posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 08:04 AM
Its been a while since I posted, but this was post worthy.
People who try to force something on you like a religion should not feel oppressed or victimized. Yes you have the right to get out and preach like
that these days but the tactic that preachers and religious leaders use to get people into church is hate and fear. How can you you tell someone they
will die in eternal anguish if they do not believe what you believe? What if they have lived an honest and meaninful life and helped people in all
the ways they know, then someone says if you dont put your faith into this man everything you have worked for is useless?
I've studied religion,society,people, criminal justice and psychology long enough to know that religion is a sham. There is a spiritual component
that religion tries to hit upon, but the truth is do good unto others, respect others, better yourself... thats all thats really necessary to live a
good existence. Christians would have you hate yourself and constantly belittle yourself and psychologically torture yourself to the point of mental
disorders. Islamists would have you kill yourself or shame yourself into mental disorders as well. I have a hard time believing, i am sorry, that a
loving God would require you to mess yourself up mentally just to be able to go to "heaven". It does not make any sense. Yes some degree of anguish
is necessary to bring about positive change, but relgious people SUFFER, and its by their own hand and their preachers hand, and a bible that was
WRITTEN by PEOPLE, CLAIMING that they were writing on GODS Behalf...... I could come up with something amazing in the bible and if I said God said it
and you believed me in those times, I could have had my own book of the bible. So anyways...
When people go up in public and tell me that I am wrong and they are trying to guilt me into a false religion (they are all false- spirituality is for
the beholder) I can honestly see why people got mad. I think the person who pulled the gun had their own issues too. The sad part is that society
at large is pitted against each other in such a way that society can no longer see the truth. In America the media is so full of misleading and
psychologically abusive information that people here are losing their minds. Sometimes I honestly think that America is a test ground for
psycological abuse to see what people and society can handle because it is so messed up here. I have no problem listening to a preacher preach his
view if he isnt going to try to shame me and make me hate myself for my beliefs... and in fact if everyone around you acts in a good manor, more than
likely you will too if the environment is socially and psychologically nurturing... but our society is not... thats why we have Criminals and people
that when walking on the sidewalk will run from you if you for ANY reason look at them wrong or try to talk to them. This society is so broke its not
funny. If you really want something to change change your heart and your mind... your world exists in your head. You can start with yourself if
you want to make a difference in the world.
p.s. people know that Christians can be victims of hate crimes... they have been ever since religious leaders were manipulating them with fear and
hate in the dark/middle ages and the enligtenment periods... its nothing new.... stop trying to invoke more hate, its just what we dont need.
In response to an above poster... I agree Christians do it to themselves on an unconscious level, but religion is a great way to build a cohesive and
working society/environment. The problem that we ran into is that people lost touch of what the Bible is really saying (the good parts- the more wise
ones) and preach the doom and gloom sadness that is so easily remembered and twisted. I have still yet to find a verse in the bible that says you
cannot have sex with another person while not being married and it being sinful... but however if you read a newer version that was "updated" you
probably will.... I dont get it... Im pretty sure in the bible it says do not modify my words but they have been modified hundreds of times... Its
even noted in our history that books were taken out, added, and rough translations were made.... How can you justify that??
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