The Ten Lies of the Religious

25 May

anti-christian cartoonReligion is built upon dishonest claims that can never be proven and are to design to touch mankind’s most tender spots; such as fear and a need for predictability and security. Here are some of the lies that religion depends upon to gain power and authority:

1. We are moral representatives of God

God is a great and powerful being, inaccessible to the average Mr Brown and in order to access God you must turn to religion as God’s intermediary.

Who says? It’s certainly not stated anywhere in Tanach! Indeed God says himself ‘I am close to whoever calls out to me in sincerity’ (psalms). We are all under the mistaken belief that in order to be close to God and to find out what He wants from us we should turn to religion. And this is how the religious want us to feel about God. It is a downright lie.

2. Superiority

We all have a longing to feel like we have it right. Feeling superior can come along with that. Well, if you become religious you can feel automatically superior, even if you continue to be a complete loser, simply because of the fact that you have something that others don’t, religion.

3. Religion= morality

Wrong and wrong again. Religion is responsible for so much war and bloodshed. But maybe if you equate ‘righteous’ to ‘good’ enough times, you even begin to believe your own lies.

4 We have history on our side

The religious love to bring a bit of historical folklore in to prove that they have been around for eons and therefore they must know what they are talking about. Falsification of history is a classic tactic by the religious.  However, if you look at the history of the main world religions and see how much these religions have changed and evolved due to politics, power-plays and other elements – to the extent to which religious practices today that are considered ‘fundamental’ may not have been practised at all as little as three hundred years ago. Take an example of the separation of the sexes at the wall – there are pictures to prove that this was not the status quo in the early nineteen hundreds.

Historical distortion is common practice of the religious and the tendency is to bombard those who know little about religious history with false information, putting them into a situation of false trust.

5) A religious life is blissful and perfect

Religious will happily take you to the homes of happy clappy religious families – the idea is that you come out of these homes feeling they have something you don’t. For those who are single, the dream of a perfect family draws them in, for those who have social issues, they feel they will have a place of acceptance, for those who are under too much academic and professional pressure they feel the bliss of a ‘freedom’ from these secular chains. However, for every ‘happy clappy’ family you will meet a dozen miserable ones, plunged into self-imposed poverty, unable to handle growing families and feeling overwhelming social pressure to conform to the rigid constraints of the religious world.

6) if you don’t follow our precepts you (or your children) will rot in hell

A tactic to keep people religious when they are already questioning the validity of religion, or simply to keep everyone in line is the fear of divine punishment. There are certain things that go around with no proof from anywhere but are simply generally accepted – such as, terror attacks happen because people don’t keep shabbat, tzniut etc. There are certain hocus pocus practices that are kept in order that your children should  be healthy or God-fearing. These practices have NOTHING to do with God and are adopted from superstitious Catholic beliefs but boy-oh-boy, do they have power.

7) Analogies

I am so sick of a question being answered with an analogy. I’m sorry, this is such a manipulation of the truth and a way of running away from genuine questioning.

8) Blinding trust in leaders

Didn’t you know that God himself picked your rabbi for you – his word is Divine- don’t question it otherwise you may be, God forbid a denier.

9) Suspicion and mistrust of ‘others’

To chareidim it’s the derogative name ‘goyim’ and to the muslims it’s the ‘infidel’ – you are in a camp and it’s ‘them’ and ‘us’ and even if ‘they’ can be pleasant and helpful and nice, their motives can never be trusted. This keeps the masses exactly where the religious need them, deeply entrenched in the religious camp, fearful of anything ‘different’.

10) Religious ‘sensitivity’

Why is it that we have to be aware of the sensitivities of the religious but they cannot adapt their behaviours if we are sensitive to them. Being religious means requiring separate and special treatment by the non-religious, in the same way as handicapped demand wheelchair accessible access to certain places. Except the religious are not handicapped, they are people just like us.

But I guess there’s something kind of comfortable about being able to demand certain allowances.

Oh I could think of some more, but this is enough to chew on for the time being. We are being sold a very carefully crafted lie which is keeping us from calling out to God from our own hearts and hearing what He has to say to us. When will we see the truth?

Haaretz Cartoon by Erin Wolkovski October 28, 2009 - Mehadrin buses copy

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