Hate and religion are often (usually it seems) synonymous.
Modern life shows us that. Nothing new there though; it’s been like this for centuries.
Here we read of how Christianity was heavily involved in he deaths of 20 million people in China during the 19th century:
Internally, the Taiping Rebellion (1851–1864) – a quasi-Christian religious movement led by the so-called ‘Heavenly King’ Hong Xiuquan, raided roughly a third of Chinese territory for over a decade until they were finally crushed in the Third Battle of Nanking in 1864. Arguably one of the largest wars in the 19th century in terms of troop involvement, there was massive loss of life, with a death toll of about 20 million. Towards the end of the Taiping Rebellion came the Dungan Revolt (1862–77) – a largely chaotic uprising by China’s Muslim minorities on the western banks of the Yellow River.
Australia, where I currently live, had a population of 22.68 million in 2012.
So, the religion inspired war in China led to deaths, size wise, of nearly the entire modern-day population of Australia!
It is clear that we need a lot less religion and more spirituality.
By spirituality I mean the good stuff. I also mean genuine connection to the spiritual world, not just head stuff, dogma and…yes, hate.
The problem with much religious doctrine and thinking is that it leads to hate, or at least the precursors of hate. Yet, if we speak out against certain religions we are deemed racist. We can censure Scientology, or Catholicism, yet if we do the same for Islam, or Judaism, we can often be called ‘racist’, and especially so in the case of Islam.
Being against a religious doctrine is not racism. Religious doctrine is a way of thinking, and is often ‘poisonous’ (hateful) in key areas. The politically correct brigade love to label being anti religion as racism and when they do so, they illustrate their own stupidity, poor vocabulary and even hypocrisy by suppressing freedom of thought, and freedom from hate.
Personally I don’t care what someone’s race is. I do care about what they think however. Thinking leads to good or ill. Not skin color or racial background. But I am not a racist.
Let’s come back to the core issue – religion tends to lead to hate, and many other dreadful outcomes. One example of the latter is the HIV problem in Africa being exacerbated by the Roman Catholic church’s previous stance on birth control (use of condoms). Do you honestly believe that ‘God’ bans, or banned, condoms? The Catholic Church has changed their stance as that link shows, however not long before the shift “The Body” reported: During his 2009 trip to Cameroon, a country with an HIV prevalence rate of over 5%, Pope Benedict XVI made a shocking assertion on condom use to prevent HIV. He told reporters, “You can’t resolve it with the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, it increases the problem.” (Catholics and Condoms: Why What the Pope Says Matters).
One of the reasons religion leads to hate is that many religious leaders are just plain stupid (religion tends to encourage silly thinking). Pope Benedict’s comment above illustrates his lack of understanding (yes, I said Pope Benedict was stupid). Clear thinking and good leadership is needed to avoid hate, and its powerful precursors.
Many religious followers are stupid also, blindly accepting what they have been taught, often from a young age. (They have a subconscious mind problem due to deep conditioning and thus to some extent can’t be blamed).
If you scratch the surface of religion, or most religious people, it won’t take long to find the hate, or the thinking that leads to it. Once, I was a Christian minister (Pentecostal happy clappy places and more). The hate I saw was shocking. Much of it was concealed and often well hidden, at least initially. I got persecuted (hated) severely because I was sincere. The Christian way of seeing others as ‘sinners’ is an example of the step down the road toward alienation, ‘demonization’ (colloquial sense of the word!) and yes…hate. You might meet a friendly Christian, yet inside many harbour thoughts about you being a sinner, and lots of other hateful stuff they won’t say to your face.
Here’s something else which illustrates what I am saying. Have you noticed how much so child abuse goes on in religious circles? That’s partly because of the hate and lack of genuine love. The reason the churches are not full is because there isn’t the love. Love draws people. It repels pedophiles, who don’t really love children as their descriptor might suggest – they ‘feed’ on children.
‘Churchies’ speak of love but manifest hate. Even Jesus warned about religious people, false prophets and how to determine the true nature of people: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Ref: Wikipedia article expands on issue). I’ve been a fruit inspector for decades. And guess what, I started with myself; which ironically is a core reason the religious zealots didn’t like me. Authenticity is anathema to the Pharisee. If you want to meet lots of Pharisees, go to church.
Until you start with yourself, and clean up your act, and on a deep subconscious level too (remember the subconscious conditioning I mentioned earlier), you will not be able to ‘see’ others clearly. In fact, you will be a slave to your religion, your atheism; or to whatever it is that prevents you from knowing truth and reality. You will be part of the ‘hate problem’.
Over to you.
Get it sorted.