5.15.2015

My Dilemma(s) with Organized Religion

In no particular order:

Why would an omniscient, omnipresent God create humans to be as diverse as snowflakes but in turn demand they worship and believe in rote lockstep?  

If no two people experience life, the world, reality, and so on in exactly the same way, how logical, practical, or realistic is it to expect--let alone insist--they all experience God in exactly the same way?  

If God created man in His own image, is it a disservice to Him to try molding the unique individuals He created into carbon copies who associate only with those who think alike, believe alike, and behave alike?  

If Jesus, as both God and the Son of God, spent his time on earth reaching out to all in need, and reminding everyone to love thy neighbor as thyself, and teaching us to love our enemies, how Christ-like is it to:
  • Circumscribe ourselves according to common beliefs – in churches, schools, universities, or in social and professional interaction?
  • Cast aspersions on others whose beliefs, lifestyles, and outlooks differ from (or run counter to) our own?
  • Support the subjugation and killing of other human beings – especially those who do not share one's faith – in the name of "God and country"?
  • Characterize the poor and downtrodden among us as dishonest, unmotivated, and unworthy of assistance?
If only God may find us to be fit or unfit for His love and salvation, why does it so often seem that the most pious are also the most judgmental of – and least compassionate toward – their fellow humans?  


"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of the se brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"

– Matthew 25:40