As I’ve looked up a couple of things for my blog, I’ve come across some really hateful material concerning organized religion in general and Christianity specifically. I understand that some people don’t like the idea of being held accountable for their actions by a God they can’t see (or at all for that matter), I understand that people want to do whatever they want without consequences, and I understand that people want to believe they are in control of their lives and the things that happen to them. I get it. However, what I don’t get is why people who have decided not to believe in God want to undermine the faith of those that do.
I believe in the health benefits of religion. Of course, some things are a direct result of religious standards or doctrine (if your religion prohibits smoking, it’s a lot less likely that you’ll get lung cancer). I also believe in the healing power of prayer. Because science only acknowledges a correlation between health and religion as opposed to a cause and effect relationship, the non-religious easily dismiss it. For every positive account http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/551965/benefits_of_religion_on_health.html there is a negative one http://www.parentingscience.com/health-benefits-of-religion.html. All I know is that when I tried to run away from my religion, I got lost and didn’t recognize my surroundings. Only when I stopped, thought about where I wanted to be, and asked God for directions was I able to find my way back.
What is the harm in believing in God? If we follow the guidelines set for us in the Bible, we can only be better off. Even if God didn’t exist, what’s wrong with following the Ten Commandments? What’s wrong with not doing drugs? What’s wrong with keeping it in your pants? Are we so lacking in self control that we cannot accept anything that restricts us for our own good? (Apparently so).
Why do some people feel a need to destroy something so sacred to someone else and bring them down (akin to metaphysical imperialism)? Tearing down someone’s faith could be lethal, why would anyone want to be responsible for killing someone (physically or mentally)? Call me naive, call me ridiculous but my faith is not blind faith. I follow God because I see the difference in my life and only His influence could mold me into the person I am now.
So for all the believers (and non-believers) lets just agree to disagree because we will probably never see things the same way. Christians, you can’t force people to believe just as non-Christians or the non-religious can’t force people to relinquish their faith in religion. Remember to be respectful of one another’s preferences, don’t tear each other’s ideals down, “and be ye kind one to another; tenderhearted, forgiving one another; even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).