Every religious tradition on the planet can be broken down to its three main parts. Each one has a religion of God, a faith of God, and a Cause of God.
The religion part is simple. It’s a series of practices and beliefs. Muslims pray five times a day; they fast one month out of the year; they go to mosque every Friday. And they believe Muhammad was given a message straight from God. He recited the message, which was recorded in a book.
Same drill for Christians–pray, go to church, Christ is the Son of God who was born of a virgin, died on the cross, and was resurrected from the dead. Catholics and Baptists and Methodists, etc, have unique practices and doctrines. People organize around these practices and beliefs. If these practices and beliefs are kept private and used only as a means to a personal end, there would be no argument. Unfortunately, a lot of people let their personal beliefs run rampant over their egos. They start believing, “If I’m right, then they are wrong. And if they are wrong, we must do something about that.” Such simple thinking has inspired wars and terrorism and severely misguided souls protesting funerals.
The faith of God is nearly as simple, but not quite. …
Today, the third in guest blogger Mark Derewicz’s Organized Religion trilogy—originally posted on Mark Derewicz’s Weblog.
There were only five protesters. Five. Five out of more than two billion Christians in the world. Five people who wanted media coverage for their beliefs that God hates Elizabeth Edwards.
Five people. They were from a tiny church in Kansas whose leader has called for his flock to protest funerals, especially those of soldiers.
Soldiers, you see, dedicate their lives to the defense of a country that tolerates gay people. And Elizabeth Edwards wanted to give rights to homosexuals. I guess the logic is that the country and world are going to hell in a hand basket because of heathens, unbelievers, and blasphemers when in reality the world is going to hell because too many humans, especially our leaders, refuse to see the greater purpose of religion and life itself.
According to their actions, the Westboro folks simply don’t read the gospels. …
Beginning today, we’re bringing you a series by guest blogger Mark Derewicz that was originally posted on his weblog, which he calls Mark Derewicz’s Weblog. Mark describes himself as someone who likes to write and says that he has “lots of ideas and opinions, mostly about religion and myriad lesser and sillier things.”
Here, without further ado, is Mark Derewicz, guest blogger.
In the past I could lash out against organized religion with such a vengeance that you’d think the Pope had sold me a defective toaster that burnt my house down.
From the get-go there’s a major problem: a woman is more or less blamed for original sin. Man’s favorite scapegoat—the wife. Skip ahead a few thousand years to the Zealots of the pre-Christ Jewish state who were keen on assassinating those who differed theologically. Then, a few hundred years after Jesus was martyred the Church simply decided on what was Canon and what was not. The four Gospels were deemed divine. So were books entitled Romans, Acts, and Revelations. But there were many that the Church simply decided to not include.
The Inquisition, the Crusades, witch hunts, the KKK, Kashmir, and most recent, Bin Laden, the Taliban, and John Hagee. Some form of organized religion spawned them all. And, I have to say, I can’t blame any Catholic who is furious at the idea of organized religion in light of certain atrocities perpetrated by priests.
And that about wraps up this post.
Oh. Wait a second. I was supposed to defend organized religion.