Religion For Non Believers
by Chris Campbell
Religion for me has been a bewildering and reluctant adversary. For the
longest time religion meant belief in some strangers prescription for
salvation. As one matures and questions their life and the role of
religion in it, certain sticking points become clear.
Why so many
different perceptions of religion?
Why so many different versions of
Why so much mutual exclusivity of the various religion
Belief in one religion shouldn't automatically exclude an
individual from believing or practicing in another. That's ridiculous.
The different and varying threads in the spirituality of religion have
far more in common than their proponents would care to admit to. It's
almost as if they saying that you must believe in everything that I
say. No picking and choosing, just believe in all, or else your out. And
it's not just the zealots, it seems to be a persuasive thread among most
Unbelievably Fragile Beliefs
Tolerance and acceptance should not just be facades painted on by the
practitioners of every dogmatic religious power. They are principals and
values that need to be shared and instilled as the cornerstone of any
religion. We all have our little quirks, just as each religion has
bizarre little rules, taboos, and rituals. How can one religion insist
that their leaders practice celibacy, while another promotes marriage
for it's leaders, and yet another is perfectly fine with polygamy? They
can't all be wrong, surely one of these wise old sages is right. Or,
maybe their all right. They're definitely all wrong in suggesting their
way is the only proper way. No wonder their is so much confusion amongst
people in this day and age of enlightenment. Sometimes, it feels like if
one tiny tenant of their dogmatic domicile fails then the whole thing
fails. I don't believe that a religion or it's people can really be that
Your Way Is The Right Way
For a period, atheism or agnosticism seemed to be the way to go. All the
other competing dogmas wanted my entire mind, heart, and soul. Well, if
that's the case, then no one gets anything. Seemed like the safe way to
go. Not very satisfying, and certainly not very enlightening, but
definitely safe. Just another brick in the wall, close them all out.
Maturity and time have a way of changing religious views and beliefs.
Sometimes old age does as well, but that can be just a convenient hope
to the inevitable fear of what comes after the whole mortal coil shrug.
Not a real belief I think. Some where along the line it occurred to me
that it just rang hollow to believe in nothing. Even the religion of
little green men seemed to have a lot more going for it, then believing
in nothing. So it occurred to me that there simply has to be more to
life then just what we can see and understand on the third planet from
the sun. There certainly is a lot more to be understood yet, then there
currently is understood today. Current notions of religion try to help
there, but it's painfully old technology. I mean hey, 200 years ago they
didn't even have black and white TV. What made those guys smart enough
to start a religion that answers today's questions.
I do believe that there is something bigger, grander, smarter, more
tolerant, more enlightened and compassionate then any religion we on
Terra firma have come up so far. Someone, something, is waiting and
watching and guiding. We just need a little more time to figure it out.
In the mean time, can't we all just get along?
Spirituality - what differentiates Religion from Spirituality?
Religion is "absolute truth of life" of the physical manifested
world. It is Religion and not Spirituality which forms the basis
of the present society we live in.
Faith Working Through Love
Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of faith that is coupled
with good works in the true Christian life. He thus makes faith that is
coupled with good works a fact of faith in the lucid Christian religion.
Spirituality – Confusing or What?
For some, spirituality is
considered a religion, and for some
it is not. Some spiritualists will see them dealing with
their spiritual belief and see them
stuck between two worlds.