Religion: The Skidmark on Humanity
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.