Harbours a great distaste for "Organized Religion" and an intolerance for uneducated comments on World Religions

I guess I should start off by saying I do believe in GOD and will proudly advise anyone who asks, that I am a Christian.

 

I have worked in different Middle Eastern countries from Summer 2002 until late April 2009 when I secured my current position in Kazakhstan. Over the last (almost) 12 years, I can't count how many in-depth conversations about religion, the differences between the 3 major belief systems, the comparisons between them, similarities etc, the list goes on and on.

 

When I was at work for my rotation in April, I was standing around the bar in our accommodation dome with 3 or 4 Americans that worked for the oil company and they started to talk about religion.....Rule #1 when in a bar: Do not talk about religion or politics!!!!

I quietly stood there until someone asked me the fateful question....'Dave, what do you think about all this (religion)??'
I replied, 'Honestly? Organized (and I over-emphasized this) Religion is for the weak and feeble minded who can't decide right from wrong for themselves and need someone to tell them how to live their lives.'..............WELL, you could have heard a pin drop for about 5 seconds, then the conversation quickly changed to the last televised hockey game. I think I made a few acquaintances unhappy but I got respect for speaking my mind from 2 others who were standing there. 

What really burns my butt are people who take what they learn from the media and local coffee shops, take it as truth and make judgements on lives and religions that they have never 'lived' for themselves. I find it increasingly hard to keep my lip shut when I read, watch or overhear conversations by uneducated, uncultured bozo's who think they have it all figured out.

Be a benefit to those around you. Help others whenever you have the opportunity. Love and cherish your family, friends and community. Accept difference of opinion and be willing to accept and love others for who they are and not what they are. Actions speak volumes of a person's integrity.............

Live and love every day like it is your last.

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Comment by UtahissunnierthanOregon on May 12, 2011 at 3:45pm

"Religion is for the weak and feeble minded who can't decide right from wrong for themselves and need someone to tell them how to live their lives."

Would you say the same thing about someone going to school?  What is school but a place that teaches a certain way of seeing things.

 Is it feebleminded then to admit you don't know what direction to go and need guidance?

You have to learn how to think before you can be a free thinker. Where and how do you suppose that happens?

Maybe I am missing the point.  

Comment by pollypinks on May 13, 2011 at 6:57am
If finding peace and contentment through meditation, prayer, working towards social justice, and befriending others who think as I do makes me weak and feeble minded then I say wow, I just became weak and feeble minded!  I could choose to play a name calling game like someone else has, but that hardly gets us anywhere in society, now does it?
Comment by Dan on May 14, 2011 at 1:05am

The Word : If we accept Jesus or any other prophet as a man than we can analyze his teachings and keep the good that will befit society, If we accept them as a God or spokes person for God than we are compelled to follow them blindly.

Comment by pollypinks on May 23, 2011 at 1:40pm
How does one accept and love others for who they are but not for what they are?  Where's the distinction?

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