posted on May, 8 2013 @ 05:57 PM
I will lay out my belief for everyone, and hopefully it will benefit at least one person. It is my belief that religion is about spiritual growth, and
nothing else. Every single thing that has any worth in religion is about spiritual growth. This growth is highly rooted in psychology as well. What
the Bible refers to as original sin is in fact synonymous with laziness. Every person has this inherent laziness that makes them reject spiritual
growth. In growing spiritually a person also grows psychologically, emotionally, etc. Any healthy relationship is also about each person nurturing the
spiritual growth of the other person.
I personally chose Christianity as the "correct" religion because it is the only religion that aligns itself with the principals that I believe
govern every person on earth. Every single thing Jesus said, once it is understood, was about spiritual growth. I also believe that many mental
illnesses would best be treated through psychoanalysis, a nurturing relationship between a therapist and a patient, and spiritual growth. People can
completely change their outlook by simply gaining an understanding of how things really are. Anyway, what does all this have to do with this
Well, I feel that too many other religions, and even Christianity with some people, have strayed away from the true ideas of religion. And because of
this fact, they place too much importance on things that were never intended to be important, things that do the opposite of nurturing spiritual
growth. I find Islam to be a false religion for many reasons, but I will attempt to articulate my main points for you guys. Islam, whether one
realizes it or not, is based entirely off of Judaism and Christianity. Mohammed was drawn to this religion during a time when most of the population
where he lived still worshiped idols. He spent some time learning about these religions, but it is obvious from things that he taught and said that he
had a very limited understanding of these religions.
It is after he learned about these religions that he claimed to have visions from God. That's fine. Maybe he did. But, it is obvious that many of his
teachings simply made apparent his lack of understanding, and thus placed doubt on his claims of divine revelation. For instance, regarding Jesus he
claimed that the man was not divine. Okay, in itself there is nothing wrong with this argument, even though I believe it to be wrong. But he takes it
one step further, and sticks his foot in his mouth by stating that although Jesus was not divine, His virgin birth via Mary was accurate. Anyone who
understand Christian doctrine will immediately see this is a glaring contradiction. There are other inconsistencies of that nature that lead me to
believe this person either made up his claims, or he did not accurately teach what he was given through divine revelation. I find the latter to be
absurd for a few reasons, so I personally think the former is more likely.
But that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity intend to worship the same God is no secret. Anyway, some of the teachings of Islam regarding how to treat
other people are either wrong, or the doctrine is not practiced correctly be believers of this religion. I know a bit about Islam, and I still have a
hard time figuring out if it is really telling followers to go out and kill anyone who is not a member of the same religion. If so, it is just more
proof that the religion is not about nurturing spiritual growth. And if so, it just shows that many Muslims are not practicing their religion
correctly. Neither reflect well on the Muslim followers in my opinion.
I get frustrated with Israel as well for similar reasons. I know Judaism well, seeing as that is the basis of the religion I believe in, and I know
that Judaism is the religion that gave us the ten commandments. Israel, like some Arab countries, is a state that is based on a religion. There is no
separation of church and state. Thus it is appalling to me that this religious government does not even follow what it supposedly believes. If you
read the Christian Bible, the New Testament, it becomes apparent that Jesus rebuked many Jews for this same thing. They were all about appearances,
and neglected what the religion truly taught. What is important is loving your neighbor, showing compassion, and doing other things that nurture
spiritual growth, all the while remembering to be thankful and praise God for everything in your life. People nowadays seem to claim a certain
religion while not practicing what they preach. Many are Christians.
Recently I was thinking about the contradictions of many Republicans. They claim to be highly religious Christians here in the US, yet many of their
policies are anti-Christian to the highest degree. Like some of the ancient Jews during the time of Jesus, these people are about appearances. They
want to claim they are righteous, while truly they are the opposite. And all of this plays a role today.