Religion is fear. The institutions of religion capitalize on fear. And we capitulate. To justify and tame our fear we spiritualize it, theologize it, and institutionalize it in order for us to feel protected from it. But this strategy only empowers it further.
I know someone will say, “True religion is this: to help the widow and the orphan!” But then that’s not religion. Is it?! No, it’s just basic kindness. Even in the story of Jesus when he talks about the sheep and the goats, he is quoted as saying that those who practiced religion and expected entry were not known by him, whereas those who were known by him simply gave glasses of water, clothing, and visits to others. Not religious at all. Basic human kindness.
Once you see that fear is one of the most primal impulses of your brain and how the brain circulates this fear in order to entrap you even further in pathetic attempts to protect yourself with such things as religion, your deliverance is nigh.
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