Your Views on Religion.
I am an atheist humanist. I do not believe in god but I feel like it would be a lot easier if I did. It’s depressing believing that when you die u are like a flame being extinguished. It would be so much easy to believe in heaven, but honestly I can’t I just don’t think it exists.
I don’t know if I am right and I don’t know if anyone else is right. I don’t think religon is something you can know a 100% about either way.
I do think that religion is the opiate of the masses mainly because I think it can be very calming for a lot of people. I think that people who are closed minded about religion are the most dangerous type of people because my dad always said that stupid people are the most dangerous. What I mean by that is that you should always question everything. It may be uncomfortable to do so but it is way more dangerous not to. Blind faith isn’t something you should be proud of educated and well thought out faith is. Ignorance is never bliss it’s just laziness of the mind.
I will never say that I am 100% right. If an angel drops out of the sky or buddha, mohammad, or jesus give me a phone call I would be more than happy to have them prove to me that they exist and their form of religion might be something to look into. I’m pretty sure that is not going to happen so I just try to think about my choice every once in a while to make sure that I am still comfortable with it and go over my reasoning again.
I do not think that all religious people are kooky nor do I think they stupid. I feel like that is a mispercetion some people have about athiest that we are somehow thinking bad things about religious people. In all honesty I just don’t think about it that much. Maybe twice a month. Religion is not a part of my life and I’m happy with that. It is a part of my partner’s life so I go to church services with him when he wants to go and I support him in that. He also prays over before eating and I sit quietly while he does.
One thing that really bothers me is when people who are religious think that in order for a person to have good morals they must be religious. I am very, very moral and I have not had religion in my life in a major way since I was fourteen. I think you can be a good person without religion.
It also bothers me when people question me about my belief in an angry tone. I don’t think i’ve ever questioned a person of another faith or nonfaith in a rude way but I have had some very combative questions and interrogations thrown my way.
It also bothers me when people who are close to me act like they have forgotten my nonreligious preference. I mean if you are a strict Muslim I’m not going to send you a Christmas card and vice versa. I mean you could at least remember to send me the happy holidays card instead or even a happy hanukkah card as I grew up Jewish and am still pretty jewish by tradition. I also can not stand it when people forget both that I am not religious and am not christian. I am not Catholic. I don’t understand how anyone thought that. I mean I’ve never mentioned church. Also, could try and remember that a temple is not a church. I mean it’s really rude after the fifth time or more of correcting you. I have never called a church a temple not even by accident. It’s not so hard. I mean Jesus was a Jew maybe you should learn something about his actual religion. Grrrr. Sorry want off into a rant. Years of friends and my partner’s relatives completely ignoring my choice in regards to religion when I done nothing but be understanding about theirs.
It seems so wrong to me that some people think that athiests are hateful and that we are going to badger them about their religion or try to change their minds or something. I mean really that’s like saying that every Muslim is an underwear bomber or every Christian is a Tea Party looney tune who only believes Rush Limbaugh. You can’t lump everyone all together. Every person on this planet is an individual and it would be nice if people who remember to treat everyone that way. You can’t let one bad apple determine your view of the whole bunch.
I think it is incredibly inappropriate to tell someone that they are going to go to hell. I think you should real question your character when you let something that vile come out of your mouth. I have had multiple people tell me that over the years. Seriously if you have that thought that’s fine. If I ask you what you’re thoughts are on my soul’s state than I would love to hear your honest opinon. Otherwise shut the fuck up and think about doing something productive with your day rather than spewing unkind words into the world onto an uninquiring public.
I think religious people need to have a better sense of humour about religion too. I mean religion is flippin’ funny when you really think about it. I mean a bunch of people walking around a block waving palms, or shaking rattles every times some ancient bad guys name is said, or the fact that your women have to sit in the back or attend seperate service bc you don’t trust yourself enough to look at their backsides. I mean come on it’s funny sometimes. Relax a little. I mean it’s so annoying how family guy can make a joke about Jesus but when I point out that Jesus could have gotten a better rider than a donkey that’s rude. I mean I’m just being playful. I mean come on you’re supposed to be the lord and savior and you ride in on an ass you could have borrowed a horse. Also, the fact that people always find Jesus in jail like he hides behind a certain portion of bed spring in each cell. I’m sorry but that is funny. Mormonism is really funny. I have some very nice Mormon friends and I have been to a mormon service and they are soooo nice but some of their beliefs are funny. Some of every religions beliefs are hillarious. I think you should be able to laugh at yourself more.
Also I hate that we still have in god we trust on our money. I don’t believe that is what the founders would have wanted. We put it on their during the cold war well the cold war’s over let’s take it off.
I don’t like that we have to say the pledge of allegiance in schools. They say that you can leave the room now not when I was a kid, but don’t you think that’s going to make kids feel ostracized? I don’t see why this is a part of the school day. Whatever happened to the seperate of church and state. How about we completely seperate and stop blurring the lines.
I also think that prayer circles, prayer groups, prayers before games, basically anything that involves prayer or religion should not be allowed to take place at a public school. If you would like to send your child to a private school that incorporates religion that’s fine but please keep it out of public schools.
Let’s stop pretending that intelligent design is a theory that should be taught in schools. Evolution should be taught in schools. If you would like to learn more about intelligent design than you should be learning about that at a religious instution. I think it should be mentioned that some people believe that, but I think that will take all of one to three paragraphs and less than two minutes of schooling as it is not a hard theory to grasp.
Let’s do teach the history of religion early on like at least in high school. Religion is so interesting. It’s influence on art, architecture, and history in general has been amazing. School children should know about the positive and negatives that it has brought to our world. I think art is the biggest positive for me. I mean art would exist and flourish without religion but the pieta is flippin’ amazing and so is the hagia sophia amongst thousands of other pieces that I could not live without, don’t even get me started on Titian (I love the guy). It has also brought so many negatives the biggest one for me is war. I mean the crusades alone but then you look at Iraq and Afganistan and I think that has a lot to do with religious and cultural intolerance. I don’t think you can change a country’s mindset through war. Any who, that’s a whole different thing.
On the subject of sunday school. I do not want my future children to go to only one Sunday school. I feel like that is indoctrination. I don’t feel like a child under the age of 9 has the skill set necessary to determine their views on religion. I feel like the child goes along with what mommy and daddy want bc it’s easy, avoids argument, and they don’t know any better. I think it is better to let your child experience all religions and non religion too. I would never try to make my child become an athiest (that is another misconception) nor would I make them choose any other religion. I think the child should have the opportunity to exaime all of their options and then in their teenager years he/she can decide for him or herself. I realize some people see that as radical, but honestly I feel like educating your child in only one religion is bordering on child cruelty because you are not giving your child one option. Anyone who thinks that a five year old only going to a Christian sunday school is going to have the free will and mental capacity to make a voluntary choice to become a Buddist at six is kidding themselves. They are going to be a Christian at least for show until they are old enough to come to a different conclusion themselves.
I started doubting early even when I was young but I didn’t know too much about the other options. I basically knew about Muslims and Christians everything else was kind of a mystery or history to me. I really started questioning if there was a god when I was in seventh grade. I believe I formally became an athiest in late eight or early ninth grade. I took a religion class at my Sunday school that explored all of the world religions (okay not all but most major one). I even toyed with looking into Hinduism more. I think I just really liked their stories though. I love the story of Rama and Sita. I loved world religions and as I am a very avid reader I read a lot about them during that time. Made trips to the library to get more books and had my dad take me on buying trips to Barnes and Noble. I tried mediation, which didn’t really work for me it just always made my legs numb. I tried mantras which also had no effect. I tried to read every thing I could find and I asked my rabbi lots of questions. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know more about angels. I found out about Lilth during that time and thought she was pretty cool which only spurred my desire for more knowledge. After my Bat Mitzvah I was supposed to take more continuing hebrew classes and by that time I was just done with it. I knew that I did not want to pretend anymore that I believed in religion. I wanted to spend my Sundays studying for school which I felt was much more productive and I still stand by that decision. I told my rabbi my decision right after the first continuing hebrew class about my choice. He tried to stop me but I explained to him that I had been thinking about this for a long time and that try as he may my mind was made up. I have stayed friends with my rabbi and we would still go out to lunch together and email each other. I still volunteered for the temple with my mom when she wanted support. My rabbi was even my religion teacher in college and I got one of the best grades if not the best in the class.
The biggest negative to not believing in god at least for me is not having the comfort of believing there is a heaven. I have a terrible fear of death and not existing.
I do pray on a plane or in any situation where I am incredibly stressed/scared. I don’t just pray to god though i pray to fairies, mother earth, buddha, basically anything that will listen. I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry. I think i have even prayed to clouds on one plane ride.
One last thing my favorite service that I have attended was definetly a Hari Krishna (probably spelled that wrong sorry) service in London with some friends. The inside of the building was so beautiful. There was no pressure to convert or anything. It was a lovely experience. I highly recommend it.
Sorry this is really long I could probably go on and on about religion forever but this is all I am going to post as I’m sure only a couple of people are going to read it anyways. Sorry for the many spelling, puntucation, and grammatical errors.