Are All Religions Equal?

In this politically correct world that we live in, just asking this question can be dangerous and controversial. However, I am still of the opinion that ideas and thoughts should be discussed, argued and won or lost based on their merits. Not all ideas are equal therefore not all religions are equal. Religions are simply a summary of ideas about a world view. One definition given at www.dictionary.com is: A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe, another: the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices.


A religion does not have to have a church building, nor does it have to have traditions and holidays, all a religion needs is a group of adherents and a world view. We sometimes err when we consider certain established religions like Catholicism, Lutheranism or the Judaism religions and then fail to recognize that Atheism, Humanism and Hedonism are also religions.


If a group of ideas held by a group of people are evil then I would venture to say that that religion is evil or bad and not at all equal to the more altruistic religions and philosophies. Furthermore, if the worldview or religion advocates criminal behavior not only should they be prevented from growing but they should be opposed. Let me say this again, THERE SHOULD BE NO FREEDOM OF RELIGION FOR RELIGIONS THAT ADVOCATE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR!

The Nazi world view fits this example as would Satanism and Islam. If a group of ideas held by a group of people are good then I would venture to say that that religion is good. Not every religion is as easily categorized as the Nazi's, Satanism or Islam. However, I think that one can take the majority views of a particular religion and compare that with reality and morality and come up with a decent answer. If a particular set of beliefs supports sacrifice of self, love of others and an encouragement of good works, that would be a good religion, at least in my book. Christianity fits the bill (although I must say I am biased :). Whether a religion helps the weak, supports the poor, has historical veracity and tolerates those who don't believe...all these things should be considered when judging whether a religion is good for individuals and for society, not all religions are equal.


We live in a pluralistic society with many views, cultures and ways of life. The scale of philosophical and religious thought is long. Although the intensity and variety of religions have increased I still believe that everyone has an inalienable right to believe what they want. That doesn't mean that since we have the right to believe whatever we desire that those beliefs are all equal or good. If someone thinks that their religion gives them the right to harm another person that religion should be opposed.


Jesus said by their fruits (actions) you shall know them. Not all people who name the name of Christ are Christians, however if you look at what the Christian teachings encourage and what Jesus did I think you can surmise that it is a good religion. On the other hand if the teachings of a particular religion are evil, if the leader of a religion advocates evil and if it's adherents do evil one can assume that it is on the far end of the scale. As Christians we are told to test the spirits, that not every spirit comes from God. To test a spirit means to make a judgment, just because we tolerate variant views does not mean that those views are true and/or good. There is a huge chasm between tolerance and acceptance. Just because we should tolerate different ideas, philosophies and religions does not mean we should accept them as good or true. I'm afraid that in the desire to be politically correct, accepted and even “intellectual” this truth has been lost. The greater good is not in acceptance, nor in toleration (for in the acceptance of evil you are committing evil) but in finding and following the TRUTH.


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xiomara 6 years ago

Yes all religions are equal. I think they just care about your pocket(MONEY). All religions are marketing God in the name of Jesus.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Some do, some don't.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I think I understand what you are asking, are they equally good? And you answered the question. Very well, too, I think.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Sheila b, I think that this area has been neglected and too many people think that because we have freedom of religion in this country that that in turn means that all religions are equal/and/or good and that is not the case.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Excellent thoughts, Brie.

Great hub. Thanks.

My humble opinion is that person born of God and live by His Word is not religion. I seen religion negative way.

There are only few times mentioned in the Bible the word religion. It was put good way what religion is do good. But do good is not all the time right.

Agape.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

True Vladimir and maybe I should have delineated that point more.


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Whidbeywriter 6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Very good hub - I believe religion is man made - ideas and traditions and in some cases rituals. I do not believe God ever intended us to have religion but to have a relationship with him which leads us to do good. We have become such a politically correct society that we have lost sight of that TRUTH. As a believer in Jesus and a Christian it is difficult to be tolerant sometimes of what others do in the name of Jesus. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. God Bless.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for your comments Whidbeywriter, I look forward to more of them too.


foreignpress 6 years ago from Denver

This is a very relevant hub as we try to wade through the End Times. What I find fascinating is the increasing role (and power) of government in determining that "greater good," and thereby forcing tolerance upon us. For example, in 2008, Islamic law was officially adopted in Britain, thereby giving sharia courts powers to rule on Muslim civil cases. With a population of over 2.4 million Muslims it was bound to happen. The same will happen here, and citizens will have no choice but to accept. I believe Obama will attempt to officially recognize Muslim law before his second term is up in the interest of multiculturalism. Increasingly, it seems, Christians are being forced underground -- giving way to radicalized self-indulgent religions under the guise of "rights." As we draw closer to the end, the word of Christ will become so watered down that few will discern the correct path. You have written a hub that speaks of the future. You have also put one foot into a fiery pit of controversy.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yes, I know, but I don't care because either you stand for truth or you stand for nothing. God, Jesus has carried me through thus far, I am sure he will do so in the future. Thanks for the comments...not sure about the Muslim law thing but nothing, absolutely nothing, would surprise me anymore.


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majicat 6 years ago

"Are all religions equal?" of course not. how could they be when some come from places in the world where there is no education and abject poverty is the rule? You speak from the fundamentalist Christian world view and from that, understandably make the judgements: Good or Bad. the Wiccan example for instance, this is a bad religion. but why is that exactly? Now according to Christian doctrine, (paraphrasing here) all those who are not Christian are going to hell. lets look at the concept of hell for a moment. a furnace of affliction that continues for ever and ever and ever. you never burn up though, you never actually die, (because your already dead) you just sizzle and burn, screaming and writhing in everlasting excruciating agony... for... EVER. Why? because they didn't give the right intellectual assent to certain loaded questions? how many *accused* witches have been burned alive in this world? not enough that they get to spend eternity in everlasting fire, basting in their own juices, the "Christians" sent them there with an excellent preview of the coming attractions. Of course most modern Christians would distance themselves from things like the Salem witch trials. but what did jesus have to say about making judgemnts? I know that he said if you look at a woman to lust, you have already committed sin in your heart, now wouldn't it follow that making judgements about people being condemned to spending eternity in torment ....well, this argument would go nowhere really because people who do such things would point to the heavens and say that "GOD" has already made the judgment. what comes out of such thinking is clearly seen in world history, all of the wars and killing, it's endless really. I saw a film once; "Gods and Generals" I wanted to see it because Bob Dylan worked on the soundtrack. it starred Robert Duvall and a host of others whose names escape me at the moment. The film was a vivid depiction of the Civil War. the generals on both sides sincerely believing that they were serving God in their efforts. all of the horrific bloodshed coming from generals fighting a holy war. and these were Christian. of course, now, we can make judgements as to who was right and who was wrong, but the men involved were sincere.

So what am I saying here? Christianity is bad? I think that people go to religion for a variety of reasons. some go because they genuinely long for God and really want to be better people, others go because they want validation for whatever it is that they want, slavery for instance. you can find scripture to support most anything if look long enough. and this holds true for all of them, the muslims as well, they can talk people into believing that it is a holy thing to strap dynamite to themselves and go to some crowded place and kill everyone including children for their cause. you can serve "God for hate, for fear or for love.

I am sorry that I am rambling ... I shouldn't writing when I have a migraine and I'm medicated into a purple haze. the last thing that you wrote really stuck out to me, "Jesus has carried me through thus far" I can relate to that, jesus has brought me through more pain and anguish than I can say. I love him.... but I honestly cannot stand his fan club.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Well, Majicat: You mention quite a few topics and I will try and address them all.

1. I don't know if a higher education necessarily means a greater understanding of spiritual and philosophical matters. I have met some very educated people that were completely clueless and I have met what you might consider "simple" people who seemed to have a much greater understanding...so I can't say that in my experience that the higher the education the more "enlightened" so to speak. Is that what you are saying?

2. Why is the Wiccan religion bad, well coming from a Christian world view (which I readily admit) the Wiccan religion is founded in associations with fallen angels, speaking to the dead (as in mediumship) and these things are forbidden and told to us by God that they are sinful. If you want to look at the Wiccan religion in a secular manner, where are the Wiccan hospitals, the Wiccan Charities, the Wiccan safe houses, there are none...so yeah I stand by what I said, it fits the description I put in the original hub.

3. Why do people go to hell is your question. And then you answer it ..that they didn't give the correct answer. Well I am a little confused as to what you are referring to..the witches or people in general. I'll take the people in general because that would include the witches (whether they were witches or not)..the reason people go to hell is because they choose to got there, rather than accept the free gift of God, the substitute atonement. As far as the Salem Witch trials, hard to say since I wasn't there but I would take a guess that they (the pilgrims who did this) weren't true born again Christians as that is not what Christ taught us. As I stated before just because someone says they are a Christian doesn't mean that they are one.

As far as not being able to stand other Christians, what about this verse then?

(1 John 3:14) We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

I think I responded to all your questions, if not I'm sure you will let me know.


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JOE BARNETT 6 years ago

to answer your question are all religions equal. yes they are. the one thing that all religions have in common is that they are "all" man made. Just someones philosophy. A group of civil laws enforced by a mystical fearful story put together to manipulate large groups of people. It's for this reason that christianity is a felony in china. They know it and don't want it there. We've seen what happens when one religion thinks it is better than another. bloodshed, always(jews and palestinians)!

To me now(and you know what i mean)religion is the equivalent to ,two people arguing that a good santa's waistline should be at least 43 inches or better and the other person saying it should be 35 inches and then the debate and condemnations begins. Not one thing based on "A" fact.It's like saying which is better ice cream on a stick or in a bowl or inorder to get in heaven you must wear blue clothes because blue is the color of the sky and that's where heaven is.All arbitrary!

A report finished and reported this week in huffington post says that the people most susceptible to believe far out things correlate with education. The lower the education the higher the belief;the higher the education the lower the belief. This study was done for political beliefs however, i say that the same applies to belief,period. At the time of the beginning of the largest religions,the smartest persons education was far below that of even middle school and it was taught that knowledge is bad. fruits of eden and lots wife.All designed for blind obedience and all man made. . . and equal.Pot stirring and hopefully thought provoking hub


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I think that there is a huge difference between "religion" and the truth. But, having said that, YOUR viewpoint is a "religion", it is a world view that you hold as do others. Your view is an argument that there is no Santa at all and that is a view like any other. In my view it is wrong. In fact, by saying that they are ALL WRONG, you are saying that you are wrong too, therefore someone has to be right.


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majicat 6 years ago

Well, I am sorry, Brie, but I stopped believing in "Santa" a long long time ago.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

What do you mean?


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JOE BARNETT 6 years ago

well i will agree especially because again, they are all conceived by man. The difference that i see between the two is that organized religion or christianity in this case demands blind unquestionable obedience and ten percent of your income. That was real clever of them huh? Remember in all things seek the bottom line;the end result and you will see the point of the plan.so the only ones that benefit from organized religion on this planet are the ones in charge of the religion.They get rich


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

And where exactly does it say in the Bible that we are to have blind unquestionable obedience, since you are so knowledgeable and wise?


not bob 6 years ago

Considering how otfen religion is used as the driver for war, murder, persecution and generally poor behavior in our world I would say all religions are the same. The religion that is not the same is the personal faith of a single person, no organization just belief.

Also your concept of good and evil are very Christian centric - evil exists within every religion and every person and fellowship with others of like mind doesn't dispel evil it in many cases acts to validate the persons evil.

Bush, Rove, Cheney and that gang or war mongering criminals claimed Christ as their Saviour and still many Christians believe they are justified going to war


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

You shall no them by their fruits, the men you mentioned are very evil...see my other hubs:

http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Bush-White-House-...

http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Bohemian-Grove--S...


crazymommy 6 years ago

Why would the writer think Wiccan is evil or put it in the same category as Satanism or being a nazi? Thee is nothing evil in the Wiccan ways. That's just stupid, makes me wonder i the author knows what it is? Dummy.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I included the Wiccan religion because it does not give unselfishly to others.


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Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Another Great Hub Brie,

- Harlan


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks, glad you like it.


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JOE BARNETT 6 years ago

HI BRIE-the bible does not explicitly say"you must be blindly obedient" it just implies it with extreme consequences for not listening. like turning into salt for turning around or mankind being cursed for eating an apple. if that isn't a learning experience. . . Also to disbelieve and we are talking about religion(in this case)and not God. is exactly what it is. the lack of belief,a disbelief. to me there is nothing there to believe in.when it is boiled down the rewards are whatever is hardest for the area to get freely. muslims get 40 virgins,americans get streets paved in gold. you could imagine that some poorer country might say that heaven is a feast on the table everyday. religion is good that it can be uplifting and consoling when you don't have someone to do it for you, but i don't think it's required to get into heaven


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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Hello Brie,

That was an interesting read..

I think all religions are equal in the sense that one is not truer[or untruer] than the other but there are of course differences in the ideologies, so in that way they are not equal.

I completely agree with you that all this should be open for discussion. After all religion is an idea, like any other, and all ideas should be open for comparison and examination.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

It can't be true that all religions are equal in the sense that one is not true (r) than the other because they have opposing ideas. If religion A says Jesus is God and religion B says Jesus is not God, they both can't be true at the same time. One is true and one is false.

Thanks for commenting.


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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Brie,

I should have phrased that diffently...all religions are equal in the sense that one cannot be *proven* to be truer than the other.... even if the tenets within are *better* in a moral or philosophical sense.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Brie I commend you on this post, is it controversial, of course it is, all religions are seeking the same truths but in different ways. There is one God for all religions, no matter the color of their skins, the cultures they come from or their stature in life. God is LOVE and all religions profess love in one way or another. It would be unfair to a specific religion to say your beliefs are wrong and mine are right.Every religion has a name for heaven and hell, there are spiritual actors professing that believing Jesus as your lord and saviour is the only way to get to heaven? If that is the case then all the other religions of the world are wrong in their beliefs. I think it is selfish of any one religion to take that stand and discard other religions and dogmas. I gave you my vote, good read.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Jane: I disagree, I think that there is more than enough evidence to prove one religion over another. The problem is that most people are not interested in what is true, they are interested in what they want to be true.

Saddlerider: I'm glad you liked it but I believe that Jesus is the only way because he said he was. It's sort of like this...a plane is crashing and some on board are wearing parachutes that were given to them. The others on board are telling them that it is very narrow minded of them to insist on wearing parachutes and that parachutes are the only way to survive, they think that they can fly and so they don't put on the parachute that is available to them. That is the way I think of Christianity.


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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

"The problem is that most people are not interested in what is true, they are interested in what they want to be true."

With respect, I think that might be the pot calling the kettle black there. "Jesus is the only way because he said he was"? Couldn't other religious believers claim the same of their own prophets?


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

They could but there is more evidence for the veracity of what Jesus said than any other, if you study you will see for yourself. I have studied this for 31 years and it is true. Some of the books I have on this site would be a good starting place if you really are sincere about evidence.


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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Could you just give me a clue as to what evidence you are talking about? As far as I am aware there is no evidence that the miraculous Jesus described in the Bible existed.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

The books talk about historic, archeological and prophetic evidence for starters. It's quite in depth. I would suggest reading "The Case for Christ", the author was an atheist before he looked at the evidence and also Mere Christianity, he was also an atheist before finding the truth. It's really too exhaustive to write about here.


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aliciajadebrowne 6 years ago from I am where I am, and that's all you need to know.

I agree that just because we have freedom of religion it doesn't mean all religions are good.

BUT, I do strongly disagree that Wicca/Witchcraft is evil/bad. I actually share a couple beliefs from that religion and from what I know, it's more about doing good than bad, such as the "Three Fold Rule". If you do something good, it'll come back three times as good, and if you do something bad, it'll come back three times as bad.

Also, I mainly just believe in spells and magicka. I believe in Black Magic, but I don't believe it should be used unless you are in a perilous situation. You don't have to believe in what I believe, but please know that it may be a good idea to think about what you're saying and who might read it before you say it. Especially when you're giving snap judgements about a whole religion just based off of some beliefs. The only reason this offended me a bit is because, like I said, I share some Wiccan beliefs, and I do not believe in evil or killing. I am all for life, goodness and justice =)

So please make sure you know more about something and the over-all/general picture of it before judging it from a few things you might know about it =) Thanks!

P.S. I hope I approached this in a calm, respectful way and I hope I didn't offend or anger you in any way.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

I was involved with the occult so I know what I am talking about. Just because you haven't run into anything nefarious doesn't mean that it's not there.


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Tchardo 6 years ago

If the very foundation of one's cultural views on what is good, or what is better, is determined by Christianity, then of course Christianity is better. It's a circular self-proving view... and that screams "egotistical delusion" at me.

One can also judge prematurely and on circumstantial or shallow evidence. Witchcraft is a good example (even if it isn't even really a religion so much as techniques). Really, so few even know what it is (especially Wicca, which is a closed religion), and yet the public opinion on it is one formed out of ignorance and fear of what is different from what they are used to or indoctrinated with.

I think that the vast majority of religions out there serve a vital purpose in helping people, or helping society... it's just a matter of different priorities. Different people have different needs and contribute different things to the world. Who's to say who gets to choose which values a religion is to be judged on? At very least, it would need to be a reasoning not based on, and unswayed by, faith or devotion... but even then cultural bias comes into play.

I don't think a narrow-minded Christian viewpoint is an acceptable basis to even understand other religions, how then can it judge them?

To answer your question, it is impossible for anything different to be equal, but it is also possible for there to be many truths coexisting, and without different perspectives, any part of that interconnected matrix of truths cannot be as "true". Among other things: earth based Pagan religions connect people with life, Abrahamic religions build a strong moral fabric for society, left-hand paths build individual strengths, Science improves life so that all the others can practice, Yoga and eastern mysticism bring health clarity and understanding. We need all these things.

Are you saying Brie, that there is nothing whatsoever nefarious among Christian churches?


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Darrell Roberts 6 years ago

Great hub,

I think that all religions are not equal and all the so called religions should be evaluated based on their merits. Sorry to say, religion is like any other product on the market and there are many competitors in the market. I hope people really take the time to determine where they will invest their eternal soul, since it is their most important asset.

I agree that the people make the religion not the buildings, this is why I am extra careful of the company I keep.

Best wishes,

DR


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

While I agree if it weren't for religion we would have less knowlesdge about God etc. Unfortuneately just as in any organized group there is good and bad.I don't blame the religion ,but those who run it.Wars seem to be connected to religion in the past as well as now.I think every religion has had both good and bad influences throughout history.When the student is ready the teacher appears.When the student becomes the teacher he or she can teach others.That's how I feel about religion.Once people had to depend on the church to read from the bible.Now anyone can read it for themselves.As for interpetation,it's my opinion that it depends on who is doing the interpeting.


Nikko 6 years ago

No,not all religions are equal,in fact,not knowing the right path and doing it will cost many there lives.Many examples about falsely whorshiping The true GOD "YAHWEH OR JEHOVAH "in the Bible angered him and he punished them for it.He is a specific and accurate GOD about how to woreship him.No 99.9% or half stepping is allowed or accepted by him.


Nikko 6 years ago

And yes,the bible give "warnings and the way out" about this issue here that we are talking about..Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14,13 “Go in through the narrow gate; because broad and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are the ones going in through it; 14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it...So truly there is only 1 road to him and Jehovah YAHWEH as the bible says and one faith.Because most people fail to worship GOD in the right way,most persons are on the road to destrution.Only a few are on the road laeding to life....Ad only the right hearted people will find it if they seek it.There is a reason why there are all these different religions and it has all to do with Satan the Devils plan to confuse you so the true light wont shine tru.Does anyone know what is the enity "Babylon THE GREAT" means in Revlations? An example,Revelation 17:1,2... 1 And one of the seven angels that had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying: “Come, I will show you the judgment upon the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, whereas those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”


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taskeinc 6 years ago from Atlanta

I had a brief conversation with a person who referred to himself as Christian (and I am not knocking Christianity). Here's the scenario: I'm reading the book, "Life After Death" by Mary T. Browne while waiting to pick up my son up from a summer program, he was waiting for his daughter, the guy ask me what the book was about, and I say, it's primarily dealing with Karma .. His reply, "I don't know anything about Karma, I'm a Christian." WOW .. Granted, most educated Christians would not dare utter a statement like that, but the mindset is pretty much the same, and I'll leave it there, except to say that this way of thinking, whether you say it aloud or not, is the cornerstone of all religions .. Created by man to control the mind. What better way to control the public at large, who are generally followers, than to tie in eternal life and/or damnation .. Scare the crap out of the masses and a misinformed, sheep-like population will believe darn near anything ..


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Did you ever think that maybe he really didn't know anything about "karma"? You are the one that sounds hateful regarding Christians not the other way around.


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taskeinc 6 years ago from Atlanta

Didn't say anything about "hate" .. and I did say that I was "not knocking Christianity" along with other qualifying statements .. be that as it may, here are a couple of Thomas Paine quotes re: religion ..

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."

Thomas Paine

"That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument, because it is no proof that priests can not, or that the Bible does not."

Thomas Paine


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

There is truth that is not religiousity. Jesus was crucified by "religious" people. Don't throw the baby with the bathwater and don't use other peoples failings for an excuse for your own.


The truth 6 years ago

Well said, the irony here is that Judaism and its offshoots Christianity and Islam are dangerous modes of thought that need to be curbed or better yet stamped out so the more righteous faiths can liberate mankind.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

You're a scary person "the truth". There will be a great effort to stamp out Jews and Christians in the future, it was prophesied about in the book of Revelation:

(Revelation 12:17) And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.


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Sydnianne 6 years ago from Illinois

Brie,

This was excellent! It does remind us (Christians) that we need to take note of other religions whether we agree or not. For example, I have a friend that is an Atheist. I do not agree with his beliefs/or lack there of, but as a person, I greatly respect him. I have tried to present the Gospel on many occasions, but he chooses not to believe and I know that I have done what I can...I presented the Gospel and the relationship is between my friend and God. I can't make that decision for him or anyone else. What I can say is this...

The First Commandment given to Moses and God's people says... "You shall have no other gods before me." - Exodus 20:3

And Jesus says... "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." - Revelation 22:12-13

"He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen." - Revelation 22:20-21


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Sydnianne: We all have free will and everyone will be held accountable for their decisions. Have you read my hub on Atheism?


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truthisjoy 5 years ago

All religions are equal in ALL are false. The true God sent Jesus to restore them to Himself, so that they shall be free and see the false hoods of religion with its vain traditions and mundane ways. It's because of Gods truth I don't mind being politically incorrect.


truthisjoy 5 years ago

I need to clarify that is God sent Jesus to restore fallen mankind to himself. And to answer the persons accusation that Christians burned witches, not true. The Catholic false traditions led to many being killed, even true Christians who rejected the pope...were martyred...thus religion in its many forms is false. Hello is where people who don't care for Gods love go, a place where people who scoff Jesus sacrifice go.


truthisjoy 5 years ago

Apologies for the typos, my phone is a pain. Hell is a place


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davidkaluge 5 years ago

Can a group be called religious group if they do not belief in the existence of God or a supernatural being? I think each group think their choosen path is the best. Only few do teach and believe in equity. Religion can be good or bad but most times its individuals that are good or bad and not the religious group. For instance Christians, Muslim among others commit crimes which can be in the name of religion or not. So its more of an individual thing. I believe in religious tolerance.


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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan Author

Of course, any philosophy or world view is a religion...and usually if there is no "head" deity it is the self.


Joe 4 years ago

Atheism Is not a religion even though some religious individuals like to make this claim about Atheism is not a religion, this a common argument made to critisize atheism. The idea behind the argument is that if atheism is just another belief system or religion that it is Hypocritical of atheism for them to critisize religion. Atheist don't believe in Gods, religious traditions or rituals. Atheism is the absence in the belief of Gods, which is a central tenent of most religions. According to your definition a religion is a group of people who share a common belief in cosmology. There are no organized atheist rituals that are considered sacred. Atheism doesn't teach an organized moral code or believe morality comes from a higher or super natural source. Most atheists are not part of an organized group of atheist who follow an atheist leader.


Joe 4 years ago

Atheism is not a religion it's the absense of religion. The claim that it's a religion is easy to refute and is usually used as a criticism by the religious.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Atheism is a world view and therefore a religion. It doesn't have to be organized or have rituals to be a world view ie a religion.


Starmom41 4 years ago

Very interesting hub- & I really appreciated seeing that question! Not only are all religions not equal, I've seen so much nonsense being described as a 'religion' that it's not even funny.

I also 100% agree with your POV that so-called religious freedom should not include the right to harm other people or allow harm to be done to other people.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks, it's always nice to hear from people who agree with me :)


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MizBejabbers 21 months ago from Arkansas

Interesting hub, Brie. In the strictest literal sense, I have to disagree with you that atheism is a religion because it is a "world view." I agree that it is a world view, but the dictionary defines religion as having a belief in a super power or the super natural. I agree with you that religious freedom should not include interfering with another's belief system. You have your beliefs, I have mine and we get along side-by-side, but when somebody starts shooting at us over our beliefs, I think it is time to end their religious freedom in this country.


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Brie Hoffman 20 months ago from Manhattan Author

I agree but a world view and a religion have the same affect and therefore should be treated the same in my opinion.

I agree wholeheartedly about the shooting over religious beliefs..however I think that they should have all their freedom removed..not just their religious freedom.

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