I am going to share what my thoughts have been about practicing organized religion.
This may be offensive to some of my readers… but that is a choice.
Watching sports on TV, I notice some players kneeling down as if praying when
scoring points. it is a common scene in some games. But the reality is, what are they
trying to show? That their concept of the Almighty, Supreme Being, or Higher Power
is granting them the joy of scoring points in a game? Why would an all powerful being
intervene in an insignificant athletic event?
I have heard other people claim that “God” has given them the message or sign that
they so much wished for. “It came from God” or “God told me to do this.” What a
dangerous and glamorous way of claiming that the Almighty is on their side!
Yet, there are others who I have witnessed saying that certain unfortunate events happen
because of “sin” and, therefore, it is a punishment from God. How grandiose
and arrogant can some religious people be? Not to mention judgmental.
Is this the image that Jesus, Ghandi, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama , and other religious
figures have taught us to practice?
Still there are others who claim that , because the Bible says so, then it must be true,
in spite of some contradictions and different interpretations given to some of its verses.
Some of us can be very narrow minded, simply to continue to attempt to nourish the ego.
Yes, religion exists to feed the ego. It is still practiced in order to maintain control of those who
are still insecure about the purpose of their lives. So some of us desperately try to attach
to a particular organized sect and doctrine while trying to make sense of our chaotic lives.
It is one of many ways to try to survive in this world. Just like joining a political party, sports team,
ethnic group, profession, and every other social group that exists in our societies. We enjoy
worshipping that which we think can “save us” and represent our way of thinking. We worship
gods, saints, famous athletes, political leaders, celebrities, and even commonly recognized
fictitious characters in order to maintain a strong ego. In order to keep us from facing our
How coward and fearful can we be? We hide behind masks. We pretend we are certain
about who we are. But we are far from the truth…. if there is such a thing.