What if the Religion Ideology is a propaganda that seeks to dictate that people have to do something in order for them to be blessed by God among other dictatorships that it suggests. “One cannot be blessed until they pray consistently, or one cannot be blessed until they exercise some Christian cultural practices – like fasting in the context of Christianity“. What if it was a propaganda to exploit people’s free will?
Let’s Focus On Christianity.
This is not a question of the bible; because the bible is the true revelation of God – throughout the respective God inspired authors. This is about Christianity; why do churches demonstrate material acquisition as signs of being blessed? Which God blesses those who have done ABC&D and not bless those who haven’t?
The word “religion” as it is used today does not have an obvious pre-colonial translation into non-European languages. The anthropologist Daniel Dubuisson writes that “what the West and the history of religions in its wake have objectified under the name ‘religion’ is … something quite unique, which could be appropriate only to itself and its own history”.
The history of other cultures’ interaction with the religious category is therefore their interaction with an idea that first developed in Europe under the influence of Christianity, he adds…
What if Religion is a form of a drug, like heroine or cocaine – if you don’t do it right, it will choke slam you; or at least not give you satisfaction – but just pre-conceived guilt that may either lead you to a series of self destructive impulses, or maybe make one change their footsteps to go back on the wagon of conforming to these religious practices?
One would argue that as long as conforming to these religious practices will get me “blessed by God”.
This is also not a question about God, because God does exist; we see His face around us. We see his creation, kindness and a tremendous touch that dazzled the skies and placed a thousand stars above us and below beautiful oceans that reveals precisely who God is without “Religion”.
Again; this is not about the bible, because the bible is the perfect illustration of what might God would have said to us if we had access to see and hear God like how he sees us – through His spiritual eye. We wouldn’t have to have physical proof to testify his blessings through material acquisition.
“Fate, It Seems, Is Not Without a Sense Of Irony” – Morpheus (The Matrix)
Isn’t Faith; the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen?
It’s evident, that the media has been portraying the Muslims as high murderers, suicide bombers and responsible for “all” the terrorism in the world. What if it’s the other way around? Christianity is the one that have been really killing innocent people in the world. When one reads the bible they are capable of seeing the perfect work of God but in Christian religious practices one can almost see the huge gap between what the bible says and what Christians do. Haven’t you ever seen people whom are the purest sweethearts, do not do all the “wrong doings” that many Christians condemn and define as hindrances to the material acquisition? People who serve God with fullness of joy despite any suffering they endure throughout the process? Haven’t you seen people like this before “Not Blessed”? Haven’t you seen wealthy people who have all the material belongings in the world but are doing all the evil things that Christians condemn?
The authors of the bible had cultural differences; although the synoptic gospels may speak about the same Jesus Christ, their cultural practices in their respective times of writing their books had a greater influence on what they chose to say! What if some articulated their writings according to their traditional perspective practiced in a part of a region in the world as the “Rule Book” that became a phenomenal discovery book after slavery was getting complicated in the beginning.
What if the compilation of the bible was not the one that was inspired by God but it was the authors who were… What if the complication was inspired and or influenced by the same forces during the time of the first Council of Nicaea.
The bible was actually not until 367 AD that the church father Athanasius first provided the complete listing of the 66 books belonging to the canon.
He distinguished those from other books that were widely circulated and he noted that those 66 books were the ones, and the only ones, “universally” accepted.
The point is that the formation of the canon did not come all at once like a thunderbolt, but was the product of centuries of reflection.
I use the bible as the guiding principle in giving me access to understand who God is a little better.
So What If All The Injustice In The World is Perpetuated by Religion.
What if majority of religious views were the source of discrimination. People managed to see colour, wrong, right, must do’s and mustn’t do’s. The same Must do’s and Shouldn’t do’s that give labels to people. “You’re an adulterer, if you sleep with multiple women” – The society should despise you and you should be ashamed? What if that was just a regional perspective more than a universal acceptable one?
Isn’t religion categorizing people with labels?
This is something I need to ponder on!