There are two things about the “religious type” that have always bothered me. Besides the fact that a large majority think they have the answers and you just need to be enlightened.
1. Nowhere in any religious text, that I can find, does it tell a practitioner they are free to pick and choose which laws, rules or commandments they wish follow.
2. Nowhere in any religious text, that I can find, does it tell the practitioner they are free to modify, adapt or change any laws, rules or commandments for any reason.
This includes the common excuse that there was a different social structure when the holy scriptures were written. If their god was so powerful and omnipotent wouldn’t he / she have taken that into consideration before allowing someone to put it in a book with this God’s name on it?
So some of my biggest questions are;
1. Why do people water down, thin out or dilute their religious doctrine when they are so forceful in beating up others with it?
2. Why do people not see the hypocrisy in this practice?
3. How do people read two guiding principles, one placed right after the other, and they follow one but not the other?
I can only hypothesize. My current thinking is most people simply cannot follow every single rule outlined in the religious text. Thus they pick and choose which ones THEY deem to be the most important. This selection process then allows them to build their arguments (e.g. With the exception of some sects of Hinduism, homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of God.) while ignoring all the other directives outlined on the very same page from which they selected this one.
Another hypothesis / observation is some people simply cannot bear it. They see a lot of inconsistencies within the text, they do not have answers as to why, but they simply want to carry on in their faith. (Regardless of how irrational that sounds.)
Now let us add a different spin; “Relief – A Quarterly Christian Expression”. In their self-described words they even admit to what I have always seen as the biggest faults within religion.
“Relief: The amazing truth in life--there is a place outside of desperate pain,
anxiety, and self-loathing. “Peace that passes understanding” has become
cliché, but we can’t deny the truth of it.”
It is the religion itself that causes the desperate pain, anxiety, and self-loathing. In my opinion the peace only comes after you realize that the whole thing is a bunch of bunk. As an old saying goes, “if you are carrying a heavy load, just set it down.”
I have seen some comments or write ups about the site and how they are accepting and publishing letters and articles from all walks of life. (Not just Christian) Some see this as progress and progressive. I can’t say I agree with this perspective simply because of the two big issues I have. So not only are the people of the “Relief” publication watering down their religion, they are still absolutely 100% wrong.
This does not mean we cannot or should not communicate and have discussions. Communication is always a good thing. It simply needs to be understood that the approach to their version of religion is still just another approach and they still have not obeyed the directives of their God.
In closing – Every single religion I have found is domineering and oppressive to its followers and creates the perfect space in the human psyche for self-loathing and destructive thoughts or addictions. No matter how you slice it, there still is nothing peaceful, wonderful or good in any religion.