Easter is on the horizon, and it's got me thinking about the impact of Jesus Christ's life.
Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus Christ stood against religion, not for it. It seems almost anytime he healed someone, he upset the religious status quo. He confronted tradition, challenged dogma and exposed hypocrisy. Eventually, it was the religious leaders of his day that orchestrated his murder. I've often wondered just how welcome he would be today in the numerous churches that bare his name. Has anything really changed?
Anyway, here are some quotes about religion that I think Christ would approve of...
“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.”
“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.”
“Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.”
“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”
“All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.”
“When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
“The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.”
And from an unlikely source, Larry Flynt
“Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There's nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch.”
From what I read in the Gospels, Christ would agree.