Well, I'll probably unintentionally offend some externally religious souls with this post. Thank God this is a free country, at least in theory!
Just so you know, though, these musings come from me as a baptized and confirmed Christian, a former altar boy, a lay reader during services, an A-student of religious schools from grades 1 through 12, a former high school teacher of religion, theology, English, philosophy, and psychology at prominent religious high schools, a college philosophy and theology major, and the author of a small work on spirituality.
In other words, I have some experience with both the positive and sometimes negative aspects of organized religion.
Well, here goes.
Organized religion is a good idea. I just wish we would think more about it before we do it.
Organized religion has become too organized in some respects and not enough in others.
Religion is good, but some of its practitioners sure give it a bad name.
Many lose their religion to find it.
Some think their religion is more religious than others.
I don't know why God got into religion in the first place. He was doing just fine until it came along.
It's amazing how religious people know exactly what God means.
Most of the things in the Bible never happened, but all are true if you look at them in good light.
Those that are first will be last, and those that are last will be first. I'm always late.
There's nothing in organized religion that is specifically against free love. It's the sex thing that has a lot of restrictions.
One of the reasons I'm usually in conflict with organized religion is that my religious bearings are usually in conflict with the way most religions are organized.
The problem with morality, as filtered through organized religion, is that a member of organized religion doesn't have to be right in order to choose or act. Neither does a person outside of organized religion.
Between those inside organized religion and those outside it, it's a wonder we all haven't killed ourselves yet...but we sure keep working on it, don't we?