posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 04:07 PM
I'm going to a mega-church this Sunday, and I'm going to write a check of $50,000 to God for the Stairway to Heaven.
Please allow me to explain myself...
I'm doing this as a protest to organized religion. I'm by no means an atheist by any sense. I'm completely tolerant of other peoples beliefs and I
do not discriminate against anyone for their "religious" or "spiritual" beliefs as long as you choose to believe your theology, morals, and
philosophy due to personal experiences and YOUR perspective instead of allowing someone else to do it for you.
I believe in a lot of philosophical view points that comes from the Bible, Torah, Koran, etc. but as religion as a "whole" I'm fundamentally
against the concept. Of course the moralities and philosophies of religious texts are great and have done a lot of good, (I'm a student of philosophy
so my beliefs of different symbolical, theological, and philosophical aspects of ALL religions have been interpreted from MY OWN perspective built
from personal experiences) but RELIGION as a WHOLE has been used by people to manipulate the perspectives and masses either for political or personal
gain (which I'm sure most of you are aware of) and this has affected history tremendously, either for better or worse, depending on your perspective
you argue either way.
Before I go any further I must explain why I say base your beliefs from interpretations based on your own personal experiences and perspective. ALL
religions (besides Scientology) have doctrines, practices, and beliefs that originated from shadowy origins, meaning, the history of the Old and New
Testaments and who wrote them are practically unknown, Judaism was founded from tribal religions from one region and eventually through time evolved
into one religion encompassing different and similar practices from different tribes. Christianity originated from Judaism but the interpretations of
the original gospel have been changing ever since the original ministry of Jesus. Hinduism started from the tribes of the pre-Vedic and Dravidian eras
in India then was encompassed into one whole religion (well to some extent). It can also be argued that Buddhism branched off of philosophies of
Hinduism. All of these examples and others lead to my point that we don't really know who or what started these religions and thus the validity of
their doctrines are subject to question. With this in mind I base my beliefs on what relates to me due to my perspective.
Now, to my main points why organized religion has become a problem...
(I'll start with Christianity since my Grandmother exposed it to me as a little one and it is the religion that I have "witnessed" the most)
Christianity has a lot of beliefs I can relate too and a lot of Christians ARE open minded and very humble people, but also I have found a lot of them
to be very narrow minded and judgmental of other peoples beliefs when in reality they can't even explain the history, doctrines, or beliefs that they
The typical belief is that when you die you either go to heaven or hell depending on whether or not you have been good or bad (kind of like how Karma
works, you go to a "lower" life or "higher" life depending on your Karma, but the Abrahamic version of sin and holy is more absolute). Now, there
are the 10 commandments which you must not do otherwise you'll sin. Then the church leaders come in and interpret the bible for you and tell you what
is sinful or not depending on their own agenda. The masses typically follow and believe without question. The priests use the potential of hell or
heaven as a means to lure you into their "spell." (as lack of better terminology)
But with the concepts of going to heaven or hell when you die, the religion is hypocritical in a lot of ways. In the Old Testament it is said that the
"soul" of the individual separates from the body and goes to a place called Sheol, where the soul will reside. In the New Testament, Jesus calls
this place Hades (the Greek after world) which consists of two sections one for the righteous and one for the unrighteous and the souls wait until
resurrection occurs. (kind of sounds like the process of the 7 Bardos in Tibbetan Buddhism with higher and lower reincarnations, both abrahmic and
eastern religions say that there is an intermediate state between life and the next, whether from resurrection or reincarnation)
Later in History, Christian Theology further developed on this concept and stated the the soul will directly go to heaven or hell do "get a taste"
of what it'll be like after the Final Judgement and will be resurrected with their bodies. This is where a lot of denominations are divided. They
either say the soul sleeps until judgement, go to Hades, or go to directly to hell. With these inevitabilities of the afterlives being engraved into
our beliefs system, the priests are able to interpret the bible for their own agenda and not have to worry about the masses in their congregation
going against their words. How are we suppose to follow these types of people, look at the Catholic church, the Pope goes to Africa and says "Condoms
are bad" when AIDS is most wide spread on the continent, while on the other hand, priests (note, note all) in the Catholic Church are constantly
committing pedophilia with little boys and the church neglects to mention that.
"War is not Pro-Life"
The point to this is that, the church will say one thing to control while on the other neglects to admit their flaws to the masses that they are
preaching too. Knowingly misconstruing the beliefs and psyche of the masses is far worse of an ultimate sin than some little child stealing a piece of
candy. The church took the Philosophy of Jesus Christ, interpreted it to their own liking then forced people to follow their religions or be punished
in the name of God (look at the Crusades and the converting of the native people of the colonies that the Europeans forced upon people). In western
society we look at the Islamic way of life as savage, barbaric, immoral, jihad, and intolerable of other religions and ways of life, while at the same
time this type of mentality is just as immoral, savage, and intolerable as they claim the Muslim World to be (in my opinion the Christian doing is
much worse than the Muslims because Christianity holds a lot more power in the global chess board than Muslims do, due to the societies that most of
these beliefs are concentrated in). These same people say that the Muslims want for governments to be Islamic governments and have a problem with
that, while at the same time they are the same ones to say "America is a Christian Nation based on Christian Fundamentals.' So, we can look at this
as a war between religions in a way, as one side thinks the other side does the same thing that the other side thinks the other side is doing. Now, I
know the politics behind the war is far more than just religion difference, that is not the point for this argument.
I'm not solely saying that the Christian religion is the only ones guilty of this; Judaism, Islam, and even Hinduism are just as guilty of this act.
In fact, the Brahim priests of the Vedic ages are just as guilty. As, the high priests of their religions in their time, they were in charge of
worship, rituals, and knowledge bestowed upon the lower levels of society. Since they were the unquestionable "link from men to the gods" their
power was unchallenged. They interpreted the concepts of reincarnation and karma to create a caste (class) system in which they were the ones at the
topic. They said, you are in a lower level of society because of the karma of your past life, if you live your life to the best then you will be
reincarnated into a higher caste. So they used the promise of a better next life if you do good to keep other members of society into lower places.
They were just as guilty if not more guilty than their western counterparts at interpreting scripture and manipulating the masses.
In conclusion, I'm a very civil person and respectful of peoples beliefs and love to have conversations with others about their philosophical, moral,
and theological beliefs, it intrigues me. But, I am against "high priests" manipulating the masses for their own gain. My personal beliefs are a
combination of different from all walks of religion and philosophy. Theology, I believe in after life, reincarnation, one god, and unconditional love,
which almost all religions teach in some way, but all these religions have their own "little" details on how to achieve Salvation, Enlightenment,
etc. and in these little details they become so against each other and start wars and kill each other and they all missed the whole point of religion
in the first place.
With almost 7,000,000,000,000 people on Earth and 7,000,000,000,000 different perspectives, problems will naturally and systematically occur if we
allow others to do the thinking for us.
So I'm going to a Mega-Church this upcoming Sunday and when communion comes around I'm going to write my check to God for eternal salvation. I'm
going to put my phone number on their so that when they try to cash this check they will contact me and I can bring my viewpoint to their attention.
When they ask me why, I'm going to ask them, why are you involved with religion? Is it because your own beliefs led to this? Is it because you want
to go to heaven? Are you afraid to die? Were you raised this way? Do subconsciously just want to be a part of something? Do you feel your just an
microscopic electron compared to the rest of the infinite universe and you want to have some type of meaning in life? Is it because you agree with the
morals? Why do we stories to give us a better sense of morality? Is it because if we associate these stories as divine acts of God that we recognize
these beliefs and morals as the proper way of life? Why must we NEED these stories to add importance into our lives?
"Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the
invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place,
of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you.
He loves you and he needs money." -George Carlin