I love religion.
You heard me, I love it. As a historical topic, as a point of conversation, as a part of our society and history. To me, nothing is more fascinating, frightening and thought provoking.
“We do not know if there is a God.” That statement right there should be the first thing we are told when we are born and it should be hammered into us throughout life. If you start with that baseline, your justification for why you believe in a higher power or not will always stem from one logical certainty, and you’re therefore off to a good start.
Recently, I’ve given a lot of thought to the ways in which the public view of Christianity has distorted over time. I have come to the conclusion that since religion is a construct of society and is run by men and women, it has been prone, like anything else, to corruption, distortion and misrepresentation. I have learned that the most useful thing in life is to take everything with a grain of salt and strip things down to the bare bones. In this case, look at what the fundamental ideals behind a religion are rather than judging the religion based on those currently active in it.
Organizations like the Westboro Baptist Church, extremist Muslims, militant Christians and others give religion a biased image as something from yesterday that just won’t go away. Religion has provided patronage for the arts, inspiration for countless individuals, hope during crises and has spearheaded pushes for education.
We need to remember religion, like anything else, is a complex phenomenon that we cannot afford to discredit and push to the back burner. I am not in any way recommending that we all jump back into a religion dominated society or start worshiping, just give religious history the careful consideration and respect it deserves. Rant over.
- mindofmarino posted this