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, concerning the ancient Sumerian religious beliefs and the later Hebrew ones recorded in the Christian Bible, which are in quite large part based on the Sumerian... and I thought: Yes; here they were, trying to work out when the "End of Days" that were mentioned in these writings, would occur. Some said in the equivalent of A.D. 2240 or 2900; the Mayan Calendar suggests 2012, and Sir Isaac Newton calculated from his biblical studies that the End of Days might be "between 2132 and 2370, or between 2090 and 2374, or between 2060 and 2370". Some said "when the Planet of the Crossing (Nibiru) returns" (whenever that would be - and they were trying to work that out)...
When I reviewed the several religions or philosophies of the world with which I have some familiarity, and how they state their view of the beginning and ending of our world, and how we should behave in the meantime, I thought to myself - yes; some say this and some say that, but what do I say? What does my heart tell me? Don't worry too much about the mind - that will have all sorts of arguments and ideas from others about what these things should be - but what does my HEART have to say about it? What do I FEEL is right?
And it suddenly became apparent to me that its because of our propensity to accord others' opinions more honour than our own thinking / feeling, that we take on a pre-made, pre-thought-out scheme to guide our footsteps in this world. But that's just somebody else's idea of what is right. Sure, it is often given the imprimatur of "God Says..." but then these people often go on to impose their ideas on their fellows, and kill or go to war against those who don't accept it; and to me, that is a signal that they have grossly misinterpreted something. It is a glaring example of how religions divide people rather than unifying them. And that is inconsistent with some other things that they teach.
So to me, religious doctrines and beliefs are for those who don't want to explore the "Inner Realities" of their lives themselves, but want to go by the rules that somebody else has said are the right ones. Once you realise what is happening with this, and how dangerous it is to "take other peoples' word for it", you see that nothing else will do for you but to do your own work from first principles of what you know, and feel in your heart. The only pre-requisites that I can see, are that you are sincere, can be honest with yourself, and are prepared to let your understanding grow as you go along.
When one is a child, one will naturally be given the considered guidance of a parent; but thinking and feeling things out for oneself should be encouraged once one is sufficiently experienced to do so - and the world-view developed, honoured as far as possible within one's own guidelines.