Does religious following always stem positive beliefs?
I had always found it to be a weakness in someone if they were religious. To me, it appeared as though those people were too scared to create a purpose for themselves in a life that wasn't individually tailored.
I was horribly wrong in being so close-minded towards the faith of others. I didn't realise that in feeling annoyance towards the religious practice of others, I was spawning the actions that I detest most. It is so frustrating to see the conflict in nations abroad stemming from such minute trivialities in belief. From studying a subject in theological history, I was both shocked and amazed to discover that the Bible could be taken out of context as much as it has.
Jewish people have by and large been blamed for deicide in company of the ignorance that Jesus was a Jew himself. Similarly, people seem to take the Bible as cold hard fact in spite of the disciples living several decades after Jesus' death. Even so, faith presupposes that this factual evidence is made redundant. That is completely understandable. However, it is when the Bible, as well as any other sacred text, is taken to be literal that problems seem to arise.
Too much of history has provided tangible evidence to suggest that religious allegiance creates a society in disharmony. Whilst I strive to become more open-minded in my acceptance of others, I only ask that people think about the consequences of their beliefs. Does it precipitate hatred or negative ideas arising in prejudice? Does it inflict upon the liberty of others? I don't undermine religion in itself. I simply feel frustrated by the notion of it being taken out of context to give rise to unegalitarian principles.