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Religious Conversion: What a Waste!

Updated on June 27, 2014

I think just about everyone knows that no matter what religious belief, or lack thereof, that we hold to be true, there will always be someone who will disagree with us. So why do we make such a big fuss about it? Why do organized religions waste so much time, resources and energy trying to convert others to their faith? With so many millions of people in the world, who each have their own ideas about the meaning of life, how the world was formed, what happens after death, etc., there is no way that any one faith would be able to ‘save the world’ of all the ‘abominations’ . So why bother?

I’m not talking about things that are harmful to humanity, such as murder, rape, and domestic violence. By all means we should be fighting against those injustices. However, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to the world for organized religions to put less emphasis on conversion and fighting the system, and devote more of their resources to helping those in need, whether those people are going to hell or not?

Religious groups all over the world spend way too much time and money trying to outlaw abortion and gay marriage, fighting a war that they have no hope of winning as more and more people are slowly abandoning the religion of their childhood every year. And why? Because they see more harm than good being done in the name of God! That is money that could better be put to use feeding the hungry, caring for the homeless or a wide variety of other contributions to society.

Instead of fighting each other, we need to band together to fight for the things that are most important; taking care of each other and the world in which we live. Almost every religious tradition claims to follow a version of the golden rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The one truly universal rule and we cannot seem to follow it. If you were gay, wouldn’t you want to have the same rights as straight people? If you were an atheist, wouldn’t you get sick of people telling you that you’re going to hell?

We are wasting too much time and energy on things that will never matter. We are all different, we all believe different things and act in different ways. There is no way to change that. What we can change is how we react to those differences. Remember the golden rule and look at things from the other side once in a while. You may be surprised at what you find.

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      Robin Bull 

      5 years ago from Moore, Oklahoma

      Well done. We have far too much religion within the state (rather, government). Instead of focusing on interpretative texts and subjective morals, we (as a people and society) should spend more time focusing on the ethics of reciprocity (the various golden rules).

      There is a difference between being religious (meaning caring more for the religious rules associated with a set of beliefs) and being spiritual (meaning caring more for God and showing love to your fellow man to honor that).

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      Fred 

      7 years ago

      Ty, who cares what "the bible says"? It's a work of pure fiction, and really bad fiction at that. Why would anyone want to follow the "teachings" of a book that condones slavery, prostitution, genocide, human sacrifice and murder? Sure, it says other stuff as well, but how can one justify cherrypicking only the "good" stuff and ignoring the really depraved stuff in the name of "love" or whatever? If it were really the word of some "god" (it is not) or inspired by some "god" (again, it is not), why would such an omnipotent, omniscient being be so inconsistent, wishy-washy and downright contradictory in what is written there?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I must say that i believe in God, but your words are true, hate among the belivers breaks my heart. When will we learn that God is love. The church is the people not a building. Thank you.

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      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      Why am I not surprised that someone would complain?

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      Ty Gillis 

      7 years ago from Palm Bay, Florida

      I beg to differ. Although to the unsaved, it appears like a bunch of posturing, and grand standing, and in some cases this may be true, but what does the Bible say?

      Mark 16:15

      And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

      We as believers are commanded to preach the Gospel, which is why we continue to. Sometimes people can get very zealous in their beliefs which turn people off, granted, but we only wish to serve him.

      2 Corinthians 2:17

      King James Version (KJV)

      17For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

      In condemning the sin, it is sometimes taken as condemnation of the sinner, which should only be brought about in love. We are all born with an inherent knowledge of right and wrong, but it is the sinful nature that lies to us, and tells us that what is wrong, just may be right if you close one eye and stand on your head.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Excellent, I've been turned off many more times than helped by OR and have abandoned it all together for these reasons, in part.,50

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      hschica 

      7 years ago from Menasha, Wisconsin

      I love your last line: "look at things from the other side once in a while." This is something many people fail to do, and it really has a huge impact. Thanks for writing!

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 

      7 years ago

      Bravo! You would think with the blood shed and strife that is common place here on earth religious leaders would put away the trivial and mount an all out effort to right the wrongs of hunger and child endangerment.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Well said and well written! Here's hoping a few will take on board your wise words and act accordingly! Great hub!

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