posted on May, 16 2009 @ 02:42 AM
We need greater scrutiny of those things we hold sacred -- whether it be a religious text, the chronology of history, or authority.
The problem with so many people being a slave to superstition like the Bible is the loss of potential we have to make real strides in improving the
world for ourselves and our children.
Imagine channeling all that time, money and energy into something like ending world hunger, curing cancer, or even space travel. We could create our
own miracles, in our own lifetimes.
If we could abandon this belief that we will somehow be punished for all eternity if we question, then maybe we could come together as a species and
develop a meaningful moral code, one based on humanistic principles and not some hodgepodge of ancient writings focusing heavily on dietary
restrictions. But when you have such a large portion of the population believing they will receive some reward after they die if you believe in
certain people or say the right words, there is little motivation to improve their current environment.
Belief in a magical sky being does not foster personal responsibility. Grace and forgiveness are like giant do-overs on a cosmic scale.
When I hear my own family spouting that geology is "nonsense" because the world is only 6,000 years old, I am embarrassed and ashamed that we have
not come any further in educating people than this. We have people who reject science outright to embrace myth and superstition in the same age as we
travel the universe.
I wish that most of them would at least entertain the possibility that their beliefs might be wrong, and then have some sort of realistic approach to
life in the here and now. If they would open that door but a crack, we would have a real opportunity to make the world a better place.
Religion will never do this. Religion divides, it does not unite. That is why so many faiths today have different sects, all of them in disagreement
with each other. . . especially Christianity.
The greatest loss surely must be the raping of our spirituality. How can someone fettered by the fears of a wrathful, vengeful, omnipotent invisible
being possibly explore the divinity inherent in each one of us?
How can we possibly realize the full human potential when we are mired in delusions from our oldest myths?