10 Reasons for Man to Leave Religion Behind

By Mike Floorwalker | 23 March 2013
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It’s been reported recently that atheism is on the rise worldwide, while religiosity is declining. The relationship between the religious and non-religious has always been a tricky one; while many from each group eventually find themselves forced to admit that there is much to learn from the other, atheists still generally have a tough time accepting the role that religion plays in society—and are of the opinion that humanity would be better off leaving it behind, for a number of reasons. Here are ten of them.

10. Messiah Story

Reason: The Messiah Story Has Been Around For Thousands Of Years

It should be noted that the idea of a divine savior of the human race is practically as old as the human race itself, and has resurfaced continually, echoing throughout our culture for thousands of years. That it continues to be a theme of popular works today is no surprise, but there exists a bitter debate over whether many or most of the major elements of the story of Jesus Christ were co-opted from other sources—some that originated hundreds or even thousands of years before Jesus.

The general assertion by the skeptical is that all of these elements—the virgin birth, significance of the solstices, the miracles, disciples, baptism, crucifixion, resurrection—along with many even more specific elements like Heaven and Hell, the soul, holy communion and others, were all seen before in multiple ancient pagan religions. Many Christians contend that these similarities are a distortion, or the result of ancient records being taken out of context or simply being inaccurate; atheists similarly will point out that practically all ancient records are of questionable accuracy to some degree, including those non-Christian references to the historicity of Jesus.

Modern scholars can only agree on two things about Jesus: that he was baptized, and that he was crucified on the order of Pontius Pilate. All of the other details are disputed by some group of scholars or another, and an examination of the ancient pagan religions predating Jesus—those surrounding Horus, Mithra, Dionysus, Krishna and many others—yields an astounding number of similarities that cannot be explained away as coincidence. These stories seem to be a part of ancient Mediterranean culture, which leads us to the fact that . . .

9. Mythology

Reason: “Mythology” Used To Be Religion

When we think of the Greek, Roman, Norse and other mythologies that we studied in school, most of us probably consider them to have the same level of actual historical significance, or value to our modern culture, as The Lord Of The Rings. That is not to say that they have little or no value—these mythologies were an important part of the development of human intellect and understanding of the world, of which we had very little at the time of their inception.

From an atheist point of view, it can be argued that we still had very little understanding of the the way our world works two thousand years ago, and that the application of different aspects of pagan myth to the Christian gospels makes sense—many ancient mythologies borrowed from each other, as we know from our study of the very similar Roman and Greek mythologies and all of their various analogues (Zeus and Jupiter, Venus and Aphrodite, etc.) of the same deity archetypes. These ancient mythologies weren’t myths to the people who created them—they were religion, their way of explaining the world and its mechanics. Mount Olympus was simply the highest mountain in Greece, and to the ancient Greeks it was their version of Heaven, and Zeus their version of God.

This holds true for all ancient and pagan belief systems, which also illustrates the point that Christianity did not bring religion, the concept of salvation, or even monotheism to the world—these things had been in place for centuries. Christianity, Islam and other such belief systems (and there are many similarities there as well) can be seen simply as the myths that have somehow survived to this day.

8. Modern Values

Reason: The Bible Doesn’t Line Up With Modern Values

The Bible is, obviously, an extremely old text with dozens of interpretations throughout the centuries. The term Christian itself is a rather a blanket term for a dizzying array of belief systems, very few of whom are in complete agreement as to how the Bible should be interpreted—or even in what context specific passages should be taken.

Atheists do have trouble reconciling that the Word Of God, infallible as it should be, would be so open to such wildly varying interpretations—but what they have more trouble with are the passages in the Bible that clearly have absolutely no bearing on any sane, modern system of beliefs and morals. Most are aware of the passages that provide for the keeping of slaves, the wanton murder of homosexuals and adulterers, the selling of children and other such things which have no place in civilized society, let alone in texts that are considered to be holy.

Yes, these things were common 2,000 years ago, but that’s the point—that these do not appear to be the suggestions and guidance of an all-knowing and loving God, but rather of men—not prophets, just men, who were very much of their time. An omnipotent God would have demonstrated an understanding of basic human rights long before we humans got around to realizing, for instance, that slavery is wrong. This limited understanding of historical context works backwards as well as you will see in this next item:

7. Historical Text

Reason: The Bible Doesn’t Work As A Historical Text

The above-referenced debate as to whether Jesus was actually a historical person (he almost certainly was) notwithstanding, there are myriad problems to be found when attempting to reconcile the Bible’s account of ancient history with the known historical record. Again, these are inaccuracies which would not be expected from an omnipotent being, but would absolutely be expected from a 2,000 year old author with a limited historical and scientific frame of reference.

Take, for example, the story of Noah and the Great Flood, a significant event that, even if it were not worldwide but localized to one region, would have made the historical records of many ancient civilizations. Many Christian scholars believe that it was localized, not a global flood, which explains its absence from the ancient record. The Bible itself says:

“6 The LORD regretted that he had made mankind on the earth, and he felt highly offended. 7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-everything from mankind to animals, including creatures that move on the ground and birds of the air, for I regret that I have made them.” … 11 The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence.”

This clearly did not happen—but it was also far from the first “Great Flood” story of the ancient world, another mythological element that has echoed across cultures for millennia. And while it’s easy to argue for the validity of parables and metaphors as a means to understanding human nature and morality, the opposite case can also be made; that it has become unnecessary for us as a species. We have developed into civilized people that understand the concept of morality simply being good for our continued survival.

6. Conflict

Reason: Religion Is Behind Many Conflicts, Large And Small

If religiosity is the key to the understanding of human nature and our place in the Universe (or wherever we are), then this is particularly troubling to the skeptic. Yes, “Why does God let bad things happen?” is a well-worn and simplistic argument, but the fact of the existence of numerous bloody religious conflicts throughout history—including those between differing sects of Christianity—combined with the aforementioned Biblical references to the many types of offenders that should be put to death, cannot simply be waved away. Not only is killing for any reason obviously morally wrong, but there’s a direct conflict with the First Commandment, the Christian doctrine of turning the other cheek, and the simple truth that religion and politics—that other great cause of violent conflict—should not be mixed.

The very phrase “King James Bible” is suspicious to the skeptic, as it implies government involvement in the interpretation of religious doctrine, and even the founders of the US thought enough of the issue to include the tenet of separation of church and state within the establishing documents of the nation. But the ability of faith to transform a political moderate into a radical cannot be overstated—and the ability of governments to use said faith to their own ends is easy to see, as it continues to this day.

Many in the US think of religious radicals as those of other religions—alien religions with weird beliefs that make their followers do crazy things, but the truth is that there are radicals of practically every religious affiliation—and that there is no killer more determined than the one who believes with all their heart that God wants them to kill.

5. Favored

Reason: The Religious Are Not Favored

This raises another question: the religiously devoted are certain of the truth of their religion, but there are hundreds, thousands of religions all over the world, and they cannot all be right—unless they are really all just metaphors, different interpretations of a truth that may be beyond our intellectual grasp. So the question is: if one religion is correct, why is it not the only religion? Why are its followers not favored by God? Why is there such widespread disagreement?

There simply is no answer, because there is no one religion that is favored in any measurable way; not by rate of new converts, happiness or comfort of the converted, protection from disease or physical harm, anything. And the notion of a God that must “remain hidden”, that cannot interfere with the lives or fates of his followers, negates the entire concept of prayer—while also raising questions about why God spoke to so many people in Biblical times.

It’s somewhat of a well-known notion that the devoutly religious, when set upon by severe misfortune, will simply think of it as “God’s will”, which we’ll discuss a little more later. But to the skeptic, it follows that an all-knowing God who loves all of his children—and is admittedly “jealous”—would be pleased with those who know the truth, and likely very displeased with the millions of his children who erroneously follow false religions. If this is the case, it is in no way apparent, but it is painfully apparent that…

4. Moral Soundness

Reason: The Religious Are Not More Morally Sound Than Others

In fact, religious beliefs are decidedly not an indicator of strong moral values, and vice versa. Among atheists, it is a common misconception that Christians and other religious types are closed-minded, superstitious and judgmental; among the religious, it is a common misconception that the non-religious are depraved, morally reprehensible perverts. Thoughtful people of both types understand that such generalizations fail to hold up in reality, and that morality and religious inclinations (or lack thereof) can be two very separate things.

Indeed, even those who do not believe in a deity should still be able to agree that the core values of most religions—respect for one’s fellow human beings, striving to be a good and worthwhile member of society, an agreement not to steal, cheat or murder—are basic human values that it is the responsibility of every parent on Earth to instill in their children. This does not, however, necessitate the existence of a Creator who enforces these values upon us; nor does the atheist assertion of a lack of said creator imply that we do not have a duty to lead moral lives.

Many agnostics and those who don’t accept the literal truth of religious texts while still holding up the value of religion as a moral guide miss this point. Atheists will counter that there can and must be morality without religion, that we as humans no longer need these parables and metaphors that may have helped to guide us in our early development, but have outlived their usefulness to (reasonably) enlightened, thinking beings.

3. Science

Reason: Science Is Starting To Answer All Of The Big Questions

The big questions: how did we get here, where did we come from, where are going—have been with us for our entire existence, and we are finally reaching a point in our development where we are beginning to be able to address and even answer some of them. Not in the way our ancestors did, but with new tools and information that have only been recently available to us.

The field of physics, and recently quantum mechanics, has revealed things to us about the world we live in that could not have been known even half a century ago—things like the nature of matter and the structure of cells and proteins—which was about the time that the double-helix model of DNA was accurately hypothesized by James D. Watson and Francis Crick, and the “code” with which we are programmed became known to us.

And while the religious may argue that these things are aspects of God’s design, the skeptic may counter that though there may very well be a design, it does not automatically follow that it is the design of a Creator deity. For what the majority of the devout fail to realize is that…

2. Spirituality

Reason: There Can Be Spirituality Absent Religion

Not only is there a strong sense of the spiritual among most of those who are atheist, but many of them feel that it is the need for spiritual oneness—the longing that is innate to most of us to be a part of a more significant whole—that is most cruelly exploited by religion. For while the skeptic contends that we were not all created by a God, that does not mean that we all didn’t come from the same place.

Indeed, in purely practical terms, we did—from the universal singularity before all of time and space, before our Universe began, the same “place”—if it can truly be called that—that everything, living and non-living, past, present and future, originated in. This is what Carl Sagan understood when he penned the above quote; that there is no difference between any of us, and manufacturing differences where there are none serve only to isolate and divide.

This need for oneness, for return to a singularity, is a part of human nature that is so very easily manipulated, as those who claim to offer it to us are doubtless aware. But there is no one path to it, no one way; and likewise, no way to absolve ourselves of the one absolute imperative of human existence. This is perhaps the concept that troubles the non-religious the most, because…

1. Responsibility

Reason: Religion Helps Us Avoid Responsibility

If every aspect of our existence is a part of God’s plan; if everything that has ever happened or will ever happen is God’s will; if we exist only for God, then the need for us to be responsible to and for ourselves is negated.

Even the most heinous crimes against humanity—against ourselves, from the murder of a single child to the Holocaust—can be ascribed to God’s will. But what does that mean for us? In the most practical terms, it means that we are not responsible for our actions. That if a parent abandons a child, a rich man becomes richer off the backs of the poor, a corporation causes irreparable damage to the environment, or a government exterminates thousands of its own innocent citizens, it was all a part of God’s plan. It was inevitable; it could not have been avoided. There is nothing to learn. We are not responsible.

This, of course, can lead into a much longer discussion about destiny versus free will, but thinking people—both religious and non-religious—can and must agree that it is the purpose of the human race to never stop learning, and never stop growing. It’s more than a belief system, and it remains relevant regardless of what you believe or don’t believe—indeed, whether God exists or not. It’s why we’re here, and it’s our responsibility.

Mike Floorwalker’s actual name is Jason, and he lives in the Boulder, Colorado area with his wife Stacey. He enjoys loud rock music, cooking and making lists.

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92 COMMENTS

  1. Some people just can't accept that there is something bigger than ourselves. We're not gods. At the end of the day, we will die. What happens afterward? Allow me to givemy insight about your points:

    10) The coincidence that some moments in Jesus's story is similar to some myth doesn't equate that it's false. I pretty much heard a lot of fiction that turned out to be true and that proves some fictions happen.

    9) The Bible contained historical reference unlike mythology.

    8) Not because it's written in the Bible, it was caused or orchestrated by God. He loathes homosexual, slavery and selling of children but he can't take back his covenant to us — free will. That's the choices people made back then, not God's.

    7) I would like to know more about this too.

    6) If we take out religion, do you think there will be no conflict? I think it will be worse.

    5) That's right! There are so many false religions. And not any of those will bring you favor here and in eternity but Jesus. (John 14:6)

    4) I agree. Morality should be present despite of religion's existence but not without God. Remember how the Pharisees (aka the people who mastered the Scripture) accused Jesus and forced the Roman officials to crucify Him?

    3) Every scientific facts just point out to the Creator. Let's take for example the big bang theory. If something exploded, what are the chances it will build a structure perfectly designed like a DNA?

    2) Religion doesn't exploit the spirit's longing for peace and for something bigger instead, they are offering the answer.

    1) That too was my thinking back when I was young. Why would I do good if there's a loving God who would never forsake me? I would go to Heaven or be floating on air when I die. But I was never been so wrong. God has a perfect plan. He planned everyone of us to be in Eden, eating the best food of the land and governing all animals but it's human's hardheadedness that destroyed all the perfection He created for us. Why would He allow Adam and Eve to eat the Fruit of Good and Evil? That is because He gave us, humans, the blessing of free will. Up to now, God has His perfect plan for all of us. It is up to us if we will follow that plan or wreck it. You want to know what His plan is for you? Read the Bible. I hope you consider it. Do not pass judgement on the Book if you haven't read it just because you're an "atheist".

    God bless us.

    • "Some people just can't accept that there is something bigger than ourselves."

      And some people can't accept that there is nothing other than ourselves. They are very insecure!

      • I am not an atheist but I disagree with a lot of "points" you made. Almost all mythology has many anchoring points in history…. that is defiantly the easiest… I grew up in an assembly of god church in the bible belt… but i do not agree with many of its religious decisions or teachings. (as far as your big bang analogy its more like: if you put a bunch of parts into a box and shake it, will a robot come out? ;p) And for religion answering the spirits call, untrue. God is the answer, not religion and they are two VERY different things. and as far as your scripture quote, unfortunately, John was said (historically) to have a history of mental problems and was a conspiracy theorist…. (don't be angry, its just an unfortunate fact) also, every religious book states that there are many "false" religions and that the one you are reading is the only true one… that has been a political tactic since the Epic of Gilgamesh. (a wonderful story actually) for future reference I would omit comments such as " some fiction turned out to happen" that just fuels the fire for people saying that these things are just fiction and give leeway for people to say that hit-and-miss is invalid.

    • How are the historical references made in the bible different than those made in Mythology? And there are indeed historical references in mythology. Mt Olympus has a real life location, the Oracle at Delphi's temple's location can most certainly be found in the same way Mt. Ararat (Noah's Ark) can be.

  2. Reasons these arguments are (historically) weak:

    10) This is from the Zeitgeist (the pics you posted are actually screenshots). The zeitgeist is a movie that perpetuates conspiracy theories (including George W. Bush causing 9/11). In fact, their thesis seems to be everything is a conspiracy. If you look at their list of sources, it is embarrassingly weak. You won't find a single new testament scholar there. About 90% of what they say is outright false. Really. Go read the myths yourself. You will find little (or in some cases no) comparisons to Jesus. And some of the things said about Jesus are false (e.g. him being born on Dec. 25th)

    9) If you've ever seriously read mythology and then seriously read scripture, this wouldn't be on here.

    8) That's because it's not modern. It was written 2,000-4,000 years ago to a different culture. Why would you expect its values to be modern? That seems unfair. It's values were, however, an advancement.

    7) Sure it does. The parts that are SUPPOSED to be historical texts. Many are ignorant to the context of many of the Old Testament books and how they were intended to be written. There are many parables, much allegory, and large amounts of metaphor. The gospels? They are historical. Some of the Old Testament is too. But not all.

    6) The crusades (over the course of 3 years) killed 1 million people. Including disease and the like. The secular regime of Pol Pot alone killed 3 million people in 1 year, and few have ever heard of him. Regardless, nearly all religious wars have had the underlying motivation of money or power. Christianity as an ideology is anti-violence at least, pacifist at most. Anyone killing in its name is likely lying or ignorant.

    5) I don't see how this is a relevant argument for or against anything.

    4) Of course not. Of course you can be "good without God". That's not the question. The question is whether you can rationally justify those believes. There is an "is" in atheism but no "ought". You can explain how moral values popped up perhaps, but not that we should follow them. There is nothing holding us to our beliefs.

    3) That's ridiculous. There is literally nothing in science that contradicts Christianity or the Bible. Anyone who believes so either does't know how to contextually read scripture or misunderstands the foundations of science. Science seeks to study the natural world. It can't make claims about the existence (or lack thereof) of a supernatural realm. Also, the religious have historically led the charge in scientific advancement (despite those 2-3 semi-mythical stories about the church repressing science). It's only been in the last 100 years that has changed.

    2) Not any meaningful spirituality. You can believe what you wish, but without doctrines do you really believe anything? If you do believe anything, you'll begin to believe everything. And that is a thoroughly unhelpful worldview.

    1) No, that would be atheism. There is no responsibility to behave in a certain way. If God exists we have a responsibility to behave in a certain way.

    • The bible contradicts itself. And yes there is tons of science that contradicts Christianity mainly evolution but also the age of the earth among many others. The zeitgeist is BS for sure but there are still a lot of similarities of messiahs predating Jesus. And morals come from us not the bible. Out of the 10 commandments only two are actually laws don't steal don't kill we figured those out on our own and many people still support the death penalty. What about rape and child molestation? The only mention of rape in the bible is condoning it. We figured those out on our own. Morals are something to be thought about and discussed and come to a consensus on. We have always made our own morals with or without religion.

    • Derek, atheist ways are taking over! Get used to it! Your holy book had a place back in time, nomore. Your book help promote slavery and wars, abuse to young boys was the norm. Jesus had advisors. If jesus said he was god like so many people before him whom claim to be, one they died, they would be forgotten and a new gob would be created! But jesus advisors said, jesus you will be the son of god, thus making you common but different! You see Derek, it was cleverly planned, you can’t see god, that was the idea, but you can see his son, that was the other plan, kill the son, but the father lives! Theats your basic christian religion! So I’m going to do 1 better, I claim to be the fathers father of jesus!

  3. This is nothing more than old, tired and regurgitated arguments combined with an incorrect understanding of the doctrine of the specific religions it attacks. If you're going to attack religion, attack it for what really is and make sure you check your own moral positions for bias (there's plenty here). What a lazy writer. Next.

  4. I consider myself a secular humanist, and find the biggest problem with this article is the way it pretends mainstream organized Christianity is the only religion out there.

    If we do nothing but say “your religion is wrong; atheism is the only right way to understand our position in the universe,” aren’t we just propagating the same uneven bigotry and discrimination that pisses us off so much about the big organized belief systems?

  5. What consolation does atheism offer us? By the same token what consolation does religion or a belief in spirituality offer us? I believe we are coded to give and seek consolation as well as that immediate gratification that may be transubstantiated into our sense receptors by prayer. But consolation can also be given with something as simple as a touch. Can all this become confusing? True. So I long for the simplicity of knowing but one god. I fervently hope from God to learn, to discover moral meaning. I’m grateful for the freedom that allows me to search for it within my own sense of mystery, yes my sense of God, and of the spirit of Christ. I realize this code system is demeaned by some non believers as being alien, primitive, ignorant or just plain superstitious, and that it is in conflict with the atheist’s own beliefs. Nevertheless the atheist too hungers for their own form of personal and societal reinforcement and their hunger is as valid as mine I agree, certainly. And both the atheist and the religious do know fear. However, I believe Christ directs our fear in one direction to avoid other directions put upon us, deviancies that would destroy, bizarre ideas that would proliferate into genocide or mass murder, that prove destructive rather than inventive, corrupting rather than healing, discouraging instead of simply inspiring to us. As in traffic lights, red to stop, green to go and yellow to go faster, sorry there, joking aside, we do say yes to one and no to another, ‘road rage’ considered, without our compliance to obey a common code of understanding we’d have utter chaos. And so we learn and we pass on what we have learned to those that follow us if even in the dissection and analysis of what we’ve passed on. We hope, in our faith, that those social or biblical forms of God’s truths as we interpreted them may be found in allegory or in myth, in the stories and in the history of the time of our passing. .

  6. Let's get back to basics:
    1. If there is a god who created us all in his own image etc etc etc, and who published a set of rules for us to follow (thou shalt not kill, steal, lie etc etc) – then I can't help think that he or she (I know a god is probably above such distinctions, but 'it' for a person is not polite in English) is not exactly the kind of god that I would have made in my image!
    2. If we were not created by any god, but simple evolved to where we currently are, it explains a great deal about our behaviour (yes, I'm a Brit, check my spelling). It also purports that we are not meant to, supposed to or intended to do anything – because there is nobody to do the supposing. This is where it really gets interesting, because even without a god or a book, or anything else for that matter, most humans will create rules for living which are very similar to those in the ancient texts, by which I mean basic no stealing, no killing people, no cheating etc – because they make sense. There will always be those who will completely ignore these obvious 'rules for a civilised society', and unfortunately they are very passionate about their beliefs and often get themselves into positions of power.
    3. It is up to the common people to carefully monitor our governments, continually remind those who serve us (out of taxpayers' money) about the status quo, and make sure that we the people are able to live the life we are, by our own declaration, entitled to.
    4. Last point – human rights are something that we normal humans have decided upon. I do not believe that these rights come from any god, they come from us, the common people, and it is up to us, the common people, to make sure that they are upheld and constantly improved upon.

  7. I can't help but notice that the article and most of the comments are about Christianity…. mainly because this is one of the newer religions I assume?

    For the Pro-religious:
    They are using Christianity because it is the most widely known/practiced/basic religion within English-speaking countries. (If they tried to use Judaism, Muslim, or the "lesser known" Indian, Native American, Norse, etc. there would be too much terminology/ traditions and born culture you would not understand therefore making it very difficult to get a point across… also, downgrading someone for not believing in the same thing you do closes peoples minds to the point you are trying to make. Just like when someone insults you then tries to get you to listen to them. You won't. Because you think they are a jerk.

    For the Pro-atheist:
    Attacking people or trying to make them look stupid just makes the situation worse… you are confronting millions of years worth of upbringing and tradition by using downgrading speeches. If you truly want people to see your point of view, you would be better off trying to understand where they are coming from and making a logical and objective OFFER of voice. By confronting religious people the way you are you are just making them more stubborn towards things that they ought to be open minded to hear about…. you are essentially doing the same things that traditionally religious people do: Shoving your view down their throat. Without the weight of religion we should be able to confront these people with an unbiased and open point of view, instead of "condemning" them for wanting to believe in something we do not.

    • Actually, they aren't using Christianity, the article uses conservative and fundamentalist Christianity. Few of the arguments shared in that piece apply to moderate or progressive Christianity.

  8. if anything, number 1 helps prove an existence of a god. How else would several civilizations come up with the same story before the age of transportation?

  9. One main thing about Christianity that I think you failed to mention that the Church has been around for 2000 years and has always been attacked, but yet it’s still here and also not all Christians believed they will be saved and found themselves self-rightous because of this, Christains still can go to Hell, just because there a Christian doesn’t make them a good person.

    With there being so many denominations- the reason for that is people within the church don’t agree with certain teachings so they decide to start their own church.
    The Bible as a historical text- it’s not supposed to read as a history book, becuase it’s not. Even in Catholic school we are told the Bible is not a historical text.

    The Bible concerning modern values- yes the views of people were different then and you need to understand that the Church doesn’t teach those things anymore, there are certain teachings that never change and haven’t for 2000 years, but as the years have progresses the views of the Church on social issues have because of the times it was in. There is also some theology that goes along with this but atheist wouldn’t care to listen to it.

    Also people think since the Church is the Church it has to be perfect, but no we make mistakes too, were only human, that’s why they believed in starting these crusades for Christianity.

  10. WARNING: This information tends to anger anyone that believes in the one that we call GOD. I'm here on behalf of the ones that believe.

    I think it should be expressed that the one we call "Jesus" seems to be the nucleus of this story; he was, according to history, a reformist and truth bringer. Have you noticed that Jesus, Horus, Mithra, Krishna, the Buda's, and (later) the great Mohammad all taught tolerance, love, and charity? I believe this is the pure-essence of GOD as a whole. GOD, being one with space-time, miraculously is time itself: "the Alpha, and the Omega."

    Remember, the story's told were written by men, not GOD; this is due to half-myth's that were implement in caves and mixed-in with holy truths. This is why some scriptures (in all religions) are flawed with contradictions, violence, and repetitive story's that have been told for century s over and over again. This style of storytelling (unfortunately) injects backward customs, hate-filled thoughts, and counterproductive mindsets within the inspired wisdom of the most high and all knowing omnipotent GOD! Men and women (women not mentioned in history due to "ignorant men") all spoke of peace, love, and harmony. Remember these words for as long as you live: "I will be with you always." All scriptures (ever written) were written by the human hand, but inspired by a knowing loving GOD. We must always separate the text from the men that wrote them; but never separate the GOD that inspired them to do so.

    – Johnny Luckett

  11. This article couldn't have been more brilliantly written – start to finish. You have spoken to the heart of those who think deeply. Thank you for this.

  12. I’m not even going through this list. The 10th point itself, which is the first from the top, has shown such shoddy research that I refuse to read any more. Krishn was the 8th child of Devki and Vasudev. He was NOT resurrected, fer cryin’ out loud.

  13. Great article, very well written. I was raised in the Christian faith and along my spiritual journey have learned everything you stated here to be ultimate truth, and I appreciate your efforts to enlighten others. It is my sincerest hope that modern religions will soon be archived in history right next to Greek mythology and that individuals will learn to stop giving away their Power.

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