Religious? or: Religulous?

A landay

What's the deal with religious people
who swear; lie; cheat; steal; abuse; rape; perpetuate hate?

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.

William Hazlitt (1778 – 1830)

39 thoughts on “Religious? or: Religulous?”

  1. I’m late to the party and there is nothing left to say as everyone else has taken the words. You have certainly struck a chord and created a very delightful dialogue!

  2. There are true believers and there are hypocrites. People often get the two mixed up. Anyways, no matter how hard we try to do what’s right, we’re human and we all fall short of the glory of God. When people expect believers to be perfect, they’re asking too much. Only God can be perfect.

    1. I only hold people to the standards that they claim to be living by, Mary.
      I’m not saying that all religious people do the things that I listed in the poem – but enough do that I’ve taken notice of them.
      And I am not expecting perfection from anyone, of course 🙂

      -David

      1. I was commenting more because of other people in my life – not you. I’ve had the experience where if someone claims to be a Christian and they don’t behave like it, then some people will call every Christian a hypocrite. That includes me then and is hurtful, but I know that’s not what you were doing. You were just commenting on hypocrites, not true believers. I’m sorry I gave the impression I was upset with you, because I wasn’t.

        1. no, no, it’s totally fine, Mary – we’re good – no worries! I think we both know the difference between good people of faith (and good people who are not of faith) and the hypocrites in both camps.


          David

  3. I’m definitely a woman of faith, but at the same time- I realize ALL people fall short (myself, absolutely included). In my youth, I used to judge “religious people” to a higher standard, but discovered the ironic, hypocritical nature of the habit. When we embrace the idea that all people, by their very nature (regardless of what they profess) lack “goodness,” it brings about a sigh of relief. My hope does not rest in people. And because of that, every now and again- I am beautifully and pleasantly surprised.

    1. TL, yep – I’m familiar with that approach, and I can totally understand how comforting it must be. Thank you for sharing your worldview and experience ❤

      Yours,
      David

  4. you have made such a valid point. Had been wondering the same thing for some time. Quite an irony isn’t it?

  5. As a story teller, sometimes I have characters that go against my beliefs, and morals. It is always an awkward moment of self betrayal when I write things that contradict who I am. But then I tell myself; Nigel, let the art form speak the reality of things, rather than the reality you hope for.
    But it still feels like hypocrisy

    1. Wow. That is really intense, Nigel. I would have such difficulty writing them! It’s kinda like a spiritual achievement of sorts of be able to look at the characters you create from the outside, even though they come from within you…

      1. Exactly… It is what comes out of a man that defiles him… Yet when I read the scriptures, the stories still give an honest voice to history. The good and the bad exist. Truly tough for my mother to read for sure lol

  6. Totally weird that I have seen at least 6 posts tonight about topics Omatra and I discussed today.

    I only ever knew hypocritical christians till I met my trainer, back around… 2010? He was literally the first I met who actually practiced his beliefs… always. I have great respect for him!

    1. I agree—that’s very true. Recognizing the issue and having awareness is definitely a step in the right direction.

  7. You make a great point. Also can make the case how many reformed criminals who leave prison are turned religious. 😛 While true, I think it’s funny how this can relate to this piece but I know that’s not at all what you mean.

    A relative of mine is devoutly Christian but fails to practice what she preaches. Her way is always the right way, while she looks down on everyone else; doesn’t matter if she lies, hurts people, or says some batshit conspiracy, it’s us that don’t understand. 🤡

    I hate to say it, but I think most who preach the loudest are the biggest hypocrites of their religion. It’s these people that give certain religions a bad reputation, tbh.

    You said it perfectly, David. What is the deal with these people? And just why? I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure.

    1. I hate to say it, but I think most who preach the loudest are the biggest hypocrites of their religion. It’s these people that give certain religions a bad reputation, tbh.

      yep! The more certain and aggressive somebody is about their religious views, the more skeptical I am towards them!


      David

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