For the open discourse of theology and spirituality. Also, it's nice to have a few other freethinking people to speak to, as they are few and far between where I live.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
Humans have an innate desire for immortality. Not in the sense of our bodies never dying, I think we have accepted the human body as mortal. I mean immortal in the sense of a desire for the human mind or awareness to outlast the body. The average person is not at fault; humanly narcissism dictates this. Religion of all forms takes full advantage of this desire. Your local religion will promise you some form of immortality, whether it be in the form of reincarnation, rebirth, paradise, resurrection, living in the clouds, or spending eternity on the Elysian Plains. The catch they use against you is based on another primal sensation. Fear. If you don't live as they want you to live, do as they want you to do, pray as they want you to pray, you will be stripped of your promised Utopia. At best you will be sentenced to another life until you have reached enlightenment, at worst you will suffer eternally in a lake of fire and brimstone. This conditional promise of immortality, coupled with an explanation for all of life's mysteries, facilitates religions' iron grasp over the average person. I have limited issue with other people buying into these archaic beliefs. However, I cannot abide seeing these superstitions pushed upon those who have not been given the chance to think critically.
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