I Don't Understand the Religious.

I was brought up in a house that was amibivalent about religion. Both of my parents believe in a vague sort of God but never attended church or told me or my sister about religion. I read a lot about dinosaurs and science as a kid and I came to regard Christianity as a bunch of myths kind of like the Greek and Roman legends about Zeus and the rest of the gods. It never occurred to me that people actually, honestly believed in things like that and I was shocked when we moved to a rural and very religious community.


Here there are mostly Southern Baptist and Catholics. Most people are fundamentalists that don't understand anything about how the earth works or science. Jesus did it all, of course. My biology class got bogged down with people arguing with the teacher over evolution. The teacher is a Christian and believes in evolution as well, which I think is cool and openminded. However, most people can't seem to make compromises like this and it messes everything up for the people that just want to learn.


They are also giant hypocrites. They preach love and compassion but they bad mouth other denominations and judge people. Someone told me the other day that the Jews are all going to hell and that they deserved the Holocaust because they killed Jesus. He meant this, he believed that it was true and it scared me that someone that ignorant could be in the room with me. The other Christians also hate black people and any kind of foreigner for the most part. My German teacher is from Spain and people make fun of her accent all the time even though I understand everything she says and think her English is fine.


I get really depressed most of the time because I feel like these kinds of people are in control of the world and that there is no hope to get out of it. I really hate this country because of faith-based politics with no other backup other than outdated theology. Really, what other argument against gay marriage is there other than a religious one? I don't understand why these people feel that it's their business what other people do.


I know that there are really great, caring Christians in this world that only want people to live together and be happy. Some of them are my friends. But I can't help but think all of this stuff about them based on what I've experienced. I'm osrry that this is so long but it made me feel better to get out.

Mango Mango
18-21, F
10 Responses Nov 21, 2006

A religion is a beautiful idea meant to give people hope and guidance. Atheism is a conclusion that can intimidate people or put them at ease. Both in their own ways are beautiful, and they can coexist peacefully. I know atheists and theists alike that may not agree with one another, but still are happy to respect opposing beliefs and leave it at that. It's the closed minded few, however, that soil beautiful ideas for many. Theism and Atheism suffer hypocrisy; a closed minded theist will call for tolerance and then show offense to other ideas. A closed minded atheist will call religion evil or for stupid people, and they ultimately turn what is a conclusion into a religious belief.

The belief in religion is harmless if the person in question is just open-minded. The same goes for an atheistic conclusion. I personally believe in God, and it hurts me to see just how badly my religious belief is looked upon due to the actions and words of those that sully it.

I think that everybody is capable of bigotry and hypocrisy - whether "religious" (whatever that word really means) or atheist / agnostic. It's easy to target Christians, but atheists can be just as intolerant and obnoxious when they want to be (as I have experienced). I tend to think that people should not be labelled and each person taken on their own merits. I'm actually a Christian, but I resent being labelled with those who, for example, think that "we all deserve to go to hell". In fact, there are times when I feel more sympathy with certain atheists than with certain other fellow Christians. Don't tar people with the same brush, but treat everyone as an individual and listen to their own story and their own concerns. Look beyond the labels.

Very well said!

This is the thing, I have friends that are religious, but they have the decency to respect my beliefs, and<br />
then so do I respect theirs. I don't have a problem as long as mine are being respected. I don't expect my friends to believe what I believe and they don't expect me to believe what I believe. It's called mutual respect and I think that quite a lot of people could do with knowing what that actually means.

Some people need answers to unanswerable questions. The religious and the atheist alike must have a neat little box for their reality. I think the hardest thing for most people is saying "I don't Know" If we are really honest with ourselves <br />
we must conclude that we don't know. The man who is certain of the non/existence of god is either insane or lying.

hey i feel the same way too sometimes. It's like i'm caught in between sometimes, from wanting to be accepted by others to wanting to be true to who i am.

Atheists (or agnostic...whatever you might be), we can see the foolishness of religion, the effects it has on your mind in the long run, and on society in the longer run. We can give our point of view, although for you guys being in those places makes it very very hard to discuss these things with your friends (Who no doubt wave their hands angrily and deny you air-time). Practice by giving your point of view to a religious person on this site, ask them why they believe, question the logic behind their thoughts. Every bit helps...it only takes one fundamentalist to convince a lot of people that they're right in regards to whatever particular happy thoughts they're selling. We need some kind of front against ignorance.<br />
Like you, I get depressed when I think of all the powerful people who believe they’re in the grace of their particular deity, it seems overwhelmingly hopeless…but it is not, Humanity is capable of great change, atheists are not just the hell-bound, we are the logically minded, and we can help the change.

I am really sorry you feel this way about most Christians. I am a Christian and wholly believe in the miracles of Jesus and that God (not the big bang theory ) created the world. The truth is alot of Christians are soooo misunderstood. Unfortunately there are alot of evangelists that are mostly into it for the money , and alot of people have been exposed to wrong teachings and hurtful, predjudice , practices.<br />
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See Not one person on this planet is perfect and too many people keep there eyes on pastors and the church , they have depended on "religion" to be the prime example of how the world is supposed to be, but the truth is that when we keep our eyes on humans and not on the plain facts that the ONLY ONE THAT CREATED THIS EARTH AND HUMANS, IS THE ONLY ANSWER TO ALL OUR WORLD AND LIFE ISSUES. God cant do anything for us if we dont ask him to and he wont just fix the earth because we keep taking him out of everything. He is a perfect gentleman, and gave us all free will. His perfect will for us is to be prosperous and live long lives but also gave us a free will to make our own desicions with the desire for us to LOVE him. We humans made this mess and it isnt fair to blame God for the mess this place is in.<br />
Please dont think i am judging I am not, I will pray for you for understanding and wisdome and that your heart would guide you to His perfect peace. <br />
sorry this is so long but, I do know what you are talking about.

Well there was a point in my life where I fully believed. But I was raped when I was twelve. And after I prayed every day to get well again and to feel okay. EVERY SINGLE DAY. It says clearly in the bible that if Yuri pray to Jesus HE WILL ANSWER. Well you want o know how he answered me? I found out that I was pregnant after I was raped. And I ended up in a mental institution because I was now so afraid of the world. So obviously he is not the answer to all our problems. And I have a question, Did every single ancient Greek and Roman go to hell? Because they believed in other gods well before the. Christian god.

typed a long thoughtfull comment but the site refused to submit and I dont have the time to do it all again.<br />
Just read the 'BOOK" and trust yourself to be ably to understand it without a trained "interperator".<br />
All 3 religions of the book are about power and controll .<br />
As to FAITH:<br />
Jesus' last words were;<br />
'Oh Father, why hast thou forsaken me?'<br />
So much for faith

typed a long thoughtfull comment but the site refused to submit and I dont have the time to do it all again.<br />
Just read the 'BOOK" and trust yourself to be ably to understand it without a trained "interperator".<br />
All 3 religions of the book are about power and controll .<br />
As to FAITH:<br />
Jesus' last words were;<br />
'Oh Father, why hast thou forsaken me?'<br />
So much for faith

typed a long thoughtfull comment but the site refused to submit and I dont have the time to do it all again.<br />
Just read the 'BOOK" and trust yourself to be ably to understand it without a trained "interperator".<br />
All 3 religions of the book are about power and controll .<br />
As to FAITH:<br />
Jesus' last words were;<br />
'Oh Father, why hast thou forsaken me?'<br />
So much for faith