Is it true that if one is not into religion one is godless?
Well…for one thing, if one is not into religion, then one does not submit oneself to any of the gods of the respective religions.
So for sure then, one is godless of a god (at least) in a given religion.
Generally, according to the teachings of religion, one shall then suffer in hell if one is not a submitter. That is creepy, isn’t it?
Religion salvages one from such predicament. If that’s true, one needs to subscribe to a religion (of one’s choice), and then sleep peacefully.
How does one pick the right religion?
That’s a daunting task, since there are so many to browse through. For a start, one could shortlist the favorite ones, as that would bring the numbers down to maybe, a dozen or less.
From the short listing, one could then start to check the:
- membership size
- Eastern, mid-eastern, or western
- Strictness of codes/rituals/taboos
- Architecture/design of the house-of-worship
- Pilgrimage sites
- Festivities & celebrations
From the above check-list, one could decide which religion is most appealing, or suitable and comfortable with.
If one is still not convince of any, then perhaps one could start looking at this whole idea in a more scientific way.
No…I don’t mean you should start being a scientist, but simply to start becoming more conscious of one’s surroundings and its creations. Look at the planets, e.g. the Sun and the Moon. But be careful here, because some people did exactly this thousands of years ago… and guess what happened?
That’s why I think, persons like Carl Sagan, instead of just looking out at the planets from the Earth, they also started looking back at the Earth from the outer space (out of the box thingy), and…voila!
“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?’ Instead they say, ‘No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.’ A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.” Carl Sagan.