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Originally posted by kaustubhmathur

Atheism is not a negation of anything. You don’t have to negate what no one can prove exists. No, atheism is a very positive affirmation of man’s ability to think for himself, to do for himself, to find answers to his own problems.

- Madalyn Murray O’Hair

We all must be aware of the indubitable co-relation and interdependence between God and religion. If we look at religion in the Utopian, the ideal way of it, then it is merely the path to spiritual enlightenment and liberation in the manifestation of faith with Nirvana as one of the destinations. Now, when we look at religion this way, nothing seems wrong, right?

Maybe religion was a concept, a design, a humble notion, a working model that was devised to make people believe in their own faith. That’s all it seems, in broader terms. People want some kind of faith to cling on to. They need it, rather.

 So the guys back then must have thought that,

“Hell yeah, they want a way to express their faith? Let’s give ‘em that. We’ll create this levelheaded thing called Religion which will be like totally cool and all. The lads will not only find a way to express and hang on but will also like, learn about life, you know, in an allegorical way.”

“All we’ll provide them with is the figurative path, in the form of short stories or poems which will like, guide them and all and give them a way to differentiate between the good and evil.”

But those guys weren’t completely right. Apparently, after centuries, religion is serious stuff. You can’t express your opinion without hurting a pocketful of over sensitive peeps. People think that their religion is the ‘best’ and all other should perish. Religion surely wasn’t created to cater to your ego? Surely the purpose was not to create a divide between people following a different religion?

All religions are connected to the identical Ultimate Reality and lead people towards a common goal. This is true even though the various religions make exclusive claims about themselves, sometimes asserting the uniqueness and incomparability of their God or ultimate principle.

Only egos, beliefs and faiths separate us.
The basis of any religion is that you must believe something someone else tells you is true, even though your mind tells you it is a lie and it makes no sense. There is name for that: fideism. Without fideism, the concept of religion would not exist.

I am not here to proclaim that the belief in your God is baseless. In my question, I just want to know why people believe so blindly? Without knowledge of other texts or ideas, how can people make informed decisions? Believing what you want is fine but I think believing while being ignorant of other matters pertaining to what you believe is ridiculous. In all likelihood, life isn’t fair. Religion and God give us the chance to not lose hope.

The difference between science and religion is that the former is always willing to reconsider any of its theories, laws and rules.
For me atleast, the religious texts are in a way like fairy tales. The characters are imaginary, the story is fictitious and at the end of it, it teaches us morality and principles. But when we start taking things way too seriously and as a matter of fact, way too literally, we tend to defeat the purpose of it all. It is like searching for the shoe that Cinderella lost or looking for the mirror which the queen used in Snow White.

People don’t take these stories literally. That is because they know it is not true and nothing like that happened. They are metaphors and analogies, after all. How we look at it is the bigger picture. To teach a point, allegorism is used.

QUESTION: How can the reader know which scriptures are literal and which are to be taken symbolically? Context and logic would be the key to this.
Consider doing all the things you have ever done to please your God.  Does it really make a difference? Do you think that only when you effectively please him, does he ‘grant’ you your desire? Or is it just another reassurance you give yourself?

You are only scared of God because you don’t know him. That is not a fear of God.  That is technically a fear of the unknown.

God is not a wishing well. God is you. God is what you want him to be.  God is that faith. We need something to look up to when all is lost. That doesn’t make it real. That’s like saying Batman is real. Maybe he is. After all, we can only try and contemplate to think rationally.

So, for you it may be Jesus, and for me it may be another. If you are unable to accept me for my beliefs then your religion has failed to do its job, which is to create peace. The only difference is that you need a monument to reassert your faith and I don’t.

You can choose to consider or not consider the extra ‘NOT’ in the parenthesis of the title. You have a choice here but not necessarily in religion.

Originally posted to Secular Party of America on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 07:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Atheists.

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