Religion

Religion. Here we go. Time to tackle the big question about the proverbial cake and if it’s a lie.

There are many religions that span the entirety of this planet, and I’m going to talk about them today. I first would like to make it perfectly clear that I am not religious. Before you refute my stance immediately, surly you should make an attempt to hear me out first.

I was born at an awkward time in human history. The tail end of the 1990’s and the dawn of the new millennium is an odd place to start at. I saw first-hand the rise of humanity’s over-reliance on technology. The Internet and wireless interlinking quickly merged and evolved into the tech that we use today. Everything is vastly superior to what was previously used.

As an example, here’s a hilarious clip from Friends that aired in 1995.

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Obviously, we’ve come quite far rather quickly.

My father was agnostic and my mother made me attend church from a young age. I spent a fair bit of time in my youth learning about “God”, singing hymns, listening to sermons, and reading religious texts (both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon). I found it odd that this particular form of religion was different from others that I had learned about as I went through adolescence (Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.).

My mother’s side of the family practiced Mormonism and we frequently visited the local church (which ironically was within a mile from my grandmother’s house). As I grew older, I discovered that there was a bit of a disconnect with what I learned at school and what I learned at church.

It was strange to me that dinosaurs were never talked about. Things also got slightly weird whenever I discussed topics like modern technology or space. I once made the mistake of bringing the fourth Harry Potter book to church with me one Sunday. Things did not go well that day.

As I grew older (age five and up), I began to focus on using technology, as it was tangible and ever evolving. I began to embrace using the Internet when my mother got a personal computer in early 2003. It was a black desktop with a 480p monitor and it ran Windows XP. My mother used it primarily to store photos and to play a game called “Everquest”. Ironically, my mother was the one to introduce me to video games as a child.

I was eight when we finally got past DSL internet. That allowed me to go online and browse the web at a faster pace. I quickly found Wikipedia and I’m certain that discovery changed me instantly. An unbiased look at the world led me to dozens of articles that discussed topics like humanity and religion at great expanse.

I stopped visiting church after I moved in with my father (after Hurricane Katrina in 2005). That following year, my mother was able to get me a personal laptop during a Black Friday sale. This was the final nail in the coffin for my church life, as the separation between me and my mother’s values came to a point at the age of nine.

We had visited other churches (several actually, usually with opposing beliefs and strangely close together). I decided that I wasn’t religious at a young age, and that seriously changed my worldview. Many would claim that I despise organized religion. Personally, I could care less if you follow a certain belief system. Whatever makes you happy and doesn’t cause harm to others is perfectly okay in my book.

You have every right to believe what you want just as I hold the same ability. What pisses me off is the blatant corruption that stems from these organizations. Skirting taxes but collecting donations and abusing power to hide rampant acts of well-documented pedophilia undermines all positive work done in the name of faith.

When you hide behind an omnipotent being like a shield from your own transgressions, I anyone can see the tragic horrors that these societies can cause. I’m sure that if God existed, he/she/it wouldn’t allow so many disasters/genocides/wars to happen.

These well-documented events have caused an endless amount of suffering. There is no reason for them to occur. Some say that it is all a part of a grand plan (that we can’t understand). As a response, I understand that “God’s plan” is seriously f**ked up.

P.S. – I would like to point out that I’m still constantly learning about and studying religion. This likely will never end, as I enjoy learning about the history of humanity (in which religion is deeply intertwined).

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