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Why Religion and the Belief in Any 'God' is Detrimental to Humanity

Updated on July 16, 2015

The Truth

The oldest known religions in the world

300th to 51st millennium BCE

What we know-

Neanderthals that were in what is contemporary Spain and Croatia began burying their dead. They may have had some type of ceremony for respect for the dead, and may have had empathy for them. In the present day France and Belgium regions, Neanderthals started the ritual of taking skin off of their dead.

38,000 BCE

Neanderthals created the oldest known sculpture in the world that was animal shaped. The sculpture gave human characteristics to an animal, so it was probably a known deity at the time.

25,000–21,000 BCE

This period signifies the end of the Neanderthal and the beginning of the homo sapien or human beings, there are several clear samples of human burials in Eastern Europe. Graves are marked with dolls, ivory, ornaments, pendants, artifacts and perhaps sacred relics of the time.

100th to 34th century BCE

The Neolithic Revolution began and there was a worldwide population explosion. Political power is synced with religious prestige. Places of worship begin to be built, including the prequel to what we know as Stonehenge. The Anatolia begin worshiping in shrines its inhabitants leave behind numerous clay figurines and impressions of phallic, feminine, and hunting scenes.

As the ideology of Hinduism spreads, so do the concepts of Buddhism and Jainism.

In 950 Moses is supposedly given the Torah by God- this was the core text of Judaism and Abrahamic religions.

600–400 BCE

Taoism is born

Buddhism booms in several places

Hebrew Bible is highly read and studied.


Spread of Religion in the World

The Dawn of Christianity

Whether or not Christians like to think about this part of their religious history, it happened. The common expression when one doesn't believe that a man with magical powers came to earth and walked on water, yet wasn't written about for hundreds of years later and every one of the writings about him was perverted, twisted and written for political and corrupt benefit does not fit into the secular purity of the Christ persona.

The Truth In a Time Line:

7 BCE–36 CEThe approximate time-frame for the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of all of Christianity.

31-36 death of John the Baptist, supposedly one of Jesus' main disciples

50–62 Christian 'Council of Jerusalem' is created

70 Destruction of temple in Jerusalem

250–900Classic Mayan civilization, Stepped pyramids are constructed.

300 The oldest known version of the Tao Te Ching is written on bamboo tablets.

313 The Edict of Milan decrees religious toleration in the Roman empire.

325 The first Ecumenical Council, the Council of Nicaea, is convened to attain a consensus on doctrine through an assembly representing all of Christiandom- and this is over 300 years AFTER the death of Jesus Christ. It establishes the original Nicene Creed, it fixes an Easter Date for the masses to conform to.

380 Theodosius I (a MAN) declares the Nicene Christianity the state religion of Rome. This was done for political purposes, after the Council of Nicene met to decided what to change, what to omit, and what to leave in the 'Bible' to best suit their needs as rulers of the day.

I have never in my life understood why a Christian can't have a rational conversation about any of this. Don't Christians know that 'Christianity' was built by a political entity who wanted to control the masses and make them live in fear. The fear of course, was if people didn't fear 'God,' they would do evil and not have any reason to not break 'God's laws.' Instead what this did was create fear, panic, and so many hundreds of thousands of murders in the name of 'God' over the centuries. The statement 'God is good' is just asinine. I know that men and women have an innate fear of death, but why not open their minds to an educational discussion about how the bible was written by man for the purposes of controlling men? I wish one Christian would talk to me about this.



Murder in the name of God, Allah, Buddah Whomever

How Many People Have Died In The Name of Religion?

This is such a difficult question because it's impossible to count the millions upon millions of people who have been killed over their religious beliefs. From the times of the Crusades, to the Witchcraft Trials, to the crazies on 911- research shows that 100,000 Christians each year die due to their beliefs- right NOW.

If we begin to look at the brutal ways of torture done to people over time, it's sickening. The truth is there are 2.3 billion Christians on the planet and many of them live in dangerous places. The truth is also that millions of these Christians are very poor and uneducated, and the unfortunate truth is that these millions of Christians are part of the most targeted religion in the world.

Serious Questions I Would Like An Answer to From Christians or Religious People (No Sarcasm Intended)

1) Why do you think the consequences of atheism are depressing? Atheists know right from wrong. I know a lot of morally unsound Christians who are worse people than Atheists.

2) Why is your solution to everything that 'God Will Help?' If this is the case, why does God allow genocide, mass murder, school shootings, extreme poverty, torture, etc? The 'Free Will' answer won't work. If he could bring his son back to life he can help others who are in agony.

3) How can you NOT know that men wrote the bible, decided what to put in it and what to omit from it, and it was used to control people, kill people, and to gain political power and dominance?

4) Why don't you realize that pre-Christianity, Zeus and Aphrodite, etc were created to try and understand things we couldn't understand at the time, and now we have scientific explanations. God is made in the image of Zeus. Why is it time to quit believing in the Easter Bunny?

5) Why do you refuse to argue only scripture and not other issues? Why not show a bit of realism?

6) Why are Christians 'right' and Hinduism and Buddhism and other religions wrong?

7) Don't you get that the way ISIS is acting is the same way Christians behaved during the Crusades?

If anyone can have a discussion without being hateful, I would love to have one in the comments and see if I can get answers to my questions.

It seems to me that a God who allows so much misery, death, struggle, agonizing pain, disease and torture is not 'good.' I don't want any part of a God like that.

By the way, I was born and raised very strict Catholic and our family priest in Canada, his name is Father Charles Sylvestre, turned out to be the worst rapist in Canadian History. He raped many of my family members. Religion doesn't impress me.


Thanks for reading, and I want to state that I in no way mean to offend anyone at all with this hub. This is purely for my curiosity in the hope of sparking a reasonable and respectful debate!

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      John TRESSEL 8 months ago

      Now we had a great exchange. As a pastor I hate religion. I can say that because the system constructed around Christian teachings of the Bible are little more than politics. All I want is life - real life. Empowering spiritual life. Religion is not empowering. I've lived in France for 40 years and they aren't always an easy people to love. Really! I think we have done that and touched many people s hearts in the process. But the love of many is growing COLD. It takes determination to love "everyone" but Jesus also gives the power. God will judge those that have abused you or those that you have seen to abuse. That you can be sure of.

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      Wendi Pembridge Skilling 8 months ago from Overland Park, KS

      John,

      Thanks for the comments. I appreciate love, joy, and peace from anyone who's going to give it, regardless of their beliefs.

      I am glad you have taken the positive from Christianity- the teachings of Jesus Christ are beautiful and pure, I agree. I try to live by the 'Golden Rule' every day.

      I AM bitter about the way I was raised, and the fact that the priest we loved, respected AND feared raped my cousins and hundreds of other young girls, and died in prison of Alzheimer's. This makes me extremely upset because I was born and raised with true fire and brimstone- and that priest took advantage of his position- like many other priests did. I am bitter because I was raised to think I was worthless as a woman, a sinner, and told I was going to hell every day.

      I have come to terms with my upbringing and the horrible things that happened in my church. I will continue to live my life according to the foundation of every religion- which is 'Do unto others..'

      Thanks again for the time and consideration. Sorry the article offended you- it wasn't meant to do so.

      Wendi

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      John TRESSEL 8 months ago

      The author makes lots of challenges. I speak as a missionary to France. The central issue here is religion verses the person of Jesus Christ. The absuses of religion are legion. I can only agree. But to underline the contrast, how many wars did Jesus start... especially with His turn the other cheek theology? How many wars did Mohamed start? You can't even count them.

      I do find this presentation extremely offensive because it deals with half truths. Jesus' mission was to liberate people and so it was with the apostles. This liberation is first spiritual and works its way to the outside. That liberation is the power to not sin. My life was in the worst state but with God everything changed. It took power to do that. This has nothing to do with "oppressing the people".

      Christianity WAS NOT, at it's very conception, a political entity. It stayed spiritual. The politics of the world came along and annexed the church and saw it as another means to control people. There you are right. But did Jesus or the apostles even make mention of operatring in such a manner? NEVER! "He that wants to lead, let him serve first. Do not dominate your fellow man!"

      The most noble of virtues are at the center of Christianity: love, joy, peace... But you choose to not speak of that. I do understandstand your bitterness towards the Catholic church. I'm not Catholic but I would ask you to forgive God the sins that man has committed in His name. This is no small issue. You are bitter and need help getting over it. Please forgive?! and be forgiven!

      John

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      Wendi Pembridge Skilling 22 months ago from Overland Park, KS

      Hi JD,

      Thanks for your time and consideration, and comments to my article. I guess most of your answers make me a little more confused.

      I guess in a nutshell- my question would be- why do you believe in a God? What evidence do you have- or do you just have blind faith?

      As far as only stupid people believing in God- I didn't say this, but to be honest, I am not going to lie and say I don't think that there is some serious naivety in the 'one god watches all' concept. Time and time again, it's educated people preying on uneducated people that make them 'fear' the fires of hell unless they give their money to the church. My parents were not college educated and they instilled the fear of God in me- and if I questioned it, I was in big trouble. They blindly gave to a church and a priest who was raping young girls- including some of my cousins. You can see more about this here:

      http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/07_0...

      I don't believe that any of the people who allowed their children to spend time alone with Father Charles were educated enough to know better. Religion itself relies on the 'sheeple' or blind followers for their existence. Politicians state that they believe in God to gain votes from the masses.

      When people come out and say they question their faith- it's not a test from God in my opinion. It's the person becoming enlightened to the truth- which is simple. It's all bullshit.

      I am not trying to belittle you, and I respect the fact that you took the time to comment on the questions. I still don't really know where you stand- what religion you are, etc. However, I do wish you peace and happiness, and most of all, much love in your life.

      -Wendi

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      JD Reed 22 months ago

      Your article was well written, intelligent, and well researched. Thank you for encouraging debate by including a list of questions. These types of discussions can quickly spiral into arguments and end up way off topic. A list will hopefully keep everyone focused. A brief bit of background for context before I get to your questions: I was raised among Catholic beliefs, but one of my parents respectfully refused consent for me to take part in any ritual, i.e. baptism. They were adamant that no religious belief should be forced upon me, that I should be allowed to choose for myself when I was older. Being introduced to religion in this way afforded me a perspective that is admittedly uncommon among Christians. Ok, here goes.

      1. I don’t find atheism to be depressing at all. How did a generalization like this even get started? My atheist friends are very funny and exuberant. Neither do I think that atheists lack a moral compass. Christians tend to forget that the Bible is not the only source for moral lessons. Fables and fairy tales also serve to teach while entertaining. Also, the basic moral rules are not exclusive to any one religion; they appear pretty much the same in each.

      2. Not an easy one. It’s a common question though, so common that it leads me to another question. Do atheists know that this question has been around since the establishment of every major world religion? Sometimes I get the impression that it is taken for granted that thousands of years ago everyone believed in religion and only recently did people begin to awaken to logic and reason and question what they were told. Believers struggle with this question probably more than non-believers. It is indeed a big one, and I know it looks like a cop out not to answer. I have some thoughts, but it’s likely to get lengthy and faith-ey, and this is after all an atheist post. I am glad to share my views in another comment if there is interest.

      3. I do know. I also know that the content is affected by revisions, translations, canonical considerations, and the whim of the church leader. Even today Christian denominations differ in the translations they read from. Another fact I learned recently is that some denominations do not include Revelation in their readings or study. But I am not bothered by this. I believe that those who were tasked with writing, editing, and translating the Bible took it with great seriousness. It was probably considered a great honor and responsibility to record the word of God for posterity, and if you were a believer, it was probably the one job you didn’t want to screw up.

      As far as the finished product used as a means to an end by corrupt leaders, yes of course. This happens all the time. Dictators routinely use philosophy and economic theory to justify their regimes. Nothing is sacred to a madman.

      4. To be fair, the ancient Greeks were quite advanced. They had little need to invent stories to explain the unexplained. Among other scientific and mathematical achievements, they theorized/predicted the existence of atoms centuries before this could be proven. But I think I understand what you’re trying to say – that only uneducated and primitive societies have use for God. Therefore, anyone who believes in God today must be uneducated. This is the one that bothers me the most. I don’t automatically discount science because of my religious beliefs. I love science! I’m currently reading a biography of Einstein. I have a basic working knowledge of quantum physics, I love learning about the planets, stars, and galaxies. The stereotype that people who believe in God are stupid is just as offensive as the stereotype that all low income people are stupid.

      5. I would rather argue issues than scripture. I majored in literature and breaking down phrases, symbols, and definitions bores the common man. When a person has understood a word or a phrase to mean one thing for almost their whole life, they don’t even want to hear another interpretation, especially if it contradicts a long held belief. Have you ever had a song you thought you knew the words to, then one day you were singing it with a friend only to find out you’ve had the lyrics wrong? The next few times you sing it, you still sing it the old way because it’s habit, even though you know the real words now. It’s a bit like that.

      6. In my search for spiritual truth I have read portions of the holy books of all the world’s major religions, along with commentaries and theological works. It is a misconception that all the religions are fighting each other for dominance and that there is only one true religion.

      7. Misunderstanding the core principals of faith can cause great harm. All religions warn of this. The people who commit terrible acts and harm innocent people are operating outside the limits of their faith. They have gone rogue.

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      John Do 2 years ago

      Very well researched Hub! While I (and most people) don't agree that the belief in a god is detrimental to society, I can understand why some people would think that it is. Great job!

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Excellent hub! You have asked all the good and hard questions. But, I am afraid that you will not find any Christians able to answer. All they want to do is continually try to prove that their god actually exists.

      I do not believe in a god or gods. I am an atheist and unfortunately am rapidly becoming an anti-theist.

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      Ritu Temptor 2 years ago from India

      Great hub and a very interesting topic :)

      Religion cannot bring order in chaos, when to causes so much violence and evil in the name of cleansing and discipline. You are right in saying, religion is a lot more of politics, the leaders want to control the society and the followers need something to keep them occupied.

      While I am not an atheist, I believe that spirituality is much more important and many confuse spirituality with all things holy, but it isn't really all that different from science, philosophy or whatever we like to call it.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Lyoness

      as usual the Hindus are ahead on this. They have a range of powerful goddesses who empower women's self image.

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      Wendi Pembridge Skilling 2 years ago from Overland Park, KS

      Oztinato, maybe you're right. Man's quest has always been to find 'the meaning of life' - Greek gods and Roman gods actually make a lot more sense to me - not that I think they are real- but at least they had several gods which represented several different things ie Love, Evil, Strength, etc. The idea of one all knowing and powerful God - male at that- is just not realistic. I love reading literature reflecting on the times when 'God' was a 'Goddess' and women were revered for their power and mystique. It's interesting, what's developed over the course of humankind. I wonder what sort of god people will worship 2000 years from now.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Lyoness

      yes ALL humans face this existential question. To deny this big question causes creativity to dry up and causes society to focus on solely material things.

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Hey, if you want to believe the moon is made of green cheese, that's fine with me. I prefer reality.

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      Wendi Pembridge Skilling 2 years ago from Overland Park, KS

      Oztinato- this is true. Humans have a need to accept something as a higher power- or to find the 'meaning of life.'

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Hi Wendi - excellent Hub that asks common-sense, relevant questions. Can't wait for our Christian friends to come up with relevant answers. Good one. Voted up.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Religion has been responsible for the entire repertoire of human culture since cave men. It is an essential ingredient to what makes us human. It is an indispensable response to the very real existential dilemma facing humanity.