“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Ogre on Religion, Philanthropy

This is a very polarizing issue, to be sure, but an important one to consider. The Ogre is a God fearing creature and believes that all creatures were created by a supreme and all powerful being. That said, there is an undue influence that organized religion has over a lot of people and the Ogre is simply asking everyone to take a step back to consider what they’re giving and to whom.

The Ogre says: Beware of scammers! Consider your situation and that God doesn’t want His Children to be slaves!!

The thing about religion that dismays and truly angers The Ogre is this: images of old ladies sending 10 dollars to a televangelist for some “special” bible. Benny Hinn pouring out his “anointing” just before urging the audience to call that number on their screen to donate some money because “their seed will surely flourish”.

Quick point here: when you give freely your seed always flourishes. It always comes back to you. But giving for the sake of getting a tax break isn’t really giving at all.

Surely, if we’re to be truly opulent we’ll be righteous givers in all aspects of giving. We’re to be givers with our time, our money and our talents. But before we do all this giving wake up and smell the debt that you’re under. Realize that your first priority is to yourself and your family. Realize that many of these so-called men and women of God are pulling out of the parking lot in new Bimmers and Benzes paid for with YOUR MONEY (justifying it by saying “Look at how God has blessed me!”). And that religion is a very lucrative BUSINESS.

Driving off in one-hundred thousand dollar cars? Living in mansions when there’s so much suffering in our communities? Does that sound very Godly? Churches should never be allowed to take in more money than they need to cover their annual expenditures. Instead, the tax code is all too favorable for churches. Presently the IRS exempts all churches in every state from taxation, provided they don't engage in "political or legislative activity."  So, as long as they don't use the pulpit to rile up the congregation about anything too significant, churches are not required to file reports with the IRS or any other authority. Clearly, The Man favors religion (and the seperation of Church and State). But why?

Seneca said this: "Religion is considered by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful"

The Ogre says: Exercise some faith, sure, but also exercise some logic and good sense.

Whether you favor religion or not, this much is certain: "With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

Having faith is one thing but please believe that organized religion is very much a hustle; much like the mob, they’re organized for a reason – to increase and protect their bottom line (and it’s not spreading the Gospel). The Ogre definitely believes in giving but when you give be absolutely certain you're giving to a tithing house or your favorite charity, or better still try giving of your time, love, and passionate talents – the ultimate gift. 


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