Religion: It’s an “all or nothing” deal. You either accept everything… and I mean everything said religion teaches… or you aren’t a believer of your claimed religion. Take it or leave it. Sounds pretty harsh, but it’s true. You don’t get to choose based on your modern day moralities and personal beliefs. That’s not what religion is. You either buy into it, or you don’t.
Yes, there are many religions around the world, but for example purposes will will be using Christianity. (Are Catholics Christian? hmmm…) Anyway, the Bible* says…
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
~Genesis 1:27 NIV
Dumbed down, we’re made to be like God. That means everything, including morals and ethics and the whole shebang. Fast forward to day and then there’s this…
We have created God in our own image.
~attributed to George Carlin, but who really knows? <shrug>
It’s true. We, each and every one of us, has created, transformed, altered, changed, adjusted, modified, amended, converted… our religion to be more like us as individuals. The exact opposite of the Genesis quote above. Because YOU know better. You’re smart. You have basically set yourself up AS God.
For example, you are a Jupiter Master, and as such your stated religion might say…
- Do not drink sweetened iced tea.
- Do not wear hats on Tuesday, but like Catholics you can wear a beret on Tuesdays.
- Do not… religions are full of “do nots”… wear Crocs.
- Do not jaywalk.
- Do not laugh at the Three Stooges.
Ok, fine. You’re good with all of that, except #4. You have decided jaywalking is not only acceptable, it’s efficient and preferred. Jaywalking is moral and upright.
Well, guess what, you’re not a Jupiter Master. You’re only kidding yourself. To be a Jupiter Master you have to believe and accept 1 thru 5, including #4. You’ve essentially started your own religion while retaining your fantasy of being an enlightened Jupiter Master. In other words, you’re a poser.
Happy Tuesday! 🙂