“Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs” — A Specious Defence of Prejudice

Were Religions Invented to Control Fear of the Other?

How is it possible for “a sincerely held religious belief” to be used as an acceptable form of discrimination?

The answer is simple. There are far too many powerful egos in power pandering to far too many fearful egos who scream the loudest, and also throw the largest amount of cash and support behind any politician who helps them get their way.

The “ego” defined:

  • A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.
  • In psychoanalysis, the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity. (Source)

Religion defined:

  • The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. (Source)

Hello Ego My Old Friend…

When we are relaxed and comfortable with who we are, we are open to new experiences and people, and understanding of different values and opinions. When we are tense, upset, fearful, or angry, the ego flares up to protect and deflect us from everything external.

Religion Makes Spiritual Practice Easy — But not Necessarily Authentic

Practicing meditation as a method to understand the nature of consciousness and how to coexist with other beings on this planet requires grace, dedication, openness, and a willingness to bear witness to one’s one truth; to one’s own ego, however fragile, defensive, or well managed it may be.

Religion Alleviates the Need for Patience and Tolerance.

Follow the rules, become born again, and you will be saved for eternity.

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God is Personal — Not a Person

Religions support tribalism and it is human nature to band together for social security and safety reasons. The ancient religions supported the base needs of human nature at a time when life was truly difficult and severe.

Believing in a Higher Power Represented as a Being Creates Ethical Quandaries

Those who believe in a god or gods as described above, or something similar, are creating fictions based on the problematic manifestations of their own unchecked egos. The belief in imaginary beings is a questionable moral jump to circumvent taking responsibility for one’s own actions, leading from a place based solely on mirroring humanity at its worst.

We Can Find Truth in Our Own Darkness

Today, we have the power and freedom to express ourselves, to learn at the click of a mouse, to understand what once seemed mysterious, to revel in and laugh at our past ignorance. To deny what is obvious and right in front of us — that which can be easily proved, e.g. the earth is round; the earth was not created 5,000 years ago by an egotistical, maniacal god who placed dinosaur bones in the earth to trick humans — is not only sophistry, it’s a display of willful ignorance bordering on intellectual impediment.

We Are No Longer Living in the Dark Ages of Superstition

Holding onto ancient narratives of a vengeful god continues to feed the needs of weak egos to be right (power hungry and saved) and in control (tribalism and status quo). We don’t need gods or religion to be spiritual. We only need to look within ourselves to study the nature of consciousness and discover that we are all connected.

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I help human-hearted creatives cultivate their purpose to experience more freedom, impact, and joy in their lives. DarrenStehle.com.

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