Alright, hopefully this topic will generate some kind of thought.
I know there are many people here who hold to their religion and will not stray, and this is not a way to try and make you stray from it. This is just thought. Keep your profanity and your ill mannered tempers out of this thread if you can because I really do not want to go off on a tangent.
The preliminary question is this: Do you believe that God and religion are the same? Are they different? Do they belong even in the same category, why/why not? Can they even be compared, why or why not? And, do you think God even wants us to have a religion or does he just want us to have faith?
These are hard questions that require a thought process, I know, I have gone over it for so many years. I am not one of faith nor am I one of God. I do not believe that there is a greater purpose and I do not believe that there is a man up there in the clouds who watches over me.
Axioms (a common held belief that is considered true without proof) are very iffy for me. Iffy meaning, I think they are stupid. God is a nice thought though. Don't get me wrong. I would love to have someone to watch over me and make sure I was OK, but God in every sense seems very human to me- being a jealous god, being a merciless god, that I do not see a point in the concept- we all ready have over 6 billion people living on this planet, I don't think we need one more.
For me, God and religion is extremely separate.
On one side, I see God as this nice creator who loves everyone and is looking out for his children and so on and so forth. On the other side, I see Gos as religion preconceives him. As an asshole, to say the least. Someone who discriminates against minorities (homosexuals are one of the many targets,) a God who is selfish and only wants you to pray to him, a God who believes it is punishable by DEATH if you do not follow his rules, and a God who seems to be that one kid in the class who believes that he is funny by annoying the teacher when everyone around him just laugh along because they know they will be beaten up by him if they don't.
For me, God and religion can not even compare. One is filled with thoughts of love and compassion, and another is filled with hate and disillusionment.
My theory on why religion was created: God looked away for a few seconds to tend to all of the other planets in the solar system and when he looked back he uttered the words "I look away for like a second and you fuck shit up this much?"
Religion to me is a constant struggle to who will get to heaven first. I feel as though there are so many people out there who are just begging to get rid of this religion aspect of their lives but can't because they believe they will go to Hell. Or when they get to heaven God will be sitting at a desk and say:
Pull a lever and you go straight to hell.
I would be scared to! Thinking about it, that is. Religion is very scary to me. Religion controls nations. It starts wars. It is a motive to kill. It is scary.
The bottom line is this:
I do not believe in God. I do not know if he is real or not. But if he is, I hope with all my heart and soul that he is nothing like the bible says he is. I would hope that he loves and cherishes every single life he created. I would hope that he does not care what sexuality you were, what religion you believed in, how much money you have in your bank account, how many times you went to church- I would hope that if you were a good person and you always did what you thought was right, that you will be allowed in heaven and whatever else you might believe in when you die.