Does religion create faith or fear?

Lisa Oz
Health Education

Religion today tends to be based on fear - fear of the unknown, fear of "the other," and fear of who we truly are. Rather than addressing their insecurities, it enables fearful people to claim salvation and continue to act with hatred. They point to the faults of others to avoid dealing with their own. There's a cool word I just learned that describes this exactly: antinomianism. It means "using God's grace as an excuse to sin."

Any doctrine can be twisted to make its followers feel superior and elect. In fact, when interpreted rigidly, most religions do claim to have exclusive access to the divine. The beauty of this language is that it makes the follower feel special. And indeed we are special. All of us. As we evolve, we understand that God invites each one of us to specialness. He just uses varied languages and a different voice to reach different ears.

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