Believing in a God is truly a faith-based business. If one should stop and think about all those religious preachings, it may cause some serious doubt and questioning of one’s sanity. Everything about religion, no matter which belief you have, seems more like a cruel fairytale in which you are rooting for the happily ever after ending.
If we should seriously think about our beliefs and compare that to other religious views, they are all so very similar. The premise is that there is a deity or plural deities who command the universe and our lives. This deity is asking for complete obedience in our earthly lives and is especially pleased the more down trodden and burden laid our lives are in order to show true worship. Suffering for one’s religion is ALWAYS good. There is a sneaking suspicion that there are not many religions that advocate for some hint of happiness on earth as well as in heaven. There is only one true purpose on earth and that is to point others to his/their true magnificence and acceptance to his/their Godly status.
Majority of the religions do not advocate for their followers to enjoy our time and make the best possible life here but to aspire to a shangri-la that we cannot see but only imagine. This shangri-la is the opposite of earth and it is always a palace with eternal happiness and great bounty. It’s funny that true happiness is always out of reach. Earth is the epitome of all things evil, misery, strife etc. while all things good are related to God. This earth-heaven contrast is interesting because God also created the earth. For the major religions, there are very strict outlined ways into heaven ie. for Christianity, Jesus states “…no one comes to the father but by me.” This implies that even the idea of a ‘good person’ who does not know Jesus will not have a seat on the transport to the pie in the sky.
Christians walk away from God/religion because they start to think realistically and practically. They recognize a sense of absurdity and almost fantastical thinking that is needed to believe in heaven. On the other hand, sinners come to God/religion because their practical and realistic thinking is overwhelming to handle and need an escape to the possibility of something better than this (world).
The point is for someone to be Christian or a follower of any other religion, we have to believe in the impossible, we MUST have faith, we must believe in an alternate reality called heaven in order to deal with the harsh reality of earth. People say religion is for the weak but I beg to different that true religion is definitely not for the faint of heart because they have to think completely outside the reality box.