Re: Something I find totally irritating with my religion
Honestly, God couldn't give two shits about Mass, much less a third turd about what you're wearing when you're there.
The problem is that most religions have become servants of what/who Revelations calls the Dragon - the Serpent - The Deceiver and Accuser - Beast - etc.
Religions are political constructs of man that develop around certain spiritual faiths. They become little exclusive "heaven is for us" clubs - which is precisely the opposite of what many of the spiritual faiths profess (spare for Islam - they are at least up front with the whole idea of killing the shit out of people who aren't part of the club).
They are subject to all of the forces of our own nature and thus most of them have become fairly corrupt. In the most basic of ways - many people use them as I said earlier - as 'clubs' where people get to tell God how his heaven is supposed to work and who is supposed to be there and who isn't. Few of them ever stop to consider that God might just let the people they don't like into Heaven, as well, and the 'judgment' being whether or not they can get over their own arrogance.
Which is how the Deceiver works. Convince people they should tell God what to do and how to do it rather than to listen to God for guidance.
Then, when those who follow the Deceiver fail - it's obviously because you weren't on board with the whole "overthrow God" plan. If only you would have joined in, then they wouldn't have failed. Shame on you.
You can see this pattern of behavior permeating our society. It's even become a part of our culture in the West - do what is 'fair' as opposed to what is practical; focus on how things should be as opposed to how they are. Then, never seek to understand the cause of failures, simply seek another to blame. Your failure was their fault. They held you back.
The Third Age of Man is coming to a close and the foundation of the Fourth Age is being poured. The events of the next few years will shape the course of human history for the next thousand years or longer.