I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I’ve come to some conclusions. IronGoth wants me to hate Islam, seemingly in preference to Christianity. I would have to think about that a bit. I’ve been thinking, in fact, and what I’ve come up with is this:
Islam, Christianity, Judaism, all of these religions have it wrong.
In fact, all organized religions have got it very wrong. They all share certain common features.
- Prescription. They all prescribe certain methods of acting, and ways of being, that will somehow endear you to God. Admittedly, I find some of Islam’s prescriptions tough to swallow, what with being a woman and everything, but I’m also not so blind as to think that what we Westerners see on the surface is all there is to it. Christianity also has prescriptive laws, though a lot of the so-called believers don’t actually follow them. Judaism has a lot of rules too, which I find difficult to understand: people actually believe in them. Bizarre.
- Exclusion. All religions state that they are the one true faith. All of the religions we discuss here state that there can be no other religion, and they state that unbelievers are inferior. Moreover, they all state that their method is the only way to communicate with God. All the successful ones state either that it is impossible to leave once you’re in, or that believers should spread their faith as far as possible. Some of them say both!
- Denial of proof. No religion allows itself the burden of proof. They all work on the basis that they are somehow self-evident. The believers really think this. They make inherently non-falsifiable claims and then call them proof.
People, the reason all these religions have it wrong is that they’re exclusionary and act as private members clubs. You know what I think? If you want to have a relationship with God, you should have it on your own terms, or it is worthless. You need to have what you have inside your head, and stop using someone else’s rulebook. Especially rulebooks thousands of years old. These mass weddings have to stop.