Religion and Mythology

Generally speaking, humans tend to join a religion for several secondary reasons: fear, compassion, a need for mental health care, following the herd, curiosity, insanity or a combination of these. The primary reason is that you are born into a religion, and most religions mandate brainwashing your kids to become part of that religion before they have the ability to consent using their own free will, and this is extremely difficult to break free from in later years. Despite most religions having absolutely no verifiable evidence behind them or a good reason for existing, they perpetuate themselves and either incredible brutality and human rights violations, or loving and compassionate behavior, or insanity, or all three. The single greatest reason why religions can be harmful is probably that people who need mental health assistance may wind up never getting help because the culture of their religion views their particular mental problems as acceptable - schizophrenia, delusions, paranoia, and more can all be covered up too easily as 'passionate faith', and things like depression and anxiety are too often "treated" with religion as a crutch, although most if not all religions do promote mental well-being and have no prohibitions against getting therapy. In the scriptures, that is. It's the culture that is often toxic, claiming things like "faith over fear" and "faith healing will fix everything." * 5/11/2021 I added some experiences of mine with the cultures related to their religions. I'm just some random idiot who likes to travel so don't pay too much attention.

GENERAL INFO

Monotheistic religions and polytheistic religions both have their weaknesses and flaws. Monotheism, currently the predominant way of thinking on much of the planet, declares that "this god is the best god and all the others are demons" or something like that. Polytheism has a tendency of declaring that the gods exist to serve the people who worship them, and can be anywhere on the morality map from highly virtuous and ethical to completely nuts. Both have the unfortunate tendency of declaring that "this way is best and all others must be killed." Both also have the tendency of stating that having lots and lots of children is excellent, which explains why the warmongering didn't leave our population at dangerously low levels. Other religions that are neither polytheistic nor monotheistic tend to be the most rare and frankly, the most interesting, because they haven't become memes like the others. Some say that religions and cults are different. The defining features of a cult say otherwise. 10 Signs You Are In A Cult 16 Signs You Are In A Cult - please ignore the bad/tonedeaf looping images; the content is correct Article of someone who grew up in a cult If you are questioning whether your religious or spiritual path is the right one for you, then chances are if you are part of a cult (and most religions are definitely cults) you should probably leave, get your head screwed on straight, and only then decide which one you should pursue, especially if you were too young to properly think it through when you first joined up. Otherwise, you could potentially really hurt someone, including yourself. Even if you decide to rejoin the religion or cult you left, it will be for the right reasons, and not out of blind dogma, fear, or habit - and if indeed the Deity of that religion is infinitely loving, then said Deity would want you to make the decision out of free will, not terror. Generally speaking if your religion discourages critical thinking aka thinking for yourself in order to get as close as possible to the truth, or if it encourages loyalty to any idea or deity which by human standards is evil, it is a cult. Especially - and this is a weird analogy but bear with me - if the religion doesn't follow the rules of sexual consent for conversion attempts, which must be freely given and enthusiastic instead of "no, no, well fine I guess" or worse, converting someone before they are old enough to reason things out for themselves. This is because allowing a religion to affect your mind, soul, and life is just as invasive as sex. Logically speaking a religion that would be moral would encourage humans to strive to be better and do better - if the deity or idea is actually worse, then we got a problem. If you terrorize or seriously harm innocent people or living creatures because your religion sanctions it, and if you are against terrorizing or harming innocent people or living creatures as a matter of principle, then by your own logic you are going against your own ethics. The end-all be-all argument here is that if the only real reason you're in your religion is out of terror, then your religion's foundation is terror. You could even say that your religion itself is terror. Is that desirable? Of course, there is the inevitable question: just how much better off are we with religion instead of without it? Questioning your own religion or spirituality is always, always, always a good idea. Critical examination of it either strengthens your faith with the ironclad strength of truth or helps you find one that is worthy of your efforts.

Islam, Christianity, and Judaism all state that the Supreme Deity commands you to bear children. Childbirth is one of the most painful things a human being can endure. Therefore, the Supreme Being of Christianity and Judaism either wants women to suffer, however momentarily, or the Holy Books are mistranslated. In the Bible, the Supreme Being actually curses all women to suffer pain while they give birth, so it is definitely intentional (or again, a mistranslation). I am not sure if Islam contains the same curse in the Quran; it actually has an herbal remedy for birth pains (eat dates). Overpopulation also creates difficulty in finding resources and resultant competition, possibly war, as well as diseases caused by living in a crowded environment. There are so many similarities between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism and yet they continually fight one another and sometimes kill each other and people in other religions, usually because something in their Holy Books told them it was right. This Supreme Being is also said to be infinitely merciful and loving. There is a contradiction here. This contradiction is neatly done away with by words to the effect of "don't think about this yourself but allow this Supreme Being to think for you, OR ELSE YOU'RE FOREVER DOOMED, but if you accept this Supreme Being and literally everything else written in this Holy Book, not only are you doing the right thing but you'll live forever in a good place and it is heavily implied you are a fantastically good person." Which is weird.

PASTAFARIANISM

HINDUISM

ASATRU

ISLAM

CHRISTIANITY

JUDAISM

SANTERIA

ECSTATIC SPIRITUALITY - FORMERLY CALLED SHAMANISM, BUT THAT IS A SIBERIAN TRADITION

WITCHCRAFT

WICCA

SHINTO

DRUIDRY

VOODOO

NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

HELLENIC WORSHIP

BUDDHISM

SCIENTOLOGY

* Guys, I hate to break it to you, but faith healing is magic and culturally appropriated from real folk magical practice, but without any of the religion any of that came from and completely devoid of the traditions created to make said healing ethical and spiritual (unless you're doing Hoodoo or maybe one of the flavors of Southern Baptist, in which case you already know what I mean about ethics). True faith healing takes years of work and humble devotion to the Powers That Be to get it right and to demand that God fix your problem because you have great enough "faith" and not enough willpower to take yourself to the doctor or learn the ropes of how to become a competent healer (anyone can be a crappy healer) - is that not extremely disrespectful to God when you were given the tools, the gifts, the ability to get it done? Believe it or not miracles do not come cheap and if they are too easy, we screw everything up because we ask for too much all at once or the wrong things; there's a reason we have to learn the ropes when asking for miracles/working magic/faith healing - it's to learn wisdom so we don't hurt ourselves and sometimes the wisdom gained is that we cannot ask for or work miracles; the gift/responsibility/duty/job is not for us to have because it's too much of a burden or would cause serious problems. Worse, sometimes untrained people, often so-called Christians, manage to work magic because they're naturally gifted but it is actually black magic, things like psychic attacks towards their enemies and malocchio (envy causing extreme physical symptoms in the target) for someone who has a job they want because they "prayed enough for it," or they healed from coronavirus because they "prayed and were granted a miracle" and then infected and killed dozens of other people, etc. "Willing yourself healthy" is one way of doing this. Wishing someone dead really really hard is another. The placebo effect is another. Uncontrolled emotions and madness add fuel to this fire, creating a monstrous energy that is sent to someone as bad vibes - otherwise known as black magic. Karma will return to you threefold at least for all of these if you target the innocent, whether you realize you're doing it or not. This is the reason I stuck Hoodoo in my nondemoninational spirituality section; for the self-defense stuff. These are the reasons that magic working is forbidden in most religions besides serious incompatibility with their practices and belief systems; if that is your path, you really shouldn't be doing magic and you'll be far happier without the extreme responsibility and high workload - so drop the faith healing and drop the 'If I pray hard enough for anything it will happen' bravado. If you pray for something and working magic is not your path, ask, do not demand, or will it to happen, or it may cost you dearly. The Divine knows better than you what you need. In fact, the Divine is the only one behind all good magic, whether the worker realizes it or not. Faith healing or any other kind of magic will either lead you down the path of willingly becoming as devoted and disciplined as clergy in your religion or it won't work at all and it will result in you treating God like your servant plus creating really bad vibes around you, which is a kind of bad magic, congratulations. There is always the logic of "Can't God work through a doctor as well?" which many doctors subscribe to because they see their work as a spiritual life's calling and a way to serve their Divine mission in life. And people who work magic don't even use magic on its own - they go to the damn doctor.

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