posted on Jul, 6 2003 @ 05:04 PM
This is just my uneducated thought on this:
Morality is an inherent part of 'human nature', of Self. It is a 'self-governing' mechanism but is also learned and taught. Our
parents teach of us 'right' and 'wrong', the places and people we come in contact with daily teach and enforce 'morality'. Religion, also,
teaches us of morality on the physical being as well as the spiritual being. Furthermore, just what 'exactly' is "rightness" or "wrongness"?
Is this NOT intrinsically defined by 'us'?
But as with Morality and issues of "wrongness' or "rightness", you have the samething with Religion. I personally feel that religion as a
whole is somewhat purposeful but to be more specific, organized religion is a problem. Organized religion is not a solution; they are
the problem. Not all religions, but most and certainly, most of the largest. Organized religion or religion in general --- and to clarify, let it be
said I am refering those religions which teach a doctrine of exclusivity. In other words, "our religion is the only true religion"; the kind
of religion that teaches separatist philosophy and exclusive theology.
What we have in the case of most of our largest and most influential organized religions, is the blind leading the blind.....
Organized religions as we currently create it is largely an exclusive experience. It is exclusive to the individual or the group experiencing
it. We have not found a way to include everyone in the same experience -- that is, society as a whole -- because we have not found a way for everyone
to agree on How the experience should be experienced.
Organized religions, by their very nature, exclude as many as they include. This would be non-problematic if religions were tolerant of
those they exclude, yet far too often this is not the case.
Religions, which we count on to teach tolorance and morality, have not learned how to practice eitherof them, and so, teach just the opposite.
All behaviors are the results of beliefs, and we cannot make lasting changes in behavior or morality without addressing the beliefs that underlie
those 'behaviors'. We must transcend our stereotypes and the attachments we have to our opinions, beliefs, morality, etc. We cannot
change the world without changing ourselves first!
Personally, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' path to G-d. No path to G-d is more direct than any other path. No religion is the one true
religion; no people are the chosen people; and no prophet is the greatest prophet.
G-d is not a singular G-d; Super Being, living somewhere in the Universe or outside of it, having the same emotional needs and subject
to the same emotional turmoils as human/Man. That Which Is G-d cannot be hurt or damaged in any way, and so, has no need to seek
revenge or impose commandments, judgements, or punishments.
"We are not our bodies. Who you are is limitless and without end."
[Edited on 6-7-2003 by Seekerof]