Please tell me you aren’t still practicing the religion you happened to be born into? Surely you’ve outgrown your baby clothes by now. Isn’t it time you also outgrew your baby religion?
What if you were born into a different culture? Would you have been
conscious enough to find your way back to your current belief system? Or
are your current beliefs merely a product of your environment and not
the result of conscious choice?
Many religions are just a mish-mash of what came before. For example,
Christianity is largely based on pagan rituals. If those pagan beliefs
and rituals had been protected by copyright, Christianity wouldn’t even
exist. If you take the time to dig into the roots of Christianity,
you’ll encounter various theories that Christianity’s teachings were
largely assembled from pre-Christian myths and that Jesus himself was
merely a fictional character pieced together from earlier mythical
figures. You go, Horus!
Many religious teachers (i.e. priests, rabbis, ministers, etc.) are
just brainwashed slaves themselves. They don’t have any real authority
and aren’t even aware of the agenda being set by their superiors. This
makes them better minions because they actually believe the B.S. they’re
spouting and don’t know the truth behind it. A priest, a rabbi, and a
minister walk into a bar, but that’s as far as they get. They may
interact with the bartender, but they never get to know the guy who owns
the bar. They suffer from inherited falsehood just like everyone else.
Is your religion based on the inspired word of God? No more than this
article. Just because someone says their text is divinely inspired
doesn’t mean it is. Anyone can claim divine inspiration. The top
religions are decided by popularity, not by truth.
Even the central figures in major religions didn’t follow the
religions that were spawned in their names. If they didn’t swallow the
prevailing “wisdom” about gods and spiritual leaders and such, why
should you? If you want to be more like the people you worship, then
follow their lead by striking out on your own like they did.
Move beyond your baby religion. Consider maturity as a reasonable alternative.