I have found that there are many things that people do in the "name of GOD".
I do not understand why in Christianity one will say it is against God's will to take a life but yet they feel justified when they punish a man for it by killing him, or in doing it if someone "disagrees" with their version of God.
This is the same in muslim beliefs, the same commandments exist yet they feel it is ok (and in some countries even praised ) for a man to kill himself ( also a no-no in most religions ) and others in the name of a God.
I understand the dynamics (or at least I THINK I do) of the mindset of the radical religious types.
What I do not understand is why we still find the need to rationalize creation and a version of God in different and seemingly immature ways, ways that seem to set us back instead of moving forward.
I am not against religion and I see very many great aspects of it. The ability to structure one's self, and help them live with good morals . A set plan for those who have a hard time doing this themselves. A way to help understand things that the ego tries to hide from us.
The issue I have is an obsessional belief system that tends to make your original beliefs invalid! I appreciate your comments and your light in advance!
love n light,
I think the plain and simple answer here Rob is that most make their decisions based on fear that has been past down through conditioning. ( and I would also note, that those enforcing the conditioning are also doing so out of fear.)
By original beliefs, I'm assuming that you mean what is in alignment with our authentic self. This journey seems to be about removing the conditioning so we can once again discover what our essence is and live our life from that perspective :)
Fear of going to hell, fear of being rejected by family or peers, fear of being wrong causes people to do things that they wouldn't ordinarily do. Pride would go with the fear of being wrong. If someone is unsure of their beliefs, they are inclined to find others who share their beliefs. If they don't find, they convert so as not to be alone in their beliefs. Or the pride that they are The One that God chose to reveal the truth to and they must convert others. Some people are driven to control others. Some are followers.Some are greedy. There are very many different reasons why people would go against who they are to practice religion. People need people. They group together and look for other people like them. When people organize, they corrupt. Even things that start out with good intentions, become corrupted by greed, hate, fear, pride, etc...
answered 20 Apr '11, 12:58
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