Updated: Aug 11
People are afraid, but why? Why are people afraid to ask the questions they always wanted to know? There are many reasons why people may be afraid to challenge religious doctrine. Here are a few possibilities:
Fear of punishment
Many religions have historically punished those who question or challenge their teachings. This can include social ostracism, verbal abuse, physical violence, or even death. These forms of punishment can be very effective in discouraging people from questioning religious doctrine. The Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church encourages its members to engage in open discussions for any topic without being judged or chastised. Temple Code number 1 is "Honesty - I will be honest in all communications and actions."
Fear of losing community
Religion often provides a sense of belonging and community for its followers. Challenging religious doctrine can put a person at odds with that community and result in social isolation. The Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan offers emotional amongst its members. Temple Code number 5 is "Respect - I will respect myself and others."
Fear of the unknown
Religion often provides certainty and answers to life's big questions. Challenging religious doctrine can create uncertainty and leave a person feeling lost or adrift. The Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church encourages discussions to answer life's questions using science, logic and reason. Temple Code number 14 is "Wisdom - I will think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight."
People may be raised in a religious environment where questioning or challenging religious doctrine is strongly discouraged or even forbidden. This can create a deep-seated belief that questioning religion is inherently wrong or dangerous. This is perhaps the most difficult thing to overcome, and we recognize and understand that this is simply human nature. Temple Code number 12 is "Patience - I will practice patience, and be patient with others."
Some people may genuinely believe in the teachings of their religion and fear that challenging those teachings would be a betrayal of their faith. It's important to note that these reasons are not mutually exclusive and may overlap in complex ways. Additionally, not everyone who follows a religion is afraid to challenge its doctrine - some people may embrace questioning and critical thinking as part of their religious practice. The Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church encourages its members to challenge doctrines or teachings that they have trouble accepting. Temple Code number 16 is "Courage - I will exercise mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty during pain or times of adversity."
What we offer
The Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church offers truth. The satisfaction of being able to be self-reliant. The church also offers guidance on how to live a virtuous life and a way to make a better world, one person at a time. We support group economics and creating a space where everyone can use the talent and skills for the benefit of everyone while receiving emotional support from the community. Members of the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church feel open to ask honest questions or engage in open discussions and challenge the norms without being judged. Members feel accepted regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, financial or social status. The focus is always on making one a better person and ultimately creating a better world free of suffering. Check out the Temple Code of the Humanistic Temple of Alkebulan church. If this is something that you feel is right for you, click the button below and begin the journey of spiritual awakening.
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