Religion is a Book Club

by Anonymous

Have you ever been a part of a book club? You meet once a week, discuss the characters and plot. How is Sunday church any different (or any religion for that sake, I’m going to use Christianity because it is the most predominant religion in The United States)? You go on Sundays, read a few scriptures and listen to the choir music. What is the difference between those two gatherings? Going to church involves extra steps, you have some wine, maybe you will reflect on the sins you committed, and then go commit those sins the next week. Religion’s meta rarely evolves and they shame the individual who tries to change the meta.  

It can also be hypothesized that religion originated from a book club, but the people in the club were weird and got so obsessed with the story that they decided to leave their family and homeland to spread his message everywhere. Who in their right mind would do that? Moreover, it is also a toxic book club.  If another person does not belong to the same “book club,” you can discriminate against them for liking another fictitious being. But, some people argue that their fictitious being is better or superior to someone else’s fictitious being. How did we even get into this predicament in the first place? 

With all the effort Jesus’s disciples took to spread the message of God, do people – who are active members of the club follow it? No, many people who are a part of this special book club do not follow or read the book, enough though they may claim it is the most important book in their life. In Genesis 2:16-17, vegetarianism was affirmed as people’s spiritually proper diet, but I don’t see priests promoting a vegetarian diet. 

What are religions’ extra commitments that set them apart from a book club? Money. Notre Dame caught on fire and quite literally overnight around 1 billion dollars were donated to fix it. Why does a book club need a fancy place to read and carry their proceedings? They can do the same in any other kind of non-fancy building. Millions of hungry neighbors could have been fed instead.

Another issue with religion is that people take it too seriously. There’s a reason why the author of this article wishes to be anonymous. In Hinduism, eating beef is a taboo, which is essentially a fictitious being telling me not to eat it because it is a sin. How is that any different from Popeye telling people to eat spinach? I have never seen either of them in real life yet they tell me what to do.

With all the extra steps can religion leave us satisfied with our life? The answer is a resounding “no.” A book club will never tell me I am unworthy or I am a bad person who needs to be saved. Instead, it leaves me with more knowledge.

P.S.: This article is written to be edgy and is not intended to offend or incite any form of emotion.

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