A Word on Religiosity…

There are no questions about it about it, religion, like it or not, is a big part of people’s lives.  They either love the religion they are part of, they hate all religions equally, they question religion in general, etc.  You get the point.  I know people who are staunch Atheists, some are Christian (various sects), a few are Islamic, some Agnostic, etc.  And no matter who you talk to, if they are open minded about their beliefs, everyone has an opinion about religion, and the religions of others and the world.  Despite the fact that most of our mothers told us to not discuss religion or politics if we wish to keep our friends.  Personally, I believe that you can learn much about a person by understanding both their religion and how they live their religious beliefs.

Despite what any given religion’s written word may say, the leaders of that belief or church has differing views which are laid out in their dogma.  Dogma is  essentially the tenets, principles, or policies of that particular church as determined by the leaders (usually) based upon their written text.  And some dogma  will be in direct conflict with the written word.

In my personal opinion, the original ideas behind the religion itself are good; however, men tend to bastardize everything that they come in contact with.  In essence, or at the very basic principle of the faith which people follow is a relationship of some sort between them (as individuals) and their Creator (God).  The Church, or religious, leaders tend to make this relationship a little different by associating them (the leaders) and the Church with God.

What most people don’t realize is the fact that 99.99% of the churches out there are actually corporations.  Corporations by definition are not entities of God, but are figments of state creation and thereby owe allegiance to the state – NOT to God! They sign up with the IRS to become a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, after filing their Articles of Corporation with the state.  Which means that they can make all sorts of money, give enormous salaries, purchase property, etc, all in the name of the Almighty.  So long as there is profit, per se, all is good…so, how is that of God? Those churches which show actual allegiance to God are not corporate in nature, but are made up of and by the people.

My intention is to write more on this more on this subject, overall.  Most of my experience is within the Christian community, as I have more time studying the Biblical Text.  But I have friends that are Islamic, and I have studied other religions.  So, I imagine we will see where this leads us.  I must admit that my beliefs have evolved over the course of time and have come to rest with the fact that I am a Deist (as I base much of my decision making upon reason & nature); although, I could be considered a Christian-agnostic (because I believe in the ultimate cause as being God, but ultimately how things occurred is not completely knowable; with my understanding of the Bible and all the contradictions I still lean toward that possibility.)

What are your thoughts on this write-up, or subject in general?

4 thoughts on “A Word on Religiosity…

  1. I belief it was a good write-up.

    The real event is not every one can be open minded. Once we open our mind, we are different from others. In what ever sect of knowledge: economy, religion, business. A person who can open their mind and study will be outstanding from others. To think out of box is sure tough job.

  2. E A M Harris says:

    I agree that religion is important to many people, but I have come across some (mostly young teens) who see it just as an interesting cultural phenomenon like a hobby or charity work.

    The 501(c) bit doesn’t mean much to me as we have a different system in the UK. I think here they register as charities.

    I think that modern secular societies are actually more conducive to religious organisations being genuinely religious. In former times religion was one of the routes to power and so attracted people who were basically politicians. This no longer happens much in Europe and I assume in many other places.

    • dmbuteau says:

      The 501(c)(3) is simply a designation within the realm of Taxes that the entity will be classified as a Non-Profit Organization, if the organization follows the rules…one of which the entity will not speak out politically by taking one side or the other – if they do so they will be stripped of their Tax Exempted status. Within the context of our US Constitution the people have the right to practice their religious view as they see fit. One can infer that the people can create a church entity without incorporating and still be tax exempt because they are employing and exercising their constitutionally protected rights.

      Here in the US it is still important to conservatives that their candidate be of a particular Christian mindset. I do agree for the most part on the youth and religion; however, those who are in their 40s on seem to be the one’s that are taking many issues to court based upon the falsely believed claim of separation of church and state. This was originally coined reference in a letter of Thomas Jefferson’s where he stated that there was a wall of separation between the two, but his speeches and papers reflected that men should live according to their convictions.

  3. dmbuteau says:

    Hifzan, I agree with you that not everyone can be open-minded; however, I found it to be a necessity as it is a requirement in order to grow and expand our horizons as people! Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “To name it is to kill it.” I found this to be very true in many aspects of life, because once you name something you end up confining that very thing. Regardless of what “it” may be – religion, style of art, etc. By naming a specific religion everyone has a particular set of principles or tenets in mind…now it has become pigeon holed, so-to-say. The only way to get beyond this is to look beyond these man-made titles and inquire, research, and study. This way you can determine such a thing for yourself.

    Thanks for your visit and comments!

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