Because Religious People are Stupid, Right? 

Growing up, I was not raised in an overly religious family. I attended the local Catholic primary school and mass each week with my class, but outside of the big celebrations like Christmas and Easter, I was never forced to attend church or participate in mass with my family. As I grew older it became my choice as to what faith or religion I wanted to follow, and as such, I never had one particular doctrine, idea or belief imposed on me – I was allowed to be myself with this… I was allowed to explore.

I explored various and different belief systems and practices, from Buddhism to Christianity and everything outside and in-between, finding elements that touched me and discarding those that caused disharmony. For the first 16 – 17 years of my life my fascination with religion was strong, and of those who I thought were truly religious I was inspired by; they however, were not many and were far and few along. 

As I grew older and started to engage more critically and mentally with the world, I began to see more and more the devastations caused by the major religions, and as my anger and unsettlement grew, my vision of religion, and religious people, turned too. In my eyes, and in the eyes of my friends, if someone said they were religious, it was like asking for a social and professional death. Admitting that one was religious meant your intelligence dropped by about 80% – “Why?” you might ask, “Because religious people are stupid, right?”

How could an intelligent person follow something that quoted one thing, yet did the other. How could one listen to a preacher teach about love and understanding, yet he or she themselves be prepared to profit off and exploit not only its people but those who did not fit into its picture? 

You see, we are sold this notion that being religious means forgoing critical thinking or leaving ourselves and our discernment at the door and following something blindly… but what if this is not a description of true religion? What if it is but the by-product of a peddler and their peddlers?

When it comes to religion, our current culture has bought into what I can only call ‘masterful trickery’, with many having a willingness to be tricked. Being religious, truly religious, is in fact quite beautiful and despite my previous belief systems about one’s intelligence, religion – when understood in its true and simplest form – is founded on a science that is far more intelligent than anything mankind has been able to live or deliver thus far and certainly is not something found in an ivory tower, in a book, or looking afar.

For me, when I look around at the trees, at the rivers, at the sun, at the moon, at the seas, at the birds and all of the animals in this kingdom, what gets reflected back to me is an intricate and finite system that is beyond anything modern science has been able to fully explain, answer, master or understand. There are cycles that the day passes through, the sun rises, the sun falls, and there are rituals that all on this earth live and breathe by, not only with waking and sleeping, but in the passing of the seasons and the changes in the weather. What we don’t understand is that in all of this is religion – a deep connection and relationship between everything and everyone, one that we can either choose to listen and adhere to, or ride up against in fury at all that it communicates for what is there to be done.

What is most beautiful is that no matter how hard we fight, deep inside of our bodies, and I mean purely scientifically speaking here, we are made up of this intelligence and as such, we are part of the body of God, whether we like it or not.

If I asked, for example, do you know how to build a baby from scratch, you might say sure, it’s from a sperm and an egg, you simply bring the two together and the rest is taken care of. But what I would ask is, do you know the mechanics of it? Do you know how each piece and part of the body is formed, how the different bits start in one position then wrap around to form another? Do you know how the brain knows when and how to grow before it is even grown or how the cells know how many fingers and toes are needed? There is an invisible blueprint in place that is well beyond our current science and such, our current intelligence.

So who then is the stupid one?

And the answer to that is no ‘one’. For the thing is, and if we stick with the same example, we all know how a baby is formed, right down to the detail; this intelligence can be found deep down in our cells, our bodies know exactly how to do it, even if we don’t. The only crime is that we have chosen and thus forgotten how to connect to it, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there. This alone shows that there is an intelligence beyond what we think or know, or more importantly, believe.

By Martin Gladman, Counsellor, Social Worker & Practitioner of Universal Medicine Therapies, Melbourne, Australia

Related Reading:
Intelligence Alone is Not Enough
My Body and the Body of God
Waiting for God…

477 thoughts on “Because Religious People are Stupid, Right? 

  1. True religion has given me great understanding and acceptance of all religions and those who choose them. In the past I judged and scoffed, now I see the desperation and resignation of those who sense there is something more but settle for less than the truth they know. A difference in religion does not stop me holding another as equal and this is true religion.

  2. I love it Martin, and I recognise the sentiment of ‘religious people are stupid’. But then we can also say this for self-proclaimed non religious people as in truth we cannot but be religious. So maybe the short answer is, without connecting to the universal intelligence we hold within, we are all very stupid, but always with the wisdom of God and the all at our fingertips.

  3. Deep within we all know the existence of god and heaven and we long for it and therefore for search it. Unfortunately there is little true reflection of what religion is and so some stick in there trying to right the wrongs, while others get completely turned off and give up on the knowing of God entirely. And then there are those who reject modern day religion, but do not give up and keep searching for the truth in religion. For those there is always a reflection to be found, and in this era it is through Universal medicine.

  4. One could read this blog and say, great your parents let you choose what faith you wanted to follow. And although that indeed can be incredible, I question whether in all cases leaving children without the guidance is actually truly supportive to connect to religion and a religious way of life? Or could it lead to the opposite where children completely disconnect from that because they’ve not had a loving connection and support from mum and dad growing up?

  5. That Religion has become a byword for hypocrisy and ignorance is no mistake. It’s simply because in its true form Religion is a super healing way to live. There are forces that would prefer we didn’t honour what Religion really is. The more we see through this, the more we access the simple wonder of the world as seen by any young child. Thank you Martin for so eloquently reminding us.

  6. Whilst I never thought that religious people were stupid I did often wonder how they could believe what they did. This was just a reflection for me to look at all my own ideals and beliefs that I have taken on and learn how they can blind me/us from seeing truth.

  7. Like you say, there are perilously few ‘religious people’ who are actually living it all in full and by that I mean a direct relationship with God and the divinity that is in us all. However, surprisingly or no, I find that those who are palpably in the livingness as presented by Serge Benhayon are remarkable in their love, their consistency and their connection. These are people to be inspired by, and they are onto something!

  8. Our body has an amazing ability to connect to a greater intelligence far greater than any knowledge we could learn, all we need to do in order to access it is to truly know ourselves and accept that God lives within us all.

  9. I love this blog because it outs a common thought which is not often expressed about people who believe in God. There is a judgment that blind faith in something that isn’t proven must mean you are stupid. And I can see why people think that, when the holes in organised religion are glaringly obvious! But God and organised religion are not the same and having a experiential relationship with God simply comes from a knowing, so there is no faith, belief or dogma to follow.

  10. Worldwide more than 8 in 10 people identify with a religious group, which amounts to billions and billions of people, yet we still associate people with different beliefs as being ‘dumb’ or a blind follower. How can we possibly think we are an evolving and advancing species when we are constantly discriminating against each other and separating into so many different faiths that all have ‘odds’ with each other, including the ‘religious’ vs. the ‘non religious’.

    1. I have seen this wonder full picture depicting the end of the world is nigh… with all the church goers rushing to the pub, and everyone in the pub rushing to the church! The real irony of calling someone religious, blind or stupid while drinking our beer, coffee, or tucking into too much food etc. When you stand back and look at us as a human race you can’t help but see we don’t really think it through.

  11. The exquisite beauty and harmony of our Universe is hard to explain without including the ‘hand of God’ somewhere in our deliberations.

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