posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 01:18 PM
In the tome for "seeing the light", a really talented minister saw the light. He is still caught up in dealing with the problems of moving past
the darkness and into the light. But he doesn't wear dark glasses, doesn't deny the drug like addictions of religion's games on the mind, and he
has escaped the bad and moved into a true light of enlightment.
Everyone should be as wise and well read:
It took me a long time to recognize the harm that religion does to a society. Even after I was convinced that the Bible was nothing but another book,
I was reluctant to oppose biblically based religious beliefs. One of Nobel playwright Eugene O'Neill's greatest dramas was his Pulitzer Prize
winning *Long Day's Journey into Night,* a posthumous autobiographical play about a day in the life of a family coping with the ravages of drug
addiction and alcoholism. I know that evangelical Christians will resent the simile, but fundamentalist religion is like a drug. Once a person is
under its influence, it works like a drug in his life. To become free of it is as difficult as any habitual user's struggle with the drug of his
addiction. I consider the first two decades of my adult life as a long day's journey into light. Again, Bible fundamentalists will resent the
metaphor, but I believe it is valid. Religion is a form of darkness in the individual's life; escape from it is like a journey from darkness to
light. My escape was by no means easy.
The widespread acceptance of the belief that religion should enjoy privileged status has wreaked inestimable havoc on our society. It has cost the
lives of defenseless children whose parents sought cures for their illnesses in prayer rather than medical science; it has brought child abuse into
families indoctrinated in the biblical belief that beating the child with the rod will deliver his soul from hell (Prov. 23:13-14); it has degraded
women and relegated them to subservient status in our society through nonsensical beliefs that evil was introduced into the world by a woman (1 Tim.
2:13-15) and that the divine intention is for the man to be the head of the woman (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:23); it has siphoned our energy and resources
and poured them into the maintenance of church buildings and pastorates rather than enterprises that would truly benefit mankind; it has retarded
educational progress by its resistance to the teaching of sex education and scientific principles in conflict with fundamentalist beliefs; it has left
psychological scars in the lives of people and in more extreme cases produced religious fanatics like Jim Jones and David Koresh. In a word, it has
been a blight on our society.
Most need to remember, words and mind games can become as addictive as drugs and also destructive, in many ways, that happen far too often.