Disclaimer: I know this is a sensitive topic for A LOT of people. I am not against any particular religion or religious beliefs but there are issues that stem out of them and I am going to honestly state my opinions. I have had this post in my drafts for far too long now just because I didn’t want to stir controversy but here’s hoping you will read it with an open mind or just skip it if it goes against your beliefs.
Agnostic (n): a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God.
I don’t talk about faith or religion on my blog. I also don’t read blogs that talk about a particular religion or are too religious. If you are one of those bloggers – no offense meant. My journey to being agnostic is a long one. I was born into a fairly religious Hindu family. With my family being religious as well as secular – I was sent to a Catholic school to study in. My parents took me to EVERY type of religious place they could – from temples to monasteries to mosques to dargahs to churches to gurudwaras. From praying at the Vatican city to praying at the Golden Temple to praying at Ajmer Dargah to praying at Shirdi Temple to praying at Namgyal Monastery to tearing up in Sacré-Cœur (to name a few) – I’ve bowed my head and respectfully offered my prayers at them all. From looking forward to visiting temples to not believing in any religion anymore – what led me there?
- The understanding that religion is man made – something that I wish more people would understand. ( I love this quote – “Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man?” – Friedrich Nietzsche)
- Over the past decade I have come to this realization that all religions divide people. While some religions are less dividing, the existence of so many religions is a huge dividing factor. We are all divided by borders and nationalities – do we really need one more divider?
- If it wasn’t enough that religions divide us, within religions also there are divides like castes, different beliefs and segments – which further divide us all.
- A lot of people follow religion blindly – which is a HUGE problem. People are born into a religion, they have no say in it and most people continue with that religion till the end of their lives. What they know of the religion is passed down to them by their parents, their family, religious leaders – so basically their interpretation of the religion, their biases, their thoughts all of it is passed down. Not a lot of people take out the time to really read and research on their religion or other religions and yet have strong opinions on them all. Isn’t that problematic?
- Religion has become problematic with more people using it as a basis to do bad things and propagate misrepresentations of religious scriptures and writings. The purpose of religion was to create hope, to set people on a righteous path but instead has lead to so much violence, discrimination and hate.
- Religious superiority – This bugs me the most about religious people – believing their religion is superior to others.
- Religious intolerance – I “used” to be proud of being a Hindu because we don’t believe in a one God system and accept that there can be other Gods unlike most of the other religions which are intolerant to any God other than their own. (I want to dwell into the ‘used to’ bit but I am scared to because of rising intolerance levels in India)
- Using religion to block logic/science – I can’t believe people are still using religion to block basic rights (abortion) and basic logic. (eg: Four centuries ago, the idea of a heliocentric solar system was so controversial that the Catholic Church classified it as a heresy, and warned the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei to abandon it.)
- Conversions – I totally understand an adult studying in depth about another religion and wanting to align with it but forced conversions, inducing conversions with freebies, using power to force conversions – are all so wrong.
What is my current belief system?
I have faith, a lot of it. I believe that there is some power out there that manifests in our lives in different ways. It is manifested in nature that is all around us. Is it quantifiable? No. Is it within the scope of human understanding? No. Should we try to humanize it, give it a name? No. What is the purpose of it then? To give us hope in our darkest days just knowing something out there is watching over the entire universe. Do I pray? Not really but every time I am in nature or see the moon and stars or just touch a plant – I say a thank you to that power.
I am sure my thoughts are controversial for some – I’d love to have a healthy conversation on any views on this matter in the comments. Where do you stand vis a vis religion?
PS: I want to quickly thank Sam for reading this post before I posted it since I had second thoughts about posting it. ❤️
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