"Religion is an opiate for the masses".
I often think about that saying or cliché I guess it has become.
And the other one:
"God didn't create man. Man created God."
I'll be the first to admit that I need God to exist. Without Him ,this life seems meaningless. And lonely too.
I used to put my faith in other people. And even the ones who seemed perfect were disappointing. People can only point the way. They are not God.
Anyway getting back to opium. I try to imagine a life without religion, without Christianity in particular. Imagine a completely secular world. How dry. How superficial. How cynical. How isolating. We need God to exist and He does anyway. As those meditators and fasters discovered, the "kingdom of God is within". Our daily thoughts that just focus on survival in this world are not enough to satisfy. There is something deep within that needs more. Much more. That's why we have to discover it and then nurture it. Keep it alive. Our deep yearning is not a problem. It is THE problem. We must address it in order to find the key to true happiness.
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