posted on Jul, 31 2008 @ 01:29 PM
This is not meant to criticize anyone's spiritual belief. Then intended purpose of this thread is to discuss the attitude many have towards their
chosen divine authority.
Throughout the world, there are many ways to celebrate one's relationship with the Divine. Some make offerings, or perform rituals. Many others pray
and sing hymns of praise.
But, when looking at average Joe Schmoe, when does he pray? In times of need. Sure he may go to church just in case, or because of habit and ritual.
But when does the almighty enter his thoughts? Only when things look bleak.
Johnny prays to Jesus to help him make this month's rent.
Sally prays to God when her son is in the hospital.
Tom says a prayer cause he's really drunk and doesn't want to get caught on his way home.
Jennifer prays to win the lottery to get out of this #hole apartment.
They treat their God as a get out of jail free card. A hurricane hits, they demand that the almighty spare this home!
After all, God can do anything, and he loves us, so it'd be no effort to do these little things.
These types of people diminish the worth of their God, making his sole duty to make life carefree.
But on top of this, God is all forgiving. So no matter how little they may pay attention to God's rules, he'll forgive us and then send us to an
ideallic wonderland when we day, eliminating the one great fear everyone has. This mystical place is a continuance of our lives, where all of our
friends and ancestors await us, and nothing goes wrong, and everyone's happy all of the time.
I feel that so many people consider their religion and corresponding religious authority being nothing more than a huge all powerful parent. They
imagine human like characteristics, only with unlimited power, who's sole duty is to make everyone happy.
I think this is an odd notion.
Now, I am not assuming that all religious people share this type of belief structure, but I feel many do.
Many people only adopt spiritual beliefs simply to shirk responsibility. They create a wish-fulfilling jewel of a God.
"Dear God, please, if you help me pass this exam, I'll be nicer to my lil brother.."
To these kind of people, there is no spiritual connection. Church, or religious ceremony exists only for the sake of habit, and being able to claim a
I think it's really sad.
These are the same sorts of people who say "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
The answer being, that no spiritual authority is going to protect mankind from suffering. If this were the case, the crusades, the witch hunts, the
holocaust, and countless other atrocities would never have occurred.
God's purpose is not to serve as a get out of jail free card. In the bible, many prophets, and holy people were mocked, beaten, tortured, and
executed. Yet, God did not intervene. Why then, would a weekend-worshiper get a pass when a Saint did not?
How many people go to their religious services, and wish they could skip it, or often do skip it, or are bored by the service?
Does this sound like a divine and perfect spiritual relationship to you? Hell, Drunken Uncle Ted is more entertaining than this Jesus crap most of the
We look forward to seeing our friends, and family. Yet, how many look forward to worship? My guess is, not many.
Another thing to consider is this, if we are all God's children, why would there be chosen people? Why would he play favorites, and have others be
born in pagan lands? Shouldn't everyone have had their ancestors taught the same truth?
There are also those who sing many songs to God. On the outside, one would think these people to be really the ones who get it. But no one considers
that songs do not possibly help an infinitely powerful being. They certainly don't help other people, they are simply recruitment tools meant to
glorify a certain type of practice, not to glorify God.
Let's take a few more common beliefs and examine them.
The notion of "God's house." Churches and Temples are often thought to be the house of God. But if God is everywhere at all times, what makes this
None of the prophets or sages even had temples, they did their preaching outside. Besides, what would be more sacred, a place built by man(church) or
a place built by God(The world)?
Holidays(Holy Days) are often revered and thought to be sacred. But if God is equally everywhere at all times, then why are certain days more special?
Because he was active on those days? Could not God be active on other days, then? Are these days somehow conduits into the world of God, reserving
intervention for these special times?
Again, I am not mocking, or criticizing any religious belief. I used Christian terminology because that is what many in the US are most familiar with.
Insert your terminology here.
The purpose of his thread is to take a squint at the nature of religious belief among a certain segment of people. When one examines their notions,
there are many questions.
Many will act as their own lay-priest and say "well I think God would do this."
yet they still think a man with a special type of outfit has the hotline to Jesus.
Again, I am holding to question religious belief, not spiritual doctrine. Using these examples, I have illustrated a concern of mine that the
religious practice of many is empty and devoid of spiritual connection to God. It then becomes not about divine relationship, but with fanciful whims
to usurp responsibility from the lives of men.
While this is not my most professionally written thread as people kept bothering me as I wrote it, I think I did manage to flag a certain void of
spirituality found among a large population of the religious.