The so-called “organized religions” of the world sometimes get casually dismissed. For the purpose of this article (includes three separate posts), organized religion means a group of people voluntarily associating as a congregation with a common belief structure adhered to and common tenets of faith practiced, organized by one name with a central leader. This could be at the global level with Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, for example, or local by denomination – such as Baptist or Catholic – temple, or mosque. There are many reasons not to align with a church, just like in the minds of others there are many reasons to do so. It is simply an individual decision to make whether you will or won’t affiliate with a specific denomination or faith.
In this post I will present an argument against organized religion. The second part to this theme will present an argument for organized religion, and finally I will share my personal feelings on the subject in the third post.
5 Arguments Against Organized Religion
- I can worship God anywhere, I don’t need to be in a specific building
- The people in churches are hypocrites, preaching one thing but never living what they preach
- Churches are run by corrupt people seeking power, money, and who knows what else
- Religion has existed for so long, if there was one true one, people would have figured it out by now
- Religion enslaves with its many rules and introduces group-think, eliminating the individual mind
My Hypothetical Argument Against Organized Religion
It isn’t difficult to understand where these arguments come from. A Google search for news items and churches over the last few years will probably supply plenty of examples of bad things that happen in the name of God or by organized churches. If God is all powerful and omnipresent, then why does he let people do such awful things in his name? How can faith leaders stand up in front of a congregation on Sunday morning and preach purity when their hearts are full of deception and injury to other people? Why would anyone want to associate with such a person and be counted as part of that shepherd’s flock? If prayer is direct communication with God, then why not stay home where there aren’t so many sinners and commune personally with him? God is everywhere, not just in the chapels, mosques and temples.
Throughout history religion has been used by corrupt individuals to control people. Individuals have exercised horrible power over the public and have grown rich in the process, vaunting themselves above all others. Clearly these people were out of line with the gospel they preached, and yet people continued, and continue today in some cases, to follow them and support them in their corruption. Something must be going on in their minds to allow them to fall in step with this. If the people at church are willing to follow murderers in the name of God, why should anyone who can see through that want to associate with them?
Organized religion offers people an outlet for feeling good about themselves without having to do anything difficult to earn such feelings.
Churches emphasize conformity, but conformity to who, or to what? The hypocritical faith leaders? The blindly obedient sinners in the congregation? The old fashioned Puritanical traditions of our ancestors? How can God be the author of so much confusion? Why would he be the author of so much confusion? Organized religion is a scam. Worship God on your own.
What do you think about organized religion? Do you agree with any of these arguments? Share your thoughts below and come back in two days to read the argument for organized religion.