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Religious issues of today
The religious issues of today
Welcome to our article (82), Religious issues of today
May God guide and help me to write the right religious things?
Dear readers, there are many events in the world that are liked to religion, so, we would like to discuss them, since this is what we are writing here. Anyhow, we have already written many articles about our religious theory; so, this article could be placed at the end or the beginning of our religious theory, or just be some explanation of what we have said. I believe that these talks about religions would never end, as there is always something else to add. We have mentioned our religious theory, because there are several religious theories and many religions as well, in the world of today, check these links below taken, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia to see what we mean.
Now let us go back to talk about our theory, in this article, we would like to explain, why we are going through all these troubles, by writing these religious writings and our religious theory. We would also like to explain with what views in mind, these religious issues have been written; we would like to point out that mankind needs God/gods and therefore religions, because we have had this need of believing in God, since the very beginning of the world as we know it, and this includes also these present days.
We know very well, that religions have been built in such a way, that they are able to guide the people, in such a way that would help regulate the way of life of the believers, but there are other benefits as well, since religions gets people together, so, they are able to support each other in a friendly way within their religious community, therefore, religions are there for the benefit of mankind, but sometimes it doesn’t work the way it should be working.
Today, as we can see, some of the existing religions are not doing what they are supposed to do, so, we have an issue with that. We believe that religions have not been set up to deal with the religious problems of today, therefore, we believe that a new view of religious beliefs needs to be set up, in such a way, that religions can still do what they should do, for the future benefit of mankind.
What we are saying here, might seem a new religious approach to some of us; but it is not so, because there have been many attempts to change some religious ways in the past, but until today they have not completely succeeded, because the existing religions have opposed it strongly, some of these attempt about changing religious meanings, can be found in the works of philosophers, a couple of these that comes to our mind are; friar Giordano Bruno and Baruch Spinoza, see Philosophy of Spinoza. And many others philosophers, that thought of God as pantheism, which in a way God is everything and is everywhere, instead of believing that God is a man and has created everything, which if we use our common sense, they are very likely right in thinking that God is everything. You see, it makes more sense to the intelligent minds, to think about God the philosopher’s way.
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Why we are writing these religious articles
The reasons why we are writing these religious articles today, is that we believe that there are several reasons involved. You see, today when we look at the news, there are always some religious happenings, that seem to be out of line with what religions should be about; because of these happenings that today seem to happen rather often, people start thinking that religions are not as useful as religious leaders want us to believe they are, so, we have started thinking that perhaps, Baruch Spinoza, Giordano Bruno and other philosophers might be right and God might not be exactly as described in the Bible, so, it would be useful to review our religious beliefs, including those beliefs that come from the Bible.
Now if you have read some of our religious articles, starting with Prayers for Reconciliation and many other articles, you might have noticed that this is what we are trying to do, we are suggesting to modify religions in such a way, that they could agree with each other more easily, therefore, our views that God might not be the creator of everything, but rather God is pantheism and therefore God is everything put together, and for this reason God could become the creator, since God is everything and creation itself.
Anyhow this is only one of our ways, of seeing how religions could be changed, and they can still help humanity in the future. Now, our way is not the only way, how these religions could be modified. Because all we know today, it is that something needs to be done, because things are changing and therefore these changes bring in other chances including religious beliefs.
You see, for these reasons, people start moving in many other directions. So, we who believe in God and religions, would like to stop them doing that, because we would like to keep religion going on indefinitely, but it is not easy to do, because this is not just the fault of the people that move away from religions, but it is most likely the fault of the religions themselves that have not changed like everything else is changing. Of course, we must admit that religions have always done lots of good things in the past, but every now and then they miss the point, and they do terrible things that some people don’t like and don’t agree with them. We have also to admit that there have been some nasty events, when religious leaders have led people through religions to do these bad deeds. You can compare these bad deeds or events with what is happening today, when people kill other people in the name of their God, anyhow, this is what we see is happening today, but let us see, what some of these bad deeds were, starting from the past.
Map of the crusaders journey
Those bad religious deeds
Let us see those useless and unjust things, which people have done in the past, or are still doing using religions, if we start from the beginning of the world, and we look at various ways of religious beliefs, we will find that in the beginning, people used even human sacrifice to appease the gods or whatever they were afraid of. Then thanks to Yahweh God of the Israelite, this practice was not used in the religions that followed, since Yahweh substituted human sacrifice with animal sacrifice, and because of this change, humanity has learned that human sacrifice is the worst kind of religious practice.
There have been a few more events that people have done in the name of God and religions, they need to be mentioned here, to compare how these things come about and when they happen they seem okay; but, then with the passing of time, we can see that what we have been doing in the name of God and religions, a lot of times have been wrong.
Now let us mention a few historic events that have happened in the past. Take the crusade for instance, at the time when the crusade wars were going on, the Christian religions and their fellow believers, they were thinking that they were doing a great thing in the name of God, because they were going to Palestine to free the Holy Land from the Saracens. But the Saracens were believing in the same God, accept that they called their God Allah instead of Yahweh. Today we call this religion, the Muslim religion.
Of course, there was a starting point to wage this Christian holy war, and this was started from the invasion of Jerusalem, and the killing of thousands of peregrines from the Turks; all this was followed by nine crusades, where many people died for this cause. But, today we could even ask whether these crusades were necessary, or was it another mistake that religious people made in the name of God and religions?
One of the worst examples of religions executing innocent people, has been the witch hunt that lasted for centuries; it is estimated that 40,000 to 100,000 people were executed, because these people seemed to do things, which religious people thought were contrary to religious beliefs, so, they labelled them as witches that worshipped the devil instead of God. The religious leaders of those days, to label people as witches, all they needed to do, was to prove that these persons were not following religions the way they were supposed to follow, once they had proved that, they labelled them as witches, and then they would execute them; most times they were burned alive, which one can imagine how cruel it was. Yes, religions can also be very cruel, this is something that we should think about.
One of the better-known people that suffered under those inquisitions, it was the burning at the stake of Giordano Bruno 1548-1600; a Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, astrologer and astronomer; his views of the universe were different from what the Bible says, and therefore the religious leader of the day believed that he was bad; also, his views of pantheist beliefs, which are different from the Catholic beliefs got him in trouble, so, he was burned at the stake. Check the, Roman Inquisition
Today, a better-known person than Giordano Bruno, was Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642 who was also a physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher; he was condemned from the inquisition but escaped the dead penalty, but he had to spend the rest of his life under house arrest, where he wrote most of his works that we know today.
When we look at history, we could find many more examples that would undermine the religious credibility of today, but this is not going to say that we should not follow religions, because religions have a very useful role in guiding mankind, even though, as we have seen above, they make several mistakes. Now this is all what we are going to mention about the past, but let us see, if we are any better off today.
Today’s religious dilemmas
Today there are still religious problem going on every day of our lives, because the world has not found a better way to deal with them, we believe that if religious beliefs stay the way they are, it will be very hard to find any sort of consensus, as there are too many issues that need to be looked at and perhaps modified. So, let us mention a few of the religious issues that seem to upset the religious community of the world today.
We see that there are at least three or four religious issues, that would come to our mind everyday of our lives, because of these religious issues, we believe that religions need to be modified, in such a way that they become more acceptable to the community at large, so let us look at these issues:
One of the first issues that come to our minds, it is that the religious system is failing to do what has been designed for, in the case of the Catholic Church the clergy is corrupt in many ways. One of the worst things in this religion is the existing paedophilia in the clergy. Our view on this issue is that whoever practices paedophilia should be severely punished, first by the church by excluding them from their clergy for good, and then by denouncing them to the authorities that would send them to prison, if they need to be so punished. Now let us say what else can be done to prevent that; here our views are that if the clergy is allowed to get married, then this problem of paedophilia would become a lot less, because those physical needs would be satisfied in a normal relationship. Here under are a couple of links that you can use to check this out.
We could say a lot more about these religious issues about the Catholic Church, and not only the Roman Catholic Church but also other religions fail to address these issues, but we have to leave it for another time, since there are other things to mention now. Here, it seems to me that religious leaders try to avoid these issues if they can; so, instead of fixing them, they try to do something else to sway the attention of the people, from these bad issues, see what this new pope is doing these days:
Now, I hope you see what I mean, when we say that they try to change to attention of the people; you see, while I have been writing this article, the Pope head of the Roman Catholic Church, has been visiting Brazil; so, first of all let us see what is happening today in Brazil, since this Pope visit seems to be ending well, even if there have been some ups and down during the visit; after that we will go back to talk about the atheist and the religious extremist, and then we will try to see what could be done for the future benefit of all mankind.
Crowdes for Pope visit to Brazil
Today great religious event
Dear readers, it might seem to you that most times in our religious writings, we are talking about the church in a negative way, but we are not, since our aim is only to point out what seems to be wrong, in some parts of religions, so that something could be done to fix it. Now today we have some good religious news, which we would like to share with you, this is the visit of Pope Francis to Brazil.
We may say that this visit has been very popular, if we just look at the crowds that have followed the Pope, and there is no doubt about it. Pope Francis seems able to attract lots of people, especially the poor people that really need religions to give them hope in life, because as we all know, God is hope for those that need hope most.
Here-under is a small part of the news report about this event, if you would like to read the report how the visit ended, click on the link below.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Rio de Janeiro — Pope Francis left Brazil after leading a giant beach mass for three million pilgrims, ending his historic trip to reignite Catholic passion with pleas for a humbler Church.
The first Latin American-born pontiff flew back to Rome hours after addressing a sea of faithful who waved flags, danced and chanted "long live the pope!" on the crescent-shaped shoreline of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.
Now that we have talked about the present news, let us go back and talk about the atheists and the extremists.
The atheist and the extremist
Now, the atheists and the extremists, they are two groups of people that stand at the most opposite point of the religious spectrum, but at the same time, they attract a lot of attention to themselves, because both these groups are damaging religions. We know that the atheists would like to destroy religions and God beliefs openly, because they do not believe God exists, so, people should not be taught about this non-existent God.
Then, at the opposite side, the religious extremists are using religions, with the beliefs that they are even helping their God and religions, while they are really fighting for their own advantages, against the other religious groups, so, they have found ways, how to set everything in such a way, that would show the world, as if it is the will of their God that they do these atrocious deeds, so, they kill people in the name of God and religions.
Therefore, when we look at these two groups of people, we feel the need that something needs to be done, in the hope that these damages to religions could be stopped, or minimized.So, what can be done is the question here? Well we must say that there is no easy answer to this problem, but we need to try to find one.
As you have seen from what we have already written, we are trying to suggest a new supper religion, that can link all existing religions together, and at the same time, the existing religions would remain as they are, so, religious people are not upset. If this could be done, then, it would help the existing religions to be modified in such a way, that it would become harder for religious fanatics to use religions for their own advantages.
Our views are like this; if religions could be modified, as we are suggesting in our religious theory of, reconciliation of the universe, and then made to work in such a way that the extremists would not be able to use religions to do their violent deeds, also the atheists would not be able to say that God does not exist, because God would be all the life forces energies of the universe, which make life possible on earth, and therefore, God exists in the form of these life-energies. Now because of all these modifications that could and would take place, if humanity would accept them. It would become easier for the existing religions to modify, without upsetting the believer too much. Now if that could be done, then religions would exist mostly as they are today, and they could and would work in the future, for the benefit of all humanity.
We will stop writing this article now, because it is already too long, so, this is all for the time being. We could be adding other religious articles when we see the need, at the same time, we will be editing the existing religious articles that we have written, in the hope that we will be able to make a clear picture of what is being said.
May God bless us all?
Some religious links
- God of the universe
This is our theory of God of the Universe within the life cycle of the universe; God is the positive and constructive life force that guides the universe residing at the center or at the top of it.
- Prayers of Reconciliation
Prayers of Reconciliation, I come to you praying Father Most High and eternal life giver of every living thing, I am praying thee for forgiveness of my sins and reconciliation.. People prayers to God.
- Nature of the Universe and earth
We are setting up all these spiritual circles, in order to describe our theory of how God spiritual world could be. Personal imaginary theory aiming at how to reconcile all religions
- People life and religion
Life and God is the essence of our own life existence, and to believe in our life is to believe in God and everything else that makes life possible, otherwise life as we know it may as well not exist