We’re really not God haters or anything but I do have some issues with organized religion. To clarify, I’m not an atheist but I feel the institutions that commonly interpret and dispense the big guy’s “word” are so flawed that I just cannot, in good conscience, sit in a church and pretend like I’m down with it.
That said, I have tried to impart my own theological and religious philosophies to my daughter while elucidating what it is I cannot abide with organized religions.
Today at the bookstore, she picked out a calendar for herself that was filled with cute pictures of puppies and kitties and I noticed when we got home that each image had some Bible scripture featured on it.
I didn’t say anything about it but later she notices them, too, and starts reading them aloud and kind of musing over each one; deeming them as either making sense or not making sense—remember, she’s eight.
A few minutes later, an ant crawled across her calendar and she says loudly, “You better get outta here, bug, or the Lord’s gonna eat ya!”
I still don’t know the impetus for that statement but I laughed. A lot.
Good thing I don’t believe in hell :)
Edited to Add:
Just some further clarification…
Church is great for those that dig it but I’m just one of them—I just can’t go along with people interpreting the word of God to suit their agendas and the agendas of their institution.
I mean come on…does God REALLY hate homosexuals?
Does God REALLY think women are not equal to men? That a woman should be subservient to her husband?
Does God REALLY believe man has dominion over the earth and thus we can treat it and all it’s non-human inhabitants however we wish?
The hypocrisy. The judgment. The groupthink… I just can’t do it.
I feel strongly that I can partake in everything God has to offer without ever again setting foot in an institution of organized religion. That is all :)