It’s a moral imperative that you consider your religion may be mythology

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There are at least 4,200 religions in the world today, and countless more have been lost to history. It’s obvious there’s a 0% chance all 4,200 religions are the true word of God. Some thinkers have speculated that each religion is at least a little divinely inspired and holds a piece of the puzzle left to us by God to put together. But the only way to come to that conclusion is to ignore huge tracts of doctrine in each religion. Ultimately, none of them are compatible. If any religion is true, there’s only one.

This means at least over 6 billion people alive today believe in a religion that was written 100% by human beings and 0% dictated by the creator of the universe. A belief system written by human beings that has no bearing on the factual nature of reality is mythology. The cold, hard truth of reality is that the vast majority of the people alive today believe in mythology and dogmatically refuse to even consider the possibility that’s true. So if you believe in religion, there’s automatically a 99%chance you believe in mythology. If you refuse to question your beliefs, there’s no way for you to know if they’re true, which increases the chance that you believe in mythology to 99.9%. This number is increased to 99.99% if your religion contains any of the following:

  • Human sacrifices
  • Moral values that reflect the needs and wants of a specific primitive culture
  • Instructions to hurt, kill or look down on other people
  • Reasons to look down on yourself
  • A pyramid shaped authority structure
  • Scientifically inaccurate statements
  • Magical beings, powers or events that no longer exist

Some people have speculated that it doesn’t matter what religion you believe in as long as you believe in something that gives you meaning, instructions and peace. But believing in something that isn’t real is the definition of insanity. It’s not okay to be insane just because you like it, because it holds you and society back.

Believing in mythology is counterproductive if for no other reason than it’s a waste of time. It keeps you busy going through meaningless motions while ignoring real world issues that have real consequences to you and the rest of of mankind. Your life and everyone else’s would be improved by you focusing on real problems.

To this you might reply, “But how can we know how to live without religion?” Remember that most (if not all) of the world doesn’t believe in religion; they believe in mythology. So the question is really, “How can we know how to live without mythology?” If mythology is just a belief system made up by humans, and you’ve spent your whole life living according to those rules, you already know the answer. We can make up our own ethics, and in fact, that’s what we’ve been doing all along. We just haven’t been honest with ourselves about it.  If taking personal responsibility for your own ethics sounds scary or haphazard, consider that mythologies can contain horrible rules that can lead you to hurt yourself or others, which makes it all the more imperative that you question your beliefs.

This is especially true if you absolutely insist on believing one of our religions is the divine truth.  Everyone wants to believe that their religion is the right one, but at least 6 billion people are dead wrong in their faith. Statistically, you’re probably one of them. The only way you or anyone else can find the right religion is to scrutinize yours objectively. This may sound like heresy, but it’s probably not a coincidence that you were created with the capacity for reason, skepticism, doubt and logic. For the billions of people who believe in mythology, it’s a necessity. If your religion can stand the test of truth, there’s no danger in putting yours to it. If your religion can’t stand the test of truth, objectivity is the only way you’ll ever free yourself.

Your quest for truth isn’t just about you. Most religions encourage you to convert nonbelievers, and even without actively proselytizing on the street corner, you passively send out the message that people should join your faith just by living according to it. If you believe in one of the religions that’s mythology, you’re leading unwitting victims into a trap. If enough people in one area buy into mythology, one way or another, their beliefs are going to determine social norms and even laws. This has a harsh real world impact on people who don’t believe in that particular brand of mythology. Another danger of spreading mythology is that some people will inevitably latch onto the most violent, oppressive, absurd rules within that belief system and use them to justifying hurting other people. So before you go spreading the good word, it’s imperative that you make sure it passes the most rigorous test of truth, not just for your sake but for all of our’s.

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6 responses to “It’s a moral imperative that you consider your religion may be mythology

  • kbeglinger

    Agreed. Biggest caveat is that beliefs matter. I choose to take a much wider view on my relationship with the universe. Gods are man-made and there are many as you mention. Creation is something entirely different in my mind. It’s the elemental life force that is common among all people, all life. People need to take a chemistry course to get the big picture. Now that’s amazing stuff. Having been raised hell, fire and brimstone made it more difficult to transition out of all the bullshit but it is possible to do so without giving up true tenants of one’s faith. Herd mentality offers some protection here for the moral fabric of society perhaps?! But people gotta find a way to stop limiting creation to a mere 6000 years. Creation belongs to everyone and it’s incredibly accessible to all without all the judgment BS…the answers are all there if people would take the time to just look.

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  • Dan

    I don’t care whether there is a God or not. I don’t personally believe in one, but if he does exist, he’s an asshole. If he doesn’t exist, then the people that believe in him are assholes, because their beliefs are, at the very least, keeping the rest of us from trying to improve our lots through reason. If there is a God, then I am against him for how he created and runs things. I figure it’s us against him. We should try to help each other to make this place a little better, and not be so arrogant about our God having a bigger dick than someone else’s.

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  • NoName

    When discussing religion with people, I like to first point out that I am in no way trying to change their perspective. What they believe, if its important to them is good. I am not going to try to change their position. I merely desire to explain my own position, so they can understand where I am coming from. However in many cases this will lead to the other person becoming deeply offended and defensive.

    I think there are pros and cons to both being religious and not being religious. I will highlight a couple. From what I have witnessed, Christian Churches seem to be fond of holding fund raisers for charities. I am also aware of several churches in one area donating their buildings for two weeks out of the year as a homeless shelter that also provides food and a volunteer staff. Every two weeks a different church will take over the sheltering duties so that these homeless people always have a place to stay. How is that a bad thing? Its not. Mythology or not, if your religion teaches the importance of spreading love and kindness and doing things for the less fortunate, there is nothing wrong with it and I do not see how it hurts anyone. If its what you want to believe, go for it.

    Now the problems I have with religion is that I feel that too many (not all) lean on their religion as a crutch and use it as an excuse to not strive for their full potential. I believe it confuses kids when they are challenged with school lessons that contradict what they learned in church. I think it leads many people into a judge role where they believe they are going to heaven because they have accepted Christ as their savior, but anyone who has not (even those who have not even had the opportunity to learn about Christ) are doomed to go straight to hell even if they have lead a good life and harmed no one.

    I believe that people who are devoted to their religion struggle the most with critical thinking. They never question anything, whether its religion based or not. They tend to leave everything to faith or God’s hands. To me that is problematic because we need problem solvers in this world and we have too many people incapable of thinking outside of the box.

    Serious church goers are sheep being lead by their shepherds (isn’t that an expression often used in the Bible?) That ought to be a wake up call right there. They are being told what to think and how to behave and to never question anything, even in the face of hard evidence that will contradict their beliefs. Studies have shown that religious children are better behaved in school and more respectful to others. Is that a bad thing? No…but it makes me question why that is. The conclusion I come to is that they are so accustomed to being controlled that they had not and likely never will develop their own unique identities.

    We have to remember that Churches in the U.S. are Tax free industries. Sometimes I wonder if the leaders of these churches truly believe what they preach or if they are merely sales men selling their story to keep the money flowing.

    What do you think?

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    • Linda Gerstmann

      Dear NoName; Churches are a multi-billion dollar business. A lot of the clergy know it’s bullshit, but the money is just too good to give up. So they’re perfectly happy to let their dumb sheep wallow in their stupidity. Makes them easy to control.

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      • NoName

        And there is an endless amount of dumb sheep. I believe this is due to people being lazy. They want to be told what to think instead of thinking for themselves and developing their own identities.

        Those of us who do not get sucked into this absurdity truly are unique as we are among the few who have the courage to go against the flow and challenge what most accept as the right way.

        All bigoted and anti-semantic movements throughout history have had one religion or another behind them. Can anyone point out one that did not have religion behind it?

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