I have been a non-believer as far as I can remember, and all my friends and people around me; very few had a religious view or background. In fact, where I come from and where I grew up, religion was more or less only a subject in school. Sure, we had a church, but only for weddings, funerals and a place for peace and calm, not to worship God. The priests were more like psychologists, mental healers and wise men and women, great people to talk to when you were sad or needed advice. Of course, there was a few Christians, but they were all nice people and didn’t care at all if you didn’t believed.
In school the teachers in religion was always christians, but fairly objective. When reading about the Bible, Jesus and so on I always wondered why you would need a law that says that you can’t worship any other gods, if there only is one God - seemed very strange to me and just added my skepticism about the Bible, obviously written by people not by God; and that is why there is so much contradictions and so much that don’t add up. It would be a different thing if it said there isn’t any other gods but me, or something like that - but the law gives the impressions that there is other gods, or am I wrong? The teacher couldn’t really answer the question, of course.
I haven’t had an easy life, in any way, and I sometimes wonder if it would be easier to struggle with a religion. I can understand people that rely on religion for comfort, but I saw and experienced that you can get this comfort, and even closer to your heart, from your family and friends. Well, then we have the problem if you are alone, or confused, then religion can be a place to belong, to have a family; I don’t blame them, I might have done the same. But the thing is that it has nothing to do with God or religion, it is the desperate human need to belong, have a purpose and a family; feel safe and loved. I think religious people mix this up and I also think that religion takes advantage of this.
The only thing I like about the Bible, is about Jesus. Now that was a wonderful man with so much goodness and he actually went against the religions of his time. Rejected the fact of punishment and said that all will be forgiven; “... just drop all that you own and follow me ... ”. It didn’t matter if you were a criminal or a prostitute or a sinner or anything, everyone was welcome and the priests and religious leaders were furious, no wonder they killed him. (!)
We are important to the world, to the survival of mankind.
I have also always wondered why creationists lies, mislead and misinform (Creation Museum!). If they are so certain of their case and have the evidence they claim, there is no need to this, but still they do it. And the aggression and the ignorance are staggering, it is hard not to get upset about it. Just think how many people they have tricked to believe in them and their lies, how they are forcing their propaganda in schools and so on... They are trying to make religion look like science... and call it creation and design... snakes!
What if they succeed!? The USA are the most important country when it comes to science with research, inventions, medicine etc. What will happen, the USA will be in the bronze age and all the world will suffer; this has to be stopped!
Thank you for reading!