posted on Jul, 31 2012 @ 06:21 AM
As someone who was raised "Catholic" I believe that Jesus might have lived and that his message(s)/teachings in fact made a lot of sense and were
actually pretty good. But that's as far as it goes.
I, HOWEVER, think that religion is GREATLY distorting all the elemental and important messages who once were given and that it, along with the Bible,
is only an instrument used as a tool for controlling people. I also believe that the majority of people of all kinds of religions (not only
Christians) are not even remotely LIVING accordingly what the real messages/core of their religion initially was - but rather practicing "rituals"
and other silly things which have nothing to do with the actual "spirituality"/essence of the religion(s).
For example, we could simplify it and say Jesus actually taught that it would be constructive to be "nice to each other" instead of smashing our
skulls in. A PROFOUND message, for sure.
But how many people are LIVING this essential message - not many. They are, instead, like robots, busy and occupying their lives according to (the
rituals and THEORIES) of religion - as opposed to what would really be important, attending to the next human.
You can read the bible and know every bible verse by heart, attend church and have your daily praying schedule - this does NOT make you a better
person. People are committing crimes and murder for centuries "in the name of religion..eg. Christinaity" - not realizing the incredible hypocrisy
that, by doing so, they are acting ENTIRELY against what their religion/prophets etc. intended to teach them.
The problem i personally have is to see through this, also noticing a particular arrogance..because i am seeing lots of people claiming to be
"religious"..which is entirely irrelevant. I dont care whether you know the bible in and out, i dont care whether you and your family attend church
Don't knock on my door in a rather arrogant way, making me want to sell the belief that you are a better person because "you BELONG" to some
Jesus (or other similar figures from the past) dont think had any interest in what, in reality, is not relevant AT ALL. Their message was much more
profound and deeper....but religion has basically forgotten what it all is REALLY about, instead making the irrelevant aspects of it more important
that the actual essence of the belief.
Short: Someone can be more "true" to a belief and live much more accordingly to a faith, WITHOUT any part of the bible, priests, pope, churches etc.
Maybe the new age "freak" living around the corner is actually the one "nearer to god" (if you will) - as opposed to the religious "practicing"
couple who THINK they are "oh so religious" and "the better humans" because they go to church.