Too smart to be religious?
Question by Ibn: Too smart to be religious?
This sounds like an insult but it’s not. it’s serious.
See, I lost faith in religion growing up for multiple reasons. The most prominent being that my father was a hypocritical asshole who stuck to one scripture, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” That was the only one that mattered. He could drink and curse and lie to my mother all he wanted, and he was still Christian. He was one of those “If you don’t like it than get the hell out type of guys” Who didn’t realize that many of the greatest american hero’s were the one’s who spoke out against the government and that America was founded on separation of church and state.
Anyways, I grew to hate all religious people as a sort of subconscious problem. I came back with a more open mind trying to reaccept it but it’s much harder now.
I mean, evolution in humans has been observably proven conclusively 3 million years back. The age of the earth has been shown to be much older than the bible says with different dating techniques like carbon dating (and a few others that I can’t remember the name of, need to study my Anthropology notes).
I’m agnostic right now because I believe that it can’t be conclusively proven either way whether or not God exists.
I’m definitely not going to adopt traditional Christian doctrine because I believe that if God was perfectly just he would not make infinite punishment for finite sins, and be as condemning as most modern christians are. They’ve lost sight of the love, acceptance, mercy and forgiveness. They focus on being judgemental and finding out why they shouldn’t love someone, not the other way around.
Plus it’s highly possible that at some point in history a certain leader managed to alter what the scripture said to benefit himself. For instance sex could have been made out to be bad so the king could keep his harems and spread his royal bloodline.
Basically I’m asking how can I wittingly go back to being religious now that I’m so aware of the mounting evidence against it.
Answer by Jason
If you think you have mounting evidence against it why would you want to go back? I guess my answer would be ‘you can’t.’
Of course, you can still treat it like book club or something where you go for the community, and for a more structured venue for thinking about life, and stuff like that if you want. I don’t know if you call that religious or not, but I think lots of people do that. I prefer being a jedi.
EDIT: oh and I wouldn’t phrase it as ‘too smart to be religious.’ It’s a pretty passive aggressive way to call other people stupid. If you’re gonna call them stupid just do it flat out.
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