This post is not to define the subject and will not contain many facts. These are my thoughts, and it’s just that simple for me. What in the hell is religion and why does it exist? I see the good in it and I definitely see the bad in it as well. Over the years I have grown less and less religious. I am not an atheist…… well at least I don’t think so. I have been trying to make sense of religion and the beliefs that come with it. 84% of the world’s population is affiliated with one of the five largest religions, namely Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or forms of folk religion. How in the hell is this stat possible with all the senseless killings and or dumb shit that goes on with people? I honestly think religion is something to divide us and categorize us as a people. I have asked many people why they are in the religion that they currently practice. The majority say it is because that’s the religion they were raised to follow. WTF!!! So you just followed what was in your face? You didn’t even research what you were practicing and believing in? So almost 84% of the population doesn’t even know why they follow a religion or what it even embodies? WOW!!
So I asked someone “Why is being a Christian better than being a Muslim”? The person said “it’s because Muslims kill and bomb others in the name of Allah” I busted out in laughter. So the Christian kid that walked in the church in Carolina and killed a bunch of innocent people is not the same situation? The point I wanted to make is that there is no religion better than the other and religion seems to separate and confuse people more than race. if it isn’t a race issue it’s definitely a religious issue in this world. Religion has caused murders, hate, prejudice, and judgement. Religion has boggled the minds of many and clouded the judgement of what’s really right and wrong. Religious leaders have private jets but you belong to the church and had to take public transportation to the church to give money for tithing. Catholics don’t allow you to divorce, Jehovah witnesses can’t have blood transfusions, Muslim women wear a Niqab or Hijab. Why doesn’t the pastor give his house to the less fortunate or sacrifice more? Why would you discourage someone from leaving a toxic marriage? You would rather die than receive a transfusion to live? Why would you cover a woman and make them look and feel less than? None of those things are fair or just to the people following those religions mentioned. Why would you want to be treated unfairly or be limited to what you can and can’t do in this life?
I believe in God but will never follow a religion. Religion is meant for good and a lot of good comes from it. I like to be able to think for myself and not have a book or some made up rules guide my life. Do what YOU want to do and believe in what you want to, but at least believe in something that you took the time out to understand and research. Stop just going with things and not asking questions as to what you’re following and where its leading you. Religion will stop you from meeting amazing people, traveling the world, and discovering who you are. If you are religious, I am not here to judge you or tell you not be part of a religion. I am here to tell you to be religious for more than tradition and history. I ask you to be religious to help your fellow man. Join a religious group for more than the “after life” when you are doing nothing for your current life. Stop going to church because it’s the “right” thing to do and go because you are fulfilled and inspired to be great and go far in life. I beg of you to STOP BEING FOLLOWERS AND BECOME LEADERS!!!!
Written By: Ronald Anthony Wilson.