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Religion is like Instagram

Did Instagram remind me of religion or did religion remind me of Instagram? I can’t remember, but it doesn’t matter. 

Instagram photos are a little deceiving. The filter option helps, a lot. Was the sea really that blue? The sand that golden? It’s an app that really shows how beautiful a destination is, even if it wasn’t quite that colourful.

Before filter…

After filter!

As an atheist I am always being told the world is too beautiful, too orderly, too perfect. To think this is to filter over much of the negative that rarely gets a mention. 

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, even if they say it is.

First photo credit: Dave Bevis


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  1. A modern Christian or a new ager might make such a statement. A Buddhist, on the other hand, believes that “life is pain”, and looks forward to the dissolution of Nirvana. Jesus and Paul were apocolypticists, and believe that the world was evil, and that the Son of Man, the cosmic judge, would soon arrive to bring about the spiritual kingdom of heaven on earth. There is no one “religion”. All the great religions contain truths and falsehoods. The question is, how much bath water will you have to drink before you find the baby? At some point, most of us will need to come to grips with big questions: Why are we here? What is it all for? Until you reach this point, religion is wasted on you. Sadly, many who have passed through the earlier phases of development, becoming first independent, then learning to develop constructive interdependent relationships, still throw away everything they’ve learned in their desperation to grab hold of some meaning, and abandon all critical thinking to become zealous converts to a chosen religion. Better to come to it with skepticism, but with an open mind, and see what nuggets of truth you can find.


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