Have you ever asked yourself this question? I mean, seriously asked yourself?
We are baptized in a religion long before we are even aware we are humans. Is it any wonder then that, through early indoctrination while the critical mind is still developing, we almost without exception go on with our lives and inherit the precise religion of our parents and practice the culture that surrounds us?
Nope. Of course not, it is natural. But that does not say much about the actual truth of that particular religion does it?
Let’s look at creation: most people think that they need a God to explain the existence of the world. They point out the complexity and order of the universe as sure proof that it was designed by a conscious entity, but one step short of reaching the glaring conclusion to their logic.
Such an intelligent designer, one must presume, would have to be fairly complexed, and ordered itself, wouldn’t it? Perhaps even more so than the universe. So, who created God?
It would be a giant leap from “We can not yet explain every aspect of the natural world.” to “God did it.” to rid of from the natural difficulty, the believers invented a supernatural one.
God of the gaps: We once believed that thunder and lightning was God getting angry. Of course, now we have a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. Now, it would be really hard to find somebody who still believes that God’s way of showing emotions are through lightning and thunder.
Religion is a left over from human’s pre-scientific youth and it has been a security blanket that kept humans comfortable of not completely knowing and by using “faith” for a long period of time. Our continued reliance on it for emotional support is unhealthy and detrimental to our growth as a society.
As the ground illuminated by science advances, the god-of-the-gaps of human knowledge will continue to retreat with the shadows. You only have to look to the mistaken assumption of your religious ancestors for a glimpse of your God’s future.
Do not be afraid to question your own belief. The truth is never embarrassed by honest enquiry. Don’t take your minister’s word for it. Heck, don’t even take my word for it. Look it up yourself.