A pacifier is a rubber, plastic, or silicone nipple given to an infant or other young child to suck upon. In life for adults, religions act as a ‘safety valve’ for people with fears of life and death. Religions promise the possibility of an after life filled with miracles beyond imagination if one fulfills the requirements of the religion. Religion is a nipple of comfort for those who don’t get beyond the ‘thumb sucking’ stage to seek answers to life and love beyond what ancient religions allegedly have to offer. Nothing right or wrong with using religion as a pacifier except for its limitations.
It’s rare that a balanced, happy, loving person with very little unresolved issues spends anytime worshipping some deity, savior, messiah, or a common misinterpretation of what the word ‘God’ stands for. Religions are ‘ready made’ for those who have elements of fear, and a need for reassurance of some meaning to life and death. The mind is a willing player for promises of eternity that are reaffirmed by an authority, or the many others who seem to also accept with little questioning. In a sense, they are like prepared ‘TV dinners’ for those who don’t have time for food preparation, or will use their skills to seek how to make and learn different food concoctions.
Ready made fast food religion is convenient for the masses who don’t want to spend the time questioning, or dealing with unresolved issues that don’t seem to be have to dealt with if there is a God to just forgive. People who seriously question are not likely to attend holy services, but if they do, they will find themselves less than welcome. In a sense, questioning a belief is like a baby crying who gets a pacifier stuck in their mouth. At this time in history, religion pacifiers are necessary to provide a sense of order in society, not to mention a means to control. Leaving religion behind, and opening the door to the spiritual and conscious is to create a freedom to see life as an opportunity to experiment, learn, grow, and enjoy life’s many facets. The pathless path is both a search for deeper freedom and love while experiencing many positive tenets of any religion. Truth comes with freedom, and escape from all beliefs.