I am not a fan of writing about controversial topics as I can sometimes be very opinionated and stubborn- which I completely admit. My blog is not a place I would choose to push my personal ideas and beliefs onto others and would never try to force others to think the same way as I do.
My views on religion are rudimentary at best, I have a lot of respect for those with strong religious beliefs because I don’t think I could have that level of faith, however I do not have any time at all for those who use parts of religious script to push their own agenda, and this is something I am seeing more of as I grow up. A huge part of me as a person is to accept everyone no matter who they are, what they do, what they look like and who they love, whether or not I agree with them and their beliefs or not. The idea that if I believe in one type of god I must hate other humans based on an aspect of them is just totally wrong in my opinion and I find it impossible to ignore in most religions.
I cannot believe that a god- of any kind- would make something so huge, like the human race, and hope that we would kill each other, hurt each other, hate each other and use one another for personal gain. I also don’t believe that anyone should kill in the name of a god because I would hate anyone to kill another person in my name, and I doubt a god would be okay with it either as they apparently made us all EQUAL. I cannot imagine the goal of any god was for huge inequality on so many levels, health, education, safety, wealth and lifestyle, it just seems mind boggling that people perpetuate this in the name of a god. To me it’s like having a whole bunch of children and hoping they will hurt each other and hate one another, it just doesn’t make sense.
One thing I do like about religion is when it brings people together and preaches love and acceptance no matter what. I love picking out nice parts of religions and aim to live my life through positive action and reaction. I have always loved learning about religion and as a child was lucky enough that my mother was very open and let me learn about all different religions. She supported me in any religion I chose to follow however I have chose to abstain from religion totally and am purely a bystander.
This part of my personality has always been important to me as I told my (pretty religious) grandparents at a very young age I didn’t believe a god would hate someone for who they love or what colour their skin is, and I shocked them a little when I told them I didn’t want to be religious at all.
Having friends and family with different religious views is so amazing because I get to enjoy things like eid, christmas and diwali and not feel like I should be judged. I understand why religion is so important to people and I honestly do enjoy seeing people who have a very spiritual belief in a god and I totally respect them and love hearing about their beliefs. I just can’t remove that negative part of religion and for me it is important to not hate others based on something that may or may not exist.
I will leave you with a little quote from Julian Casablancas:
Religion is never the problem; it’s the people who use it to gain power.
Thank you for reading my very ranty post, what do you think about religion? Do you follow one? If so what do you love about it?