Below is the answer to a friend who asked why I couldn’t let people who believed and people who don’t in their respective ‘realities’. This was after I got word this friend had a mission to do so. I thought back and found that at some point (I even have the reasons and ways I would act written down somewhere…yes..on actual paper) I was the same. Idealistic I thought after I chose to leave that path, but it is something each person has to choose.
So as the question, if I could elaborate on WHY I failed that path:
“No problem. I felt it dishonest to my own reality to keep accepting that religion (based on controlling masses of people who believe) was okay for my surroundings. I saw what happened and couldn’t keep closing my eyes.
(Just had a conversation with my neighbor just the night before, which was about the same thing, but she was raised muslim and she was appalled by the vision of burqa wearing women at their holiday stay, while the muslim men were taking baths with European skin clad women. She was going to speak to the women about the fact that you either hold to religion all the way and the men should not bath there, or they should not wear a burqa there. (she thought it pure hypocrisy) However, because it was their holiday and she feared (yes there it is) that there would be other things behind some actions, she kept from it.)
You can accept people to ‘believe’, but if that believe isn’t believe but following a belief, it becomes religion. Nobody in the whole world can say: I believe in a god that already is written about. Why not? Because they haven’t come to believe this god existed on their own. Only children do that, when they are about 4, their imaginary friend. But reality catches up to them, because of their parents and peer pressure of the imaginary friends of other children (actually the fact that they find out that everyone has them and they are all called differently and are all imagination). Except if their parents hold on to an imaginary friend that is accepted globally, then they will eventually either accept that imaginary friend, or not. But those that don’t will first search for a replacement ‘imaginary friend’ and eventually, depending on their path find one, or none and come to terms with reality.
Holding to a god that is premade, is dishonest, because you either believe your own experience, or you take another’s because it is easy.
See, the gods that have been prefabbed up to today have all been rebuked by our growing reality. As you already stated:
Creationism accepts the stories of any one holy book to be true and all was created as it is.
Educated people accept that science has caught up with ‘believe’ and shows it is wrong.
Now what is the consequence? The story that tells you there is a god, is the same story that explains there has to be one, because he fabricated all that is, in the current state. BUT, if the story is false on account of created in current state, it fails its value as reason for a god. (you can create any number of other reasons for A god to exist, but then you are on the right track: You will try to find YOUR god, which will eventually lead you to a life of soul searching, whether you find one, or not, or find out that there is none.)
Simply said: I couldn’t reconcile the fact that you either:
Believe 100% or Know 100%. They are mutual exclusive by honesty.
If you believe something, you don’t know something. But if you know something, you can’t believe in it anymore. To believe something is to fear not something is (yes, this strange grammatical abhoration is meant this way). We believe something, because we need to overcome fear that it is the reversed (the unknown). When we know something, the fear retreats.