reply to post by wildtimes
I never said anything about rejecting all religion, or atheism being the 'correct' answer. I've acknowledged over and over that Faith certainly
CAN, and for millions DOES offer comfort, solace, hope, and so forth.
sorry, read a lot between the lines.
btw i just added my views about atheism, didn't want to mean that you advocated it.
It is the
FEAR part that needs to go. Fear of not
being good enough, of going to 'hell', of never, ever measuring up; fear of
being shunned and ostracized; of
being physically abused for 'messing
up' in the opinion of an authority
i strongly condemn physical or emotional abuse.
However, i would have a different stand on importance of 'fear'
'no fear' is as bad as 'too much fear'
there are some necessary fears like, i fear that i shouldn't wrong or hurt anyone by being careless, so the fear keeps me careful and
The fear of 'hell' is exactly this!
Its consciousness of God and an awareness that i will be answerable to God for every action.
Its called 'Taqwa' in arabic, translated in english very poorly and rudely as 'fear of God'
the idea, fear of 'not being good enough'/'not measuring up', is also not really true.
Especially after i know a hadith(saying) of prophet Muhammad and i like it a lot,
i am paraphrasing, he said, "if humans were perfect and did'nt make mistakes(do wrongs), God would create another creation who did mistakes so that
God could forgive them"
so i don't need to fear any religious authority neither need them to give me religious/social validation.
There are no brokers between me and God.
I like the quote,
"there would be no peace on earth till the last king(read as dictator/president) is throttled with the entrails of the last priest"
I don't deny the need of religious scholars and priests but, i deny them having anymore authority than any other individual.