Changing the way you think (renewing the mind)
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 12:2 –
Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by renewing the mind…
One of the major patterns of thinking humanity has created and cultivated is religion. This, in most cases, includes a deity who is to be feared unless a long list of unattainable demands are met. Failure typically means spending eternity being relentlessly tortured.
Judaism follows this pattern. An ancient nomadic Middle Eastern tribe created a god who demanded blood and a long list of rituals in order that they would be forgiven of their transgressions. The description of the ritualistic slaughter of innocent animals and the amount of blood which flowed in the temple as a result of these sacrifices would make any modern day bloody thriller seem like a children’s movie. This god also gave divine direction to their conquests as he demanded the extermination of entire nations of people including babies, children, and animals. A Christian will tell you that this was required in order to somehow bring to an end to evil pagan practices such as sacrificing babies to idols. I think it’s a bit ironic that babies are killed in order to stop the killing of babies. How does that make sense?
Christianity continues to build on this pattern as God ended up having to sacrifice himself to himself as the ultimate penalty for man’s sin. Of course, one would think that this act ended all the rituals, rules, and regulations of the previous religious system. However, this is not the case. As with all human solutions, the old rules and regulations were quickly replaced with a newer more modern version with a new list of rules that have to be adhered to in order to ensure one’s salvation.
Today, there are countless versions of Christianity and other religions all attempting to bring a human solution to the perceived problem of humanity’s inability to have morals and ethics without a divine code and our need for some sort of redemption from our mistakes. The reality is, this is where we need to change the way we think. This is where our minds need to be truly renewed. Let’s not conform to all these religions created by our ancestors who believed in myths and unseen spiritual forces. Let’s view life through the lens of knowledge, science, and what we have learned from history.
It is time to truly change the way we think (renew our minds) and view life with a positive world view without the negativity of ancient religions myths and practices.
– The de-Convert