I can understand how a person could believe in God(s). But I don’t understand how a person could be so sure that his/her religion is the true interpretation of God’s actions/desires.
What do I mean by ‘God’s actions/desires’? I mean that God did what religion X’s book said It did, and that the way religion X dictates that its followers pay tribute to God is what God really wants.
Just how the hell does it make sense to think you’re right and 1 billion other people got it wrong? If God were God, why would It have only revealed Itself to a certain group of people during a certain moment in time?**
Oh, I see. Who are we to know God’s motives? Right. Well with that excuse, people get away with everything. And I refuse to accept that.
It’s true that religion inspires people to do great things both personally and publicly. But religion also inspires people to do pretty horrible things like homicide and genocide, vandalism, rape and torture. And for those people who commit such acts in the name of their God, they are agreeing to put their faith above the life of someone else.
Because when you believe you are right, you lose sight of your own humility. Suicide bombers are an extreme example, but what about the Jews who make snide comments about other Jews eating cheeseburgers? Who really cares?
How can a person be so confident in his own beliefs when he/she is well aware that they are not shared by most people in the world? What makes more sense: that you’re right or that the majority of the world is right?
How about no one’s right? Unfortunately religion doesn’t work that way. You see, a religion wouldn’t really catch on if one of its premises was that it might be a whole load of bullshit.
People can believe whatever they want, but don’t judge me for disagreeing with you. Nope, sorry, I can’t wrap my mind around Jesus being God, no wait, the son of God, wait, what? Who the hell is the Holy Spirit!?
If you believe that you are ‘impure’ when you’re menstruating, by all means, go to the mikvah…but just realize that you’re a little crazy.
I mean, really, we’re all a little crazy. But it’s so easy to lose perspective and think the world is the problem instead of yourself–and I’m guilty of this, too.
We’re always going to believe what we believe, but we should be realistic about what beliefs we should share (murder is bad) and which ones are optional (72 virgin-jackpot for martyrs).
*When I say religion, I mean one that has a definite God or Gods concept.
**And why would God have seemingly done so multiple times with drastically different messages each time? Schizo, perhaps?