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Do We Need Organized Religion?
An Answer For Today!





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Organized religion is a religion organized around a particular set of beliefs, which forms a hierarchical 1 group closed off from all other groups like itself.

These groups therefore can never unite or come together, but instead, are always at odds with each other, through that very same dogma or set of beliefs they espouse; and today, are often violently, trying to destroy each other.

The paradox is that all these groups say they are based on compassion and love, yet the very fact of their organization into groups denies this; for what they really promote is exclusion and hate.

Lets take Christian groups, as an example.

The Christ brought to the world a whole new way of approaching religion: not through dogma, but through love. But, unfortunately, His followers created an organized religion around which to preach this method to the world. In doing this they actually negated the very method that Christ created: the independence of each human being to find the answers religion asks, not in any book, or set of beliefs; nor in any group or organization; but within themselves, in their hearts, where God actually lives.

Every life is different; every age unique, and molded by the attitudes and beliefs of the people who make up that age; yet people today still believe that they can find all the answers to the problems of their current lives and situations from a book (the Bible) and ideas written over two millennia before their age!

Christ plainly told them to look within themselves to find God, but the book that gives us the only view of what Christ says is itself a book that tells us to go in the opposite direction, and instead look to that book, and the organizations that support it, for the answers.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matt: 7:16). The fruits of religion for the last two millennia, because of this contradiction that organized religion has created, which actually denies the new paradigm Christ created for religion, are failure; failure to understand the complex world within which these groups live, and failure to create the harmony and unity they were supposed to create through the love that lives in every heart of every living person. What I am saying is not new; a great American, who freed a people, and died at the hands of a fanatical assassin, also believed this:



"When any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification for membership, the savior's condensed statement of the substance of both Law and Gospel, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thy self', that church will I join with all my heart and all my soul."

Abraham Lincoln (above Italics are mine)




Lets cut through the orthodoxy and partisanship that religion has become; and let that method that Christ gave us, love, once again shine through these organizations; and even that book that has obscured it. God is love, and love has no dogma or rules of membership attached to it, for it includes every human ever born.



So, I reiterate the question with which I began this essay: do we really need organized religions?








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1 This hierarchy is itself another problem, in that it opens a way for power, greed and corruption to work its way into the group, and contaminate the beliefs it was founded to uphold.





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Originally Published:

September 14, 2012

Revised:

July 3, 2014