Friday, April 09, 2010

Thoughts on Religion

Religion is a belief not a science or a truth. It has done more to drive people apart than bring them together. It's an attempt to codify law on behalf of civilization and worse a system to consolidate power and money.

The Bible in and of itself has some pretty dubious parts and plenty of them. Not everyone needs a man walking on water story to realize this planet and all that exists is amazing. But how curious that a guy walks on water and we don't have one artifact - not the bowl he ate out of - not his sandals - not a lock of his hair ...when we have Michael Jackson's Glove and all he did was walk backwards.

Believe what you want but when you preach it as the truth - you are wrong - it's unprovable and that makes it a myth or theory. Some passages in the Bible are flat out horrifying - 1 Peter 2:13-17 Submit to your dictator; 18-21 Slaves, submit and respect your owners, most of all if he is harsh. How about the passage in the Old Testament (one of the books in the Torah) where a man had house guests and a mob outside the house demanded they be released, but the man released his virgin daughters instead? Or the woman who got her father drunk and then slept with him to get pregnant. And this lovely unforgiving quote,"He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD."--Dt.23:1 -Nice-(from the link above). I'm sorry those aren't codes of behavior I can endorse no matter what you call it and recognizing this doesn't make you a heathen.

I would caution anyone that just because you say you have seen the light doesn't mean nobody "sold" you or - if you are self aggrandizing for profit and fame you are worse than evil.

Believe what you want to believe but know that we are all big boys and girls and have a responsibility and a right to think for ourselves. Don't expect others to fall in line to validate your choices, assumptions and/or lack of research. If you are comfortable with the contradictions rock on with yourself, but you don't have the moral high ground you think you have to relentlessly promote it for self gain and/or validation. The fact of the matter is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is the only law, rule, religion any of us need. If we all followed that simple turn of the phrase we would find utopia. It's been here all along waiting, and waiting, and waiting for us all to evolve.

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