I Hate ReligionSubmitted by 1controversialchick on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:49
The following was written by my husband. I thought it was kinda funny seeing that I once wrote a post called, I Hate Feminism. I have many times been accused of being unloving when I say I hate something, but I contend that love is not love without hate. I.e. To truly love children, you must hate those acts which hurt children, etc.. So, to truly love freedom, you must hate all that enslaves.
I Hate Religion
Hate is a strong word, but I hate religion. I do, I really do. Why? Well, what is the supposed point of religion? Isn’t it supposed to get you close to God? Isn’t it supposed to provide the answer for our guilty consciences? Isn’t it supposed to have the answer to death? Exactly how many times are we supposed to get baptized anyway? How ‘bout the “sinners prayer”, ever tried that one? How many times? So how’s it working for you? Be honest with yourself. Have you been able to escape the sin you flee in church? Do you even want to flee sin? Did you really leave it behind in the confessional? Isn’t it true that we seem to be running toward that from which we are trying to escape? Just exactly where is the love, joy, peace, fulfillment, and lasting happiness we were promised from the pulpit? How come the marriage problems persist? Why do the drugs and alcohol never seem to leave? How come the ecstasy of porn is always there to lure? For that matter, why can’t I stop something as simple as telling lies? It kind of makes you feel like a fly on a sticky tape.
What about church? Why do they do the things they do in there anyway? Ever had a piece of extremely dehydrated, left over, stale piece of flatbread stuck to your tongue by a man you hardly know? It was supposed to be holy he said, but, didn’t you answer the call of nature later on? How about the offering plate? Why are they always asking for money? Have you seen the size of a lot of these church buildings and cathedrals? There sure are a lot of hungry people out there. What about the observed hypocrisy, and still worse, the unobserved? There sure have been a bunch of preachers and priests with misplaced ‘affections’.
What about all the blood shed in the name of Christ. As far as I know, Rome has never tried to apologize, make amends, or ever attempted to make reparations for the inquisitions, or the crusades. What about modern warfare and the “just war” dogma? Why are so many Christian groups like the American Family Association all for killing Muslims? “These Muslims are wrong for killing, so we better go kill ‘em.” I’m all for self defense, but this is not self-defense—it’s pre-emptive murder. Doesn’t the Bible say “thou shalt not kill”? Did not Jesus say to “love your enemies”? I don’t see a lot of love in this, do you? Oh, but America is different, right? Sure we are, just listen to Fox news.
What about when I die? How come religion makes all sorts of claims about heaven, yet can never really tell me how to get there? Oh they all make promises about it. All the Christian sects have a prescribed method of getting to heaven, but most that I have talked to don’t seem to have an answer for the big questions of life. You know, like: Why am I here? What is my purpose? What happens after death? For that matter most religious people that I have talked with do not KNOW where they will go after death, so why do they bother? What is the point? They will sometimes say that they are “pretty sure”, but what hope does that provide? I personally have better things to do with my time, than to play religious games with myself.
What about all the hypocrites? How is it that in almost every town in the U.S.A., we can find a church on every street corner, yet on any given Sunday, you would be hard-pressed to get an order filled speedily at any local restaurant. The church people on Sunday are like fire ants. The area will be crawling with them, and for the most part they really aren’t all that friendly. What is it with all these religious people running around, why aren’t they all trying to fix what is wrong with our nation? Oh, American idol, the latest movie, or porn flick must be on. Some things are more important.
I know, I’m pretty hard on religion. My only goal is to make you think. I mean no offense toward you, or disrespect, unless you are one of the above mentioned preachers or priests. Child molesters deserve no respect. But religion is a personal thing. We all have an internal desire for something to give us a place of rest, but again, religion is personal.
Well…..let’s get personal. Would you consider yourself to be good? Let’s find out if you really are. Have you ever lied to anyone? What would you call that person if they lied to you? Have you ever stolen anything? Wouldn’t you consider someone who stole from you to be a thief? Be honest with yourself. Jesus said that “you have heard it said, thou shalt not commit adultery, but I say unto you that whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery with her in his heart”. How ‘bout it fellas, ever done that one? You may say that “lookin ain’t wrong”, and to a degree you are correct. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging someone’s beauty, but to intellectually indulge in that person’s beauty for your own gratification is indeed selfish and therefore sinful. How would you like it if you saw someone leering at your wife, sister, or girl in sexual way? What about using God’s name for a cuss word to express disgust? Do you do that with your own name? Why? Do you do it with your loved one’s name? Do you even do it with your own enemy’s name? The Bible tells us that “God will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain”. So what do you think? How do you think God would look at you? Are you guilty? How will GOD sentence you? Heaven or Hell? It is an established fact of reality that religion has no power to make you innocent, nor can it help you to stop sinning. Even if it could help you stop, it would make no difference, you have already disobeyed the law of your conscience. You could stop sinning from now until the grave, and it would make no difference at all. Today’s right does not erase yesterday’s wrongs.
Well, what about forgiveness? What about it? If you forgive me for stealing from you, does it change the fact that I stole? We could become very good friends, but you would always remember that I am not totally trustworthy. If I get a speeding fine today, and don’t speed on my way to pay the fine, does that grant me a pardon in the sight of man’s law? I’ll tell you what. Stop by the church on the way. Tell the priest or preacher what you have done wrong. Once you have done so, ask him or her to call the courthouse and inform the judge that you have been forgiven. In fact don’t even show up for court. You confessed your crimes and asked for forgiveness didn’t you? Would it work? Well….what if you ask the judge for forgiveness, would he let you go? He may for a speeding fine, but what about murder? Would the judge release you because you plead for forgiveness? Not if he is a good judge. If asking an earthly judge for forgiveness generally doesn’t work, how would asking the Heavenly judge? So, back to that big question, how would God sentence you? Heaven or Hell? He is the ultimate judge, hence the impending doom of judgment day.
Most of us have no real answer for the above question. If a poll were taken we would end up with a few yeses, several nos, and a whole bunch of maybes. In the human mind, a maybe is a place of moderate assurance. Yet, most of us are not satisfied with a maybe when it comes to serious things in life. “Oh darling will you marry me?”-- “Maybe.” Or , “Here Mr. or Ms. Bank teller, deposit my check for me please”-- “I’ll try to do it right.” What nonsense! Would you put up with it? If not, then why is a “maybe” good enough for where you will spend eternity? Don’t believe in hell? It really doesn’t matter; reality is not affected by our perceptions.
Many in the liberty movement are confused about what liberty really is. There are a lot of you out there that have thrown off religion due to the above listed reasons, and I’m sure, reasons that are not listed as well. There is a reason for that. Religion in and of itself does not represent reality. Many of us during our childhood, had experiences in church, coupled with the fantasy of Hollywood and the government school system (tools used by parents that did not embrace childrearing on a real level of personal responsibility) that brought us to a point of rejection. That is, we rejected what we were taught because we saw subconsciously that we were being lied to, and since we could never find a definitive reason for the lifelessness of it all, we threw it off. It is why many of the atheists that I encounter were predominantly raised Roman Catholic. When a person sees he has been lied to by a presumptuous authority, the logical reaction is to throw it off. Unfortunately, many have fallen for the flipside and allowed it to dictate truth for them--- “truths” that are congruent with our predispositions and fetishes. Our desires, like religion, do not represent reality, and are therefore, a form of slavery as well. I have heard many say to me “God will never tell me what to do!! He is nothing but a sadist that demands total submission of me!! I am my own person!!!!!” all the while reaching for another Marlboro in their shirt pocket. Just because we find pleasure in vice, habit, or fetish does not mean that we are free.
Freedom has become another word for pleasure in the average liberty lover’s mind. Sorry folks, addictions are not liberty, but slavery. When a craving becomes an obsession, you are no freer than when you were stuck in religion. What is worse, we intellectually defend our obsessions, just as the neocon defends his republican socialism. And just as the republicans unwittingly usher in the NWO, so do you. The beast (establishment) has created a system of destruction, from the cradle to the grave, a continual barrage of everything from Sesame Street to the confessional, to keep our hearts and minds from seeing, embracing, and being set free by the Truth. It is the same on the university campus, where again, you are told where we came from, and where we are going. Only the messages in biology, or world religions, are much more appealing, because there is nothing in that to tell us we are wrong as individual sinners.
What exactly is sin anyway? Sin in its uttermost form is selfishness. There is nothing sinful about self awareness, self preservation, or our normal drives, but when we use our innate abilities or instincts for our own gratification as the end, then we have become sinful. There is nothing sinful about sexual pleasure or desire. There is nothing wrong with the knowledge that the curves of a woman are wonderful to examine, but if you use your sex drive, or your eyes, for your own gratification and that alone, then you have done that at someone else’s expense, and have sinned against that person. I can almost hear some of you with your ideas of , ‘well then masturbation is not wrong’, or, ‘why did He make me this way if it is sinful?’ All behavior is developed or learned behavior. The smoker laments his addiction, yet there was a time that sucking tobacco smoke into their lungs made them puke. They kept on with it until they were not only used to it, they developed a taste for it. Ask the porn star how happy they are with their notoriety. If you examine their personal lives, you will find that they too, learned and lament what they do. It is the same with any sin. Just as the physical part of our being can learn to find pleasure in things that were formerly repulsive, so it is with the soul. There was a time as children when we were innocent, and there was another time when we lost our innocence, either at our own choosing, or the choosing being done for us. It does not matter how we came to that point in our lives where we were no longer innocent. The fact is, we are no longer innocent. Is GOD going to send you to hell, because you were violated in some way? No, of course not, that’s ridiculous. It was not your fault if someone else violated your conscience, but it was your fault when YOU first violated your own conscience.
Many homosexuals will tell how they were molested at a young age. They will then go on to tell you of the lamentable choices they made later on. Our being victimized does not make us blameworthy, neither does it make us innocent. Sin is knowing to do good, and refusing to do it, therefore, sin is also knowing what evil is and embracing it. Calling evil good, and good evil is what the Bible refers to as a “reprobate mind”. Every sin began as a thought, no matter how brief, and when we learn to love wrongdoing, we ultimately love and embrace the evil in our thoughts. I see no love in that do you? The sad thing is, many will remain in that condition, and due to the hardness of heart, and conscience, never seek a way of escape. They will die defending their slavery.
So I ask you again, how will GOD sentence you? Where will you be sent? Will HE send you to the ultimate prison, or will HE set you free? It is your choice. You may receive the free gift of HIS pardon, or remain in your sin. HE has already paid the fine, it is time for you to believe. It is not religion; it is the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that GOD made Him to be sin for us, that we might receive the righteousness of GOD in HIM. We broke the law of our GOD given conscience, and became the opposite of what HE created us to be. Jesus paid our fine, so that we can be restored to what that original intention was. If you believe HIM then you have put on the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and GOD now sees you as righteous. For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, It is the gift of GOD, not of works, lest any man should boast. Your conscience can be made clean by trusting in the finished work of Jesus.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Billy Joe Grace
Pro 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me