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Religion: The Skidmark on Humanity

Updated on June 24, 2016

The debate about religion has been a very hot-button issue and will continue to be for centuries to come. The debate always seems to based around simple questions like "is religion helping or harming us?" or "is religion misunderstood?"

As someone who doesn't believe in any denomination or any certain superior being, it might seem incredibly hypocritical for me to even have an opinion on this subject. However, I firmly believe that the largest reason religion causes more harm than good lies on one basic argument: most religions are dependent upon elusive, immaterial beings and count on judgments that may happen after we no longer exist.

Personally, I think that most of the major religions assume that their faith alone is the be-all and end-all and completely discount what other religions may believe. Religion has forced people to preach about their own personal faithfulness rather than taking any responsibility socially, financially, politically, etc.

I have no issue with one having a firm belief system and following their faith by means they choose to. But, I become infuriated when a person or group preaches incessantly and looks at my way of life as "sinning" or I'm "going to hell." In my opinion, I feel like these are the people that are the helpless ones. They assume that God (or whatever superior being they believe in) will solve all their problems. Issues like illness or poverty will be solved by "God's will," not by trying to help themselves.

I could go on to the argument that religions use war and violence to promote their way of thinking and their way of thinking alone, but that is another hot-button issue in itself.

Even though our world and society is constantly changing, modern religion and religious groups will never separate themselves from what they've been forced to traditionally believe. They will always believe in that elusive being and preach about what we really don't know happens after we die. They will always believe that God will show them the way and help them through whatever struggles they are going through without attempting to help themselves.

I would never say that everyone who is religious or has a certain belief system always judges or resorts to violence.I can only hope there will be a shift and a more open-minded mentality as our society and religions progress. Believe what you would like to believe or pray to who you would like to put all your faith into. But, don't concede the idea that there are many differing belief systems that people will put their mind, body and soul into that aren't "wrong". Don't cause harm to those who choose to live a certain way or go "against" your traditional values. They aren't harming anyone and neither should any religion force anyone to harm another human being in this world.


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      Kiss andTales 20 months ago

      Very interesting point of view and many share your view.

      In comment I must agree that no one should never cause harm to his fellow human or neighbor .but that should be rather you believe in God or not

      There are people who are none religious and have no guidelines of morals or think its right to do wrong because they do not consider a higher authority that has a position to tell us what right or wrong or the best choice in use of our bodies. This still can hurt your neighbors look at the diseases rampant in the world today . In today's world many now live what they believe . Is the world better from it ? No ! they believe science is the answer, they believe that humans evolve from apes but do the Apes have the answer? No ! Science was here for centuries true they have found wonderful discoveries but how many generations will die off by the time they reach just one new discovery .Mans life span is to short to fix every hole in a bucket and new ones that are created just keep popping up .Now there is a statement I find untrue that you say people do nothing but preach ,well preaching is doing something because it is a message of Goodwill from the Heavenly Father that he will undo all things that has done harm to humans even reverse death . He has the cures to all our problems . But these will be administered in the time he set . Not based on human time.

      If you are political you would agree that there is much campaigning work done. And much time and money is used to introduce people to a potential candidate .

      preaching is done here but just another name that ends in electing a candidate . This is allowed as doing something would you agree ? Jesus is King ! he campaigned over 2000 years ago and thousands witnessed and supported him .there are millions today that still do and have done something about it , they proclaim their trust and recognize his position and right and sovereignties of our Heavenly Father Jehovah who has not interfered in human affairs to prove that humans can not rule other humans through the centuries.

      What you see today is the outcome of human rulerships that have failed miserably . But also what you see is a contamination of the truth that Jesus campaigned for . But there is still a genuine group of people who have the truth and they continue to support their choice and that is Jesus.

      As and example there is a building burning out of control there are people there putting the fire out. But is that the proper time to bring

      The building supplies to to start building a new building while it is ablaze ! No you would set new materials on fire as well.

      The only thing can be done is support to put the fire out .and later rebuild a better and safer structure.

      This world now is un fire and people say do something well the fire will stop. But the rebuilding is the final outcome.

      We are the workers of a New heaven and New Earth.

      Reference Bible Re 21:1 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more.

      What will those who preach today will be doing later


      Isa 65:21 21 And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage.

      Isa 65:22 22 They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full.

      These are the people that preach now and are saying "Hail to Jehovah 's King" !