In some parts of the world, Abrahamic religions are being questioned and criticized way more compared to the previous generations that only had a small amount of outspoken people speaking their minds about those religions. While it is good and natural to question what exists in the world around you, people take things to the extreme and invalidate those religions to the point of outright hating them and thinking the world would be better if those religions no longer existed. Religious zealots see this problem too, but similar to the man who is anti-religion or anti-theist, their conclusions are also reactionary. The religious zealot refuses to see the world from other people’s perspectives outside of their fundamentalist circle, making the assumption that the people they see as opponents are immoral. The anti-religious person is not immoral.
Rather, the person is traumatized as a result of having to deal with various forms of abuse at the hands of an authority figure proclaiming themselves to be religious or internalizing flawed ideas that make them feel as if their personhood is corrupt if they aren’t emulating the fundamentalists around them. We can be honest and say tons of extremists associated with Abrahamic religions have harmed many people throughout the ages. The religious zealot should also take into account Abrahamic extremists from the past play a pivotal role in why the majority of indigenous beliefs are either non-existent or stigmatized by the public. Abrahamic extremists felt their religion should grow by dominating other people. These events in history will frustrate people who want to leave Christianity, Islam or Judaism and rightfully so. You cannot shame people for showing those types of emotions.
The desire to separate from religion to call yourself “spiritual” comes from people being familiar with their environment teaching religion from a regressive outlook. As the person begins questioning their beliefs and discovers ancient religions while studying, they’ll romanticize what the ancients believed and explain the reason for them not identifying as a religious person is because religion has rules while spirituality supposedly doesn’t. Ancient people had religion too. Avoid turning the term into a “dirty word”. Contrary to what you think currently, religious extremism, especially of the American variety, doesn’t define religion at all. Religion and spirituality are the same. Religion is just a form of spirituality that has rules since it is a long-lasting tradition compared to solitary spirituality where it is focused on the individual and their desires. Man is religious by nature in the first place.
Everything we do connects to religion whether you like it or not. To deny your religious nature is to search for your purpose in life like you’re a lost child wandering in the night in ideologies or concepts that’ll confuse you in the long run. In modern man’s desperation to find the truth, he ends up becoming attached to the void. Your fear or rejection of rules and systems is the aftermath of your young mind constantly abiding by regressive rules that were only designed to make someone else happy and it was at the expense of your livelihood. To cope with those experiences, you turn around and try to take control of things by seeing structure as something that holds your potential back but if you unlearned the false ideas you were taught to form your own structure or at least apply more beneficial structures, your potential increases.
We should not ignore the atrocities committed by religious extremists to subjugate others, but we must remember that we are capable of reason and logic so if we are going to analyze Abrahamic religions, totality must be in the picture at all costs. Regressive religious people exist and so do rational religious people. Another aspect of Abrahamic religions we shouldn’t ignore is that they really aren’t superstitious as critics claim. Over the past couple decades, popular culture has influenced people’s perceptions of those faiths with the satires they create about them. To comprehend their beliefs, it is best to study them for yourself.
You cannot rely on presentations of certain concepts by the media because they are only misinterpreting the concepts or making jokes about them. Early Christians, Muslims and Jews were polymaths or very intellectual individuals in general. Some religious figures from the past had a huge influence on Western esotericism. Study on your own time and the rationality connected to the Abrahamic faiths will be unraveled to you. Even through looking at subjects such as mathematics and psychology, you begin to have a clearer understanding of the Abrahamic faiths because using logic is technically looking inside the mind of God.
Mathematics deals with divine structures and how those structures are designed for you to properly break down complex problems. Math is far from difficult. To perceive math as something you can never comprehend is to say you cannot understand God and this thinking can explain the amount of people who are so intellectually defeated and confused, they think the solution is to worship self. Worshipping self is easy to do since you can easily build what feels like a life-long relationship with the abstract. In the abstract world, everything is permittable. Morals and critical thinking don’t exist. The person stuck in the abstract world has concluded they prevent him from becoming a deity.
This is why Abrahamic thinkers and mystics from centuries ago criticized some of the ancient religions along with the New Age. While it looks like freedom at first, you do create a mental prison by the time you have become accustomed to your practice. The practitioner will claim everything that’s objective and logical is some sort of illusion yet they will connect with their own illusions while in the process of trying to escape illusions. The worst part is in some of the practices, you aren’t given any tangible reasons for why you need to reject logic.
Everything is incredibly vague. If we are going to be honest, half of those ideas were influenced by someone else’s self-hatred and confusion about their place in the world. In mathematics however, you are interacting with the objective world and this is where God resides and your personhood resides here too. You accept God through using a mature imagination to deal with logic. You are entering a state of divine stillness similar to one who is in meditative prayer. Logic doesn’t cater to your personal needs. You have to focus on what makes sense. The concept of sin can be connected to psychology in the sense it deals with the human mind and figuring out why we think certain thoughts.
Fundamentalists have distorted the concept to mean anything that isn’t in agreement with their own ideas. Determining what thought or action is a sin requires people to fully examine their mind. You must figure out the origins of the sinful thought, see how it makes you feel if you did act on it, and then learn to separate your feelings from what is logical. When you actually know what sin is, you know that you are holding yourself accountable for the things you do in this life so you can remain rational and not descend into a state of madness instead of shaming yourself for every human thought you have.
People must see the best in themselves but accept their flaws too. God made humanity therefore a divine essence exists in man. Humanity has its flaws. At the end of the day though, we have plenty of opportunities to correct our mistakes and work on uniting with Him. This world is far from a prison or a hologram. The negative aspects of this world exist because of some human beings’ decision to be irrational, but this does not define all human beings. Those who live to be irrational are walking with the adversary while those who live to be rational are walking with God. We all have choices to make. Think about what your actions will bring for both sides and please choose the correct decision.