Quoting Masturkate TTC:" Believing in a religion or god is a nice idea... but it isn't compatible with human nature. Humans use ... [snip!] ... few. The risk of religion being a negative thing is far too high for me to want my children to have anything to do with it. "
I think that religion can
be dangerous.....like organized religion, for sure, so I can agree with some of what you're saying.
However, at the same time, I can't deny how exceptionally positive and uplifting it can be as well. There are so many lovely acts of humanity that have roots within various religions....and there are so many people who have found hope and overwhelming positivity through their spiritual and religious journeys. I have had my fair share of negative experiences with religion but most of my experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. Exposure to many different belief systems has led me to where I'm currently at spiritually and I'm so very content with that. The beliefs I hold are so non specific and I do not follow any particular religious text or teachings, yet I'm very secure in my beliefs. I think the reason that I've found such happiness is the fact that I don't believe in hell at all......I believe that evil is man made. I believe that our spiritual selves are pure......no "good" no "evil" just pure.
I would sit here all day long explaining my beliefs. Anyway, thank you for answering my question. I certainly can see where you're coming from and it seems that you are very happy and secure in your beliefs and what you're teaching your children and that is a good thing!