Many leave religion as a result of the hypocrisy in holy wars. Man is in charge of religion, and taints it, like everything else. When people realize that religion is not God, and stop confusing man’s failed attempts at spreading the word of God, while simultaneously murdering people whose religious beliefs are different than theirs, or for the pedophilia rings, or for the bedazzled and pimped up jeweled and limo chauffeured evangelical preachers, whose members are often in extreme poverty, at that point they can begin their journey with God.
One of the things that is sure to make my blood boil, is the outrageously self- entitled and self- exalting notion in determinism that everything is exactly as God intended it, therefore, removing any personal responsibility for relieving the suffering of others. How antithetical to humility is the belief that everything is exactly as God intended it, while living in absolute luxury while so many are suffering unfathomable misery, or even comfortably while others are immensely suffering?!
The Protestant work ethic is a term that resulted from the belief in the Protestant movement of determism and the Calvinist doctrine predestination and the electorate, ( those who would be granted eternal life in heaven) and the hell-bound which were also predetermined prior to birth, which offered a single way out – through hard work, benefiting the King of England :
Here are what my personal guiding religious principals are
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful individuals can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead