What If You Question Why?
This article is not about bashing religion, or to convince you to believe in any particular way. I only want to offer you a different perspective on religion and remind you that the goal of EE is to inspire you to step out of the fog and think for yourself.
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Just because we believe something doesn’t make it true, meaning scientifically verifiable. When it comes to religion, it is common for someone to say they believe something and mean that it is also true. As part of thinking for yourself, ask why you believe something that isn’t based on science. If you have no answer, then it is just faith. (BTW, I invite you to read my article Why Science, so you know why I talk about science so often.)
I’ll use my spiritual beliefs as an example. Instead of saying I believe, I say I hope. I hope my soul will continue on after I die. As long as it can’t be proven scientifically, it remains a hope. But I’ve embraced it because it makes me feel better about dying.
Over time my little package of spiritual hopes has evolved as I’ve been exposed to different teachers. I pick and choose along the way, Thich Nhat Hanh being one of my favorite teachers. I’ve discarded some beliefs and added new ones, ever evolving who I am. If you put a gun to my head and demand I pick a religion, I’d select Buddhism, which isn’t a religion as much as it is a philosophy for how to live a happy life.
Since we’re all individuals, it makes sense that each person should design for themselves their unique set of spiritual beliefs. As you select your beliefs, always use the CorD Method to determine if what you believe, or you’re being taught is Connection or Division. Questioning is how you learn to think for yourself, not accepting something simply because an authority figure told you so. As you grow, you will become Ever Evolving Vanguard, helping to heal the planet.
Why Is There Religion?
As you may have noticed, religion is kind of a big deal for a whole lot of people. The question is, why? Why are some people so passionate about their religion, and others are equally passionate about being an atheist? What if you had a way to make sense of it all that took all that emotion out of the equation?
I believe there are three primary reasons religion came to be:
- There were mysteries in nature that could not be explained,
- Those mysteries made people afraid of the unknown,
- And death is a very personal unknown that every person will experience.
Because a lot of those mysteries also gave sustenance to the people who lived off the land, they had a deep appreciation and reverence for what the earth gave them. So the original religions, as well as today’s the religions of today’s indigenous people, are nature-based, meaning a reverence for the earth. There is much evidence that they also revered women, most likely because of the mystery of birth. I mean, if you don’t know anything about how babies are made, it’s a pretty awesome thing that babies come out of a woman’s body.
All of that makes sense for a time when there was no science to explain how the world worked. But today, with science giving us such deep understanding of, not only our world but the universe, I find it fascinating that people still believe so vehemently.
An Ugly History
If you know anything about history, religion has gotten humankind into a lot of trouble. Lots of bloodshed over something that is simply a matter of faith. Again, I’m not putting down religion, I just want to give you a different way of looking at whatever you believe.
In my article Are You Brainwashed, you learned that much of what you think, how you react, and how you perceive the world is accepted on faith, just become someone told you. That means that either you haven’t questioned it because you looked up to, or were afraid of, those who told you what the ‘truth’ is; or you have questioned it and accepted their response that you needed to have more faith.
Using the CorD Method, let’s look at how it can help you decide what to believe, or not.
Remember that faith is believing without proof. Most religions are based on dogma, defined as: a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. Definition of incontrovertible: not able to be denied or disputed.
Science, on the other hand, allows you to believe something because known information is verifiable and repeatable, but always open to new information adding to, or replacing what was considered to be true at one time. That means that with new scientific information, previous truths were able to be denied or disputed.
Dogma does not allow for questioning, and certainly is not changeable with new information.
Now that you’ve stepped out of the fog (meaning you’re willing to question your thoughts, beliefs and actions) you now have the opportunity to make smarter choices and decisions about how to move forward with your life, including what you want to take on faith, or hope. As I mentioned above, I have certain hopes simply because it makes me feel better. But I’m not going to judge you as bad and wrong for not having the same hopes that I have.
If It Feels Good Go For It
If religion makes you feel better, then it makes sense to embrace it. But allow it to evolve as you grow. Don’t let dogma cause you to dig in your heels and stay stuck for the rest of your life. Make your spiritual beliefs your own, developed from questioning and asking yourself why you have accepted certain beliefs. Only add those that you know will help you experience Connection, rather than Division.
Much of what religion is based on is a compilation of historical stories and ideas. Another aspect of most religions is how to behave, guiding you to determine right from wrong. But you might have noticed there’s a whole bucketful of gray that you have to sift through.
Like, it’s not okay to kill someone, unless the government or the church says it’s okay. Huh? That kind of thing just makes me cranky. Or, it’s not okay to steal, unless some too-big-to-fail bank takes your house because they screwed you by making those new-fangled loans sound so juicy. So, individual stealing isn’t okay, but legal stealing is? Sheesh. And of course, love thy brother…unless he doesn’t believe what you believe. Say what?
So how can the CorD Method help you sort out your, or any religion? Easy. Whatever you’re being taught is either Connection or Division. If you’re sitting in church and someone is at the pulpit giving a sermon, what they’re saying will either Connect or Divide.
Or take a look at how you respond to another person because of what they believe, or how they behave, or even how they dress. Your reaction and response is either C or D. Pretty simple, huh?
What about what an entire group of people believes? Again, very simple. Your reaction or response toward them is either C or D. In this, there is no gray.
Since there are so many religions around the world, and most have the same rules as their foundation, like don’t kill or steal, then I invite you to just be cool with what someone else believes. That’s a C reaction. If they want to hassle you for not believing what they believe, send them a little love and walk away. Part of healing the world is creating harmony with all people. Getting into any kind of divisive behavior is counter to that goal.
If you are part of a religion, watch what’s going on inside of you when it teaches you something. Notice how you react to people of other faiths. Even something as innocuous as how you want to comment on something that you see on Facebook. If you are sincere about wanting to help heal the planet, then always choose Connection over Division.
It’s Time For a Change
A lot of blood has been shed in the name of religion. And even today, it continues to tear the world apart. Throughout history, it has been terribly divisive, which means it’s a great big D. Division will not heal our planet, and in fact, division is the reason the planet is in trouble.
You have stepped out of the fog and as you use the CordD Method to filter your behavior, you will become an Ever Evolving Vanguard who chooses Connection, Compassion, and Caring over Division. And guess what? As you do that, you will become an example of how to live in harmony with your fellow humans. As more and more people use the CorD Method in their everyday lives, the healing of the planet will become a reality.
A New View Of Religion
In this Zeitgeist documentary linked on this page, you will see that the world religions throughout history share the same basic tenets. If you do watch it, notice your reaction to ‘beliefs’ that might be entrenched within you. Ask yourself why you are responding in that way, and you will learn something about yourself. Questioning is how you will evolve into the best person you can be. Remember that the goal of EE is for you to think for yourself. If you haven’t learned The CorD Method, please do so before watching this film. And then I recommend you look at Are You Brainwashed so you understand how easy it has been to miss a great deal of what’s true. Not because someone said it was, but because you are willing to question.
The first few minutes are not easy to watch, but this video will open your eyes to some fascinating similarities between all organized religions throughout history.
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