Taking religion with a grain of salt

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A restaurant on Kauai, 2008.

Someone:  “If you don’t believe in God, you will go to hell.”

Me:  “Well, who really knows if there is a God?  You will only know when you die.  Maybe, when I die, God will say, ‘Surprise, surprise.  Here I am.  Welcome to Heaven.’”

I just take religion with a grain of salt.  So many mistakes have been made because of religion.

Remember Galileo, the famous astronomer (1564-1642) who lived during the Renaissance?  After peering into the skies with his telescope, he noted that the sun (not the earth) was the center of the universe and that the earth revolved around the sun.  The Catholic Church declared him a heretic and put him under house arrest for the rest of his life.  He could no longer do his research.  It took many centuries before the Pope apologized and said that Galileo was right and the Church was wrong.

We can only look at other places in the world, where religion has led people to hurt other people who don’t believe what they believe.

Sad, isn’t it?

After discarding all religious paraphernalia, our home is now a secular home.  We like it better this way.  Instead of going to church on Sunday, we stay home, sip our coffee, and read the morning newspaper.  If that is not heavenly, I don’t know what is.

Obey federal, state, and city laws.  Those are the only commandments we follow.

13 Responses to “Taking religion with a grain of salt”

  1. Christine Says:

    Religious discussions can cause problems! You never know who might be offended by something, kind of like politics.

  2. Cathy Says:

    We all have our own ways of dealing with faith Gigi – each to their own is an old saying meaning just that.
    Thinking about you and your family during this emotional week
    Cathy

  3. Lorna Says:

    Good for you, Gigi. More important than religion is treating others the way you would like to be treated; respecting other people’s property; helping when someone needs your help. Just the basics!

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Actually Copernicus noted the planets revolved around the sun several hundred years earlier. Astronomers had made many discoveries before Galileo came on the scene. Galileo merely reiterated what others before him had discovered. The story most lay people know was advanced by Protestants who made Galileo into a cause to advance their own agendas. Think of it as disingenuous spin.

    The Church (Catholic) supported and advanced science. If you are interested in reading further, I can give you the titles of many academic studies which support this contention.

    The Pope was Galileo’s “godfather” or patron. Galileo got into trouble because he dabbled in theology which was a ‘no-no’ in those days, especially with the Catholic religious order that persecuted him for this. The Church apologized for its treatment of Galileo in the spirit of Ecumenism.

    Galileo obeyed the Church after the Church (long story) told him he would be excommunicated if he persisted in dabbling in religious issues. He was a devout Catholic so he obeyed the Church and ceased his dabbling in theology.

    He was placed under house arrest for the remainder of his life (he was already an old man). But, this was not an onerous burden. He had a beautiful garden and a wonderful view of Florence from his Villa. Visitors, especially fellow scientists came to see him for the rest of his days.

    Religion doesn’t get us into trouble, Trying to ram it down someone’s throat does.

    Brother D has videos sent from Catholic priests in Syria that show children are being burned alive before their parents if the parents reuse to convert to Muslim.

  5. Linda Reeder Says:

    The comment, “If you don’t believe in God, you will go to hell.” is irritating and assumptive. My response is that I don’t believe in hell either.

  6. Olga Says:

    i am interested in religions as a topic and as metaphors for the spiritual yearnings humans seem to have. But with so many of them claiming to be the only true religion, I have to agree with you. Best taken with a grain of salt!

  7. L....w Says:

    I see nothing wrong with taking care of your life on earth first and foremost, and thinking leas about your after life. I guess I am too ignorant about religion to understand what church goers mean by “Jesus loves you” and “don’t you want to live forever in paradise (heaven)” To me you are going church to save yourself more than anything, and that too me means you are on the wrong track.

  8. Hank Chapin Says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m happy to report that there is no such thing as Hell. Take it from me! That doctrine has ruined a lot of lives through guilt and fear. My sister associated with fundamentalists early
    in her life and wasted many years trying to “pray away the gay.” She finally came to terms with her true identity and is now married to a wonderful woman the whole family loves.

  9. mmmm Says:

    Since my husband is Jewish and we raised our only child a lovely young lady with the Jewish priniciples when someone has said to me go to hell I laugh because I have always believed if there was ever a hell it was on earth and not someplace else. Since my hubs and daughter don’t believe in Hell I have never ever at all..I find the intolerance of others and man’s inhumanity to man the hell they speak of in most churches, the synogogues don’e spew that opinion..When man can be kind and loving to each other that is the heaven I think we all deserve..Love your blog and your m any ideas and opinions..I don’t attend any church as I truly believe if there is a high spiritual calling it is in each person and no need to rush and hear damnation on sundays or anyday, ciao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. mlum808 Says:

    I respect everyone’s opinion whether you believe or not. As for me I believe there is a heaven and hell. No one can prove that it’s real or not real and I don’t want to find out after the fact if it ends up for real when my time has come.

  11. scenenotspoken Says:

    Everyone should follow their own beliefs as far as religion. My personal observations are that even those who maintain they are the best “Christians” are often the least.

  12. Musings Says:

    I agree with you completely.

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