There should be more validation given to what is known than to that which is believed.
I will attempt to do that which is almost impossible, by showing to the readers of this writing the complete idiocy of religion and to those who hold onto their religious beliefs. I am an African American man who was indoctrinated into the Christian faith by my ancestral right of passage. My great grandparents were Baptist Christians, my grandparents were Christian, my parents were Christian. So it should come as no surprise that I would become a Christian also, because I carried within me the DNA of my slave heritage, as well as the fact that there is overwhelming evidence and statistics to suggest that I would choose Christianity based on the geographical location as to where I was born. I was born in the U.S. thusly I became a Christian. If I was born in the Middle East, I would more than likely have practiced the Muslim faith, if I was born in Bangladesh or Asia I would be a practicing Hindu. But because I was born in America, Christianity was my one and only true faith. As an African American I had been taught to never question God, and like so many others to believe that God was omnipotent, Holy and wise and that He never makes a mistake. This was simply part of the indoctrination process that had been handed down from the White Slave owners to their Black slaves, to never question the words or the actions of Massa or face dire consequences. This was simply carried over into their religious conversion, when they tortured and abused the slaves into believing and accepting Christianity as their religion. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/experience/religion/history.html
What better teacher was there to indoctrinate other slaves, than a slave who had already been converted. So fast forward to today and you can still see that slaves are converting other slaves into Christianity. People of other religions who practice their faith, are either gently persuaded or violently convinced by others to join the faith or face persecution or death if they refuse.
Since I am an African American I have experienced the good the bad and the ugly from religious Indoctrination. I have seen believers who desire passionately and reverently to be one with God, who perform good deed such as: feeding and clothing the homeless, giving to those who are less fortunate, building homes for those devastated by storms or other life changing situations. I have seen the good of religion but I have also seen its evil side, I have seen those who wanted to emulate those they admired in the faith by allowing their identity to be morphed into the identity of someone else, I have seen the sexual abuse within the church. I have seen people because they had a child out of wedlock, miss the loving embrace and blessing given to mother & child that others received who followed the rules. There have been others who have been condemned to hell, because they refused to accept the entire doctrine or accept without question the words from their pastor of which they were to obey.
Yes I have seen it and I have done it all as it relates to religion, from that of a faithful parishioner, to that as the role of a seasoned deacon and later as a pastor of a church. I have concluded that it is all egos and bigger egos at work and are odds with one another, based on whose church is bigger, whose choir sings the best or which pastor is more anointed. Well at this point if you are awake you should see the hypocrisy as the lie unravels, it is simply a contest to measure penis size, it is a modern day urination contest where the men compete with one another or the women fight to compete in a male dominated religion or a female dominated offshoot of the same.
It has nothing to do with GOD, because no one has ever seen or heard from God, and to add insult to injury, the bible is not God’s word it is simply the word of men who wrote instructions to the masses as they felt the need to address the issues and problems of their time.
If we look at the acceptance of Christianity by those of the African American community, we will discover that it is threefold: part Slavery, part Civil Rights and part Faith. Our ancestors prayed to God to deliver them from the cruel slave Master, this was their faith or belief in God, the God that they had been forced to accept and to believe in by the slave master. The slave master prayed that God would bless his crops, and allow his slaves to work the fields so that his harvest would be bountiful and his cash flow would increase a hundred percent. During the Civil Rights movement even though our freedom from slavery had been won, our right to partake in the wealth and privileges of that freedom had not. Who better to lead the children of modern day Egypt out of Egypt other than the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Black Moses of the Civil Rights movement, a man, a father, a husband and a pastor who was a leader, a leader who gave his life for his people.
Herein lies the conflict with Christianity, it was impossible for the slave and the slave master to pray to the same god. Whereas the slave was praying to God for freedom or deliverance from the master, the slave master was praying to God for wealth, health and prosperity. The Master was praying that his slaves would work hard and do as they were instructed, his prayer was contrary to the prayer of the slave. No man can serve two masters, he will hate one while loving the other, so it is plain to see the paradox that my ancestors faced. On one hand they wanted to escape the harsh and inhumane treatment of the master and of slavery, but the only way to do so was to ask God, the God of their Massa for deliverance. Not once did they realize that the power was within them, they never saw themselves as powerful, outnumbering the Massa as well as his henchmen capable in being able to overthrow the Massa and free themselves from slavery. So they remained Slaves until they were freed by the descendants of those who had enslaved them.
To this day our people still carry with them the stigma of slavery, and there is no scar that is more visible than the scar of loyalty and obedience to a faith that has never been loyal to them. My people perish because they refuse to accept the knowledge given to them, a knowledge which would carry them to freedom. Some say it is our faith which has brought us to this place in time, that it was our faith in God that saved us, our faith that sustained us and our faith in God that he will reward us for all of our pain and suffering, and welcome us into his heaven for being good & faithful servants.
Well this is here is where my streak of independent and agnostic thinking comes into play, that suddenly the God of the slave master has constructed for the poor and disenfranchised slave, a home somewhere in the sky. How is it plausible to ignore a home on earth where resources are bountiful , while we anxiously look for a home in the sky? This is starting to appear as if the African Americans have been “sold a bill of goods” where everybody else is in on the joke, that is everyone but US.
I am not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, but we as a people have taken the Christian religion and the Christian faith and have made it our own. No one knows more about God than us, no one knows better how to get an audience with God than us, no one knows how to pray better than us. We have used our strength to defend a religious system which never defended us, we have made allowances for its failures and it’s inadequacies by being the staunchest defenders of the faith, but who have received the least as it relates to the blessings of the Kingdom.
We are perpetuating our own ignorance.