The only thing that really bothers me is that I can’t comprehend how in 2016, with all we’ve learnt as a species, that people will live their lives taking prompts from texts dating back a thousand years or more.
I see a difference between spirituality and religion and have no qualms with spirituality and people looking for answers or looking to a deity, even if they eventually want to make some of those answers up (I’m sure if you asked 100 people what heaven was like you’d get 100 variations with some wishful thinking in there too) as it’s beautiful and I’m genuinely envious and wish I was lucky enough to live my life with faith like that, but I just can’t get my head around the need to be part of the official club or follow the official rulebook.
I actually bothered to sit and read a chunk of the old testament as an adult after only really looking at it when I was a kid and it’s pretty baffling. God makes humanity in his own image, and then he’s already disobeyed by the first ones? Then they have kids, and one of them murders the other one? So the first two generations are already broken so we really had no chance from that beginning
I do find religious debates slightly ironic on football websites though. I know Arsenal people that hate Tottenham people because they’re Tottenham people and the tribal side of football has come to violence many times when in reality it’s pretty meaningless. But some people really want to be part of a club that much that they enjoy their blind faith and want it all to mean something more and take it more seriously than others. I think there are a lot of people that very much enjoy the fact that they would never look at another club no matter how inferior theirs becomes and how superior another may become, and no matter what this is the one we believe in so we’ll try and justify why ours is better and theirs is worse. But really, what is it about the club you happened to choose for whatever reason that makes it any better than any other club? People indulge in supporting and loving their club because they enjoy it, but then many will willingly indulge in the loathing of that club’s rivals too when there’s no real need to as it shouldn’t really affect your enjoyment of watching your club play football.
So I can understand that once people let religion get under their skin, why they’d be protective of it and take it so seriously and for some to the point that it becomes extreme when people are willing to let less important things get under their skin too. Maybe people aren’t willing to die for their football club at this moment, but if they’re willing to sign up to die for their country (and that be considered a noble thing), I can understand why they’d die for their religion too.