Ok, so first off, let me just state that I am in no way religious, as I do not place my fate in the hands of any supposed Supreme Being. (Ok, enough with the “Atheist = Religion” one-liner crap. Read on.)
I am firmly convinced that NO religion is correct in their perception, but at the same time, I do not fully agree with all the orthodox interpretations of modern science. Please note that I fully acknowledge that most of the modern scientific theories are acceptable because they do make the most sense based on conclusion. However, that does not necessarily make them 100% correct.
(Kindly also note that I did not say they are wrong, but merely that they might not be 100% accurately interpreted with the knowledge we currently have. If they were, then there’d be no reason to explore further now would there?)
When evidence for the Panspermia Theory, are considered in the context of Zacharia Sitchin’s research on the Annunaki, it certainly does make a very compelling argument to be considered as a Universal Theory.
(To those who can’t find the golden thread between the two yet, please keep on researching and it will come to you.)
It would explain a lot in new perspective in the world of Science as well as all Religions.
Scientifically, anomalies such as the RH-negative factor, and many other would make a lot more sense.
With regards to religion, everything from the Greek gods to modern day Christianity would make a lot of sense when brought back into context. Yes Christians, I am saying that you might be onto something, but have interpreted it wrongly…and completely so. There is no almighty being that’s controlling everything and waiting for you to go to its heaven.
But, this is just a bit of background on what I have discovered and concluded so far through 10 years of desperately seeking answers with intense research.
I might elaborate more on these theories in another article.
Now that you know what my stance is with regards to Religion and Science, I will state my reasons on why I want as many people as possible to believe the lies of Religion…
Religion somehow gives people hope. My mother has been a Christian all her life, and I have always been amazed at how she can keep her chin up in even the most distressing and daunting circumstances. She has that hope that “God” or “Jesus” will deliver her through her trials. She always gets through these harsh times, and whilst I am fully aware it is actually through her own will and determination, I am very doubtful on whether she would have had that will and determination, had it not been for the hope and comfort she found in religion.
Sadly, a vast majority of humans are submissive beings by nature, and having that blind hope gives them the inner strength they need to carry on.
If religion gives people the hope they need to pull themselves out of dire circumstances, I want them to be religious.
People in religions tend to be more compelled to do good for others. A colleague of mine bakes pancakes for the kids at the local orphanage every Saturday. Another colleague donates food and clothes to the homeless shelters.
Ok, I am a Non-religious person and I also give to charity quite a lot. And yes, I know you don’t have to be a Christian or religious person to give to charity, as a lot of my non-religious friends indeed does a lot for charity.
But, I do strongly doubt though whether most of my religious friends’ nature would have compelled them to do good for other people, had they not had the prospect of “earning” eternal life through their deeds.
Who cares if their intentions are selfish or based on a lie or not…those kids are enjoying pancakes today, and others are getting warm clothes to wear.
If religion compels otherwise selfish people to show humanity toward others, I want them to be religious.
People –especially South Africans –are thought to “do the right thing in the eyes of God”. I cannot count the times that church-going people from our local location have delivered wanted criminals to the police based on this premise.
The other day, someone at work had stolen another person’s telephone pin, and made calls in excess of R500 on that person’s name. We had no idea who the culprit was. I addressed all my staff, and ended my speech with: “If you believe in God, how do think he feels about the fact that you have done this? Don’t you think he would want you to do the right thing and come clean so you can reimburse the victim?” That same day the person came to me and confessed.
If religion gives people a conscious and delivers them to account for their actions, I want them to be religious.
I am currently managing roughly 120 people in a high paced multi-billion rand corporation. I find that the religious folk can be managed much easier. There is nothing as frustrating as a subordinate who challenges you 30 minutes before a deadline must be met.
I give all my people a voice and chance to be heard, and very often take their opinions at heart. A very large part of how I run the company is based on suggestions and principles that have come from my subordinates.
But, when the “fit hits the shan”, I want them to be subordinate, shut up and work with me effectively to accomplish our goal.
Without this subordinate attitude the whole company would come crashing down and all of us would be without work.
If religion keeps me and my 120 subordinates in a flourishing lifestyle, then I want all of them to be religious.
The Christian bible offers a vast amount of great principles according to which one can live. I renounced the religion about 10 years ago, but am still holding onto a lot of the basic principles. (Honour your father and mother, do not steal, etc. Principles which can easily be learned without being a Christian, but which I have learned by having a Christian mother.)
A lot of my Atheist friends live up to much higher standards and principles than my Christian or Muslim friends, but the problem is once again that I strongly doubt if all of my Christian and Muslim friends would have had those principles had it not been for their religions.
Having friends with principles makes you feel a lot more at ease around them, because it is a lot easier to predict their behaviour.
If religion enables me to remain friends with these great people, I want them to be religious.
I should mention that I am a divorced father with 2 wonderful boys. My kids live very far from me, and I only see them twice a year. Their mother has fallen of the wagon a few times with regards to parenting, and going the legal route to take custody from her, proved near impossible, and would have been a very long and expensive storm.
I ended up speaking to her preacher, and he got her back on track.
If religion can compel my kids’ mother to give them a better life at home, I want her to be religious.
My stance is that religion as perceived today is nothing but a farce. That being said, we should remember that the knowledge of the truth brings about a great amount of personal power over your own life. We all know that with great power comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, a majority of all people are not cut out to handle such responsibility.
If you can handle that amount of personal responsibility, I will strongly advise that you seek out the truth, and realize the fallacies of religion. If you can’t then getting to know the truth, will be very destructive to both yourself, as well as those close to you.
In conclusion, I believe that I am as successful as I am today, largely due to the Christian principles I grew up with. When I finally realised that religion is just another fairy tale, I also realized that there are nonetheless certain principles which breeds success.
I am not the alpha-male role model in my kids’ life anymore, but I do speak to them on the phone a lot. I want them to be more successful one day than I am today, and making them believe in an almighty guy in the sky assists a lot in keeping them on track. I know that a lot of religious kids end up very badly, but it is working for my kids. They are prospering in school, and they strive to make me, their preacher and “Jesus” (whom they believe is watching their every move) very proud of them.
If believing in Santa Claus, makes my kids enjoy the magic of Christmas time, I want them to believe in Santa.
One day, they will learn the truth…about Santa and religion, but for now:
If religion can make my kids good and successful people, I want them to be religious.
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