Sunday, July 25, 2010

Religion a cult?

I was raised by a Catholic family, so I was raised to believe in Jesus, and the idea that as long as we are all good people we will move onto a better place. As I got older I began to realize that it didn't all add up. The bible was obviously fictional stories with "some" great metaphors. I now realize organized religion is really a cult, and it is based upon someone else's beliefs. I'm not telling other people not to believe, I am just telling you what I believe.

I feel religion is a cult, because it shares every quality except tax exemption and number of members. So, why is it that we don't see it this way? Perhaps for interior monetary benefit, or because people are too scared to face the idea that this life might be all there is. For some, this idea is torturing, especially in these financially straining times. It seems every day we wake up to a new battle. To so many people I know life has became a hassle and a disappointment.

In our culture if you were to tell someone, "Hey I just discovered this awesome cult!" They would either think soon there will be a mass killing and you will be involved, or that you are plain crazy. Many people will tell you that cults have brought bloodshed, but they never mention the other "religions". Take the Bible and the Koran for example. How many wars were started over religion? How many people died in these wars? If you compare the number of deaths caused by a cult, direct or indirect it would be an astronomically higher death toll.

The idea of a religion needing a certain amount of members to qualify says that many people must believe in that concept. That I totally disagree with. Why should numbers choose how an organization is looked upon. This isn't business. This is religion!

I'm not trying to say cults are great things. What I am trying to say is, it's funny how we accept religion, but not a peaceful cult. What if I wanted to worship a holy rock and got a hundred people to worship that same rock? If word spread about that we would all be looked at as lunatics. Faith and peaceful beliefs are great. I would never try to make someone be something they aren't. I'm just bringing up some facts. Wikipedia defines a cult as: The word cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices are reasonably considered strange. Strange? Really? I could say much more about that definition, but I'll leave you with this. Hell, at least there is proof a rock exists.

- Why are religious groups exempt from taxation, again?


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