I hear you, dear PSacto (again, peace to you!).
If religions just focused on spiritual needs of their groups, I wouldn't have a problem with it.
But some only focus in that manner, right, dear Para (peace to you!)? Please keep in mind: I am not asking as to Abrahamic religions... but religion in general. OR... is it only the Abrahamic religions that folks have a problem with? Perhaps that's the issue. But how do you get rid of those... without getting rid of them ALL?
Take a look at two hot issues, gay marriage and abortion. Why are religions not content to focus on the spiritual needs of their groups and lobby to have their spiritual needs forced on non members?
Are all religions not content to so focus?
In an example of smoking, I personally feel it is a vice and I don't approve. But I would have the same reaction I do to religion if they lobbied governments to force me to smoke by law.
What if they lobbied governments to outlaw it... based on the statistics of disease/death caused by smoking to both firsthand AND secondhand users? Particularly children who have no choice but to reside in homes where smoking is done? Some might contend that that is a GOOD thing... while others would cry out that it was a violation of privacy and personal rights...
It's the step beyond personal belief to that of enforcing one's personal beliefs on others that I have an issue with.
I agree... except do religions really do that... except with regard to their own members? I mean, you don't HAVE to open the door or take that magazine. Right?
You see, dear ones, a LOT of what I see on this site is chagrin and dissention by people who were RAISED in a certain religion. And so it seems to me that their current view is based on their experience as children... and being raised in a particular religion (one we're all pretty familiar with, with a few exceptions). Because of this, many of these no longer believe in God. I get that, too. But not all religions do the things they do... nor some of the things the rest of us abhor.
Even so, again, if there is no God... what is the big deal with religion IN GENERAL? I mean, I personally don't LIKE the fact that people are being lied to and misled... but religion isn't the only industry that does that... or uses certain tactics. Brainwashing is not unique to religion. But it seems to ME that, due to personal experience with ONE religion... and/or perceptions about those who worship the God of Abraham because of what some who purport to do so do... and sell... is behind the "hatred" of religion.
If, though, one's experience with religion has been GOOD... and because of religion one has, for the most part done GOOD... then, if there is NO God/god... why take away what that one... ummmmm... "wants"? If you like Nike's... but I don't... and there truly is no God to say whether I should or shouldn't... or you shouldn't or should... what is the deciding factor that says Nike's are "bad"?
Again, for me... who believes God DOES exist... it's saying that GOD says Nike's are good/bad... when He didn't. Or using Nike's to kick others... while saying God said it was okay. When He didn't and you're only using something written in a book... that may actually be totally altered... to support that kick.
Just sayin... and just wonderin'...
Again, peace to you all!
A slave of Christ,