Organized Religion Is a Farce

I was born, baptised, and raised a Catholic, and even went to 12 years of Catholic school. I used to always go to Mass every Sunday, and I even participated in the church choir. This went on until my mid 20's. That's when September 11 happened. I found myself confronted by the typical question that confronts most people who experience a crisis of faith: How can a God who is supposed to be good allow such evil to happen? What was worse was the paranoid, racist, and xenophobic atmosphere in the U.S. afterwards. I swear even the preachers were preaching death to the towelheads. It was like the Crusades all over again, or something. I felt like I couldn't even go to church and be able to avoid the jingoism. The other thing that pissed me off was the ridiculous way the Church handled all those sexual child abuse cases. They ******* defended pedophiles. What kind of **** is that?!?! But what really got to me was a random incident one day as I was walking around town. For various reasons I was really, really depressed. A lot of things weren't going very well in my life at the time. I happened to come upon a Catholic church, and I thought it would be worthwhile to stop by and maybe pray for a little bit. The door, however, was locked, but there was a doorbell and a sign that instructed that I should ring it to talk to someone to let me in. I rang it three times, but no one ever came to the door. In a literal sort of way, I remember walking away feeling rejected by God. What has really turned me off is Pope Benedict. While John Paul II always held the conservative line of teaching, he did so in a loving and forgiving way. He never condemned anyone to hell or excommunicated anyone. Benedict is much more in your face, and he is pretty outspoken about lots of issues which I believe the Church is mistaken about. I believe that for Jesus, if the decision is between love and doctrine, love is the more important value. I mean, Jesus was like a revolutionary. He turned orthodox teaching upside down. The New Testament is almost like a manual for subversion and insurgency. But since then, I really haven't gone to church much, except to keep my parents happy. I mean, the Mass makes me feel at home, because I'm so familiar with all its parts, and I like Mass except for the times when the priest says something completely ***-hattish in the homily, which lately seems to be pretty often. The irony is that most of American Catholicism is actually pretty progressive, and I dig the folk who preach liberation theology. Interestingly, it was the Jesuits that taught me to question my faith. A Jesuit priest once told me that faith is not about certainty. Faith is about acknowledging your doubts and hoping that God will lead you through them. This is a key reason why I detest fundamentalists, because they're so sure of what they think God wants. How the hell does a human being possibly conceive of what a benign, hyperintelligent, omnipresent, omnipotent being is thinking? I think that's arrogance. It's the sin of Pride. But really, maybe I haven't so much lost my faith, as I've lost touch with the institution of the Church. I don't think that it's in good hands, and the guys in power are perverting the Good News.
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14 Responses May 10, 2007

i do not believe in any kind of organized religion. thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbors. the catholics believe that nothing happens beyond the word. they say it is written and they believe it to a certain extent. the catholics believe that hell only happens in words only. they do not feel it exists beyond the bible which tell me that the catholics are hipocrits. they themselves coveted pedophyles and said to the world, they are above the law. i hate catholics and what they represent. they covet their own sins and present that to the world as being acceptable ! God help us if the world succombs to the catholics or any organized religion!

God’s Word Is Truth. God’s Word presents things as they really are, revealing Jehovah’s attributes, purposes, and commands, as well as the true state of affairs among mankind. God’s Word of truth shows what is required for one to be sanctified or made holy, set apart for use by Jehovah in his service, and then to remain in a sanctified state. Hence, Jesus could pray respecting his followers: “Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.” (Joh 17:17; compare Jas 1:18.) Their obedience to the revealed truth of God’s Word led them into sanctification, the truth being the means by which they purified their souls. (1Pe 1:22) Thus they stood out as “no part of the world” that did not adhere to God’s truth.—Joh 17:16.<br />
‘Walking in the Truth.’ Those who desire to gain God’s approval should walk in his truth and serve him in truth. (Jos 24:14; 1Sa 12:24; Ps 25:4, 5; 26:3-6; 43:3; 86:11; Isa 38:3) This would include abiding by God’s requirements and serving him in faithfulness and sincerity. To a Samaritan woman Jesus Christ said: “The hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed, the Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him. God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.” (Joh 4:23, 24) Such worship could not be ba<x>sed on imagination but would have to conform to what is in harmony with the actual state of things, consistent with what God has revealed in his Word about himself and his purposes.

So you are a cultural Catholic? I guess I'm the same at times. I don't believe in any religion, but I like the pretty candles and coloured glass windows and art work! lol The buildings are fine, just not the people in them!

John 2:13-16: "When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!"<br />
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Consider that religion is less about a what, but more about a Who. That person is Christ who died for us. Christ says: "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." John 12:32. <br />
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I'm sorry that you've been disappointed and have felt rejected by those who we're meant to take you in. People are fallible, we cannot look to them, even the people who are supposed to be leaders. We must look to Christ. <br />
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Isaiah 8:20 says, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."<br />
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God's love and doctrine go together! God says, "“If you love me, you will keep my commandments." John 14:15.<br />
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This is love from the inside-out, not external religion that means nothing. This type of relationship with God comes only by the Holy Spirit.<br />
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Would God truly love us if He didn't give us freedom of choice? Because we ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, suffering is a result of sin. But one day, it will be banished when Jesus comes back.<br />
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2 Peter 3:13: "Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells".<br />
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John 14:2: In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

Religion is the biggest money making business. Thats why it survives.

Religion is nothing but a farce...and the mystical God figure we have been bombarded with since birth, is nothing more than a myth. There is no man in the sky...that is a fable/fairy tale. As we grow up we can come to grips with the fact Santa Claus or the Easter bunny aren't real, but letting go of "God" is impossible for most. It's a shame, because what a beautiful world this could be without the "fear of God", and with some actual love and acceptance. Religion is a multi billion dollar/yr. industry--which by the way---is exempt to taxes. Religion takes your money, teaches you to judge ALL those who aren't like you, and then tells you to obey so you may be happier in the next life. The only thing I'm sure of is that I'm alive today. And this life is truly a beautiful, magical experience. I want to make it better for my kids and all future generations. It's time to bury religion.

Religion and God irrespective of which part of the world are you in are a result of human weekness. I am a born Hindu, however what the concept of god and religion does is it creates a situation which says that if these did not exist whole of humanity would be killing and looting each other. It is because some people believe God exists so that they decide to do good so they could appease the God and have superiority over other humans or are given an easier and happier life, isn't this selfishness, isn't this immorality isn't this corruption to appease someone you put on a skin that is not yours? Isn't this the truest of sin? Is man by nature pugnacious or religion is making people weak. <br />
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I don't want sadness, I am afraid of tomorrow, I can't stand bad times, I want to be ahead of others, I don't want to fail, all fears and weeknessess and this leads us to believe in someone that will help us get out of this and that is our concept of god! How cheap and week minded can we get? and then religon organises this weakness and creates rites and rituals so whatever chance of scepticism is left is completely forced to submission by FEAR.<br />
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God and Religion are the greates farce and lies of our times!

To be religious is virtue, but becoming a member of religion is the end of the search for God.

Religion is the end of God.

cor - I agree that organisations have their place (especially socially for people) but man-o-man - you have to use a bit of punctuation in your messages! I'm not really into rules for the sake of them - but punctuation is essential for being understood!<br />
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And that's what ep is all about.

Organisation has strengths and weaknesses any group larger than 16 people needs a leader to function the comes compromise we must give to be of a group

believing in a church or a religion is silly. these things are run by fallible men and women who believe they are 'helping' people with their interpretations of the Bible. how can a fallible person interpret the Bible and convey it properly to other fallible people? it's full of potential for misunderstandings, being mislead, etc. not to mention the church's agenda that's being propagated by these sermons. i believe in God, yes. but i refuse to join in any 'religion' or any 'church' ... i learn directly from God through His written word via reading the Bible approx 4x's/yr. putting your faith in the 'church' or in a 'religion' will turn you away from God. put your faith in God Himself rather than these other entities...

There are too many gaping holes in religion. How can you answer questions with God when the very concept of God is intuitively impossible. A being of infinite complexity that rose from nothing? That concerns himself with a brief-lived species small lives? The biggest question that goa cannot fill no matter how much the faithful try...where did God come from, surely the being that created the most amazing universe we know(and we only know one) surely he has an amazing back-story himself...only of course he doesn’t, because he is imaginary.<br />
Love, however, is good, and people are naturally altruistic creatures, I choose to believe that the majority of people are geared in a similar way to me, we know what right and wrong is, so I believe that people are mostly good without needing an imaginary friend. He have a moral compass that has evolved to help us fit into society, why do we need an imaginary friend to add more ruled to that when we are so adept at getting the rules right ourselves.

I was raised in a Penticostal church...the kind where women are subservient to the men and do as they are told. I grew up not being allowed to wear pants, shorts, or even bathing suits, couldnt cut my hair at all, no make-up, no jewelry, no t.v. This was the norm for me until I started to question certain things about the church, such as why does it matter what we wear when God sees us for what we are on the inside? So I bought and wore a pair of jeans to a camp out with my family and my mom told the preacher what I did...he asked me to leave the church and not come back because I was becoming a bad influence on the young people. After that I lost my faith in the church as an organization. I have come to believe (through prayer and meditation) that the lessons that God wants us to learn are everywhere and church is a place where we should gather to support one another and rejoice as a group who believes the same and help each other to be better people. And you're right God is love...true, unbiased, unprejudiced love. Believe what your heart tells you.