CHURCH AND STATE: WHY RELIGION SHOULDN’T ENTER CERTAIN REALMS OF SOCIETY

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“Too many contradictions to have both coexist.”


The conversation regarding church and the state has been a topic of debate for decades. Should we include the religious practices of the Christian faith into our schools, workplace, or even leisure activities? And I for one am against the involvement of religious practices into our daily lives on these levels. Not because I have an issue with Christianity, but mainly because the people aspect of what could come of it. People are fine with God entering all of our lives so long as it does not interfere with whatever it is that benefits their lives. This is a key reason why we have the separation of church and state. Well, let’s go a little further into what I mean by benefits their lives.

When sending your child to school, you want and expect them to receive an education that is based in academia. The obvious reason why religion in school wouldn’t work is because you don’t have children at your schools that all believe the Christian faith. But another thing that people don’t think about is the idea that we have many sects of the Christian faith. So let’s sayauditorium, benches, chairs we do put Christianity in schools. What sect of Christianity: Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, Pentecostal, or Johovah Witness? Here is where even more fighting could possibly take place. Because the way in which each of the above sects serve God is different. So even with Christ in schools, not all Christians worship the same.

What about the use of Christianity in our laws? Here is the problem with laws in our society. It’s easy to say, “Thou shall not kill.” But what about laws such as, “Thou shall not commit adultery.” If you ask anyone do they cheat, they’ll say no. But if you make it a law, people will fight for their right to cheat. It will be fought under the guides of “everyone makes mistakes.” But White Concrete Structurescheating is not a mistake. You don’t mistakenly sleep with another person. You mistakenly spill a cup of coffee, but you know you are in a relationship. Cheating is thinking you’re getting away with something. Well because cheating is human nature. But if the bible speaks against this human nature, can you make it law? That’s why structuring laws around religion can be dangerous.

Another place where we separate the church and state decisions are in the workplace. Everything from how you dress, to both genders working side by side. Christianity has something designed around the workplace. And you really start to run into issues, even more than children going to school. Because you have adults policing other adults who live the same way. AndMan Wearing Red While Sitting Inside Concrete Bulding what do I mean by the same way. For example, I am a male boss telling a woman what to wear. But the tables are turned the moment another man tries to enforce his will onto our wives, sisters, and daughters. We are comfortable telling other women what to do, just no one telling those close to us the same.

And in the end, all of what I have explained is the reasons why church and state have to be separated. Because when I do something you feel go against the bible it’s a sin. When you are now doing something that goes against the bible, it becomes either nobody is perfect, or the God I worship doesn’t judge. You can’t say abortion is wrong, then conduct research and abortions are up in the communities pushing against abortion. You can’t say wait until you’re married for sex, and then we find out you have been married for five years, yet you have a seven year old child. It’s the hypocrisy of us as people as to why we have to, and will always keep church and state separate.


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EXCEPTING YOUR END: HOW WE COPE WITH DEATH

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“Are you really ready for the end?”


For the longest, people have tried to find methods of coping with the idea that we as people will eventually meet our demise. No one, no matter how long you live, is ready for the time when they will die. We all love existing and hate even thinking about a world where we don’t exist. So for thousands of years we have sought to try to understand something. Anything that will point us in a direction leading to our end. Religion has its viewpoint and science has its viewpoint. But even with both views, all of us walk away with the same feeling. We either fear dying and/for we don’t want to die.

Well why, why do we fear the end of our lives. None of the past frightens us, yet we are totally afraid of all the future. Me my self, I was not afraid of the year 1920 so why am I afraid of the year 2120. I won’t be around which creeps me out. But what will happen once we leave this Earth. Is there a collection of energy that goes somewhere, or do we past and that is it? Do we ascend to heaven as the bible speaks about, or do we disintegrate to nothingness? The idea of this being the end for so many people is scary. But how do we cope with the idea of an ending. Let’s look at a few ways people cope with themselves passing away.

The bible is written about us ending and going to heaven. Once we die in this world, we pass along into another. The Christian text calls it the land of milk and honey. In the Lord’s house there are many mansions. This sounds great if you’re a person of the Christian faith. Furthermore, if you belong to any other group, they have their own beliefs regarding the end of life. Yet there are the skeptics. These are the people who come into the loop and present to the world their alternative facts. To them they have a more scientific means of explaining the end of ones’ life.

The science community aims at looking at humans as a carbon based life form that will come to an end as well. Unlike the religious community, science theorizes that nothing supernatural happens as the body dies. Carbon is released from our bodies like any other dead organism back into the atmosphere just as with plants and animals. This is of benefit to us and any other plant and animal life on Earth. So, to them, this is it, so make the best of it. Because when the lights go out, they’re out for good. Anything other than that is seen as nonsense and should be viewed as such.

In the end, what will it take to get people to cope? Will there ever come a time when people can cope with their end? Or will we forever be locked in our emotions about what happens after we die on this Earth? There is one thing that people everywhere can agree upon. Is that this body we call ours will not be here forever. And I don’t mean just me in the moment. I mean the Earth as we know it has an expiration date. Eventually the universe will reach maximum growth before it ends itself. And that’s life, everything has a beginning and an end. How all of ours will turn out is unknown. So for now, we live. Go to sleep and wake up, until the day comes where those eyes won’t open again.

Fear: The Black Community and Our Fear of God

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“What really scares us?”

When I think about my life growing up in the Black church, I have always wanted to know why we believed so heavily. You’re taught your whole life to never question God. But how does one fully believe in something unless they are willing to challenge their belief? Whether raised under the belief or not, you believe in something because someone tells you not out of choice. Meaning my grandparents are Christian, but why my parents? When you ask the question why, some people are lost because they have no reason why they believe in something.

Well then, why as Black people are we so wrapped in Christianity? Or better yet, why are we so afraid at the idea of challenging God? And, why do we fear the idea of him not existing? We believe in God like everyone else because you were born into the religion. Which is the most obvious reason why someone has a religious belief. If your mother and father are both Christian, you’re going to lean toward Christianity because it’s what you were raised under. It’s hard to connect to Islam or Judaism because you only know Christianity.

But as a person in each of these religions, shouldn’t you know something about the other? How do you say that as a Christian my job is to show you how Christ worked for me, yet you’re not willing to understand the person’s belief you’re trying to connect with. Now this can mean the same for any other religion as well. Meaning, since when has a Christian done anything for a Jew or Muslim that is of the Christian way without a Jew or Muslim having to jeopardize their way of life.

So there you have it, follow not only what you’re born under, but don’t truly connect to others. But what’s the other reason Black people are so wrapped in Christianity? Well, look at the fear aspect of even challenging God. Where does that come from? Oh, now that’s a lot more historical. Black people as Christians and everyone else is different in the sense of our fear of challenging comes out of subjugation. There was an interesting scene in the movie, “12 Years A Slave.” When Michael Fasbender’s character says obey your master, and that is law.

The idea that challenging God is the same as challenging your master during slavery. We are one the only group of people where the biblical text was used psychologically to keep us in line. I don’t know much about biblical history, but American history if we got out of line during slavery you could be lashed or even killed. Knowing that God’s punishment is more severe because he sits atop of the slave master, their’s no secret why we could be kept in line for so long. It’s the reason why when I hear elderly Black men and women talk about their fear of God, it is nearly 100% correlated with the subjugation.

Which brings me to why we fear his non-existence. Black people’s history in America has been so grave, that we can’t possibly imagine a God not existing. How could there be no punishment for our historical relationship in America? You mean to tell me we could be treated the way we have been treated and that’s it, it is what it is? The idea that it’s just a big oh well, and man can systematically do that and get away with no one to answer to could lead to some serious problems. Can you imagine 100% proof of God’s non-existence, problems that would take place in society.

Because that would mean man not only is given free will, but after making a decision concerning others lives there is no repercussion. Meaning someone could destroy lives and go oh well move on with no recourse. So maybe religion is a good thing that even if people don’t believe, it’s what keeps chaos from taking place. Black people can’t stomach this is it. I’m not saying we would cease to exist, but their would be a lot of social issues. In the end, Black people are going to continue to stay wrapped within the Christian faith, but the division that’s causing a lot of the young Black males and females to leave the church is jeopardizing that faith base.