reply to post by jiggerj
Religion is just an excuse to hide behind a wall of fairy tails and ignorance, because the world is far too scary. I was raised a christian, Lutheran
to be exact. I went to church like a good little Christian, where I was taught how evil the world is, and how Satan is in everything, and that
questioning anything the bible or the church says is a sin. If I thought for myself, if I didn't believe devoutly that the church was holy above all
else I would spend eternity in hell. In school I did poorly because I refused to accept science as the church taught me. I was only allowed to believe
what a book written two millennia ago said, and the say so of a god that as far as reality was concerned, was made up by superstitious people.
Just as every other god in history, just a more wrathful god worshipped. Y more hateful people. I forced my beliefs on people, as was righteous, I had
to save them from their sinful ways. My congregation smiled on this as it had been custom for hundreds of years to "save" people, whether is be with
hate, torture, or even murder, because the devil was everywhere, and anyone who disagreed with us was evil and working for him. I judged anyone who
wasn't Christian, even other denominations, why? Because it was good. In my late teens I started to see many contradictions and bad things in my
religion, we were supposed to be loving and caring like our god, but that was our opinion, our disguise. We weren't helping anyone, we were hurting
society with our hate and predjudice.
One day in mass we discussed the westboro baptist church, and how they were " a little misguided, but had pure intentions, and good hearts." then
the grip they had on my mind, the influence the church had on how I thought, shattered. I was disgusted, so much hate and no love, but supposedly the
hate was out of love. I started thinking I research my religion and everything about it, shocked that I had been lied to my whole life, that the
history of christianity I had been taught was a lie.
Christianity evolved from a much older religion, and story's in the bible didn't add up certain stories had been added, and some removed. Everything
I wAs taught was a clever lie. Thus I did the one thing that would condemn my soul forever, I questioned my faith.
It was then that I saw everyone
in my congregations true colors. They branded me with hate, saying that they were concerned is was being influenced by the devil, I suddenly felt
trapped, like I was amidst some cult in a scifi nightmare. Every church was the same. I realized that these people weren't good at all, they were
cold, hateful, ignorant, and mind washed. I suddenly realized how crazy they seemed. There whole lives were formed around an ancient story, their
chain was fear and it bound them.
As I got older I explored more sins, exploring new religions ( pretty much similar stories) learning, human temptations, I was happy for the first
time, I was free, no longer bound by fear. I had a thirst for knowledge, I learned so much, met new people of all walks of life, something the church
was against because they were evil, atheists and so on. And guess what? They didn't force their beliefs on me, they weren't evil, they were good
hearted, they committed actions to improve their lives and the lives of others, whereas my congregation just prayed
I broke away from religion and realized it was a vertebrae in the spine of societies flaws. I've met many Christians, I don't hate them, even though
they hate me. In every one I noticed many flaws, they were not better than me, despite their beliefs. Many were two faced, ignorant beyond belief,
hateful, or the friendly ones were just eager to " spread the good word." I supposedly have an above average IQ but one cannot measure
intelligence, for any reference point has a cancelling greater and lesser value, thus it is irrelevant. I'm not superior to anyone, only smarter than
I would've been had i remained religious. By this so-called "measurement" one might notice that the more religious one is, the further below
average they fall.
I think religion is horrible, and one of man kinds greatest flaws. Nonetheless, my children will not be raised atheists nor religious, instead they
will have the freedom to choose for themselves. Whatever they choose, I will love them nonetheless and support them. For it is not my right to force
my beliefs on another human being. How many religious people would agree with that. If I burn in hell, then I shall do so without regret, for the
chains fell and I live without fear. Peace and love to everyone, because we all deserve it, good things are not reserved for the religious.
Religion is preventing peace, it's the fuel of hate, war, and fear. Only when humanity rises above superstition and unites as a single race, will we
know harmony and peace on earth.