I Was Raised In A Christian Family.
I'm wondering when people will stop blindly following what they're told by other people, and learn to think for themselves. If you would take a step back and educate yourself, rather than go along with whatever people say, you might begin to question the religion you've been following your entire life. No, I am not saying this to rudely criticize and judge people for what they believe in. I'm saying this because this is what I did, and it changed my entire view on religion.
I was raised in a Christian family. My mother volunteered at the local Christian church, as well as the homeless shelter that they ran. Because I was raised to believe in "the word of God", I didn't question it... I was young and naive. I just have a difficult time believing why more people haven't come to the same conclusion that I have: God doesn't exist. The way that I view "God", is as an imaginary friend or fictional character like Santa Clause. When scary questions such as 'Where do we go when we die?' come up, it would be comforting to have some kind of answer. Or if you're having troubles with finances, I can see how it would be nice to call upon some magical force to "bless" you with a raise.
Honestly though, I could care less if someone else believes in a higher power of sorts, that doesn't bother me. Organized religion is what bothers me. When someone is so loyal to whomever they choose to worship and believe in, they will do whatever this "God" tells them to do. The problem is, since there isn't a "God" (in my opinion, chill out, folks), there is only man there to tell all of the followers what to believe, say and do. Homosexuality, misogyny, racism, slavery and all sorts of terrible things are written into the bible. When I was younger, and curious about all of these things I was reading in the bible, I asked my mom why it said such things. The only answer that she had was that those were different times. But isn't "God"'s word eternal? Doesn't it say this all over in the bible? Obviously we don't have slaves these days, sexism isn't anywhere as big of an issue as it used to be, and the same does go for racism. But there is such anger and hatred targeted at homosexuals by religious groups, and why do you think this is? Because "God" says that homosexuality is a sin.
Everyone needs to open their eyes and realize that religion is a way for people to use faithful religious followers to do their evil bidding. "God" doesn't hate homosexuals, because "God" doesn't exist. Ignorant, homophobic people hate homosexuals and use peoples' faith in "God" to make them feel the exact same way. "God" was never misogynistic, because "God" doesn't exist. Men were sexist and wanted to make sure that women remained below them.
I could go on and on and on, laying out all of these things in front of you, but honestly... it's nearly 7:00 in the morning and I haven't slept.
My point is, I don't believe in any higher power, especially not the Christian "God". Going to church every Sunday and belonging to an organized religion is no different than being in a cult, in my opinion. Mind control, fear tactics... just lovely.
I'll check back for hate mail and arguments tomorrow.