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Imagine there's no religion - it's easy if you try.
Member Name: katestuartuk
Advantages: No wars, only peace
Disadvantages: We won't see it in our lifetimes...
Religion. The age old argument. The root of wars and suffering the world over. Yes? It's a difficult subject for me to write about without feeling "the guilt" from parental corners that I'm rejecting my good, Catholic upbringing, or worrying that I'm offending the majority of the world who follow one religion or another. I would never want to be accused of critisising another persons belief or faith, but to me, there is a huge chasm of difference between "faith" and "religion".
The way I see it, religion has evolved over the millenia as a way of controlling the masses. Get folks scared of going to hell if they do x, y or z and you've pretty much got them doing the things you think they ought to be doing. Religion is a set of rules to follow - for Catholics, there is the church on Sundays and holy days, the fast for an hour before communion, the confessing of sins and the promises to "reject satan and all his works...etc". There is such a huge difference for me in religion, then, and faith. I was raised a Roman Catholic, and if anyone asks me, that's what I say I am, but I don't go to church often, and certainly don't pray in the conventional sense. But that's not to say I don't have faith. Spiritualism. A belief system. I most certainly do. It's just one that has grow with me, and from me, instead on one that I have had imposed on me. I know inner peace, I have times in my garden when I am so close to nature and creation that I might as well be looking into the face of God, whoever, or whatever that may mean to you as a reader. I have freedom of spirit, I know right from wrong, I try my best to treat people as I would want them to treat me, and I value and uphold every second of my life here as treasure untold. I think that makes me a very lucky girl, to have all that.
I know that all over the world, men and women go to war in the name of religion. They say "my god is better than your god" and "my religion is the one true religion", and perhaps they are right, for themselves. What we each believe in is the right thing for us. But none of us have the right to stand against another human being and say that we are better than them, or that our religion is better than theirs. And yet that it what happens. And that is why I hope that, in the sentiment of the late, great John Lennon, one day we will live without religion. And we'll all be better people for it. Imagine that?
Summary: Imagine a world with no religion, where everyone respects each other's beliefs...