Is religion a handicap?

Is religion a handicap?

Tōkyō : Japan | Apr 03, 2012 at 8:04 AM PDT
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My religion wise friends tell me that I maybe on my way to hell because I live in Japan and the country is full of infidels. Their good intentions are meant to save as many as possible souls from burning.

But it’s far from handicap to live in a country where people is not trying to get you to become an ‘enlightened religious freak.’ On the contrary, it’s a treat because you are free to practice whatever religion you think is right for you. And there is the added value of understanding the conundrums of religions and what their role in human evolution was, is, and will be.

The ‘freaks’ say there is no chance the infidels enter the garden of Eden because only believers go to heaven and since God is a stubborn bloke, he won’t take evil doers, axis of evils, or politicians. As it is, to enter heaven you must stay away from the right…from the left…and from the centre. And they say,

“dud! No mater what you do, infidels are doom. All doom!”

Clearly seen from what is going in Syria, Irak, Afghanistan, Palestine, Europe, Greece, the USA, —rather soon— Iran, to mention what attracts the most media furor; the world is full of infidels whose access to heaven maybe denied. At least God won’t suffer of overpopulated barracks; thus, avoiding riots, rampaged shootings, and phony looking presidential campaigns.

But what the heck? Why only believers go to heaven? Who decides that? Where do infidels go? What do infidels do to deserve such a divine kick in the arse? And why believers believe they hold the master’s truth?

When you read any of the holly books: Talmud, Bible, Koran, etc., —and I have read them— it is clear the texts agree that the Almighty’s aim is to save everyone. The good, the bad, and the ugly. If you ask me, I wish he had considered sending politicians to hell for an ‘intensive anti-cockroach manners training’ before accepting them among decent people. But then he would have no jokes to laugh about.

You have to also consider that many non-believers, as the Japanese, are just agnostics wishing to be prove wrong. They will live their life without bother others or be bother for what others believe. For them religion is not a handicap, but an ingrained part of most humans. Something to be sceptical about, but something personal and something to respect.

So anyone with religion-wise friends, I assure you, will benefit from the argument. But in the same token anyone with enlightened-religious-freak friends should move to Japan.

Jorge Herbert is based in Tōkyō, Tokio, Japan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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