to meet an asshole, but that is how it is today. You are still in college, and as much as we think that's mature, it's totally not. Kids are still in that junior high stage until they get a kid of their own (...we can only hope that is how it is, at least).

but while you're in college, i think educating yourself is the best way to understanding. i'm glad you're reading about religion, so you can explore your feelings about in a more intellectual way. i think you should continue to comment about your findings.
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[User Picture]From: kyq
2005-10-24 05:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for the good natured reply, I wish all religious people were like you (and the many religious people I know). Maybe then I'd be less annoyed and disillusioned with the whole religion thing.
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[User Picture]From: obsidianmcnight
2005-10-24 08:42 am (UTC)
Of course how can we forget all the killings that have been going on recently because of religion? Now I know what most of you might say. "It's not because of religion, it's because of people who misinterpret it or use it wrongly". Sure sure, that's real easy to say.

That's a pretty sore point for me. All I can think about are all the hate crimes that were done against Muslims after 9/11 because people think their religion automatically makes them a terrorist. And because I don't "look Muslim", all my life people think it's ok to bag them in front of me because they don't know that my family are Muslims.

Having a religion doesn't automatically make you one type of person. Neither does being an atheist make you one specific type of person. There's even a difference between having a religion and being religious. I can see how some aspects of religion piss you off (I don't believe in religion myself), but it's a different thing completely to judge people just because they choose to have one. Religion and people are separate things, and it's always my opinion that people choose what to do with a religion - that's why you get people who are technically the same faith who practice it differently. Some practice it by the letter, some are fundie idiots, some pick bits of it that they like, and some just like the security of the thought of some Big Dude up there looking out for you.

It sounds to me more like you're angry at hypocrites who use religion as an excuse to do horrible things more than religion itself. After all, I'm sure you won't have any problems with religion if no one chooses to have one. There will just be some other sorry excuse to justify shitty behaviour that you can get angry at.
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[User Picture]From: kyq
2005-10-24 05:33 pm (UTC)
I suppose I am just plain angry, and to be honest, I'm also envious. I would love to be able to so easily or willingly trust that someone powerful is looking out for me. I just don't know what to have faith in anymore.
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[User Picture]From: obsidianmcnight
2005-10-24 10:15 pm (UTC)
You can be like me and just trust people I like :P Most of the time I don't even think about putting my belief in a higher power, to be honest.
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[User Picture]From: iodinesoup
2005-10-24 09:33 am (UTC)
Amusingly, you never hear of anyone blowing shit up in the name of Buddha.
Personally my family doesn't have a religion. But I am kinda proud that the majority of my family/relatives are Buddhists.
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[User Picture]From: iodinesoup
2005-10-24 09:39 am (UTC)
Ok, I take it back. Someone just poked it into my mind that violent Buddhist fundimentalists do exist. Guess no matter how good natured a religion is. Some wackos just have to bastardise it in order to gain a blind following for his/her/its cause that probably didn't even had anything to do with said religion.

Now I feel like taking a select group of followers to go into space and start a new world, while leaving this one to decay.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-10-26 09:25 am (UTC)
Well, no matter where you go, loonies will appear, and they don't care about religion. They just happen to be in that "faith" and probably just shove responsbility to an unknown entity so conveniently whenever they do something mad. Notice the similarity of how insane people in asylums usually talk to (a) non-existent being(s) in thin air? XD

- Drew
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