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Of faith and religion

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2017-06-26 02:52:30
Religion, it's a strange thing. So many people find comfort in it while others use it to justify their cruel actions. Lately, for obvious reasons, there's lots of talk about the cruelty of Islam as opposed to Christianity. Let's get one thing straight, while there might not be the same amount of call to cruelty against other human beings, all religions are religions of peace and cruelty if you take them literally, and follow them word by word.

However, the question is, should you?

Everyone needs to believe in something to cope in life. I personally choose to believe in myself. That's enough for me. Some people choose to believe in a big rock, why not the sun, the sky, or the wisdom of your neighbours wife. Some people believe in organized religion, be in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or anything else. It doesn't really matter. If you have faith towards your chosen 'object', it helps you in life. Everyone does need to believe in something. And if you believe in some religion because of it, but just take the main concept of it to help yourself, it's all good. If you don't preach it to your peers and strongly influence them to believe in the same thing and try to convince everyone else that your belief is the right now. Faith - that's your personal thing, and you shouldn't care whether other people believe in the same things or not. Or even agree with it. If you feel the need prove others the validity of it or if you feel the need to convince others that this is the only right belief, your faith is obviously not strong enough, and if might make sense to turn to a pink rock, maybe believing in that helps you better.

Now, if on the other hand you are a strong believer of some religion and think everything needs to be taken literally, and the book, instead of your faith, needs to be followed, I don't understand you, but I try to be tolerant. However, if you say that your religion is the only right one, if you say that the book you are following is the only right one, who are you to choose which lines from the book you follow and which lines you do not follow? If it's the word of God, shouldn't you follow them all without hesitation? If the book says that slavery is good and women must obey to men (and both Quran and Bible say that), shouldn't you obey?

If you say that religion must evolve with time, well, who decides that? Aren't the holy books written based on the word of God? And isn't the word of god infallible?

I'm not saying that true Muslims must fight all the non-believers or that Christians must love all. What I am saying that if you truly say you are the blind believer of either of these religions, shouldn't you follow it by the word? Which would mean that Muslim extremists should also follow the word of peace in Quran and Christian extremists the violent parts in Bible.

But then again, isn't this stupid? And if that's stupid, isn't believing something 100% stupid? Especially considering that ANYONE who says they believe in the Book 100% and acts based on the book 100%, they would be lying.

So by the end of the day, what I actually want to say is that believe, have faith, in whatever, but don't follow any religion to the letter, because even if you say you are, in reality you only follow the ideas you already agree with, and forget, or put aside, the others. You follow your own version of the religion, and this has nothing to do with following your God any more, or acting on his behalf.

Here are also just a few verses for you, both from Bible and Quran, relating to violence and intolerance.

Bible

"I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent." Timothy 2:12

"This is what the Lord Almighty says ... 'Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.' " Samuel 15:3

"Do not allow a sorceress to live." Exodus 22:18

"Wives, submit to you husbands as to the Lord" Ephesians 5:22

"Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel." Peter 2:18

Quran

"Fight against those who do not obey Allah and do not believe in Allah or the Last Day and do not forbid what has been forbidden by Allah and His messenger even if they are of the People of the Book until they pay the Jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued." 9:29

"When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks." 47:4

"Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has made one superior to the other and because they spend to support them from their means. Therefore, righteous women are obedient and they guard in the husband's absence what Allah orders them to guard. And, as to those women from whom you fear disobedience, give them a warning, send them to separate beds, and beat them." 4:34

We're living in 21st century, isn't it about time to start acting accordingly? Wars, jihads, intolerance towards other people, religions, beliefs, difference, shouldn't it be the way of the past when people didn't know better? Isn't it time to let go of the evil religions, meant to keep people in place? Scientology is a cult, but isn't it exactly the same as Christianity or Islam? With a minor difference. No wars have yet been held in the name of Xenu and Scientology. It's a cult, one of the weirdest and more dangerous ones. Yet it's exactly the same as every other religion. With just one aforementioned positive difference.

These days, most people who strongly believe in the God almighty do it for either of these two reasons - they either do it to justify their cruel actions, or they believe because they are afraid of what would happen if they didn't and the big man actually exists.

Faith is good. Everyone needs to believe in something. Blind following and preaching of any religion is bad. Faith is there to give people hope. Faith is there to help people in their daily lives. Faith is important. Faith in whatever. Faith in whatever anyone needs to believe in. Religion has nothing to do with faith. Religion can give people a sense of belonging. Sense of purpose. But if you feel your purpose is to kill because a 2000 year old books tells you to or if you feel your purpose is to preach the word of the 2000 year old book and get others to believe in the same thing as you, it means only one thing. You have no purpose. And your new purpose should be to find one. A real one. A real purpose. Or, isn't just living a good life good enough? Or at least trying to get a place where you can honestly say that you're living a good life. That's a purpose. A good one.





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