I'm Part of that 1.2 percent

Mar 9, 2009 at 10:32 PM
Hey, I found an article on Yahoo that actually mentions my religion among it's statistics in an article about declining religious numbers. Scientology is a bona fide religion, and I'm glad to see it listed there with the others.

Bummer about the decline. Religion is a good thing.

I think they may have included that more people are joining alternative religions in orer to make a point that religion is dwindling. But I don't think so. I think higher alternative religion numbers proves quite the opposite. I think it proves that a complacency is lifting. People live in a "I want this to work for me" world, and are searching for truth that is personal and real for them. And that's always a good thing.

I think more people becoming Scientologists means more people are really searching for the religion that works for them.

While I'm glad Scientology is mentioned in this article, I sure don't like the idea that more people are now completely unreligious. I can't imagine how empty a life must be without a spiritual and moral side to it. Without a belief in a higher purpose beyond mere day to day existence.

I am very religious. I'm part of the very religious core of this country.

I have a strong enduring belief in a Supreme Being. I have a religion that lays out specifically that I am a spiritual being, with infinite capability. And therefore inspires me toward my true potential. It works for me as a tool toward daily improving my life.

I hope some of those unreligious people find religion - any religion - that works for them. (I think mine would, but of course I do. That's why I chose this one. I really agree with it and it makes my life better when I apply the principles of Scientology to it.)

My postulate of hope for a better future goes out to everyone with no religion at all. May those people without religion find a higher purpose and a greater existence beyond this fleeting mortal frame. May they see their own potential as spiritual beings. And having that, may they find a connection to the infinite wisdom, truth and knowledge that is God.

11 comments

  1. desi Says:

    Read that last paragraph out loud if you'd like to pray it with me.

  2. Grahame Says:

    I agree with you. Having a religion (any religion) is way better than believing that we get 72 trips around the sun and then it's all over. What a horrible concept. Must be hard for athiests, thinking that all awareness will end and everything they've ever done will just turn to dust.

    It's no wonder executives of large corporations are willing to be so unethical about the environment and pushing dangerous drugs so they can make billions. They have no concept that their actions have consequences that will affect them in the future. If they had a religion then, hopefully, they'd have a different viewpoint.

  3. I think the 1.2% stat was put there more to show a move away from traditional religion rather than religion as a whole.

    I think it's a mistake to think that people without religions are necessarily any less moral than those that do have religion. My atheistic take on it is that morality is "just" an expression of our pack/tribal tendancies, and to that end an important part of what it is to be human.

    Grahame, I'd be curious to know where you get the idea that executives of large corporations are a) unethical, and b) have no religion. I suspect your assumption about a) has led you to an assumption about b).

    Also, I would absolutely love to believe in a benevolent god and personal immortality, but my desire to believe doesn't lead me to believe. Truth is not always comforting and the need for comfort never provides truth in and of itself. For me personally, there is nothing more profoundly spiritual than to exist. I can understand how those with a need for something more might see that as a minus, but for me it is a resounding plus. If there is an afterlife, I'll get there either way; if I miss out on anything by disbelieving in it in the meantime, then so be it.

    Just my opinion, though! As you (I think) know, I think people should be free to believe what they want to believe, as long as that belief doesn't drive actions that harm other people.

    You might find this article interesting.

  4. Grahame, Because you do not understand what it is like to have a non-belief doesn't mean you can arbitrarily apply your opinions to a uncollective group of people with various opinions and world views. Not all Christians think we should hang gays and not all Muslims think we should kill Jews.

    How dare you belittle me because I don't subscribe to your or anyone else's belief structure. I do think there is more to life than just 72 trips.

    Do everyone a favor Grahame, put your bigotry aside and hang out with an atheist for a day. Get to know at least one before you make such a wildly offensive comment.

  5. desi Says:

    I dated an atheist once. I found him to still have morals, but barely. It seemed odd to me that he agreed that once should be kind to others but not that there was spiritual significance to it. I don't know how to fit goodness and kindness into any framework but a sprititual one. I still don't understand how/why he did that, but I think perhaps his native true goodness was shining through his disspiritedness about others and what others had done to him.

  6. I can't speak for your ex, naturally, but the way I see it, because we live in tribes, then what we generally regard as bad behaviour tends to be stuff that will cause problems for us further down the line. If we kill someone, then people won't want to be around us. If we steal stuff, then people won't want to lend or share stuff with us. When you start to think of the impact that one's behaviour has on our breeding success rate, then you can see how either culturally or genetically these rules get wired into our brains.

    On the flipside of that, we know that spirituality can lead people to do terrible things, and whereas we might say that this or that Muslim suicide bomber was somehow pursuing an "inauthentic" version of Islam, on his personal level it was as authentic as it gets. I think religion reflects our in-built morality, rather than demonstrates the reasons for morality; that if we need to establish the origins and purposes of (ever-shifting) morality we need to look elsewhere.

    And I'm glad, as always, that we're keeping our channels open! In the maddening crowd it's refreshing that these things can be discussed in a genuine spirit of curiosity and exploration,without interpreting it as personal attacks.

  7. desi Says:

    @Beacon Schuler Wow, thanks for enlightening me on your view of things. How do out of body experiences, ghostly visitations, ESP, rememberances of past lives, or miraculous occurences fit into your atheism? Do you believe that any of those things have a valid place in the world or truly exist?

  8. I read aloud/prayed/postulated with you on that last paragraph of your post.

    I like a lot of religion(s). Yesterday I started reading the Nag Hammadi Scriptures:

    "...the mind of those who know will not perish. ... once you did not exist in flesh, you took on flesh when you entered this world. ... you will not take your flesh with you when you [leave it]. What is better than flesh is what animates the flesh [the soul]." From the Treatise on Resurrection, translated by Marvin Meyer.

  9. desi Says:

    @SomethingNice. I love finding truth in ancient scripture. It gives me hope in the future, knowing that the past has contained so much enlightenment in addition to all that trouble. Thanks for sharing that!

  10. pierre Says:

    I was I must say not a very religious person.Howerever I confusely felt that God should exist somewhere.
    I just started to get involved in Scientology, following courses, reading books. I truly felt that Scientology gives some pratical answers to many questions of life and brings as well the sprituality that is necessary for every human being.
    Desi, thank you for this very nice article which I think very inspiring. I shall follow your blog which brings me a useful connection to inside life of Scientology.
    Pierre

  11. Mr.Pete. Says:

    And furthermore... well, these other comments say much.
    I know a Militant Agnostic whose creed is,"I don't know, and you don't either." Her viewpoint on spirituality and God is similar to Beacon's and "there is nothing more profoundly spiritual than to exist." Her moral code could stand some edification simply because she hasn't looked at situations hard enough and from all sides to get her ethics up to snuff. She's learning more and more that it's really not okay to lie and cheat even a little. Her excuse for much of it is,"but it's the gov't" so it's okay. NOT. Bad things happen to those who do them, including any corporate executives who can't see past the dollar signs. Those who can and do no harm are not being addressed.