Does Religion Stifle Liberty?

Hello! My name is Mike, and I am NotYourAverageMillennial.

This post may make people a bit uncomfortable but it should be discussed. Does religion stifle liberty? We are all searching for answers regarding who we are, why we are here, where are we going, and what are the mysteries of the universe. One of the great things about liberty is that we have the ability to search for answers and even question what we don’t understand. In today’s post this is what I want to discuss.

I want to put out a disclaimer beforehand. This site does not favor a specific religion and will not look to ridicule any specific religion, but merely to state how things like organized religion has kept people from achieving true liberty.

The Problem With Organized Religion

In modern times, organized religion is how people would address their spiritual lives. However, does organized religion come from the true Creator, or is it any invention of man?

Almost all organized religious institutions are 501c3 tax exempt organizations. This means that they are under control of the government. What this also means is that these religious institutions are restricted in relation to what they can talk about during their sermons, otherwise they can lose their tax exempt status. So organized religion is merely a mouthpiece for government-approved sermons.

In addition to that, organized religious institutions are merely businesses. Think about the top of the food chain as far as “religious leaders” are concerned. If you are following the likes of Joel Olsteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Peter Popoff, TD Jakes, and Leroy Johnson, you may want to take a seat.

These “leaders” are only about one thing: MONEY! Have you seen the mega churches that these “leaders” preach from. Talk about preaching from an Ivory Tower. The problem is that the herd, I mean, congregation buy into it hook, line, and sinker. They never stop to question certain things like:

– Why are these “religious leaders” making truckloads of money while there a people starving?

– Why are most of the followers of these “religious leaders” anything but spiritual?

“Constantinianity” and Sunday-Only Christians

Let us go back in history to 325 AD. The Roman emperor Constantine established the Council of Nicea in order to create a state-approved version of Christianity. The truth is that the Roman Empire was struggling to stay in power and so Constantine used his new state approved religion to restore faith in the Empire and so they came up with the salvationist doctrine whereas long as people believe in Jesus Christ as God that they would be saved. This was a way to pacify the Roman citizens so that they would not revolt against the Empire, having them looking towards the afterlife and not their current situation as subjects.*

*Many of my Christian readers may disagree with what I am talking about here regarding the Christian religion. I want to state for the record that I have a high regard and respect for the Jesus Christ figure for how he tried to get humanity to love God and love each other. However, in my opinion, by people worshiping Christ as God this reeks of idolatry, which is against the Bible.

With the establishment of Constantine’s Christianity, the Roman citizens were pacified. Their attention was focused on the hereafter to distract them from revolting. But that’s not the weirdest part. The truth is that this form of Christianity is in place today. I called most modern Christians “sunday-only Christians”. These are the Christians who only attend church on Sundays and feel that they have been “cleansed” in the spirit. Of course, I disagree, but I digress.

If I were a betting man, Jesus wouldn’t want people to be sunday-only Christians. In my honest opinion I don’t think that Jesus was calling for people to call themselves Christians either. The one thing that I am certain of is that Jesus was not pushing a religion. He was trying to bring people to true spirituality, which I will touch on later in this post.

Atheists Have a Religion Too…. So do Statists.

In this section I will touch on two other religions that people don’t realize are religions.

Atheists use scientific materialism as their religion. Mark Passio has called this “scientism”. Yes scientism is a religion. They only believe in what they can experience within the five sense realm of physicality. Although this would seem logical, let me ask you this: Do you believe in joy? Do you believe in love? What about fear? These are abstract things that can’t be seen physically. But they can all be felt. This is how you know it’s real. Every one of us have felt these emotions. And there it is. The one thing we know exists that we can’t see: emotions. But let’s take this a step further and break down this word. E-motion = energy in motion. Ah, look at that! Energy is something that cannot be destroyed, but merely transferred. I will touch on this in a future post regarding the economy. Energy plays a huge role regarding spirituality.

If atheists only believe in what can be experienced in the five sense realm then is it safe to say that they don’t believe in energy as well? And if that is the case, how do explain things like electricity, fuel, and emotions?

But statists have a religion as well. Those who follow my page know where I am going with this. Government is the religion that the statists follow. You may be wondering why I would say that government is a religion. Well not only is it a religion, it may be the biggest religion with the most loyal following. It is also the biggest display of idolatry that I have ever observed. Statists worship a man, or group of men, depending on whether you live in a democracy or a dictatorship, who believe that they have the inherent right to rule you. But where did this right come from. Well some may reference Romans 13 where it says let every man be obedient to the ruling class because they are instituted by God. Well no offense but if the current government is instituted by God, then that is a god that I want nothing to do with. However, I highly doubt that a benevolent creator would endorse the type of government that exists today. Again this is just my opinion.

What is True Religion?

So what is true religion? It’s not anything that was instituted by men that are bent on controlling their subjects for the sake of their own power. True religion should be meant to free you and give you true joy, not enslave you. Jesus said that the kingdom of God does not come with observation. The kingdom of God is within you. Jesus also said that he is not to be worshiped as God. So the “sunday-only Christians” have got it all wrong and this explains why they are not truly spiritual.

True religion is when people will realize that they have to work on cleansing their own temple. It is introspection. It is showing empathy to others and treating them as an equal human being. It is realizing that I don’t have the right to control you and you don’t have the right to control me. It is about influencing positive change into the world through right action and true education of liberty and freedom.

True religion is certainly not attending a building once a week to here some man preach for an hour about one bible verse about how you should give him ten percent of your money or God won’t bless you. True religion is certainly not about telling someone to worship a figure as God or they will burn in hellfire for all eternity. Most importantly, true religion is not subjecting yourselves to the ruling classes who claim to be instituted by God. That is just madness!

Conclusion

So we definitely covered a lot of ground on this topic. If you are a follower of a specific religion, once again, this is not to dissuade you from your faith. Again, the great thing about liberty is that you can live your life the way you see fit without interference. It is just to show you that you have been misinformed about true religion purposely for the sake of another man’s agenda. I will end this post with a quote from the popular film “The Matrix”:

“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it”

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12 thoughts on “Does Religion Stifle Liberty?

  1. Brandon

    Whether I agree or disagree with anything you said is irrelevant. You stated your opinions and backed them up with research. Sadly nowadays everything just turn into a big argument, instead of just having a conversation and I the end just agree to disagree. I really enjoyed the article.

    1. Hello Brandon! I appreciate your reading of the article with an open mind. Yes there are many people who get emotional over this discussion but I understand why. Thank you for your comment!

  2. Interesting article and thanks for posting some great thoughts! Difficult to say if religion stifles liberty, but for me, religion is about being a good person, following my journey in life, and doing what I feel is the right thing to do, irrespective of my religion. Joy, love, fear, and all the other emotions and guiding principles we live by — that is what is important to me.

    1. Hello Amy. There is a difference between organized religion and true religion. Maybe a better way was to title this “Does Organized Religion Stifle Liberty”. And yes TRUE religion is about being a good person, following your journey in life, and doing what you feel is the right thing to do. This is exactly what living liberty is about. Thanks for the comment!

  3. I grew up in an area where everyone considered themselves to be religious. This was based on going to church on Sunday. I saw them there and I saw them when not there. I saw so many hypocrites, it really turned me off of organized religion. I understand what religion is all about and it isn’t the corporate religion we mostly see. I believe in doing the right thing every day and doing the best I can. That is good enough for me.
    Thanks for your view on this subject.

    1. Hello Curtis. I can see why organized religion turned you off. It did for me too. I believe in just treating people with empathy and allow them to live their life in peace provided that they aren’t hurting anyone. It good to know you were wise enough to know what true religion is all about and didn’t fall for the trap of state approved religion. Thanks for the comment!

  4. This was interesting information and I tend to agree with what you had to say. I think that whether you have religion or not, you can still be a good person with good morals. I don’t think you need religion for that. I think I am a good person with good principles, and that I got from my parents 🙂

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this post, Matt’s Mom. And yes with religion or not you can certainly be a good person. I do believe that even those that follow some sort of organized religion does mean well. And if you have good principles then your parents did a great job raising you. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Your article is interesting, however I am a believer of Jesus Christ and I know that Jesus and God are one taking idolatry off the table. Knowing history and having book knowledge are important but having God given revelation is an overlooked necessity. If we were to know and understand everything about GOD with our finite minds, would God be greater than us? Would He be capable of saving us if He’s on our human level? Christianity outdates Constantine by at least 200 yrs. Christianity started when Christ was born. Nero who is before Constantine was persecuting Christians and Constantine stopped the persecution. There’s so much more to this but I will concede. Also I have a personal relationship with Christ. He has saved my family from the evils of this world. He has touched my life personally. Thank you for this article. Very good read. Best wishes

    1. Hello Davona! That is quite okay that you are a believer in Jesus Christ. In fact, so am I. I just don’t believe that he was God. I believe in his message and look at him as someone who shook up the status quo by speaking against religious leaders (the Pharisees and Sadduces). I think Christ would have spoke against the pastors of present day as well. As far as if we were to know and understand everything about God, would he be greater. I will agree and say no it wouldn’t. What it would do is show God that we want to know Him and understand Him rather than just take Him at face value or just go by what some man behind a pulpit tells us who God is. I am glad that you and your family found your answers regarding your faith. As I said the great thing about liberty is you are free to live your life as you choose. Thanks for your comment!

  6. Tony

    Hi, Mikey,

    Your words about true religion made me reflect on it. There are a lot of people, who just demonstrate their faith, without really believing in God. This is not the honest approach.
    You’d better be a good person, doing right things, helping other people, when they need you, rather than pretending to be someone, who you are not, using God’s name falsely.

    Thank you for this post!

    1. Hello Tony! You are absolutely right. An atheist for example can be a good person, yet we have been taught they are godless which makes us believe they are bad people or immoral. But then on the flip side a devout religious person could believe that`it is justified to shun those, and even go as far as to condemn them to hell because they don’t believe what they believe. Radical Islam is an example of this. Their faith says it is justified to kill the infidels (non-believers) which is certainly immoral. Thanks for the comment!

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