Most of us know the Bible is full of mistakes. The fact that a bunch of men were originally in charge of its assemblage urges the reader to read the Bible with healthy skepticism and insight.
Religion is more than the current definition wrapped up in organizations and creeds. Religion can be unpopular but I’ve found religion interesting. I study Christian Science and have experienced spiritual healing that even amazes me.
You don’t have to belong to an organization or follow church rules to understand a religion. Paul figured this out to a degree when he wrote the Corinthians, “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rules in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision.” For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.” (I Cor. 7:17-19, ESV)
Religion is more than rituals and fellowship. It can be a tool to discover spirituality and healing. It can lead to a thought-process that promotes prudence and happy activity. But, the old ways of thinking must be let go.
We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Religious and medical systems treat physical pains and pleasures as if they are normal, but Jesus rebuked the suffering from any such cause or effect. The epoch approaches when true religion will be built on the understanding of the truth of being. However, people are slow to understand truth because they are obsessed with fashion, pride, bodies, and opinion. The fixation of materiality makes us tired because it goes against our higher nature. At some point, we will pierce through the fleeting and false and learn how Spirit, the great architect, has created men and women in Science.”