Sunday, September 4, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 4

4.      Your views on religion.
Like capitalism, democracy, drugs, and most anything, any religion can be good or bad, depending on who is using it. I sincerely wish that people would not use religion as an excuse to cause suffering in others, either through intolerance, judgment, or physical harm. This is one of the reasons Stanley and I chose our current church - unlike many others that we have tried, our church stands firm in the belief that we are all perfectly and wonderfully made, and that God does not judge us based on who we are.

On a similar vein, I believe that religion has always been tainted, at its core and throughout its history, by the follies of humans. Case in point: the Bible, which is thought by many to be God's unerring word, is so full of human biases, mistranslations, falsehoods and inconsistencies that it seems to have created more confusion and harm than if it had not existed. At best it could be thought of as a source of spiritual inspiration, but a general guide for living - no.

So, does this mean we shouldn't have organized religion and weekly church services, and just let everyone work out their own individual spirituality? No. I think there is a place for organized religion in society. Humans are at their best when they are working together, and we can do the most good by gathering together on a regular basis with a common purpose.

Also, my God is better than your God, nyah nyah nyah.

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