The pitfalls of Religion

  1. Yep, I said it. I'm going to make a statement. It's not aimed at anyone in particular, but I going to say it.

    Not everyone subscribes to a religion. People have different beliefs, faiths, and their own sense of spirituality.

    I believe, let me say that again, I BELIEVE that when religion breeds a type of piety, it erodes it's true intention. Down south, they call this "bible-thumping".

    I don't wear my personal Christianity on my sleeve. Some believers may say that I need to or that I am supposed to. That is their opinion. I say whatever your belief system or personal spirituality is, it should be reflected through your actions. One need not beat with a hammer when you could be heard with the gentle rustle of a feather.

    Piety breeds contempt. Condescension fosters malice.

    Just my thoughts.
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  3. by   whipping girl in 07
    Amen, sister!
  4. by   Vsummer1
    And spoken so eloquently (how do I spell that word!).

    I agree wholeheartedly.
  5. by   bagladyrn
    I wholeheartedly agree Vegas! The only persons with whom I will dicuss my beliefs are those few who are truly interested in me as a person and want to really understand what makes me tick (not those looking for a convert) and that even more rare person who can discuss belief systems from an intellectual viewpoint simply for the mental exercise, without being offended.
  6. by   finallyRN

    I agree with you. Those that say I need to tell everyone I am a Christian don't realize that I do tell everyone in my actions and thoughts. How I live my life should be all the talking I need to do.

  7. by   shay
    BRA-VO!!! Very well stated, Vegas. Thank you. Needed to be said.
  8. by   duckie
    I have always said that actions speak much louder than words and there will be many folks waking up in Hell that attended church on a regular basis. God looks not at our great works, least no man boost, he looks upon our heart, the part that contains the core of who we are. Our soul, our spirit, He see's the true us, no matter what sort of picture we try to paint and even if we can pull it off, it will eventually be revealed. I likewise do not believe in screaming, "I am a Christian." If folks cannot tell it by the life that I lead, then it's not there to begin with. Sermon ended!!! Love to all.
  9. by   prn nurse
    Kinda eerie...
    A feeling of deja-vue.........

    Didn't I just read...less than 30 minutes ago? donmurrays' post in the "I miss high intense " thread , .....where he described YOUR post as one of "sanctimonious condescension" ????

    and now, here we are with your eloquent....
    "condescension fosters malice"

    ??? are you writing with a "Rogets' Thesaurus" or "Bradfords' Quotes?"
  10. by   shay
    And with that, I'm outta here.
  11. by   MollyMo
    Bravo, Vegas. Well said.
  12. by   dianah
    Yes, yes, to Vegas and bagladyrn. Well said.
  13. by   Ted
    . . . . gets me crazy sometimes!!!

    In all honesty, I believe that "religion" is very much "man-made". It's humanity's bold (and not so bold) attempt to understand (at least on this earthly lifetime) the unknown; humanity's attempt to put a definition to some kind of "Higher Power"; humanity's attempt to define some kind of relationship to this "Higher Power" to itself (humanity). This is not saying that Jesus Christ or Buddha or Abraham or The Tree Spirits or Zeus or Mohammad or Confucious never existed. More, it's saying that, whether or not they ever did walk on this Earth, it's Human-Kind's attempt to understand these phophets/Gods/Holy People. I also believe that most if not all dogmas/rules & regulations/standards of living found in all religions are also "man-made" . . . maybe "Higher-Power" inspired. . . but pretty much "man-made".

    In all honesty, I also believe that there is a HUGE difference between "Religion" and "Spirituality". Spirituality may or may
    not involve a "Higher Power". . . but involves a peaceful understand and acceptance of the relationship between one's self and all that surrounds one's self (if that makes sense).

    Personally, I try not to give too much definition of "Spirituality" as it pertains to me. I also try not to give too much definition to my "Higher Power". I do believe in a "Higher Power". . . .

    . . . and since I grew up within a Christian background/heritage, what little definition I do give to this "Higher Power" has a "Christian" bent. And for those who may not know this, I'm a "P.K." (Preacher's Kid). This doesn't make me any more special or more knowledable than anyone else. . . I just thought a lot about this "stuff". . . a lot . . . a very much a lot. . . way too f**king a lot!!! With this in mind, I believe that I could have very easily been born into a Muslem family or a Hindu family or a family that believes in no god. But that's another subject for another thread for another time.

    Religion has helped man-kind put definition, rules and standards of living (morals) to humanity. This is not good. This is not bad. It just is. In my humble opinion, it's part of what make us "Human".

    Religion has been the cause of wars throughout generations. It has also bought a lot of "Peace" in the hearts of countless individuals since the dawn of Homo Sapians.

    On a personal note, I take religion with a grain of salt. However, I take very seriously the "spiritual life" I attempt to live . . . which may or may not involve my Christian upbringing and current Christian "family" (St. Luke's Lutheran Church).

    Most spiritual moments in my life includes listening to Bach chorales, listening to Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods", walking along an ocean beach, making love to my loving wife, attending 12-step programs, being a part of the healing process for many-a-patient, being a part of the healing process for my family. . . . the list is almost endless. . .

    . . . . and these are only a small portion of my thoughts and opinions of religion . . . and even a little spirituality. . . .

    . . . and I'm sure you all have your thoughts and opinions too. . . it's the "Human Way". . . .

    Peace to you all!

  14. by   Stargazer
    Preach it, Sista Vegas! And you too, baglady!

    (psst--prn: go back and re-read the other thread; donmurray wasn't talking to Vegas.)