30 Days Of Truth~Day 13: What Are Your Views On Religion?
First here is a bit of a disclaimer: This is my blog. I find it easier to open up when I write, and I am very candid and to the point. Sometimes what I say is positive, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes people may agree with me, sometimes they won’t. This 30 day challenge is all about raw honesty and self-examination. It is about being real with your feelings. It is not to cause drama, it is not to point fingers, it is not to do anything other than be real with myself as I complete this 30 day journey. I will not sugar coat things, and I will not deny myself the ability to express my feelings freely just because some of them may not be all rainbows and butterflies. I am a firm believer that if you feel something, LET yourself feel it. Get it out. Learn to heal. Right or wrong, feelings are just that: Feelings. And there is no personal growth if they are not dealt with or expressed. I am not doing this challenge to bash anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings. As a matter of fact, I am choosing to not go into specific names or relationships where applicable, because I do not want to create drama. But this is MY blog. It is my outlet to express myself in any way I choose to. Life is not always happy or glamorous. I won’t lie to my readers or myself and say it is on here just to placate anyone or present things a way that they’re not. If I am having a great day, you will know it. If I am having a bad day, you’ll know that, too. This challenge has not been an easy one to take on, but I see more benefit to MYSELF in doing it than in not doing it. If you want me to keep things real, keep reading. If you cannot respect my right to talk about my own feelings and my life in a raw and honest manner, no one is forcing you to stay and read. That’s the wonderful thing about the internet. One click and you can go somewhere else, and anything you don’t like will be lost in cyberspace. Out of sight, out of mind. Now on to today’s challenge….
Okay…Now this is whole big can of worms that I am reluctant to open. I don’t usually talk about religion. I avoid it, actually, because my views on the whole topic are just a bit unorthodox, and I more than likely won’t get into too much detail here. But first and foremost, I will say I 100% believe in God. I also 100% believe that Jesus died for our sins. I am a more spiritual person than a religious one, however. I think that organized religion is flawed, as it is something that is basically man made and has been altered over the centuries to meet the needs and goals of the church at the time. I mean, while the Bible is a wonderful tool to use to help guide your life, do I think it is the direct word of God himself? No, I do not. The Bible was written over hundreds of years by many different men, and each man had their own personal interpretation of what they were writing. And if man is flawed, then how can one really take 100% of what is written in the Bible literally? Especially when there are many contradictions contained therein? The Bible is a wonderful teaching tool. I have read it cover to cover. It has heartwarming stories, lots of inspirational passages, and sound guidelines by which to try and mold our lives to the best of our abilities….But do I think it’s the actual word of God Himself? No, I don’t. Like the whole concept of hell….I don’t personally believe in it. I think it was a man-made fear tactic used to get people to conform. In the times of Luther, the reigning Catholic Pope actually tried to SELL the church’s followers tickets to Heaven. If they did not comply, they were sure to go to Hell. I’m sorry, but that alone is proof of the church extorting it’s followers and playing on their fears, all the while abusing their trust and their faith. I do not believe God would condone that. Just as I don’t personally believe in God condemning any of His children to an eternity in Hell. If God is kind and merciful, He would never turn his back on His children, it is US who turn away from God. I think “Hell” is something completely different than the fiery pits we are accustomed to hearing about…I think it’s something different, and something far less eternal. I think true Hell is a complete and total disconnection from God. Like when you die, if you have rejected God, maybe you get stuck in limbo, in a lonely existence. Do not pass go, Do not collect 200.00, and no Soup for you until you come to the realization of your wrongs….And only then do I think these lost souls get into Heaven. I know…Pretty weird…It just makes more sense to me than what we’re commonly taught. I also don’t believe God cares what church you belong to, how often you go to church, or even what name you refer to Him by…. I think we are all worshipping the same God in many different forms, and we all choose to worship in different ways. I think that what God cares MORE about is the manner in which we live our lives and how we choose to treat others. That’s another reason that some people who claim to be zealous irritate me. I cannot stand seeing someone preach the love and Word of God, and yet find it acceptable to belittle others, to lash out, and to be downright cruel and ugly human beings, all while hiding behind the name of God. Isn’t that quite hypocritical? What God would condone cruelty from one of His children to another? What God would condone treating others badly for selfish purposes? What God finds it acceptable to lash out at others, whether it be with our words or physically? Not any God I am familiar with, and unfortunately, you see this everyday. People masquerading around as “good Christians” while they live their lives as anything but. We ALL have our flaws….We all sin. But to hide behind religion and then behave in the nastiest, LEAST Godly manner possible? It makes me lose respect for humanity in general. What ever happened to kindness? What happened to forgiveness or humility? What happened to turning the other cheek and learning acceptance, truth, and love? Is it ever RIGHT to judge others when you haven’t walked in their shoes? Only GOD can judge.Is it ever RIGHT to be vengeful or dishonest or hateful? Is it ever RIGHT to try and make others suffer to try and alleviate one’s own insecurities, pain and fears? No God would reward this behavior. And there are too many people parading around as Christians who behave this way. They should be ashamed of their actions, and they should really try and form a real relationship with God and fix the error of their ways. There shouldn’t be any hate….There shouldn’t be any intentionally hurting people….There shouldn’t be any “holy wars”. War is anything BUT Holy, and I do not think God applauds anyone killing or maiming in His name. I could keep going, but I will quit while I am ahead. I think people have lost track of the TRUE spirit of religion and what God truly expects of us. I think that there needs to be more God in our lives but LESS religion. A relationship with God is a personal one, and shouldn’t be dictated by a man in a little hat or a funny white collar. I don’t need a middle man to talk to God. Anyway…Done ranting now.
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