My New Ironic Religion
I’m creating a new religion!
I’m creating a new religion because I want to legalise same-sex marriages. And I have some different set of theories explaining the trivial matters of life and the existence of god.
This will be the religion of the future. A religion which accepts conflicting opinions and encourages questioning everything.
My only motive to create a new religion is to legalise same-sex marriages and marriages between any two (or more) humans legal.
The Indian culture doesn’t accept marriage between people of the same sexes. Moreover, the constitution hasn’t legally recognised same-sex marriages in India.
India is a deeply religious country, 80% of its adult population said that religion is essential to their lives.
In India, there is no uniform law for marriage, people from different religions have different laws for their marriages. Marriage laws in India are derived from religious texts and their scriptures.
No major religion in India allows same-sex marriage, and hence same-sex marriages are not yet recognised in the country.
To change the narrative, we have two options, either we all come together and demand equal rights for all. Or we create a new religion which supports the cause. If we can legally recognise our new religion in the country, then we can create our separate laws for marriage, just like the separate laws Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam have in India. We might be able to legalise same-sex marriages without a legal fight.
Creating a new religion isn’t easy.
We will be needing an all-powerful god, some vague philosophy explaining everything in this universe, and something to offer an afterlife. And most importantly, we will be needing followers.
As an atheist, I don’t think god is real. It could be, but we humans don’t believe in the real God who created everything, in fact, we believe in an imaginary god which we had created in our imagination.
This new religion will not be a theistic one. The followers of this new religion must understand that the existence of God or the non-existence of a god is beyond our control, and it doesn’t affect our daily lives in any way.
It is just like living in a simulation, or not living in a simulation. If we are in a simulated world, it will not change our lives. If we are not in a simulated world, again, it won’t make any difference.
75% of Indians pray daily.
They pray to whom exactly? God? The one we created in our collective imagination? Or the real one, if it exists?
Prayers have no real benefits to human life, expect it might help us psychologically.
Your prayers to reverse climate change will not do any help until you yourself take any action.
If there is a god, not the one we created in our collective imagination, but the one whose presence we are not aware of, isn’t it an all-powerful thing which created everything in this universe.
How come my disbelieve in that power can challenge its authority? And why do these religious vigilantes need to defend an all-powerful thing? In addition, that all-powerful power, if it has any consciousness, isn’t a super insecure being who will punish us if we do not believe in it.
My thoughts can’t affect that power, that power can’t affect my thoughts, even if it does, it’s beyond my control. Therefore, its existence doesn’t make any difference.
This will be the underlining philosophy of my new religion. And just like any other religion, this new religion also encourages its followers to be good humans and to treat everyone with equal dignity and respect.
But unlike other religions, you will not get any rewards for your good behaviour in your afterlife. Because heaven and hell are not real places, they exist in our collective imagination. There won’t be any rebirth because when you die, you die forever.
The reward you will get for your good deeds will be from the fellow humans you will come across.
PS. Creating a new religion sounds stupid. Creating a new God for a new religion sounds stupid. Having your philosophy to explain the world sounds stupid. A religion to legalise same-sex marriages sounds stupid.
But we all need to understand this and accept that every other major religion in this world once started with similar stupid ideas. And today for us, it’s the most important thing in our lives.