What are your thoughts about religion?
Religion has the ability to generate unselfish love in some people, and vicious, raw hatred in others. Unfortunately, I was in the company of the later type. Religion is only as good as the people promoting it. On one hand religion creates people like Gandhi and Mother Teresa and on the other hand it creates people like Adolf Hitler. When you have loving kind people promoting peace and love, religion is a good thing. When you have vengeful vindictive people promoting acts of violence and hate, religion is a bad thing.
Religion, like every thing else in the world is neutral. Religion on it’s own is neither good nor bad.
Religion becomes good or evil when it is wielded by it’s followers, depending on how it’s followers go about promoting it. People who do good things, give their religion of choice a good name. People who do bad things, cause their chosen religion to suffer a bad reputation.
What are my thoughts about religion?
That religion is what you make it be. What you do and say to others, is how you present your religion to the world. Religion is much more than what you do in Church on Sunday/Saturday – it’s a lifestyle. Regardless of what your religion actually teaches, how you live your life, tells the world what your religion practices. Problem is, few people who belong to a religion, actually act upon the religions teachings.
The LDS/Mormon Church teaches not to smoke or drink coffee. Most people know this because most Mormons do this. But how many people know that the Mormon church doctrine also teaches that it is a sin for a woman to cut her hair, wear pants, or work outside of the home? Not many.
Did you know that the Book of Mormon itself teaches to never have more than one wife (including both by polygamy or by divorce/widow & remarriage), to kill no living thing, to not eat meat, to neither touch nor own a weapon, and to never become a soldier or go to war? Did you know the Book of Mormon not only teaches it’s a sin to own a weapon, but that it’s a sin to even touch a weapon, and that you are only allowed to touch a weapon, while smelting it into farm tools? How many meat eating, gun owning, hunter and soldier Mormons do you know? That covers 96% of the 2,000 members I know personally. That means of the temple attending members I personally know, all but 3% of them are attending temple services unworthily and in direct violation of church ordinances. The church also says that anyone who enters the temple unworthily is automatically condemned to an eternity in Outer Darkness (Hell).
How well do you know about God, the alien king of Planet Kolob? Did you know that God was the guy’s name and not what he is? Did you know that he did not create the universe, that he only created the solar system in which humans live in? If you didn’t know that, than you don’ know the central teaching on which everything else in the LDS Church is based on. And if you are a Mormon yourself and you didn’t know that – than what the hell are you doing claiming to be a member?
And how many Mormons do you hear talking about their “magic underwear” and how they “protect them”. Did you know that IS NOT what the Church actually teaches? Mormons are supposed to wear long underwear, (long johns) which reaches to the collarbone, elbows, and knees as a reminder that there should be no relationship outside of marriage. Nothing magical or mystical about them, but how many members even know that?
Not many non-Mormons know about these Official Church Doctrines, because not many Mormons actually practice EVERYTHING the Mormon Church teaches – they only pick and choose and practice just the few things that are convenient. Thus they doing their Church a great in-service, by telling the world it’s okay to ignore rules you don’t like. By skipping over a few of the “lesser rules”, others soon start skipping over the “greater rules” and eventually, you see what you see today – members who now drink and smoke, and even a Bishop in the LDS Saco Ward here in Maine, who owns a barroom and sells beer and wine to the public!
And that brings us to my point. Why are any of these people even members of the church? Because it’s the cool or in thing to do. They joined the church without bothering to find out what the church ordinances require of them.
So you see, a religion has rules and doctrines, but the religion and it’s rules and doctrines are only as good as the members who promote them, and are farther only as good as the methods used by the members to promote them. Without it’s members a religion means nothing.
Some of the greatest acts in history were inspired by religion, and yet religion has been used to justify slavery, murder, torture, terrorism, war, racial segregation, oppression of women, discrimination, bigotry, genocides, infanticides, exterminations of minorities, hate crimes, and other horrendous evils.
This except from “For Fear of Little Men“ was published on Associated Content, under the title “What Are Your Thoughts About Religion? Here Are Mine” on March 27, 2010 and is copyright to Wendy C. Allen and The Twighlight Manor Press.