Originally posted by Amaterasu
My question to you is, what are your thoughts about spirituality vs. religion and its dogma?
Personally, I believe that if your beliefs are actually true, you would never have to create a religion around them.
Religions are there as a control body. To regulate what your beliefs are.
I certainly do not disagree with spirituality. The spiritualists tend to hold to their beliefs because they founded them themselves. Not because some
man was paid to tell them what those beliefs are.
Religion itself is a very dangerous tool. It creates your reality for you, enforces it, takes your money, and can easily use you as a weapon for the
Remember, priests are not god. They claim to relay the message of a god, but in the end, who can do that, and not be lying? Unless they're
schizophrenic, or actually do hear a "god".
Ask yourself this... if you were being spoken to by a "god" and that "god" told you that the religious texts are wrong... do you really think the
church would let you fix those religious texts? No. Of course not.
In the end, spirituality is freedom. Religion is just another form of control and slavery.
If you truly hold to your beliefs, you don't need a church to justify your prayers.
Me, I don't believe in a god at all. But religion is a rather handy tool for me to use, like a detention center for the mind, to get those who hold
no natural moral instincts out of the way.
If you can think for yourself, and hold your own moral code, I welcome you as a fellow atheist.