Earlier this week someone asked me what my take was on religion. I told him that I’d get back to him. I posed this query to some few people and got interesting answers.
Before we answer the question, “What is your take on religion?” We need to know the definition of religion or rather what it is. The most universal accepted definition is that religion is the belief in the existence of a god or gods. The other common one is that religion is one of the systems of faith that are based on belief of a particular god or set of deities.
Religion is mostly based on faith. Faith is one of the major core factors in any religion. Let us narrow this down to Christianity. One of the religion that is popular in our country. Honestly there are a lot of things that would leave one baffled especially in the Creation story. In the creation story in Genesis, God created Adam and Eve and put them in the garden of Eden. He told them that they could eat anything apart from the tree that had the fruit of knowledge. The snake came and spoke to Eve and convinced her to eat the fruit. She ate the fruit and convinced Adam to eat. Then later they found out they were naked. In most cases the fruit is usually depicted as an apple. There are plenty of questions I usually tend to ask myself. Why would the fruit be an apple? How did the snake even talk? Why did the snake go to Eve instead of Adam. I tend to agree at times that the Bible is full of metaphors in which we can never fully understand.
There are certain questions which cross your mind and tend to leave one with brain damage. Simply because such questions lack answers. The most common ones being, “Who is God?”, “Where did he come from?”, “Who created him?”, “How did he come up with the notion of earth and placing people in it?” “Was worship the whole purpose of it?” From an early age in whichever religion one is born into, we are usually discouraged or rebuked when we tend to question things that go beyond the norms.
So back to the query, “What is my take on religion?”
Where there is God, there is a devil. Where there is heaven, hell would exist as well. Then there are spirits.
However religion is a scam in my opinion. Unless we say or talk about spirituality, then that would be different. Before we point accusatory fingers, this is why religion is a scam. Religion has only worked to polarize people in matters of faith. It is now more of a fight about who is right and who is wrong, rather than worship. It is sad that most religions have taken this pedestrian approach. Time and time we have seen rogue pastors, sheikhs and other clerics exploiting people. This happens mostly because most do not understand where their stand is when it comes to such matters. Plenty of wars and arsenic attacks happening within our continents have mostly been fueled by religion. It is all about whose God is superior than the other. Such shenanigans have caused a lot of blood shed on innocent lives.
When it comes to Christianity most followers have rather taken a clairvoyance approach other than true worship. Want to get rich quick? Just exploit some few verses and give the masses what they want to hear. Perform a few miracles and boom, you will get plenty of followers.
Spirituality on the other hand is pure. It is about praying to a higher being, regardless of the name given to that being. That your inner spirit in a way is connected to the higher being.
There are thousands of religions on this earth. Some died while others grew, morphed, and gave birth to entirely new religions. Including one famously called The Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster (which has thousands upon thousands of followers). So someone, say a new Christian convert, willing to join a particular faith will be dumbfounded on where to start. Most of the time resulting to atheism or unaffiliated (not attached to any denomination).
Religion these days is pure Alice In Wonderland.