I've Lost My Faith in Organized Religion Essay

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I've Lost My Faith in Organized Religion

When I was four years old, I used to stand on top of the pews and sing my heart out. I had what my mother still refers to as "a heart for Jesus," and I loved to sing. I sang so loudly and with so much enthusiasm that I was an embarrassment to my incredibly introverted parents and a "blessing" to the adults around me.

I loved church. From belting "Father Abraham" to watching Gospel Bill videos to coloring pictures of David and Goliath, it was endless fun. The Sunday School teachers seemed immortal, and I loved talking to them, and I wanted to be just like them when I grew up. I learned to obey my parents and love my neighbor and speak in tongues. And of course I learned to love Jesus.

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The clever church does not stop at using guilt to obtain funding. It further seeks to control its members and every aspect of their lives. The church wants carbon copies of sin-free, squeaky-clean, productive citizens. Mormans are expected to spend two years of their lives volunteering as missionaries ( Oxtoby 319 ). The Catholic religion uses guilt to get its members to abstain from the use of birth control ( Oxtoby 329 ). The Catholic Church also tries to increase church attendance by making it a mortal sin to not attend church. Many Christian religions try to get their young people to remain "innocent and pure" by teaching them that sex is a dirty and sinful act outside of marriage. Baptists are taught to feel guilty about dancing, and Jews are forbidden from even touching ham or pork ( Oxtoby 75 ). Whether the church needs money, mass numbers of people, or specific behaviors from its followers, it can always be sure to achieve the desired results with a little bit of good old fashioned guilt.

One of the things that bothers me the most about religion is that it is extremely judgmental. Although they throw around phrases like, "hate the sin, not the sinner," the actions of religious people speak louder than their words. I was told since I was born that anyone who did not "accept Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior" would go to hell. The Church