Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My problems with Religion

Lately here on my lil 'ole blog, I have had some not so nice things to say about religion.

I have to make some things clear.....

I am NOT anti God. I am NOT anti Jesus.
I pray to God through Jesus every day. Sometimes more than once a day.

However I do not consider myself a Christian. I am not "Christ-like", which is what being a Christian is supposed to mean. Jesus is the only perfect man to walk the earth after Adam fucked up. I am no where near perfect and I do not know or have I known any person who fits that description.

What I have a problem with is people that have the same desires and hang-ups as me, trying to tell me how I need to be living.
I have a problem with hypocrites.
I have a problem with people that go to church every Sunday to see the preacher instead of going to commune with God.
I have a problem with people using the Church to get paid off the backs of people that really can't afford it.
I have a problem with the "Sunday" Christians. You know the people I am talking about....The fake ones that are only "saved" on Sunday mornings.
I have a problem with people that use the Bible to justify their hatred,hypocrisy and bigotry towards other people.

Basically, I have a problem with Organized religion.

Well it is more than a "problem". It is on the verge of being full blown hatred.

I am not a hypocrite. I have no problem with trying to live the same way I act. In other words, I try to live the same way I portray myself to others. How the hell would I look telling somebody that porn is the work of the devil, when I try to look at me some titties everyday? (This is not an admittance of of anything, I am just using an example.)

I am who I am. I do not try to portray myself to other people as being better than I am. I have been known to lie a few times, but I do not act like my shit does not stink. The same way I am now hiding behind this keyboard, is the same way I am if you happen to meet me in person.

I am a chronic user of profanity. I drink a little. I like women. (Yes I am married, but I still LOOK at other women. Sue me.)I have been accused of being a little to blunt with people. If I don't like something, I let it be known. I do not hold my tongue if I feel like I am being disrespected. I have a problem with authority. Well. Let me rephrase that... I have a problem with stupid authority. I try to treat everyone I meet the same way I like to be treated. I try not to judge other people's behavior, views or lifestyles. I know what works for me may not work for my neighbor.

All in all I am a decent dude, but I am far from being "Christ-like."

But I do have a problem with people that use religion as an excuse for their fucked up behavior. The Bible should not be used as an excuse. I think that organized religion is the main thing that is wrong with the world today. People use religion as a way to justify their fucked up views towards other people and I don't think that is the way God wants it to be. Besides, with all the religions out in the world today, who is to say what religion is the one that will get you to heaven. Some people use their religion as the only way life should be lived, instead of having an open mind to other people's views, which thereby contributes to discrimination, hatred and intolerance towards innocent people.

In my humble opinion this is not how God intended it to be.

But this is only My opinion.


Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

You must have had a shitty recent experience to be so rattled when you wrote this. Ah, it happens. Except for R&B gospel singing, I've had few positive experiences from church memberships and rarely go.

I don't fit in well because I believe evolution and the Bible are compatible and that parts of the Bible were re-written to serve the politics of those who owned the ink and printing presses. For example, the fella who wrote about Armageddon in Revelations wasn't even around when Jesus was, so why I should give his psychotic-sounding, fear-based dream credibility? I have a whole bunch of other reasons to be guarded about organized religion. It's been used a tool to oppress, repress, and manipulate fear, even on a small level within a family.

On a positive note about organized religion, many churches feed the hungry, give out clothes to the poor, provide low cost daycare and private schools, and have self-help anonymous groups which has patched up quite a few broken lives. For example, I am what I am today because of top-notch education provided by dedicated Catholic nuns back in elementary school. They ain't had jack to do with what some of the priests were doing to alter boys in other places.

So I weigh the good with the bad, retain a deep spirituality and respect for all that God created, and don't take church acts of true altruism for granted. Some of those folks are cool and I like them, even when I don't always agree with them. Others are not, and like mankind, religion is a mixed bag indeed.

Max Reddick said...

I would like to co-sign on Kit's response and add a bit of my own. I long ago stopped using the term Christian in referring to myself, but instead began to refer to myself as someone who follows Christ. Christians have given Christianity a horrible name.

And I am torn about being out of the church. I grew up in the church and as the son of a minister, I can only feel guilty for staying away for so long since the church is such an important part of my experience and who I am.

But I have decided to serve God as best I can by being a good man, a good husband, and a good father. And that is doing far better than many self-professed Christians are doing.

godlessons said...

John the apostle was supposedly the person that wrote Revelation, but there is quite a bit of opposition to that idea. The fact that he lived to be somewhere around 100 years old in a time where if someone lived past childhood the average life expectancy was 45.

Anyway, as far as organized religion, I see benefit in religious people organizing, just as anyone else organizing. Usually, large groups of people do alot of charity work, no matter what they believe in. Other than that, there is no reason whatsoever to accept any organized religion.

Every single person has their own beliefs about the nature of God. Some people see contradictions that others don't, so they change what they believe the nature of God is in their mind so that it fits with the facts. How many times has scripture been reinterpreted in order to fit modern understanding?

Anyway, what you complain of is all over the place. I couldn't get my head around all the contradictions, so I am now an atheist. Be careful, if you get angry enough, you may start doing some research.

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

John was and is a common name, and there was one exiled to the Isle of Patmos. I've read he wrote this anywhere from 100 to 200 years after Christ's death.

Nowhere in Revelations does he promote the idea that he personally knew Jesus or was John the Apostle, only that he was a "companion in tribulation".

We can deduce he was a Christian, born after Jesus died, and like many of that time period, suffered for his beliefs. Why his nightmare was so appealing to the Bible printers and made the cut when other writings didn't is unknown to me and possibly political.

Fear is an effective tool. The story of Armageddon continues to get mileage from extremists who are more about social control than social sanity in avoiding "The End".

These purported facts about John of Patmos by no means suggests that the rest of the Bible is fiction. Anything man touches becomes corrupt, because man is inherently self-serving. I think most of it is the Word of God and glad He cared enough about us to give us a book to base laws on, beginning with Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you."

All major religions have this as their basic tenant. Without that one, simple guiding principal, we'd be far more barbaric than we are now. For this I am grateful.

Dirty Red said...

This is going to be one blanket comment covering all the contributors to this post.....

I agree with all of you. I have been very discouraged with religion lately as you can undoubtedly tell. I am almost to the point where I don't want to hear anything about religion and that is bad considering I grew up in a very religious home.
But it is what it is.

Oh and Trill,
I did not know that about John. I always assumed that it was Apostle John that wrote Revelations. I guess that is what I get for assuming.

godlessons said...

I find it funny how people can see that there are huge problems with the bible, yet they still say that the rest of the bible is true. The problem comes in the fact that without extra-biblical support, there is no way to know which parts of the Bible are true and which are fiction.

When we want to know the truthfulness of other sources, we need outside sources of confirmation. Without those, there is no reason to accept the truthfulness of a statement. Why does the Bible get special privileges?

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey Dirty Red,

I never teach that Christianity is a religion because Jesus didn't create a religion... man created a system to be able to measure himself against other people.

I repeat...Jesus did not create a religion.

I realize that people will say that Jesus belonged to a religion when he was alive since He practiced Judaism....well...if He felt that Judaism was sufficient for salvation then He would not have had to die on the cross... but that's another discussion.

I meet plenty of people who tell me that they are fed up with religion...I ask "so? what does that have to do with Christianity?"

They don't have a response because they were taught that Christianity = religion.

When they are challenged to conceptualize Christianity apart from religion, they can't do so.

A building with a church sign in front doesn't make it a church in the eyes of God so people who tell me that they "grew up in the church" and don't know anything about God's word give me pause.

I wrote a post about "Questioning Christianity" a few months ago because I don't think that many black women are willing to challenge what they were taught about Christianity.

I think that it's probably a healthy exercise for you to ask questions and to be skeptical.

I am a minister TODAY but I did not grow up in a Christian family OR in the black church construct.

And I have listened to more so-called sermons that I cam count that were pure crapola...complete distortions about what is contained in scripture...

I encourage your process of questioning and researching and not just swallowing what others are dishing out...

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!