Should We Get Rid Of Religion?
Just imagine for one moment, a world free of Religion.
Every single country around the world going about their daily lives without a word about God.
What would it be like? Think back through history. Let's start at the most obvious place and time. What if Jerusalem was just another Country in the world?
Can you imagine people just going about their business, maybe meeting up at the end of the day to discuss work and family life?
Head over to Asia and see people calling their children in to chat around cooking, and so on. Then cross over to the middle east and see what they are doing there. At the time of Jesus the middle east still had their old Gods or Goddesses. But its still the same thing.
People worshiping an unknown, unseen 'God'. What if? And how would the world look today?
Possibly one of my favorite books of all time. A girl gets taken by aliens up to a world of peace and love. They have mutual respect, they can all do whatever job they want instead of 'making do' with a job just for money. Just one thing that makes it so different.
A perfect society, and no religion.
And it made me think, what if?
I remember reading a book a few years ago. I still have it now purely because the concept in the book is so amazing I did wonder if it was ever possible to live that way.
In the novel, a woman is taken up into Space by aliens. They are very much like us, but with one major difference. There is no religion. The only person that was revered on the Planet was the Leader.
This man had been chosen by the whole world to be the president of the Planet. He had grown up in a safe environment, earned all his badges and degrees and became so clever and popular that he was the obvious choice.
The rest of the world worked in productivity, there was no wars, no hate and no depression.
The book in question was Yargo by Jacqueline Susann.
So what did the lack of religion mean to them?
Well for starters their whole world system was completely different to ours. And this is, I think, the fundamental difference.
From an early age their children were given the choice to learn the trade that they wanted to do and be when they grew up. There was no pulling them away from their chosen field. Even if they wanted to be an actress, they were placed in the right class to go forward and learn the trade.
Nothing was too silly or too difficult. The premise was that 'If you love the work then you will never fail'.
There was no religion to get in the way. Nothing to make people hate each other, or argue about whether their god was right or wrong.
And of course nothing happened in the way of religious fundamentalism. Without the separation of religious faith everyone was equal and any arguments were settled peacefully.
Do you believe that religion has stunted our progress in the world? I do. Think about it. Instead of asking a Divine Power to do something for you, you would automatically try to do it yourself. Instead of constantly bickering over which religion is the best, we would be concentrating on how to improve the world.
If there was no religious fervor then maybe every country round the world would actually get on!
Okay, maybe not every country. Some arguments and wars are caused by other completely random reasons. At the time they believe the reason is important but thinking back years later we realise just how evil and stupid the whole thing was. Think first world war for example.
I often watch TV and hear the latest news about this faction has killed so and so, in the name of god. But its not always terrorism that's the problem. I saw an interview one night talking to one of the Presidential candidates, and one of the questions was, 'What religion are you?'
What the hell has that got to do with anything? Why on earth would they ask that question? Surely the mans standing in the community and qualifications for the job were the only thing important?
Once again by asking for his religion they are putting him in a box. And labeling him!
Faith should be a personal thing, nothing more. We have evolved into a species that are addicted to something we cannot see! And even kill for it!
Has this held us back in evolutionary terms? Yes of course!
There was a debate on Debate.Org asking the question:
Should we rid the world of Religion?
Surprisingly 90 percent of people said yes! We should get rid of it. Only 10 percent said no.
Most of the argument against religion centered on the fact that religion is the one main factor that divides the world and its people.
You can't argue with that!
Or can you?
“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning...”— C.S. Lewis
Okay, now for the other side....!
Are humans so advanced that by taking away religion we would never war with anyone again? I don't think so.
For starters the human race would still have its warlike gene. We would still find reasons to fight, only these reasons would be more pathetic that killing over religion!
If at the start of history we had done things differently then maybe. Till then I believe our personal religion is ours to keep.
Is God real? Who knows? But something inside me says yes!
Should we learn to live peacefully and keep our religion to ourselves and not rub other peoples noses in it? Yes definitely!
And that's the thing. Religion should be ours. Silently, quietly and in the peace of our homes or houses of worship. It should not be banded about as something to 'Win'. My religion is better than yours and so on. How pathetic is that?
I am sure God didn't put us all down here to fight over His name. Perhaps one day people will figure that out.
Okay your turn guys, what do you think?
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