Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

despite toxic religion

7/3/13

 

In considering the logical consequences of toxic religions in many parts of the world, we see strong evidence of the basic goodness of people in general. Given all the negative influences and attitudes routinely promoted by exclusionary religions, ones denouncing unbelievers as divine rejects, we might reasonably expect most adherents to be dangerous zealots, just looking for a divine excuse to wreak havoc on outsiders. Instead, what we actually witness is that, despite the much publicized exceptions, most people affiliated with this type religion lead lives of restraint and respect for others.

 

In other words, in spite of the obvious implications of being inundated by religious rhetoric which condemns, belittles, and marginalizes vast portions of humanity, these religious folks remain largely sane and benevolent in their attitudes and behaviors. It is all really quite amazing and all the more so when these religions teach that humanity is fundamentally flawed and incapable of behaving well.

 

All exclusionary religions encourage intolerance, conflict, and anxiety. So, to the extent people under the influence of these theologies behave well at all, it is because they inherently rise above the logical dictates of the prevailing theology. Rather than human goodness being prompted by religion, that goodness apparently exists instead because people naturally, if subconsciously, ignore the tenets of their professed faith and operate according to dictates of their heart. In so doing they proclaim loudly that their hearts are bigger and kinder than their religion would allow and put to rest the contention that moral behavior is exclusively the result of religious belief and training. Clearly, what we see instead is that the truest form of morality, an altruistic spirit toward our fellowmen, is often exhibited only when one steps outside the constraints applied by exclusionary religion and acts in contradiction to it.

 

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