I disdain organized religion. I wish there were no such thing. Organized religion reminds me of rag tag sports teams at summer camp, each one boasting how it’s the best, in competition to be the winner. With their rules and dictates, organized religion doesn’t create an atmosphere where questions are encouraged, critical thinking never enters into religion and people are taught to believe a set of scriptures and not question the almighty God of their faith. If a question is asked it is answered with the idea that we are not to question God’s wisdom, but accept His will with blind obedience.
Organized religion also fosters hate, breeds hate, nurtures and coddles it, under the umbrella of the Holy Book, no matter the book, The Old Testament, the New Testament, the Qur’an, The Book of Mormon, it doesn’t matter, people use the word of God to justify their hate. The massacre in Orlando was chilling, the images heartbreaking and gut-wrenching, but in my mind the saddest and most shocking were the images of the Westboro Baptists holding up their signs, and the one that read, “God sent the shooter.”
God sent the shooter. Imagine, a group that calls itself religious, that loves their Lord, and they spew this vile hatred under the guise of following God’s decree? It’s beyond shocking and appalling and it defies everything good about religion – and if this kind of hatred can evolve from religion then I say we’re better off without it.
I know people will say that these people are extremists, and exceptions and that most religious people are kind and good and follow God’s laws, but the extremists find justification for their hate though God, and there’s no way around that.
If there were no organized religion and people just followed the Golden Rule, wouldn’t this be a better world? All the monies spent on temples and churches could be spent building houses, the time spent in church and temples could be spent reading to a child, visiting a senior center, walking the dog, taking a jog, or just sleeping in. Aren’t we smart enough as people to believe in ourselves, have faith in our own souls without the crutch of organized religion? Can’t people believe in God in their own way, find spiritualism and faith within their own soul?
Take away organized religion and you take away the justification for hate – the hate will still exist, I know that, but at least no one will be able to blame God for it.