What is the Right Religion?

By Dr. John Reizer

Editor at NoFakeNews.net

I’ve studied anatomy and physiology and worked on human cadavers in college. It was a very humbling experience for me because I realized, early in my studies, the intelligent design of our bodies was so damn amazing that it’s quite unlikely we would ever be able to understand, fully, how human beings function.

If you ever had an opportunity to study the body, you already know how incredibly magnificent it is. The neurological circuitry alone is breathtaking. Organs, tissues and cells all functioning, simultaneously, for the common goal of maintaining a living being that has the ability to repair itself when it encounters physiological challenges; there should be little doubt, if any, in a person’s mind that we’re not walking around on this planet by accident. Something incredibly intelligent has designed human beings, animals, plant life, the earth, the universe as well as any other physical matter in existence.

A lot of my friends and acquaintances, at different times, have approached me wanting to know what my religious beliefs were and if I’d ever consider attending their church. Many of these individuals are very nice people and more important, good souls.

When I explain that I don’t follow/worship a particular deity or subscribe to a specific belief system and that organized religion is not something I desire to have in my life, my friends want to know why I am an atheist. Some of them even seem to work harder in their efforts to convert me to their way of spiritual reasoning.

It’s funny how people incorrectly assume a person is an atheist because he or she does not embrace an organized belief system. I am not an atheist! I believe there is an intelligent, creative force that I am forever linked to. In my opinion, all people are connected to the creative force of the universe. Because I choose not to personify the creator, in my mind, does not make me a less spiritual person than someone that attends a formal church service every week.

Sometimes people become down right nasty when they discover your spiritual beliefs are different than the majority of members within the surrounding community. In most situations I make a strong effort to keep such information private. I believe a person’s beliefs are a private matter. How I connect or communicate with whatever intelligence has designed us is my business. The last time I checked, there was no definitive proof any organized belief system had confirmed, one hundred percent, their perception of spiritual reality was correct.

Please understand that I am not writing this article to criticize any organized belief system. I definitely respect a person’s right to believe anything he or she desires.

Although I don’t personally agree with the common practice of worshipping named deities, because I feel doing so actually inhibits spiritual growth, I do believe I am a very spiritual person. In my opinion, worshipping something that is inherently a part of my physical and spiritual existence is counterproductive. Every living and non living thing on this planet, and in the collective universe, is an expression of universal intelligence.

The simple truth is that not every person is an atheist simply because he or she doesn’t embrace one of the socially accepted organized belief constructs. No person on this planet can state, with absolute certainty, what is the right religion! No matter how much we believe or disbelieve in something, it has no bearing whatsoever on the validity or invalidity of the concept or, in this situation, the religion in question.

What do you think about this subject?

 

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Belief Systems: What Do We Really Know About Them?

By Dr. John L. Reizer

Editor at NoFakeNews.net

Quite a few of the topics I have written about are sensitive subjects in the minds of most people. As human beings, we have varying degrees of emotional attachment to the individual components that make up the very fabric of our reality. The subject of religion is one such subject, within that fabric, many people feel strongly about.

It has been written by some scholars that there are so many formalized religions throughout the world that it is difficult to count them. Each one of these “belief systems” is accepted by its members as a legitimate explanation about spiritual reality. In more simplistic terminology, it could be written that each religion believes it is correct and that all of the others are wrong.

Most of us have very minimal knowledge about the belief systems we have embraced or accepted to be reality. We have learned most of what we do know about a particular belief system from our parents or because a priest/preacher/rabbi has demanded that we do so.

Once we have accepted certain belief systems and welcomed them into our lives, it is absolutely natural for the concepts to be reinforced by the members of our immediate community. The belief systems eventually become attached to our core beliefs and from that point forward, we tend to aggressively defend such concepts until the very day we leave this planet.

Our emotional attachments to various belief systems are quite strong. We are often more than willing to fight to the death to defend such concepts. (Almost all the wars that have taken place in the world have had something to do with religious beliefs.)

A Double Standard Exists

I have always found it interesting to note the reactions people have when confronted with different types of information. On numerous occasions I have witnessed students, professionals and others routinely demanding a certain level of proof when assessing comments or claims being made. These individuals apparently needed the information they received to be scrutinized for a high degree of accuracy. Obviously, these folks wanted to make sure that the “claims” in question were “the real deal.” Their rationale for having everything validated in such a careful manner was to satisfy personal or professional standards.

The same individuals, in other scenarios, would suddenly and without warning dismiss their high standards when assessing equally important information that impacted their lives. I found this to be especially true when the information in question was attached to a specific belief system. It has always fascinated me to watch this process unfold. An important, ancient event that allegedly took place several thousand years ago was not being scrutinized by the same people using the same set of standards because they chose to accept the ancient information via blind faith. Meanwhile, the present day claim was being assessed by them using a completely different set of standards.

I can guarantee that if I went on top of a mountain and claimed I had heard the words of a divine angel and I then reported my experience to the members of the media, I would most certainly be laughed at and not taken seriously. Another person making the same claim several thousand years earlier, with no one around to witness the miracle, is regularly given a free pass and their story/information is believed to be genuine by most people in society. Why the double standard and why do so many of us believe that miracles only occurred during ancient times?

A few years ago, one of my students asked me if I believed that life existed outside the confines of our Earth. I replied to the student in the affirmative and gave the reasons for my beliefs. The student, who was very religious, explained to me that most of the people that had written about such experiences had allegedly established communications with the supposed extraterrestrials through a medium known as channeling. The student wanted to know why I believed in something that was so ridiculous. I proceeded to answer his question by asking the young man another question that I already knew the answer to. I asked him if he went to church on a regular basis and he replied that he did. I also asked him if he prayed in church and at home. Once again he replied yes. I then asked the student if he thought someone or something was listening to his prayers and if he expected the prayers to be answered. The student paused for a moment and then responded with an affirmative nod. I took that opportunity to explain to the individual that he was sending and receiving channeled information every single time he said a prayer and perceived that he received an answer. I then asked the student if he thought the act of praying was ridiculous. The young man declined to answer me.

It might be too painful for many of us to question certain things that we have embraced in our lives and decided a long time ago were valid or not. This is human nature – the way we are wired! I think it is important that every person makes an effort to assess all information fairly, using the same set of standards regardless of whether the data is current or thousands of years old. By doing so, we will have a much better chance of attaining a truer understanding of where we have come from, where we are, and where we might be headed as a civilization. What do you think?