The Difference Between Faith And Organized Religion

I suppose the best place to start here is to explain my belief system and go from there. I consider myself a Christian and I have my own kind of faith in god, I however do not believe in organized religion, church or The Bible and I’ll explain why in a minute here but first I want to be honest and admit that I don’t have much experience with religions other than Christianity, I just haven’t had a whole lot of exposure to other religions so this article will mostly if not entirely focus on Christianity.

Now onto the things I don’t believe in or agree with as far as Christianity goes. First the Bible, this is the foundation of most people’s faith when it comes to being a Christian but for me, I just view it as a story book that a bunch of people wrote together and human beings are pretty much the most flawed things in existence, so yea I’ll pass on taking advice from a book that came out thousands of years ago

Now let’s talk about church and organized religion in general and why I believe it is perhaps the worst idea to ever grace humanity. How many wars have been fought over a difference in belief, how many people have died in the name of religion? Why is it that I can have my own belief system and not judge or hate others for believing differently but the majority of the world just can’t agree to disagree on religion? It’s because as soon as you form a group of people that share the same beliefs they will start viewing anyone that’s not part of that group as an outsider and to a certain degree their enemy. Oddly enough organized religion and street gangs work pretty much the same way with the “If you’re not one of us then you’re against us” mentality.

As human beings we should be celebrating our differences rather than hating each other for them, our differences are what make us unique and are what make us who we are. Although my faith isn’t typical it is very strong and a huge part of my life, yet my best friend of 25 years is an Atheist and not only do I not hate him for that but I never try to push my beliefs on him, as we all have our own life experiences that shape our beliefs.

I want to use a real life example involving my mother to show a small part of what’s wrong with most modern day Christians. About a year or so ago my mother was really struggling financially and ended up getting a little help from the local church for groceries and my mother ,who is a good Christian woman, fully appreciated the help. Now fast forward a couple months and my mother goes to the store to get her boyfriend a 12 pack of beer, with his money not hers and the same church women that helped her happened to be in the store at the time and saw her purchasing this beer and ever since won’t even reply when my mother says hello and they seem to go out of their way to try and make her feel bad about the beer she bought. This is one of the biggest flaws with Christians these days, they judge,judge and judge ,feeling like they are somehow a better person by doing so. Maybe I’m mistaken but I thought one of the cornerstones of Christianity was that we are supposed to let God do the judging and not do so ourselves. If everyone lived by the whole “Live and let live” philosophy, the world would be a better place for sure.

Perhaps it’s because I’m an extreme liberal Christian that causes me to have a different kind of belief system but I for one will never understand all the hate in the world simply because we believe different things. Someone believing in a different god or not believing in one at all has zero impact on my life or anyone else’s , so why the hell should it matter so much to anyone?

So if you’re one of these judgy Christians who feel you’re somehow better than other people simply because of the religious label you put on yourself, maybe stop and think the next time you look down your nose at someone and try to remember you’re just a glorified parasite like the rest of our species. Whether you’re judging someone for being gay, having an abortion or any of the many other things Christians tend to judge people for try and remember you’re supposed to leave that shit up to god and he’s looking down at you and shaking his fucking head at how wrong you really are. Just live your fucking life and leave all the rest up to the god you claim to believe in.

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