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Why less religion is better

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Over the years, religion, and especially Western religion, has proven to be not only ineffective, but also harmful. Many within the religion have fabricated the fear that leaving the religion will lead to something worse. It’s only in their minds, but it’s history and they stick to it.

As I said a few days ago, the first stages of deconstruction are extremely difficult, but once we progress a little further down the road, it gets a lot better, in my opinion.

Why less religion is better?

1. The community is more authentic.

It’s fitting that we talk about it now, because it’s Halloween. Trunk or Treat is an example of when the church takes us out of our real communities into a fake community overseen by clergy.

The community that religion promises is a fake, fabricated community where everyone believes the same thing and theoretically has the same goals. It is in no way organic or natural. It’s more of a business proposition. Even though it dons the metaphors of family and body, it is far less than the true community that naturally occurs in our daily lives.

2. Practices are much simpler.

Since leaving organized religion, my practices have become much simpler. I won’t quote what they are because I don’t want to argue or compare, but as much to say that they are simpler, deeper and much more authentic. This is exactly what I need, not what some clergyman prescribed me.

Not only do I not have to drive anywhere to accept all that my religion offers, but I can modify and change my practices to align with daily intentions. Some days I do nothing, sit quietly or breathe. It’s much better than before and no one takes my tithe afterwards.

3. Everything I need is inside.

It took some time to convince me of this fact. I don’t need anyone else to mediate or prescribe what I should learn or how I should practice. Leaving religion led to an inner healing that not only opened up the hurt parts, but also helped me see more clearly that everything I needed to thrive was there all along.

This not only promotes authenticity, but makes my spiritual journey much more efficient and pure. Jesus, and others began, “The Kingdom of God is within you.”. Organized religion only wrapped layers around this fact and made it nearly impossible to access. But when I left the religion and did the necessary work, it immediately became clear.

I not only reduced my religion, I realized that I never really needed it. The simple truth of most religions is easily taught, and especially with the internet, it is easily accessible. Awareness is much better than indoctrination and much less subject to abuse.

Once I got to this place where I realized I could go within and find simple, deep practices that served me while growing real communities organically, I immediately lost the desire to return to the organized religion. It is systematically destined to fail repeatedly.

I don’t expect everyone to totally agree with me, but I hope you’ll join the conversation. Laura and I have written a book called “Out into the Desert” which includes this assessment of organized religion in the 21st century as well as our experiences of 20 years of ministry and our record of thriving here in the desert.

We invite you to join us!

Be where you are,
Be yourself,

Forehand from Karl