I'm browsing Facebook roups right now, and I just found one called "I'M NOTHING WITHOUT GOD
...That's just really sad
, isn't it? They've just explicitly stated that they are nothing without God. It's like they see themselves as worthless. What about all the good things they have done? What about all of their abilities and accomplishments? How can you se your self as "nothing" without God?
It sure helps confirm my suspicion that most people use religion as a crutch and that they really, honestly believe that people cannot be decent and moral unless they're threatened by punishment. Usually it makes me angry, but this statement just makes me sad. It's like when you see a person who had a really horrible life, usually an addict of some sort, and they say that Jesus or God or being "Born-Again" saved them. Yeah, having a horrible life or an addiction is largely beyond your control, and most people in terrible situations need help getting out of them. But I think the whole "surrendering yourself to God" and "repenting" stuff just makes people feel worthless on the inside. It's like they replace one unhealthy addiction or crutch for another.
What about all that they did to save themselves? What about how they woke up and saw the light, and made changes to their lives? What about how they had the courage to seek help and face the past? I know that most people want to be reasonably humble and gracious, but... isn't it more empowering to realize that you saved yourself?