Yes, you read that right. Religion.
Oh yeah I'm going there.
Let me start off by telling you where I stand when it comes to this utterly sensetive and global subject.
I grew up in a family who themselves grew up in a family who THEMSELVES grew up in a christian family. And I'm sure it goes along further than that. And they were all part of the "Seventh Day Adventists" - Which in short believes that the first day of the week is sunday hence sabbath being on saturday and the day where we rest and praise God. Now.. When I was a kid it was a given to dress up and go to church on sabbath and listen to boring people talk and reading the bible with other christians and my friends. It was just another part of my youth.
Now that I'm older and has seen the world and really getting closer to people of other beliefs or disbeliefs I start to question my ENTIRE youth and if what I was doing then was a waste and if my parents lied to me. Listen to me here.. It was NOT a lie, and not from a scientific standpoint nor religious standpoint but from love and care. I couldn't have asked for any better parents or family because I love them with all my heart and they love me with all of theirs. I know that, because if they didnt they wouldn't had tought me the word of God, like their parents had tought them, and how in their eyes they could save me from harm.
Like passing on a weapon that belonged to your ancestors.
There is a safe feeling, though, about believing that I'm being part of something bigger than our time here on Earth. It might be because I'm weak minded like some people call people with a religion or that we need help from some bigger force than ourselves..
Have you ever thought that believing in something as grand as God makes our minds strong? Believing in something that pretty much EVERYONE you meet questions and spit on. I'd say that takes alot of guts.
I didnt get all the friends I have by introducing myself as christian.. No I introduced myself as Mathias Leth, a normal human. Because as we all know - When you mention religion, you trigger a magnetism effect. Meaning that you will always be the negative, and the others the positive. And how much you even try to speak to them, they will always shoot away from you like a magnet.
I tend not to speak of religion too much with some of my atheist friends because I know this effect will trigger. Their arguments will always be stronger because I can't prove anything that God excists anywhere else than in my mind. I can't prove that he created this planet and life along with it. I can't prove that he's our loving father who looks at us with sad eyes as he watch us destroy what he created for us. I can't prove.. That even if you don't believe in him and and love him, he will always love you for you are his child. I can't PROVE that he sent his only son to set things right ages ago..
It's all just a elaborate fairy tale in their eyes. And I cannot blame them for that, for I also think it's way too illogical to make sense.
Ironic that a joke nowadays doesnt have to make sense to be funny.
Remember what I mentioned about religion going through generations upon generations? Think of this when you insult a persons religion. It's kind of like insulting your mother for raising you wrong or telling your sister that she's so ugly that she'll never get a husband. Or like telling you that your art sucks so bad that it's easier to stop and do something else even though art is what you burn for in this life?
Even if our loving God is a myth created in the minds of a people long ago who couldnt stand the feeling of being nothing than a speck of dust in this universe it helped those people to keep on going, keep on living this pointless life on Earth, with a settling feeling that when all else fails and there is no one left to trust and lean your head on.. God, or any other religion, will always be there carrying you through hardships and obsticles you thought was impossible to climb.
I believe not only in God, but I believe in the good will of us as a race, and the things we can achive just by being a good individual. Be it helping a friend in need, be it loving someone or be it listening to what a religious individual has to say.
All I ask, as a human being just as yourself, is to respect us for who we are and not piss on us as soon as we mention our Father. Do this and I will respect you for who you are. This isnt a religious thing though - Rather it's just common sense and being a nice individual - something your parents tought you right? Heh.
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