Religion: overrated?

September 10, 2010
By marisaashley BRONZE, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
marisaashley BRONZE, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"why are you trying so hard to fit in when you're born to stand out." - What A Girl Wants

"Don't let the past dictate who you are, but let be apart of you will become." - My Big Fat Greek Wedding


In life today, I think the most overrated question is, “What do you believe in? Are you Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, etc.?” What it comes down to is who even cares? On a day to day basis, there's new “religions” being created. But what is the point? Most people ask themselves these days, “Why does it even matter?” I know I do. There's so many “religions” out there that have several gods or just one. Everything nowadays is stereotypical whether we're “goth,” “scene,” “emo,” “punk,” whatever it is, but in my opinion, religion IS stereotypical. Atheists don't hang out with Christians, Christians don't hang out with atheists; Buddhists don't associate with Muslims, and Muslims don't associate with Buddhists. We all have to be some type of religious belief in nowadays' society.

I grew up in a Christian home. After my dad died, my mom and I started going to this church, and my mom became more and more of a Christian. I slowly walked away, starting not to even care about what to follow. I realized I wanted to enjoy my life how I wanted to, not follow all these rules and guidelines. I soon got tired of everywhere I went or when I'd go on Facebook, it was something about Christianity and God. At that point, it actually made me angry. I didn't want to hear about it. I got tired when I'd be talking to a friend, venting about my life, and my friend would go and say, “Well, what do you think God wants you to do?” I couldn't do anything about it, but I wish I could. Now I'm an agnostic, eventually turning into an atheist. My mom knows nothing about this. If she did, I'd be shoved in a room with her pastor in a split second and wouldn't be able to come back out until I was a Christian again.

In my opinion, religion is just another way to tell you how to live your life. I don't want to do that. I want to live my life the way I want to live my life when I want to live my life. I hate how at home Christian morals are literally shoved down my throat. If I told my mom, Christian morals would be baby fed to me. It's not the life I wish to lead. I wish to lead the life without the morals of everyone watching you every second of the day. There's so many quotes saying to live life to the fullest, but how do we live life to the fullest when we constantly have to watch if what we're about to do breaks the rules of the religion we follow? It'll be hard to do that.

I hold nothing against anyone who follows any type of religion, especially Christianity, but I don't agree with their decision. I think religion itself is overrated. I don't see atheism and agnosticism as a religion because they don't worship any god.



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on Jan. 5 at 7:59 pm
Sparaxis SILVER, Saint Marys, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"If you keep on picking on me, I'll mess up again. This time, on PURPOSE."

Apparently, you've only met works-based Christians... does your mother push you to go to church or something?

on Jul. 18 2011 at 2:55 pm
Aubreylax PLATINUM, Pomfret Center, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
Give in to love, or live in fear

Religion does not tell you how to live your life. It guides you. If there were no driving laws, there would be so many more car accidents. Similarly if there were no laws regarding religion, then how could you learn to make the right choices. Granted, there are things that some people take extreamly literally in the Bible, but it is not my place to say that they are wrong.  If you are looking for a more lenient or stricter religion, look. There are so many religious sects that you could find one that suit you if you tried.

Atheism. It means that you don’t believe in religion. I am not here to preach to you, or to tell you that that is the wrong choice. If it fits your life style, go for it. If you can make moral choices without the Bible telling you to make them, congrats, but I think that it is a little rough to say that because you are an atheist that you cannot talk to a Christian person. We live the same life you do. Saying prayers is the same as hoping for something really hard. Except we say our hopes aloud...sometimes. 

If you have questions regarding religion hit me up :) I'm easy to talk to. 


on Sep. 13 2010 at 7:54 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

You may say, "I don't believe in God." That's fine. But I warn you against 'not caring.' Believe in something, even if that is just science or living life to the fullest. Not caring or saying 'what does it matter' will destroy us.

on Sep. 13 2010 at 7:52 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1635 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

Religion overated? I think not. I have no problem with people believing in other faiths (I wrote Religious Acceptance) and I too see the discrimination that religion leads to. That doesn't mean that it is the fault of religion just its supporters.


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