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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.

Parallels Between Game of Thrones and The Bible

While talking to my best friend this morning about the fact that the King James version of the bible has the word dragon in it 21 times and I realized that there are many other similarities between the Bible and Game of thrones, besides the fact they both speak of dragons let’s go over some of the other parallels, I’m going to be comparing the bible to the TV show as the books are not finished yet and I came up with all of this in about 30 minutes this morning so I’m sure I may miss some things, I’m not a big believer in the Bible but I do know the stories contained within it from when I was a kid and how close they are to some parts of Game of Thrones is actually kind of crazy.

Jon Snow

Jon Snow was the son of royalty, the rightful king and was raised by another man, Ned Stark and his wife, Jesus was the son of God and was raised by Joseph and his wife but that isn’t where the Jon Snow and Jesus similarities end, they were both betrayed by people they thought of as friends and died because of it, they were both dead for a prolonged amount of time before being resurrected and the room Jon Snow was shut in while waiting to be raised from the dead is very much like the cave Jesus was shut into while awaiting his resurrection, the similarities end though after they are raised from the dead as Jesus forgives his betrayers whereas Jon Snow executes all of his, it’s a working theory and it’s not perfect but the similarities are there.

Plague of Blood/Battle of the Bastards

The Bible speaks of 10 plagues and although I couldn’t find parallels with all 10 plagues I did with quite a few of them and the first plague in the Bible is a plague of blood. I equate this plague to The Battle of The Bastards on Game of Thrones as the battle left piles and piles of bodies and rivers of blood on the ground and was perhaps the bloodiest episode of the show.

Plague of Boils/Greyscale

“So the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace, and let Moses scatter it toward the heavens in the sight of Pharaoh. And it will become fine dust in all the land of Egypt, and it will cause boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt’” (Exodus 9:8-9) is what the Bible says about the Plague of Boils and I can’t help but view Greyscale as its counterpart, a disease in Game of Thrones that grows all over the person’s skin like hard rock is close enough to boils for me.

Plague of Locusts/The Dothraki

Maybe a bit of a looser connection on this one but the bible says “…if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field” (Exodus 10:4-5). and I can’t help but think about the Dothraki and how they attack in huge herds of horses running over armies like nothing can stop them, although the Dothraki weren’t really portrayed as if they were a plague they did end up on the wrong side in the end of the show and they did take part in over running more than one army like a plague of locusts.

Plague of Darkness/The Night King’s Army

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days” (Exodus 10:21-22). The Night king’s name even implies darkness and the way the undead army washed over the north and especially the final battle at Winterfell was all about darkness, it’s not difficult at all to see the similarities here.

Plague of the First Born

“Then Moses said, ‘Thus says the Lord: “About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.

Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel”’” (Exodus 11:4-7).

This one isn’t a perfect theory but think about it for a minute how many first born children actually made it to the end of Game of Thrones, Rob stark died, all of Cersei’s children died, Beside little Sam and Jon Snow I can’t think of any first borns who actually survived to the end of the series.

I’m still working on the theory as a whole and will update this when I come up with more, is there anything I missed that you thought of? let me know with a comment.

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