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Today I had a discussion with a friend about personal views and beliefs vs. evidence and facts. Here, I will be talking about religions in general. This is not a post that is directed towards Islam by any means because it is universal among all religions.I respect religions in general, and this will focus on how people use religion to justify certain acts.

It also happens to be something that annoys the hell out of me..

Okay, lets start the ranting.. in short, Most of what we believe in is not common sense nor does it portray actual facts, which is why it is called “faith” and not “science”. Faith is a “belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence”.

Let me give some examples.. In the Bible and Quran, God told Abraham to slaughter his son in a dream. We take that as face value and believe in it. But the question every good young Christian/Muslim/Jewish kid would wounder, common we all did, before we were shut down and told never to question God, is: “Abraham wanted to slaughter his son because he had a dream?!”

My question.. Does that sound logical. Or better, Does that sound sane? Good?

I mean, if it was someone today, we would say the person must have a mental illness. But we believe in it because its our faith, and there is nothing wrong with it as long as we don’t use the excuse of “God told me in a dream” to kill people.

So where is my problem?

When the guys in the Sharee’a (religious) School justify cheating on their English exam because it is the language of “Christians” and God said not to advance them.. or whatever their excuse is.

When a Jewish person tells you it was okay to occupy Palestine because its their “Promised land”, as if it is a matter of fact.

When Christians tell you that Jesus is here to save you and they site the “Bible” as evidence to what they say.

When Sunni’s tell you that they are allowed to kill Shea’s because the prophet Mohammed said that there will be different sects in Islam and only one will go to heaven and the rest to hell.

Get what I mean…

Sometimes I sit there and wonder if these people understand the meaning of evidence and common sense..

In short, it is great that you have a religion and you believe everything in it. However, using the Torah/Bible/Quran as evidence can only be possible when you are having a discussion or a debate with someone in your own faith. Once you are out of your own faith, please use scientific evidence or even common sense as the basis for your talk..

Don’t say, well.. because God said so.. Cause what your God said to you is different than what mine said to me…

We don’t have the same illogical beliefs.


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