reply to post by madnessinmysoul
, and may Peace be upon you.
Spirituality, Philosophy, and Religion are actually my main interests. I am in agreement to many of your threads that appear to be "anti-religious,"
especially the ones against monotheism.
However, may I ask, "Why are you lobbying so strongly against established religion?"
As I said, I am in agreement to many of your points. I personally started a 'Crusade' against Christianity and Islam. Debates, blogs, discussion,
and even started a book. But I halted my efforts when I started thinking "What is my agenda? What am I hoping to achieve?"
I saw religion as a major source of separation, superiority complex issues, belittlement, judgmentalism, polarization, and even hate. I wanted to end
separation and help people to unite without a 'Believer vs Non-Believer' bias. So I started attacking the very religions that I once adhered to so
I discovered that the religious people I were addressing became hostile and angry. That's not what I wanted! Then I remembered that I didn't stop
being a Christian because some one made me do it. I didn't stop being a Muslim because someone tried to win an ideological debate with me. If
anything, opposition made me trust in the religion even more... an us (believers) versus them (non-believers) mentality. I joined every religion on
my own and I left every religion on my own.
Another thing I began to think about was 'foundation.' Do you realize how much love people have for their God or religion? Do you understand that
religion has given people extraordinary strength and courage in their most desperate of times? Do you think about the moral guidance people receive
from Holy Texts that they might not receive from any place else?
On this point you can argue the death, murder, wars, and tyranny that religion has spawned throughout the centuries. But today I only see one group
shouting religious war, and that is the radical Islamic movement funded by the C.I.A. Modern day Islamic extremism was funded and spread by the
C.I.A., so take the beef up with them. Maybe you can bring up the child molesters within the Vatican super structure, but then again, I believe these
wicked men to be infiltrators, not sheppards of god's flock. The past is the past on all the other issues.
Back to foundations... religion gives many people comfort, encouragement, and peace. I do not want to take that away from people if I can not offer
something equal or better in return. What good is it to tear down the religious foundations of individuals if you have no blue prints to rebuild
from the debris and destruction you created?"
A person that draws courage, hope, comfort, moral guidance, peace, compassion, love, and strength
from religion.... you now leave bloodied, confused, and hopeless on the gutter, just to soothe your agenda of fighting religion? You can't destroy
people's faith and leave them to die with nothing to hold on to. That is negative karma that you may be inflicting on yourself.