Speaking of faith

So after reading this article, I got to thinking about how arbitrary is the faith that most of us follow. What I mean by that is, if I, a Christian, had been born in Muslim or Hindu or Bahai cultures to a family who followed those practices, well, most likely I, too, would be Muslim or Hindu or Bahai. And then you think about how a culture or society got started on the particular religious path it followed: forced or unforced proselytization.  Now I’m not discounting free will here; lots of people convert to different religion, esp. if they live in a free society. But the fact is that at some point or other, some invader may have come in and overrun your culture and forced your great-great-great grandparents to convert on pain of death and now you are blowing other people up because you believe you are following the only right way and that everyone else is heretical and must therefore die.

I believe that faith and religion plays an integral part in human life. But when you start killing people because of it, well, then it is just an excuse to justify your insecurities or desire for power or basic innate evilness.  Because if by some quirk of nature or Godly intervention you had been born to different parents, then you yourself would be on the other, the heretical, side.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. norba920
    Feb 22, 2007 @ 13:23:13

    oh no, hitchens got you thinking about religion? you can’t trust him–he’s a drunk. ok, he’s alright, if only since he hates daniel pipes. but he is a drunk. and an atheist. and kinda somewhat of a fascist.
    ok, that’s my 2 cents for the day. i can’t resist opining on hitchens. my bad.
    oh yeah, good post…

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  2. nikki
    Feb 22, 2007 @ 13:41:44

    i’ve wrestled with this issue since middle school. and still, 20 years later, i have no answers.

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  3. ~m
    Feb 22, 2007 @ 15:56:43

    R: well, it wasn’t anything in the article, per se, just as i was reading it, the thot was kind of a tangent
    N: which part in particular bothers you? linking faith and culture or blowing people up for God or some other thing?

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  4. nikki
    Feb 23, 2007 @ 10:25:51

    maybe we can have this conversation some time in person? can’t do it in writing right now considering the SHITTY day i’m having. this is definitely one of those times i’m glad i don’t have a blog because it would be a pretty depressing read.

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  5. ~m
    Feb 23, 2007 @ 12:02:10

    😦 sorry to hear it, nikki!

    Reply

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