If I were religious I would think that it would be a profoundly personal experience. My religion could not be dictated to me, it would be something I would have to find for myself. There should be no need for a bible or sacred text. The religion I follow should be perceptible and apparent. I should not have to be told the name of my god or his laws, I should be able to discover them on my own.
When people say they follow a religion, it appears just like that. They follow something preset for them. It is not their true beliefs, only the beliefs of someone else. If Islam never existed before today, how many people would claim to be Islamic tomorrow? How many people would know the name of God and the his law? I don't think you can choose to believe in something. I can't make myself believe that the sky is red or water is not wet. You either believe in it or you don't because your beliefs are you sincere beliefs you know to be true regardless of what you may tell yourself.
So...why not drop it. Discard the bible and everything you know about your religion and ask yourself, what do I believe in? What do I feel is right and wrong? You're doing it anyway. Most people live in contradiction to their stated religion because they really don't believe in their religion. Why bother with the pretense?
I think we all are religious because we have things that we believe in. Really believe in. For me, I believe in a lot of things, not just one titular thing. I believe in real friendship and the benefit of hard work. I believe that some bad is necessary, some people need to be smacked, and the fact that the world is made up of the good and the bad and their is no greater explanation for that other than human nature and that we must deal with our own problems. All my sincere beliefs form my unique outlook of the world. My religion. And as life goes on, my religion matures as my experiences grow. In the end, the only thing I could pass on is knowledge and wisdom as I see it. Another would have to hear it and determine for themselves what is right for them and what is wrong.
Religion is your sincerest beliefs. Your personal views and feelings. No one can tell you your religion so why not start your own.
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