It's Time to Leave Organized Religion Behind

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 30th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Religion has nothing to do with spirituality. Each of us needs to transcend our religion.

Religion is obsolete

I don't deny that there are some churches out there that do a lot of good work feeding and clothing the poor, but apart from that, organized religion has for centuries, and continues to be, a scourge of humankind, a plague upon us all.

Religion is responsible for the unspeakable cruelty of the Crusades. Religion is responsible for the Spanish Inquisition. Religion caused the Salem Witch Trials. Religion caused 9/11. It is religious fervor that drives Al-Quaeda and the Taliban and all fundamentalist religious zealots.

Religion drives home to you that you are a sinner, and nothing could be further from the truth. That teaching is in fact a great blasphemy, for you are not a sinner, you are a magnificent spiritual being and you are here to create from the wonder that is you. Religion teaches that the best you can hope for is to lead a righteous life, at the end of which you may be rewarded in an afterlife. That millions of people cling to such a primitive belief system keeps them permanently in the darkness, and it keeps them in a permanently disempowered state. That is not what God is or is all about. That is a blasphemy as well.

Who you really are

You and I - all of us - are at one with the forces that made us, with the great forces that formed the universe and the great galaxies, but that truth was taken out of religion, as religion became the primary vehicle by which to exert control over the people. The height of arrogance is the height of control of those that created God in their own image.

How can anyone sin against the greatness of the universe of which we are part and parcel? How can anyone, in this galactic backwater out here in the boondocks at the edge of the Milky Way, betray God Almighty? How can you betray that which you inherently are? Are you good? No, you are not good. Are you bad? No, you are not bad. You are God.

The quantum world

Quantum mechanics has demonstrated the magnificent creative power of each of us as individuals. It has demonstrated that we are all "possibilities of consciousness." It has proved that we all create our own reality. Whereas religion robs you of your responsibility for your life, quantum physics has demonstrated that we all create our own reality, and that the fundamental fact of life is unity - that we are all, in fact, one. And you get - always - whatever you think, and whatever you believe, because you are always the supreme creator. You are completely responsible for your life. If you believe in lack you will have lack. If you believe you're a victim you will be victimized. The universe will always rearrange itself to conform exactly to your idea of reality. That is how powerful a creator you are.

Kiss religion goodbye. It is an anachronism. You no longer need it. It is an albatross about your neck. Without the crushing weight of religious belief bending your body and mind, you will be able to soar, unburdened and free - free of fear, free of guilt, free of shame - forever.

Link: We Are All One
The Saga of Charlie and Sam, parts 1, 2, 3, 4.

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World Trade Center photo from pjmedia.com
Meditation photo from channelcast.tv

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Mariah
30th Sep 2013 (#)

Hi Steve
This is a subject you clearly feel very strongly about, and as such I respect your views.
My personal take on religion is each to their own, no more no less than that.
Mariah

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks for commenting Mariah. I appreciate it.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Oct 2013 (#)

I have to say Steve that what you write here is so Right On...and so many still don't get it...maybe in a few lifetimes they will..

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Sep 2013 (#)

Steve -- I love this. Enough said.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Phyl. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Amen! Brother. I couldn't agree with you more.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Jerry. Hope you're all dried out.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Not yet, Steve, but we're getting there slowly but surely.

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author avatar LOVERME
1st Oct 2013 (#)

well religion and politics
are like two testes
of a P....leader
who
breeds
seeds
and
then
weeds

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author avatar chrysolite
21st Jan 2014 (#)

..... wibble ....

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author avatar avery sandiego
1st Oct 2013 (#)

I don't want to be trapped in any form of religion. I have my own philosophy and belief to guide me.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Good for you, avery,

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Insightful and bold post Steve, and straight from your shoulders as usual. Religion has created many Gods and some are willing to fight on their behalf and kill each other! I have lived amid those who were born into major beliefs and in my eyes we are all same till we are emotionally misled to act above reason and truth. We are made same and from the same source. When I was young few of us with different religious backgrounds used to make fun of others' religious rituals and beliefs - just plain banter. Now, people have become touchy.Religion has sadly divided us and there are few to ignite hatred among us and keep them festering for their selfish ends. Time to step out of this vicious circle. There is only one source of Creation and that is beyond our understanding though we can try to unravel the puzzle and its meaning - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Siva. Your words of wisdom are always welcome here.

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author avatar Reni Sentana-Ries
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Fantastic insight, Steve. But I don't believe it was Osama bin Laden and his Taliban group who brought the 3 New York towers down and attacked the Pentagon. There is too much evidence which points into a different direction, and yet that direction is also religion-based.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

I think 9/11 was an inside job, and religious zealots were played as pawns in their game.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
1st Oct 2013 (#)

this is so bloody right on Steve...thank you for so clearly delineating What IS...

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Oh dear ,Steve , and on my birthday as well ....
I expect you have been waiting for my reply ...so here goes ...head first ....
Firstly , I am definitely NOT God...for which we can all sigh with relief , but I am made in His image , and He is my Saviour, Father and Friend , along with many other titles.
I also agree there are many Religions in the world , all vying against each other for supremacy ...with catastrophic results ...
I am a Christian ...A follower of the Lord Jesus Christ , who redeemed me from destruction , filled me with His Holy Spirit , and forgave and cleansed me of all my sins ( for which I am Eternally grateful ) and calls me His Beloved .
He ( Jesus ) is my best Friend , my Comforter , my Helper , and so much more ...
I know how He has changed my life since I gave my heart to Him , and I will always serve Him and live my life to please Him ... I do not choose to harm any other of His creation ..even if they wish me harm ...but I would be the first to say that I am not perfect , but with the help of my Lord , I will do my best ...
God bless you Steve .
Stella ><

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author avatar Mariah
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Happy Birthday Stella, hope you have a lovely day.
You have the right to honour your faith and beliefs. as does Steve, as do we all.
It comes down to each to their own.
People will always differ on this subject, the main thing is that we acknowledge and respect that as being the case.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Stella, may I wish you, my fellow Libran, a very, very happy birthday. I would love it if you would rent and watch the movie "What the Bleep do We Know?", which explains better than I how we are all magnificent creators of our own reality. Jesus is your lord, your best friend and your savior because you have created him that way, and I say good for you! Bless you.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you dear Steve for your birthday wishes . I have had a blessed day .... as for considering me a Libran ...well I was once but do not see myself as such anymore ...I have chosen a higher honour as a daughter of the True and Living God , who is my Creator and I am His created child .
My name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life , and I am seated ( by faith ) in the heavenly realms and blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus my Lord ...Ephesians 1 v 3.
That is what I Know , with no bleeps attached my friend .
God bless you with wisdom and understanding in that which is Truth .
Stella

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Oct 2013 (#)

oh god...the troop is in town again dear darling dear friend and all that jazz....

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author avatar Terry Trainor
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Hi Steve an interesting concept, I believe that culture is the root of our perceived reality and each one of us lives within the confines of what we know and understand. Quantum mechanics is well over my head but I think that perception overrides reality. I can’t say too much about your post because it caught me by surprise, so I will have to research further. Thanks for sharing such a thought provoking post.

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author avatar Markthespark
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Hi Steve. Bold statements indeed. Problem is conflicting views to what is often termed the "opium of the masses" are never brought out very often militantly in the open, like you have. Many people come back from the brink of self-destruction/death and find an inner peace and healing you've never seen before. Then you stand in awe and wonder what mystic figure/event could have driven it. As the world is evolving people are drifting from the original basic religious concepts and precepts unfortunately ... the religious among us are also told: "be careful fo the wolf in sheep's clothing." I believe we all shall be judged on the religion we were born into be it, Greek, Jew, Catholic, Muslim, etc ... how you followed the precepts of the particular religion you were reared in. We all in effect serve ONE God. You shall in effective be judged in how you carried yourself in your faith, if you are a person of religious conviction. There is no proof either that the other alternative mystical forces, like quantum physics, chakra etc can transport us to better places, a better world. So there are those among us who hang on to faith .. the evidence of things not seen ... that is what faith is all about. I f we could have it all our own way, it wouldn't be faith now would we. Many say we'll never know, but I'll take my chances and follow the path of the Lord. It's easy to pontificate now on religion, but ultimately I've seen many lie on their death beds, who have had no religious conviction before, ultimately call out to God to save them. We have to keep in mind that this life is merely temporal .. this is not the end of the journey my friend, but part of it. However we should live it to the full here on earth!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

There is no one who will judge you, unless it is yourself.

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author avatar Mariah
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Hi Steve,
That is your belief and you have every right to that, but so do others in their beliefs.
It's a massive subject, of which we can only all agree to differ

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2013 (#)

Our perception is everything. It makes our own reality real to us, and that perception is always unique to us, created exclusively by and for us. Quantum physics reveals that in doing scientific experiments, the perception of the experimenter colors the results - different experimenters achieve differing results according to their differing perspectives. Thanks for commenting Terry. I appreciate it.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Oct 2013 (#)

here we bloody go again....you do stir the bloody soup up as I do.....

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Interesting indeed, and very informative as well eye opening!

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author avatar Terry Trainor
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Hi. Steve. Having looked at the quantum physic equations they all seem to add up but them a problem with the outcomes is they have used standard deviation to arrive at a balance. Standard deviation is about probability if something cannot be measured then this is used. An example might be that if you had a handful of sand and threw it on the floor it would be impossible to say where each grain would end up. So to help solve that unknown controls would be put into the experiment. Maybe the sand would fall from a given height onto exactly the same floor surface and closed off from any external influences. In those conditions the greater part of the dropped sand would land in a heap but there would always be some sand away from the heap. Standard deviation ignores the few grains that do not follow the majority of the other grains and puts a percentage into the equation that allows for that deviation. The higher the deviation the lower the probability. There are many scientists that agree and disagree with quantum consciousness and I have posted Victor Stenger’s take on the theory simply because he took it upon himself to sum up what the others say. My own take is, ‘I don’t know’ but I had a fascinating journey into this subject as science is one of my greatest interests. Again thanks for this mind boggling post.
Victor Stenger
Taken from Rational Wiki
“The overwhelming weight of evidence, from seven decades of experimentation, shows not a hint of a violation of reductionist, local, discrete, nonsuperluminal, non-holistic relativity and quantum mechanics - with no fundamental involvement of human consciousness other than in our own subjective perception of whatever reality is out there. Of course our thinking processes have a strong influence on what we perceive. But to say that what we perceive therefore determines, or even controls, what is out there is without rational foundation.”

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Very interesting. Thanks Terry. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Markthespark
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

Science is science , spiritual is spiritual. In my opinion God gives man the resources (whether intellectual or physical) to experiment and build scenarios, which He or She can either use to build a better world or destroy it. Don't try telling us that scientists on the whole are unequivocally building a better world! And let me qualify, there are of course good scientists doing a lot of good in the world. Danger is that we don't throw out of balance what God gave us in the first place. The world the way it is, is not going to stay the same forever. As one cleric said recently: "The end times are not coming still, we're already living in the end times."

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Oct 2013 (#)

You see God as distinctly separate from man. But I don't see any 'out there' out there. The entire universe lies within. Thanks for commenting Markthespark.

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author avatar Markthespark
3rd Oct 2013 (#)

Nope, Jesus was human just like you and me, my friend. Anyway, as someone said earlier, "each to his own". Thanks for the post, we need the debate.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Oct 2013 (#)

Yes, and Jesus told us "These things that I do, ye shall do also, and even greater things." He was saying that each of us has the power within us to become what he became. We are gods, my friend.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
3rd Oct 2013 (#)

we are getting there slowly where God has decided to reach us personally through our own conscience. Foolow our voice of the heart and we will be redeemed and not by donations at all

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
3rd Oct 2013 (#)

sorry - follow

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Oct 2013 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you Deepa.

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author avatar LOVERME
8th Oct 2013 (#)

WHY DO U ALWAYS SKIP ME ...
YOU ARE my moderator don't you see it hurts me

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Perhaps, LOVERME, if your comments made sense, Steve would respond to them.

Not responding to one of your sexually colored comments hurts you? P-L-E-A-S-E! Grow up.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Oct 2013 (#)

Amen.

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author avatar M G Singh
12th Oct 2013 (#)

Steve. Nobel thoughts and I agree with you, but all this looks so remote and impossible.

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author avatar Retired
25th Oct 2013 (#)

Steve, I very much enjoyed your post, although I don't agree with all of it.

I DO agree with what is probably your main point, which is: It is high time that people transcended ancient DOGMATIC religions! And I agree that such religions are certainly not needed for a person to be spiritual!

But I do not see how "quantum physics has demonstrated that we all create our own reality."

In regard to: "the fundamental fact of life is unity - that we are all, in fact, one." ...The more advanced people of religion, especially the eastern religions, have been saying that for centuries. And the still living very scholarly Bishop John Spong comes close to that. He said: "We are deeply interdependent. There really is no such thing as the individual; that's a myth that came out of our ignorance."

I don't know about quantum mechanics, but evolution and genome studies shows that we are extremely similar; and socially we are so interconnected and interdependent that we are very close to being "one."

Thanks for a thought-provoking and courageous article! :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Oct 2013 (#)

And thank you Fred for your thought-provoking comments. They are much appreciated.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Oct 2013 (#)

oh oh oh and away we go...in to the wild blue yonder!!!!!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Yes!

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author avatar chrysolite
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for this article, Steve, which reminds me that I should also write an article about religion and science, for example.

When is science right? Is it more or less right than religion?

Seems that the majority of people still feel that they want to fill an empty space within themselves with religion and/or science, but in reality it's not necessary.

Need permission to skip belief in religion and science? You can have mine and also my assurance that it simply makes you happier and totally free to give up all those false beliefs. I've given them up 30 years ago and I'm still alive, free, healthy and happy, no punishment in sight!!!

Try it for just 30 days and then tell me how you feel!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Good suggestion. Thank you chrysolite.

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