In a room you can build a home
Plant the seed
And life begins to grow
When it's outgrown life inside
How will it live
And will it survive
On its own outside...

I wonder if the world is just the same
And does the life that I knew still remain?
Journey to the life outside
Return to those I left behind...
Journey to the life outside
Return to those I left behind...

Because I'm ready to go now
Yes I'm ready to go now...

The Room, Track 14 from the MODERN ARTillery album.
by The Living End
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Letting go of the old way of thinking (the useless, religious way), is hard.

Religion fights like an addiction. It claims the things "of the world" are an addiction. So apparently, replacing an addiction with another addiction is a good thing.

It isn't, you say?

I didn't think so either.

Just as one has to use his/her mind to overcome an addiction (though medicine can help, ultimately, they still need to make the decision to take the medicine), one must use their mind to overcome the arguments that uphold religion.

Religion holds its victims captive in a metaphorical room. Unless an individual is prepared to use logic to defeat the cognitive dissonance (and many aren't, preferring the arguments of religion to satisfy their desire for vindication), the walls, and the door stand. When one abandons it, even with strong conviction, it fights. Many go back, defeated, with their tails between their legs.

But a mind, freed once, is not happy with what it sees when it returns to this room. Despite this, many stay, feeling powerless. They concede the supposed familiarity as comfort. What kind of a life is this?

Those that remain within the walls that religion builds scream

"We will never leave
We are never going to leave the room"

And unless they start to use critical thinking, as many of us have, this will be true. They won't leave the room, as logic is diametrically opposed to religion's dogma. Only one will fit. Either one accepts reason, or dogma, or one is caught in a horrible place where one has to do horrendous mental gymnastics in order to reconcile the irreconcilable.

However, the mind that stays free, it has outgrown, as humankind itself has begun to, the arguments and pretenses that religious thinking. To use the words of the bible "it has put childish things away". Ironic that the bible contains so many verses that can arm one against the very religion it tries to push.

I have only started the fight recently. But I am as determined to vanquish the influence that Christianity had in my life as I once was to speak in its favour. Even if I wanted to, I won't and cannot return - I have made sure that the die is cast. And I am not about to turn around on the freedom that reason has begun to give me. This doesn't mean I'll discard all of my convictions. Just those that do not fit outside a religious context.

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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 23, 2009 at 7:38am
We're with you Cameron - not to indoctrinate you into another form of mindless belief, but to help you on your own journey. Just know you have friends and supporters here - and not just amongst the Aussies. You know where to find me if you need me. I don't know all (or many) of the answers, but I usually know where to find them. Hugs, Kris
Comment by Jo Jerome on August 22, 2009 at 11:26pm
Wow - well put, and oh so true. Especially those of us raised in religion, it's almost like having to give up the very language you learned growing up and pick up a new one. Always had doubts from day one but it took me until my mid-20's to finally open that door so to speak. And I was raised very low church. I can't imagine folks raised in a Fundie background and what they go through!

Peace along your journey...

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