I was thinking today about how people blindly fall in with a religious belief without perhaps understanding different perspectives, belief systems and indeed science.
In most cases (I understand that there are exceptions) people find religion in times of need or anguish. This often puts them in a position of vulnerability, and I believe that religion (intentionally or unintentionally) uses this to its own ends. People are not thinking clearly or logically at these times and so immorally religion pounces on the vulnerable.
But it’s more than just that. Many people enter into a covenant with a god or belief system without fully appreciating the two main sides of the argument. For example, personally I was an ill informed atheist until in 2004 I became a Christian. I believe that this was due to it filling a gap in my life, which I won’t go into here.
At that point I threw myself into faith, blindly and totally. I had no time for opposing views and paid no heed to arguments against my beliefs. I spent 2 years in Bible College and another year in a biblical studies course, immersing myself in my faith. Now, as an atheist once more I seek to gain an equal or better understanding of atheism and humanism.
So what’s my point? My point is that some never look that deeply into their faith or into their bible. If they allowed or were allowed to look at all the points of view, how many would really remain? How many Christians for example simply go along with whatever they are told on a Sunday without actually researching their faith and alternatives to it, this starts at a young age and is just another reason to keep faith out of schools.