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I Don't Believe In Organized Religion

I don't know what I believe, but I know that religion does more harm then good! 2,291 People

    Who's Right?

    Each religion thinks their beliefs are the only way to achieve whatever. Can they all be right? One wouldn't think so. What if I choose the wrong one? What of I don't want one? If I believe in God, does it have to be yours. What makes you think you're right? When it comes to...
    pentupfreedom pentupfreedom 46-50, M 7 Responses Apr 26, 2012

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    It's a sad fact that organized religion always

    falls into one or both of two traps : becoming a vertical power structure and/or encouraging persecution of nonbelievers. Usually both. Hell, even Buddhism.
    myrandomusername myrandomusername 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 12

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    Religion Does Not Teach Love.

        Sadly religious beliefs reduce God to the level of humanity with all its foibles and prejudices,so that makes the God of religion a cruel,vengeful and petty God of the male gender.God has no gender and God is far above punishing unmarried mothers or same sex couples for...
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 36 Responses Aug 21, 2013

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    A Crutch

    Most people don't stop to question their religion or for that matter their own personal belief system. They just follow because this is what they were told from their parents and church.   Religion is run by man and there are many greedy men in the world.
    GoddessNakiBean GoddessNakiBean 36-40, F 11 Responses Dec 17, 2008

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    I Think I'm Losing My Religion

    I think I'm losing my religion... Yaaaay... Lol Don't get me wrong, I still believe in the existence of a Creater or God. I think there is still so much that is unexplainable that it is difficult for anyone to prove that human beings were or were not created. Besides, I like the...
    Scorpio1987 Scorpio1987 22-25, M 12 Responses Apr 3, 2012

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    There Is No Pride In Being Part Of An Organized Religion

    In my opinion ,there is no reason whatsoever to be proud of belonging to an organized religion. With all due respect I don´t  understand how someone can feel proud of being Jewish,Muslim,Catholic , etc, when those are simply insular ways  created by men to explain our...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 41 Responses Jan 24, 2010

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    Then You're Going To Hell!

                          ... OR was that me going to hell? I always get confused.Maybe Zombie Jesus can help!
    OgoNay OgoNay 46-50 4 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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    Pushing Christianity On Young People

    I dated a Jewish girl for 3 years while I was in high school. Our relationship was solid, and had absolutely nothing to do with religion. We each knew that our respective families believed differently, and that neither was heavy into practice. That is, until my parents hit a...
    Luvboobies Luvboobies 31-35 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    I'm not atheist....I've had way too many

    spiritual experiences to not believe in a higher power. I'm more of a deist with a sprinkle of theism. I find organized religion to be one hell of a successful business model. Create a need (damnation for all eternity) and offer a product (salvation). If you don't have our...
    Igotsnikt Igotsnikt 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    Jesus doesn't love you 9/11 would've never

    happened Aids would be cured Ignorance wouldn't be so prevalent World peace would have occurred That is all
    YungPocahontas YungPocahontas 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    The Thin Red Line

    In my opinion, in a conversation with the truly religious, the line between preaching and not preaching is very, very  thin. I have always been interested in learning why people believe the things they do, but that is as far as my interest goes as I have no desire to join any...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2011

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    Same As Organized Crime

    Religion was created to control the masses. Over the years organized religion has evolved to continue to do that even better. Some people need that moral compass, but it seems to me that many people believe blindly and don't bother to think for themselves. Kids are raised in a...
    PHSensei PHSensei 36-40, M 13 Responses Jun 13, 2008

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    Lies And Deceit

    I believe that everyone has the right to believe what they want, that is as long as it does not step on the rights and beliefs of others. Many organized religions are happy to just be the best they can be without having to forcefully recruit new members. Such organizations range...
    WrathAngel WrathAngel 36-40, F 13 Responses Mar 25, 2012

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    I believe it exists. I don't believe it is

    necessary. Can't wait to get God's opinion on the subject
    luvme23 luvme23 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    Spirituality Not Religion

    I have nothing against spirituality and I am a very spiritual person and believe it is a very important part of the human experience with the universe. However I do not believe in organized religions. Religions are man made power structures used to control people through...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Sep 19, 2011

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    I feel lost because I do not believe in

    religion. Especially not organized religion. However I am still considering my belief in God. There is no science but I feel myself losing hope when I think there is no God.
    sarahnicole89 sarahnicole89 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    I do believe there's something out there bigger

    than myself, though, and I absolutely get why people attach themselves to religious groups and ideals. There's comfort in it, there are rules to follow and ways to be that you don't have to take responsibility for - you just give yourself over to this God, this unknown being. I...
    Chaosforthefly Chaosforthefly 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 14

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    I believe in one thing: be genuinely kind to

    others. We don't need outdated orders and rules. People who say they don't judge are lying. But there is a difference between judging and being judgemental. Everyone judges, but it's when you treat people differently because of who they are that you become judgemental. Accept...
    Brides Brides 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    I don't know if this is a religion

    or not, but I believe all religions may be true. If you think about it, they are all ridicules in some ways, everyone thinks their religion is the "right" religion. Who is to say we're all not right.
    SimplyAtheist SimplyAtheist 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 23

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    Religion Isn't For Me

    Religion is a way of telling you how you should live your life.  I believe that people should decide how to live their own lives, and that the more they hand over their willpower over to a "higher power", the more out of control they really become.  I will never...
    Drakkonvulfish Drakkonvulfish 16-17, F 11 Responses Jan 23, 2010

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    The Unnecessary Nature of Religion

    As I paused from my daily tasks today, a thought struck me... "Religions" are really unnecessary... and I'll tell you why. I had just been reading Zecharia Sitchin's book, "The End Of Days", in which he records his researches and conclusions therefrom...
    Waiwera Waiwera 70+, M 17 Responses Sep 3, 2009

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    If humans have been involved at some point,

    there will be errors. If you take a step back and look at what a religion dictates then you can see that it meets the needs of a certain group of people and is interpreted however ones likes. Not saying that is Is evil or bad in general but It has caused a great many hardships...
    persononinternet persononinternet 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    Jehovah'S Witnesses, And Common Sense.

    A couple of them came to my house, and I told them I was a man of science. They told me. that it was ludicrous to believe that a bunch of elements mixed together would make life all by themselves. To which I responded. Well that is backed by scientific proof. With no proof of...
    PoetLover PoetLover 31-35, M 10 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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    I am not what you would consider a "religious

    person" I do have a faith in something larger then all of us, commonly known as god. I also believe that with out teaching some kind of spirituality or goodness that is greater then mankind, social structures tend to begin to unravel. I'm a native US citizen, I was brought up in...
    MrsJoanieBNH MrsJoanieBNH 56-60, T 2 Responses Apr 2

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    I Just Don't Believe In It...

    I was never religious, did not come from a religious background. Sure, like many, my family brought me to church when I was younger. I also went to temple with a friend of the Jewish faith. I have never honestly believed. Reading the bible, I found that it read like a story. A...
    flybutterflyD flybutterflyD 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 24, 2013

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    Gotta Have Faith

    Tending to his duties this morning, a quiet and unassuming man moved around to the far side when he saw a strange but powerful flickering Light. He decided to investigate when he heard someone call his name, “Bob! Bob!” he heard coming from within the Light. And Bob said...
    PaleFox PaleFox 41-45, M Aug 1, 2013

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    Good Vs. Bad

    Although organized religion causes a lot of distress, disharmony, etc. I believe that in some cases it can be wonderful. Not only can it give the hopeless hope, for some people, the only reason they don't lie, cheat, steal, kill, disrespect, etc. is out of fear due to their...
    Fiftypercent Fiftypercent 18-21 2 Responses Oct 26, 2013

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    I think I'd classify myself

    as spiritual but not religious. And honestly, I think organized religion is causing so many problems today.
    BlondeandTatted BlondeandTatted 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 30

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    Disgusting.

    I believe organized religion is what's tearing our world apart. We must not be separated by unworthy religions. Blind faith is one of the worst vices a person can have. It's degrading. It's disgusting.
    kawaiifishy kawaiifishy 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 24, 2011

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    Religion Vs Karma

    I honestly believe that if we had been taught to accept the consequences and the responsibilities of our own actions instead of hoping for some divine intervention with the help of a paid minister every time we screw up, the world would be a much better place and the horrible...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 24, 2010

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    What I Learned In Catholic School

    God loves everyone. Everyone is his child. However, if you belong to another religion, you will go to hell. Jesus taught us to love everyone. Jesus says that to hate another person is to hate him. Jesus says to love the sick, the sinners, the outcasts, the poor. However, if you...
    whitemiddleclassteengirl whitemiddleclassteengirl 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2013

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    I Am a Square Peg

    I grew up Catholic, went to a catholic elementary school, was confirmed in 8th grade with my peers, and mostly what I learned was that I didn't agree with alot of what they were saying. Now, I'm not talking about God, or Jesus, I believe in them just fine.  What I am...
    HeavenBesideYou HeavenBesideYou 41-45, F 18 Responses Jun 4, 2008

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    I don't deny that there are some relevant

    lessons that can help people in religious texts. There is enough proof out there that religion has helped people live better lives. For me, however, it is less than useful to follow a certain depiction on life to the letter allowing only a single view to narrow my understanding...
    JessicaMarie35 JessicaMarie35 31-35, T 3 Responses Mar 6

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    Voltaire

    Reminds me of that quote from Voltaire, "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere". I'm not sure how he meant it because I don't know the context, but it sure fits for religion.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 6, 2010

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    I Believe..just Not In Religion..

    I believe in God However, I do not believe in any one religion. I suppose if I had to identify with one, I might be inclined to lean towards Catholicism because I do take some comfort in the saints. I digress. The main reason I don't believe in organized religion is simple...
    MissBehaviour MissBehaviour 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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    Organized Chaos

    I know organized religion exists but I have decided to no longer participate in it on any regular basis. I may go to a service with a friend for a purpose - theirs or mine - but I will never belong to another church. My last church supported and endorsed a camp where sadly my...
    jenvice jenvice 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2013

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    Not At All

    No I don't believe in organised religion, because I don't believe god (or whoever you want to call him/ her/ it/ them) can be defined. God is everywhere, in the wind, in the land, and in the miracle of each breath we take. I am not a christian, I am not part of any religious or...
    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp 22-25, M 8 Responses Aug 29, 2012

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    Faith Vs. Religion

    One thing that I've discovered about myself is that I have faith in a higher power. Call it what you will but I believe there is something bigger than me at work in the universe. So many people that I know have said in one way or another that their "faith" is nothing more than...
    Kassandra85 Kassandra85 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 10, 2013

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    What Is My Religion?

    I go to a small Christian university and I've recently began to struggle within myself. I dint feel as any one around me understands because they are safely and blindly following. I feel bad for wondering, even daring to question God, but the more I delve Into one of the two...
    Dedrick2123 Dedrick2123 18-21, M 5 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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    I totally respect the catholic ethic

    as well as the Eastern philosiphies and of course the teachings of Mohamed but I believe organized religion is has been used to justify countless bad things throughout history. Especially in the catholic church. I sound so much like my brother its crazy. next thing you know i...
    QuinnStew QuinnStew 13-15, F Jul 1

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    Hate Thy Neighbor

    Question: Is religion a compelling excuse to hate, fear, exclude, persecute thy neighbor? I know this is semi-rhetorical in this crowd but I am consistently impressed with the difference between what most religions say on the surface 'Love thy neighbor' etc. and the behavior...
    jllong jllong 46-50 13 Responses Jul 21, 2013

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    I came from a family that's very religious on

    both sides. My parents were more relaxed about it but my grandparents and aunts and uncles would constantly preach and bring us all up with these ideas of how we have to live out lives and what we have to believe. Of course as a child you believe what you're told but around age...
    aly1011 aly1011 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2013

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    Religion Doesn't Do Harm, People Do.

    You don't take cars off the road because auto accidents kill more people annually than any war we've been in, do you?  No, the car has a nut at the wheel.  Religion, organized or disorganized is a whole lot like that.  Some people are charismatic and others like sheep follow...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 31 Responses Apr 5, 2008

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    Ooops !!! Let´s Reset That Button And Maybe Not Start Again ?

    "The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation", the Pope has declared. The culprit ? The mistake was made by a sixth century monk known as Dionysius Exiguus or in English "Dennis the Small", says the Pope. But exactly how Dennis The Small calculated the year...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 13 Responses Nov 22, 2012

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    I don't believe in any organized religion

    because I find that if you don't believe there way they always condemn you to there version of hell which makes then feel superior, no thanks.. I believe in god and heaven/hell but not in any book written by man trying to interpret gods words... I have added a picture to this...
    John2526 John2526 31-35, M 2 Responses May 9

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    I believe there is some form of god

    but I'm not worried about like going to hell, I try being kind to people. I think we should all just live life to the fullest and be the happiest we can be
    Otto1234566 Otto1234566 16-17, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Theology Today, Mythology Tomorrow

    A few years ago, I was a promising youth leader at the church where my dad is a senior ordained priest. Now, I'm one of the major proponents of deism among people my age. It's a long story, but here's my opinion in a nutshell: I believe any religion is formed of two basic...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 11, 2013

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    No Middle Man Needed

    I was raised Catholic, was an altar boy and thought of becoming a priest earlier in my life. I am older, wiser now and have seen the harm, cruelty and suffering caused in the name of 'God' and organized religion. Humans dictating to others what 'God' wants us to do think, feel...
    paco35 paco35 56-60, M 12 Responses Jun 2, 2011

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    The Path To God

    I believe, to get to heaven, you must be kind, generous, and loving. You can be catholic, protestant, atheist, hindu, jewish, agnostic, anglican, pagan, or whatever else. You can literally believe that the earth was created by a flying purple monkey with bicycles for feet. If...
    whitemiddleclassteengirl whitemiddleclassteengirl 16-17, F Aug 11, 2013

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    Where Is Christ?

    To me it seems people are worshiping their religion and not Jesus Christ. Where do Jesus and God fit into this scenario? Certain religions have made rules that are not biblical at all, therefore are lies. These teachers are going to be held accountable for teaching their...
    Delphinia65 Delphinia65 46-50, F 7 Responses May 28, 2012

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    The Bible Belt (usa)

    The bible belt or maybe I should say, 'The Bible and the Belt'. I've lived in the USA in a state covered by the term, the bible belt. I was raised on the east coast in a diversified population. I have noticed some real differences living in a Bible belt state especially those...
    paco35 paco35 56-60, M 8 Responses Aug 17, 2011

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    I don’t subscribe to an organized religion,

    but I love the Bible – not because I think that it’s divine, but because I think that it’s human. There can be more insight into the human condition in a single biblical passage than in most psychology texts.
    kaltstellen kaltstellen 51-55, M 1 Response Feb 27

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    Religion Is A Control Concept

    I was brought up to believe that God is the savior and Jesus was to be loved and cherished. What a farce that is. The older I get the more I can see the truth of things. Religion has been used by every single culture on every continent to control the masses. The...
    KarmicEye KarmicEye 36-40, M 12 Responses Jan 19, 2010

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