Set Religion Free, And a New Humanity will Begin – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Religion was formed because people believed that we need God. We believed that God created us, so we need to worship Him. But as we know, people have their own ideas of God and how He should be worshipped. Even in this century, we see people from different religions, forming new rules and regulations. In the same way, earlier too, people formed new ideas about how to worship God and what is He. Therefore, we came to have these many different religions. They formed different groups and they had different ideas of God. So these religions were constructed by humans.
“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
― John Lennon
‘Did you know, since the beginning of the recorded history around 6000 years ago, human beings have worshipped over 3700 different supernatural beings and Gods!’ So one must wonder whether God created us or we created Gods.
Later, groups of people started questioning the idea of Religion and the idea of God. The conflict between Science and Religion have always existed in the world. It’s always difficult for some sections of people to tolerate the belief that we were “created” rather than evolved. More and more people started to disassociate with any religious groups. They stopped praying or going to places of worship.
I have always felt that there’s nothing wrong in being religious. But Religion is personal. It should not be creeping into all aspects of our lives. Politics using Religion, education on the basis of religion, certain services provided for particular religious groups, etc… Then it becomes unfair. This will lead to conflicts and the relationship between people will be strained. Allah, Rama, Jesus are all being tagged just like political leaders of different political parties, who fight against each other for power. I don’t even want to begin talking about all the self-proclaimed Gods.
People were done with all these long ago. In the 21st century, millions of people became atheists. By birth, they may belong to a religion but they didn’t believe in God. Humanism was another alternative to religion. There have been humanists since the beginning of the recorded history all over the world. They are often called as free-thinkers.
I thought that I can call myself a Humanist. I liked their idea of thinking freely rather than believing. Religion always points out that we can never prove that God doesn’t exist. Humanists accept that but also points out that neither can we prove that God does exist. It made sense because there were thousands of Gods created by humans and which one should we believe in?
I have always seen Religion as a discipline, where we are taught certain customs and norms and also provides us with a sense of culture. We are brought up following certain rituals and we follow them blindly. We are born with a Religion. We can’t choose. That was something I questioned for a long time. And also I couldn’t understand why there were conflicts between the religions. No religion teaches us to disrespect another individual. All the religions must be based on mutual respect and equality for all people. If there was really a God, then wouldn’t that be His idea?!
I was reading about the different religious alternative groups and I came up with a group called Agnostics, with whom I could identify myself with more. They are group of people who believe that it’s not possible to know for sure whether there is God or not. There is always a bit of doubt and they allow the possibility that some kind of God exists. I have got some Humanistic as well as Agnostic thoughts. I pray (at times, to be honest) and often feel that there is a higher power. We may not believe in a religion but it’s possible to believe in God without being religious. But I also respect others who have their own set of beliefs.
If people didn’t impose their beliefs on others, there wouldn’t be a problem. If the children were free to choose their religion or even not to have a religion, it would be ideal. Some people say that if there is no Religion then there is no discipline in ones life. People will be more chaotic and wouldn’t know what’s right and what’s wrong. But if that were true, then there won’t be any crimes in the name of religion. Many people commit crimes in the name of religion. Belief in a God doesn’t make people good. There are good people in all religions and there are also good people who don’t believe in any religions.
God! Faith! These should not be a weakness. In the present times, the rate of crimes in the name of religion is increasing. People are developing hatred for each other. Religion is being divisive. Religion should be helping in human development rather than wiping out Humanity.
We have seen religious wars before and we all know how it will end. Then why are we treading in the same path again? This is because Religion is not the problem but the people running it are.
I know it’s a very Utopian idea but what if all the different religions, atheists, Humanists, Agnostics, and all other groups of people respected each other’s set of beliefs and let it be… No prejudice, no judging, no discrimination, the world will be a much better place, don’t you think? An open mind leads to an open society and a cheerful environment.
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