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If every persons religion is their own concern, why are so many concerned with other peoples religion?

Interesting, is it not?

I think so.

I believe in a higher power, whether you do or not, that doesn't matter to me, and it shouldn't. You shouldn't care about what religion, if any, I profess to follow.

Personally, I don't follow any set religion, simply because, from my point of view, religion  has caused more pain, suffering, and death, than any other thing in human history. Some say that it has caused more than all other things combined. I'm not certain whether I agree with that, not yet. I don't believe in causing pain, I believe in relieving it.

See, to me, religion asks, tells, and demands that we do the one thing that we really shouldn't: Close our minds and accept what someone else tells us as fact.

When a pastor, preacher, priest, or any kind of "holy person" gives a sermon, what you are getting is their interpretation of what's being talked about. Sermons are not group discussions, you are being told what to think and believe.

What if all religions have it wrong? What do you do then?

I believe in a higher power, and that it created the universe. When, how, and why are immaterial to me, We, and all around us, are here, that is what matters.

Let me be clear, I am not attacking religion it's self, I'm raising questions about organized religion, the various denominations of faith.

God is God, and it doesn't matter how you were raised, nor what religion you subscribe to, nothing changes that. We believe in the same God, but WHAT we believe varies with the telling. In reality, every single persons beliefs are different.

All major religions forbid the killing of another human being, and yet, more people have died "in the name of God" than any other way. Does that make sense to ANYONE?

It makes NO sense to me.

"God" has never once told me to kill anyone, those were choices I made for myself, "God" factored into it not at all.

All major religions profess to speak for God, and I find that disturbing in the extreme. The "voice of God" should not be elected by men.

God speaks to all of us, no matter what faith, and he/she speaks to all of us differently.

No one person can know the mind of God.

We are preached at and taught that God sees all and that we will punished for our wrong doings in the afterlife, if there is one. In a universe of trillions upon trillions of planets, moons, and stars, do you really think that the Lord and Master of it all pays that much attention to one tiny little planet?

Of course not. It is a conception that we as humans have created to make ourselves seem larger in a universe that is huge beyond imagining, that we don't understand, and that we are a small, very small, part of.

It's ego and conceit, nothing more.

For all we know, there are billions of planets just like Earth, with people, just like Earth, but our sense of being alone in the universe makes us presume things we should not, not if we truly believe in God.

All that God really asks, I feel, is that we live as best we can, and take care of the home that has been entrusted to us.

We can do a much better job of both of those, I think. But even if we fail in our tasks, it is not God that suffers, it is us, and those that come after.

Too many people have their heads among the stars while their feet are here upon the Earth.

Understanding God isn't going to make our world a better place, only our own actions will do this.

Another thing that disturbs me is that churches always say that God needs money, and that ten percent of what you earn should go to God.

Excuse me? I must be hearing things.

The Lord and Master of the universe does not need our money, God doesn't need money at all. Churches, RELIGIONS, need the money. It's a simple matter of greed, nothing more. They want what we have, and they want it for free.

I believe in a higher power whom I choose to call God. My belief, my choice, made after years of thinking, searching, and learning.

I will not indoctrinate my daughter into a religious faith, I feel it is HER choice to be made, when she can understand what that entails. All I can do id teach her as best I can how to live a good life, and help her understand that an open mind is a good thing.

I have no problem with anyone or their choice, as long as they chose it for themselves, and they understand that choice. I do not subscribe to a religion, that is MY choice.

My relationship with God is personal, it is mine, and that is the same for every single being in the universe for one simple reason:

No matter who we are, where we're from, or what we are taught, every mind is different, and so we all see EVERYTHING differently. Nothing can change that.

And nothing should.

Our individuality is the greatest gift we could have ever been given, and it saddens me that so many have freely given it away.

I'm not asking anyone to agree with me, I would be disturbed if many did. All I'm doing is stating my case and how I feel, in an attempt to get you to do one thing:

Think for yourself, so that you can be yourself.

After all is said and done, that is all that we can do.

Think about it.

Open your mind.

jlp May 5, 2009
Yes, this is a resubmit, my watchers have convinced me to ignore small minded people who refuse to think for themselves.

This piece does not attack any particular faith, it is not aimed at any particular person.

It is me speaking MY mind, MY thoughts, how I see things.

Intelligent, I stress INTELLIGENT conversation is encouraged, if you have nothing but negative things to say, please don't say them.

And don't flame me, or send me dirty notes telling me I'm a heathen and that I'm going to burn in Hell.

Cause I don't agree with you. ;)

Don't hate, RELATE. :iconyesyesyesplz:
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Nice piece :)
Can I use this in my newsletter? It is available to read in my gallery.

May I ask,
Why is it that you believe in God? What kind of God do you believe in?
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Ah, newsletter? :B

I believe in God, period, in something, someone, that created everything, not just us, or this world.
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Fair enough :)

Yeah, I'm doing a section on religious debate in next month's issue and this piece would be helpful :) so would you mind me using it?
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I guess so. :B
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
sweet :)
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Writer
"do you really think that the Lord and Master of it all pays that much attention to one tiny little planet?"

He's God. What's a couple trillion planets to him?
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Exactly so. :D
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Writer
What's that supposed to mean?
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
It means that I agree with you, God, should "he/she/it" exist, has a universe to keep track of, one planet isn't going to exactly ruin the day, so to speak.
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Writer
I misspoke. What I meant to say was that God is everywhere. Distance means nothing to him. He can keep track of as many planets as he wants.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
MY meaning is that no one planet, or moon, or star, or whatever, is any more important than any other, we as humans attach that sense of importance onto ourselves, so that we don't feel so alone in the universe, we place ourselves at the pinnacle.

I do believe I actually included something of my previous statement in the piece itself. :)
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Areina Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
I too don`t follow any kind of religion.The comunism, who ruled my country including, for many years, made my people ateists.They were forbidden to believe in God, can you believe it?!!!It is not good either to forbid the religion.This can cause much harm too.I realise that there are many religious people out there, for which this can be terrible.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
So very sadly true. :( :hug:
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Colour-Me-Deranged Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I sincerely hope that you do not mind me gushing, but that is a beautiful sentiment, if for it's logic alone. The world would do well by your lot, whosoever your lot might be, and, I suffice to say, religions would do well too.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
:blush: Thank you. :heart:
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Colour-Me-Deranged Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
At the risk of sounding like a stereotype or a charicature... Thank you. Having gone through religious, shall we say, debacles myself, I can sympathise fairly well with your point of view. Have you ever read anything by Eckhart Tolle? Given what I read on your page, you might derive some use from it. Not, mind you, that I'm trying to speak ill or anything, I merely found it to be an uplifting read and want to share the good-will.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
No, I haven't, although I have sold hundreds of his books. :D
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Colour-Me-Deranged Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
No kidding?

It was a good read, and that's saying something, seeing as I'm a contradiction of sorts (the sceptic who believes in anything directly or indirectly opposing Nihilism or classic existentialism, they all stem from the same source, whatever that is, and since, as I recall, you profess you believe in something I don't have to worry about insulting you with my distrust of nihilists.)
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
:lol:
I believe, to a degree, in everything.

Saves time. :D
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Colour-Me-Deranged Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Same here. And good for you, if you don't mind my saying, for me, I've always had a preternatural set of beliefs, but as I go along, as I read, I find them all endorsed by thousands of people long dead. I reckon that can't be a coincidence. Hah, even if it were a coincidence, that coincidence would in turn point to some sort of unthought-of system floating around in the universe.
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DavidTarr Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I tend to be concerned about any religion or belief that promotes hate, greed, war, destruction, and loss of imagination. But other than that, I leave people's religion alone.

Very good job krimzon. :) I applaud!
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
:) Thank you very much. :hug:
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Brightside8 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Good Job articulating your veiws. I feel much the same, with a few minor differences. I beleive that there is no "all seeing man in the sky" but there is something. I beleive that the reason the concept of 'god' exists is because we simply want to know what we're here for.

Approximatley 15,000 years ago, humans gained the capacity to sustain themselves. We could survive, now what? What more was there? Now that the hurdle of survival had been cleared, we needed another obstacle, a point in the right direction. Naturally, God filled this position perfectly, and religion changed from explaining the unknown to giving us purpose.

Of course I doubt this was intentional.

Still, I beleive that there is always a reason to keep moving forward. Maybe not a god, but the urge to DO something.

The way I think of it, we lived first at ground level, struggling to live each day. Then we organized, built cities, and found that there was more then our caves and forests. Then we saw the oceans. "We have to see what's over there!" they'd said. We saw the world was not flat, and that fit us just fine, because that means we never had to stop walking, or change direction. Then our happy little sphere was full, and we looked up at the shining spheres of light and said "We have to see what's up there!" Well, we did, we went there, only to see eight more glowing spheres. Then we looked beyond our little spheres and looked up again. There's an entire solar system out there, then a galaxy with trillions and trillions more, and then there are trillions more galaxies!

I'm rambling now :), but my point is, the way I see it, we're all just looking for a purpose. Of course, that's no secret, but I feel content just knowing that it hasn't all been done yet and there are still things out there, another level to rise to.

I don't pretend to be a genius, and I'm sure most of what I'm saying has occured to you before, but I feel no need for a god, I feel comforted by the fact that there's always more out there.
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pardonM3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
:peace:

Yeah, never really been a fan of organized religion.
Dogma kills me.
I don't exactly know how to articulate what I believe in, but it's something. That's all that's important.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
That is exactly right. :heart:
It's good to have you back, I always love the fact that you comment. :)
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pardonM3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Aw, well I've finally gotten the deviations in my watch list down to a manageable level. :hug:
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
YAY! :excited: :glomp: :love:
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pardonM3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
:dance: :heart:
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bookfairy14 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009   Writer
You made a lot of good points. (Sorry I'm up way past my bed time so I may seem loopy). I honestly think people need to respect one another's beliefs and just let be. But then again I was raised wiccan/pagan and some of my more christian minded friends try to push their beliefs on me. I know they mean well but still. My major problem with Christianity is their view on homosexuality. Not sure how other religions view it. But really it's sad how we keep making the same mistakes. Many terrorists are blowing themselves up in the name of religion just like so many men died during The Crusades.

Okay I better quit rambling. But I just wanted to share a few thoughts. Coming from a sixteen year old pagan and lesbian maybe I may bring a new view point to the table. :P
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
The point of the piece was to inspire thought, so you did just fine. :)
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bookfairy14 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009   Writer
Hehe thanks. :hug:
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mbball Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
I'm 15, an atheist, and have parents along with church members, who consistently try and force Christianity on me. I wish they could see the other side of things, perhaps take a different perspective, much like what you wrote.

Thanks for sharing this, and thanks for reminding me that everyone sees something differently than the next.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
:hug: We should each be free to believe what we choose, even if it's to believe in nothing. :)
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EternalFreedom Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
i couldn't have said this better myself. =D
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
:D Thank you!
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EternalFreedom Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
'welcome! :D
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Malandante Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmm... Shall I call you a heathen? If I do though I shall be calling myself one, for I can understand and agree with many of your points. But then most faith believers would call me heathen for being Pagan.

Love this Buddy keep being yourself :hug:
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I like being a heathen. :D
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Malandante Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
So do I it is so much fun :hug:
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h-ambones Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ok i like the way you are thinking but ur a little off. I was in the exact same place a few years ago and here is what i came up with. the churches are corrupt in certain ways and that is because its not run by God, its run by man. Most of what you hear has been written by man and while some of it may be right, other parts may be misguided or misinterpreted. So what is true? well god gave you the world, the world is true, and so is your moral compass. you know what is right and what is wrong. sometimes it may be inaccurate in itself but thats only if you let your thoughts or emotions cloud your judgement. i also follow the bible but even that wasn't directly from God except for the ten commandments lol so u have to take it all with a grain of salt. The money thing is kinda annoying but i look at it a different way. God loves those who sacrifice for the good of others. Becoming a martyr isn't the only way to sacrifice though (money..cough cough....)
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Interesting point of view. :)
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Permanent-Insanity Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I told you my veiws, I will be good and not try to retype my old comment :D
but I love this :D
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Permanent-Insanity Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
:iconnewhugplz:
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SephirothsFlamedWing Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I can't say that I agree with everything you put in here.
But... I think that you have quite a few valid points. And I applaud your courage in posting this.

Also, thank you for not attacking any one group. I have read many things like this, and one thing I often see is a person attacking a religon, and calling the religion hypocritical. Then they go on to say that people who believe the religion are a bunch of fools. :( It makes me sad to see things like that.

Personally, I feel that the main goal of any religion is one that we all learned in kindergarten; treat others how you want to be treated. Sadly, as we grow up, people tend to forget this and let their own beliefs and judgements get in the way. I feel religion gets attacked a lot because it is one area where people get defensive, and are very adamant about what they believe. The same goes with politics, but that doesn't get brought up unless there's something political happening, whereas religion is an everyday thing.

It's a sad fact that even the best intentions can go wrong. Most religions are open to anyone who wants to join, and sometimes the people who join are only using the religion as a label. They can put there own beliefs in, and claim their beliefs are the beliefs of all the true believers in the religion. It's happened all thoughout history, and it's people like that who give religion a bad name.
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TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
:hug: I agree with pretty much all you said. :nod:
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SephirothsFlamedWing Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks. :hug:
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