morphine is useful to alleviate pain............similarly it is harmful drug even causing respiratory depression & death..........
Religion is free and you don't have to worry about the cops showing up and arresting you. Unless...you know, you're doing morphine in the church.
I rightly call BS here.
Yes, religion can be made to compare with morphine.
So what? People reserve the right to life and right to choice. Under which they have the right to believe what they want to believe.
The difference is in when opening mouth to talk about it within mainstream society. The language used is flawed, because it was created by humankind to begin with.
Things that are in reality are defined and explained. Things that are not based on or in reality are also defined and explained.
Both are known to exist as a part of the duality of life. Unreal or Real things. Those who speak about "spirituality", fail to realize that "spirituality" actually has two views to be seen- (a)mystical and (b)love(which isn't mystical), but is a human emotion. The mysticism part has been debunked as dishonesty. Love is never dishonest, because it comes from goodness of the individual.
Religion is mysticism partly and historical, in written material. The development of the individual's mind, who wrote what is written within religion is what most do not know. It isn't common knowledge.
This leads to issues and conflict in the world.
this is the stupidest title I have ever seen for a forum
"Religion can be compared with morphine?"
You're are way late. Marx called it the "opiate of the people" some hundred years ago.
That's actually supposed to be a misquote. If it isn't, it should be: religion doesn't seem to be having the numbing effect on "the masses," and I don't believe it ever has. Think of the horrors carried out in the name of religion-- then think of the great humanitarian efforts that have also been religiously motivated. Just because it can provide comfort doesn't mean it's some kind of sedative. Whether for good or bad, religion has a motivating effect, something that I personally know morphine does not have.
Good point. I guess I mean it rallies people together, whereas an addiction, even when it's connected to a community, doesn't really get people out in the streets rallying. But addiction does indeed have a "motivating effect," though it's more accurately called a compulsion. I don't know, I think a lot of intelligent points are being made from the rather sparse question that started this whole conversation, but I'm not sure I'm the one making them
It could be compared with any most drugs as it removes the believer from reality and provides something that reality does not. It provides a comfort to many, just as drugs can do. It disrupts and distorts the reasoning processes of the brain just as many drugs do. It can give a sense of community and belonging just as many drugs can. There are many comparisons.
Most of the people I know are religious. I wouldn't take it away from them. Personally I am spiritual. Asked two guys yesterday if they were Roman Catholic. Both said no - I am a Christian. What's up with that?
A lot of conservative Protestants don't consider Catholics to be Christian.
Religion is an organized belief, it is inevitable to have a kind of spirituality or some kind of religion in different times across all societies. That is how society develops. It is part of social life. It is an integral part of a culture - basis of their actions and behavior. That being said, the problem really is the hierarchical nature of structures where power is dependent on wealth accumulated and the preservation of such power caused lives. Man they say is born to be selfish.
"A lot of conservative Protestants don't consider Catholics to be Christian." I was wondering why?
"Because of the prayers to Mary and the belief in intermediaries such as Bishops and Popes between you and God." Thanks. Am thinking then that there is similar schism between Sunnis and Shiites. Anyone know anything about that?
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