My intention with this post is not to offend, merely to expression my thoughts and feelings regarding religion. For the record, I consider myself to be an atheist. This does not mean I do not believe in anything, nor does it mean I shun other beliefs.
Put simply do not like religion as a concept. It's fine to believe what you want to believe. If you think that Jesus was born in year 0, was the son of God, could terraform liquids, and died for our sins; that is fine. He could have also been a magician, blown way out of proportion. I've seen many do these tricks. From what I've heard (correct me if I'm wrong), Jesus lived a normal life, with an average job, an average family, and lived in sin as the rest of us did. Why was he so special? Because Jacob was gullible?
One thing I also do not understand is how a planned execution of an innocent man freed us from our sins. The saying 'two wrongs don't make a right' comes to mind.
This is not saying that you should not believe this. I have no proof against these claims. The son of God may well have walked this earth and died at our hands. The thing I don't like about religion is the rules. Why should you have to pay to believe what you want? Why must you spend a determined amount of time praising that, that you believe? Why would you go to church to be told what to believe?
I believe religion was a tool created to control a small society. By using the natural human fear of the unknown, and a promise of eternal happiness, someone / some group was able to define their opinions of right and wrong, and convince a society to conform to these ideals. Good job. If I was in the same position I would have done the same. If you don't believe and they are right you get eternal damnation, if they are wrong you get nothing. If you do believe and they are right you get eternal happiness, if they are wrong you get nothing. Might as well believe then.
Now that you have their attention, what would you do next. ??? Profit? Well, Brian Tamaki thought so. Along with a lot of other churches / cults, you are required to pay the church for your worship.
I do love Brian Tamaki as a leader. He has done well for himself. Just as I love Hitler as a leader. Aside from the genocide, he had some really good plans. He lead his country with honour. Using fear and propaganda to control his subjects, he made great strides towards his goals. Not that I'm saying Brian Tamaki is a modern day Hitler, but the comparison is hard to miss.
Another thing I do not like religion for, is that it is unprovable. Religion promotes doing nothing. You are not rewarded for your success, instead some divine being is. Their is no way you can prove otherwise. The rule is it simply happens. This lack of striving for greatness and success is what has caused society a large gap in technological advances. With science the belief is that everything has a reason. We strive to find the answers. Discover new meanings. We will never be able to disprove the existence of a God.
What do I believe? I believe there is a force. Not a God as such, more like karma, but a physical measurable force. This force governs luck and such other things. I also believe you can create your own luck. Power of positive thinking kind of thing. If you start doing things that are morally wrong, you start to think negatively, this reduces your luck and so bad things happen.
When you die I do not know what happens. When you sleep without dreaming, time passes instantaneously. When you die you are obviously not going to dream. So we may all wake up in the future when someone finds a way to revive the dead. That's a logical theory. Another thought is you simply relive your life. Die and wake up as you were born. Not reborn in a new time and place, just restart. And why not? You get deja vu when your different lives cross. This theory is supported in a way by the Multiverse Theory.
I do not believe in a God. I do not believe in a Christ. I do not pray to this force I do believe. I do not attend my own private church or hold meeting to talk about this belief. I simply believe. And that's how it should be. Not a religion. Your thoughts are your own. Become educated in all options and decide for yourself which bits of which are for you.
tl:dr: Do not conform to a single religion. Believe what you want.
I really have no closer for this, but I would like to know what you all think.