안녕하세요, family and friends. Today, we’re going to talk about what Marxist believe as ‘the opium of the people’. Religion. We’ll also discuss the importance of choosing one; choose your opioid.
There are thousands of different religion in our world today, and still there’s a number of people who classify themselves as atheists – people who don’t believe there’s a God.
Now, contrary to Marxist’s belief that religion creates this false consciousness that keeps the working class and the poor from changing their situation, I am here today to follow on a different outlook.
Let this be a mothers gift to her child. The one piece of advice. Find yourself a faith. It helps. No. Not just helps. It’s everything.Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark,
Prince Philip’s mother
The Crown series – Netflix.com
In a world filled with hatred, selfishness and greed, I do agree with Karl Marx when he said,
(Religion) is a sigh of the oppressed, heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions and the spirit of a spiritless situation
For it is exactly that. When you find yourself at a loss spiritually, mentally or physically, having faith in your religion helps divert your thoughts from the negative;
from giving up, wallowing in defeat or completely letting yourself be swallowed by the darkness that has nothing but psychological warfare.
However, I don’t agree that religion gives out ‘a distorted view of the world and offers no solution to earthly misery’. Because most times religion is what helps us overcome earthly misery.
I would like to give an example of this through telling you a story.
Jo’s dad was taken to a hospital out of town for dilated cardiomyopathy. His heart muscles were weak, his heart was enlarged and fluids were building up in his lungs making it difficult for him to breathe.
It was a shock, definitely, but at the time Jo wasn’t sure what to think. On the one hand, of course she was worried and scared – her father was in the hospital. On the other hand, she had feelings of indifference towards her father for being absent months before that.
Still, Jo visited him almost everyday. His shortcomings didn’t mean that she stopped loving him though. There are different types of love.
The doctors advised him to get heart surgery for they believed that the damage this illness made to his heart was irreversible, but Jo’s dad refused. Jo’s mum tried to persuade him, so did Jo and her two siblings, but he still refused. His own siblings wanted him to take the surgery but he was adamant that he didn’t need the surgery.
A year later 2015.
Jo’s parents joined Couples For Christ and they found Jesus again, bringing with them their children – Jo and her siblings. This choice kick-started a new path for the whole family.
Jo’s father recovered, despite not having the surgery. He also became more present for the family and wasn’t away for too long or without the family at his side. He was able to start working again and even found work for Jo, who was still silently mourning the University life she wished didn’t have to end too soon.
Each of the family prayers started being answered. Money wasn’t that big of a problem anymore. Their immigration papers were moving along. The whole family was healthy and still had a roof over their heads. Even after having been kicked out of their house. (maybe I’ll talk more about this in another blog, stay tuned if it struck a chord.)
So, there is really one thing I want you to get from this post and that is to choose your faith. Choose your opioid.
I, personally have been brought up in a Catholic way and my father have always told me to ‘stick with the religion that you grew up in’, as his own father told him. Although, there are some things that I may not fully like about Catholicism I am slowly educating myself through bible reading and mass.
Hopefully, as I come to understand my faith more I will like the parts of it that may be unlikable.
All of us have their own spiritual journey to take and this is the start of mine. I hope that by continuing my daily devotionals and every other day long posts I would be able to reach my destination and inspire many along the way.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
If you like reading devotionals, I upload every day except on Sundays. On Wednesdays, I upload Life Lessons posts. Lastly, every 23rd of the month a new Turtle of the Month is live.