The thing about religion:
I’ve been meaning to make this post for a while, because I’ve had messages saying “I’m unfollowing you because you think my beliefs are a joke.”
And it’s not that. True I don’t take religion, particularly Abrahamic religions, seriously, but that’s not to say I think it’s a joke. The only religion I hold in a somewhat higher regard is Buddhism, and that’s because I see it more as a philosophy rather than a faith.
I get that some people need something to believe in. I don’t entirely understand why it has to be the belief in some man in the sky, but each to their own.
My main issue in religion is what my extended family has shown me. Besides stating the obvious - the hatred towards someone shoving their beliefs down your throat - it’s this idea held that you need religion to be a good person. My restraint from stabbing someone, killing someone, or even something as simple as not lying to someone is not because the Bible tells me not to. It’s because I know that those things are wrong without the reminder.
I don’t need to be told how to conduct myself or how to live my life.
I once said something as a joke in the heat of the moment, and my uncle said “you shouldn’t do that, you’ll go to hell.” Well gee, I know not to do certain things. But it’s not because I fear an eternity with Satan, it’s because that’s the right thing to do, regardless of what God, or Jesus or Mary or whoever have said.
To all those people who have never said anything against my own beliefs, this is not directed towards you. But I think a friendly reminder that I don’t need to be attacked for my own faith is in order.