Religion & Alcohol- An analogy

Religious alcoholism“I’ m really happy that you became sober learning through a hard way that alcohol is bad for you. I would be happier if tomorrow you will realize that your atheism is wrong and accept God” my cousin told me while we were arguing over the historicity of Jesus Christ last week.

Being an atheist in a religiously orthodox family is a tough task. Blood is always thicker than water and in our family blood is even thicker than religion. Arguments over religious faith and god is a common occurrence when we, cousins, aunts, and uncles meet up. But until today, it hasn’t affected our love and care for each other.

Anyway, I don’t find any logic in my cousin’s statement. Similar to her, I was also raised in a religiously orthodox family. But, when I realized that religions all over the globe do nothing other than promoting a process of nonthinking called faith among masses and exploiting them, I broke myself from the shackles of religion.

Turning into a freethinker is no easy task, a task akin to an alcoholic’s pursuit to become sober.

Alcohol is the most widely consumed legalized drug. So, is religious faith. Alcohol is a central nervous depressant. Similarly, religious faith depresses the freethinking human brain. To put it simply, the effect of religious faith and alcohol is similar to the human brain.

We can see that some people after embracing sobriety may convert to any religious faith or spirituality sect. They also boast about how the religious faith worked wonders while taking up sobriety. In fact, those people are doing nothing other than replacing an addiction with another.

Nearly two centuries ago, German philosopher and economist, Karl Marx rightly stated that religion is the opiate of the masses.

Organized religions all over the globe tout mythologies as truth even though it contradicts with historical and scientific facts backed by compelling evidence. So-called religious holy books blind people towards current world conditions by teaching them to look over to an afterlife.

A person can’t think freely and clearly by placing his brain inside the box of religion. Ever wondered why a Christian never takes the theory of evolution seriously as a fact? It is because he firmly believes that God created man from mud and also a woman from the rib of a man. He also strongly believes that God created the whole universe and earth in a matter of six days and even took rest on the seventh day!

Religious faith can even provide a delusion that a sky daddy is watching over you, care for you and burn you in hell if you don’t follow his rules. After religion, only alcohol and drugs can provide such a delusion.

Like alcohol, religion dampens one’s logical reasoning, impairs judgment and silences one’s inner critic by destructing their clarity of thought.

Religious faith and other addictive substances do nothing other than robbing the beauty of life from us. That too, for an exorbitant price!

Paying to believe in and doing some nonsense is the most ridiculous thing a person can do. That is what an alcoholic, as well as a religious person, do. The former will pay for a drink that makes him lives in an illusory world of his own and the latter pays for believing in a delusive philosophy as well as lives the rest of his life believing that it is true.

A free thinking person is a person who realized that all these religious faiths and beliefs are mere delusive nonsense. Later in his life, if he painfully realized that alcohol is also deluding him from his life, dreams, and passions, what will he do at that point of realization?

Obviously, he will do the exact same thing he did to religious faith – dump it!

Life itself is a beautiful, passionate addiction as it provides us with stimulants that can make us happy and fulfilled. In my opinion, a person once enjoyed the beauties of life without the support of alcohol and drugs or any religious faith never go back to his former alcoholic or religious way of life.

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