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Devious Journal Entry

Thu Nov 3, 2011, 6:16 AM

Religion, Faith, and the Lack Thereof

What is religion? What does it serve? What does it accomplish? Is it about faith or about control?

Do you have to have religion to have faith? I think not.

Faith is about having a personal relationship with God, Buddha, Allah, or whatever deity you believe in.

Religion is about exploiting and controlling those who profess faith.

Here is a little breakdown:

FAITH has healed a broken heart, fed a hungry man, clothed a naked child, provided a home for a family, brought nations and peoples together in a common purpose, freed slaves, and saved lives. FAITH IS TOLERANT.

RELIGION has killed men, women, and children. RELIGION had destroyed homes, families, societies, ideas. RELIGION has bred intolerance and hatred for other of a different RELIGION. RELIGION had held back progress and knowledge. RELIGION IS BONDAGE.

I am not against faith in God, Buddha, Allah, etc. People have a right to believe what they will and should never be denied that right.

What I do have a problem with is the link between faith and religion. You can have faith without religion. I believe that anyone who thinks that you must have religion to have a relationship with whatever God you believe in is blinded by religion.

Faith should come from the heart and mind not from a book that was written and influenced by men dead for thousands of years.

And this is the reason why I say all of this.

I do not believe in any religion or deity yet I am tolerant of those who do. I do not think that they should give up any of their rights to practice or preach. I do not try to force my views on them and I wish that they would stop trying to push their views on me.

I try to be a good and moral person. I strive everyday to be a good husband and father. I just don't believe that I need to have faith in anything other than myself and my family.

Religious folk need to focus more on their faith than what is good for others.

I don't need or want your religion and I think that I am doing just fine.

I respect your beliefs now you need to start respecting mine.


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Br3tt Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Happy Birthday G. :p
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Victhor Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for accepting my auto-submission to Winampers! (of Winamp Circles)
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atLevel1Alt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks you for the Watch! :iconbowplz:
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kiler1601 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012

Hi, I would like to use this picture as a signature and would like to ask if I get that one of them I use. Please send me an answer as Pn
SamirPA Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hello Isaac! I would like to invite you to participate in this amazing group called 3every30days [link] created by my genial friend :iconpshoudini:. Founded this week, our group already have over 330 members and would be an honor for me if you become one of these members. You can invite all friends you want, cause all are more than welcome. I hope to count on your presence and on your wonderful works. A big hug and thank you for your attention. I see you there. ;)
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