I've just watched a program where it was explained that a practice of an indigenous tribe was banned by missionaries as it was deemed not what civilised people would do. This practice was a lavish celebration of ones guests thought to bring honour. This is a more civilised practice than many I know. What I don't get, and why I asked the question, is why do religions (yes, religions in general - several are more prone, but all have done) feel they can, and/or must do this? What gives them the right? Oh...and no arguing!
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LOL "prophets" versus "profits". Especially in regards to religion :-)
Beautiful. And a person of love would recognize the difference between the selfish fruit of ego, and the generous fruit of humility.
All institutions of man become corrupted by ego. Just look at America, Constitution in tatters.
Very true - but it is done in the NAME of religion. What gives anyone the right to say "mine is true, yours is false, because I personally do not believe in it".
Perhaps my question should have been "why do we do this in the name of religion?"
This is not what I submitted. For the record, my first sentence should read, Yes it is true that a "religion" can be a tool so a few can control many or keep control of many (I also believe that this is exactly what a banning on religion manifests...
I'm not saying abandon religion - I'm saying "what right does any religion have to ban cultural customs, and/or religions, because they don't like them/they don't fit with theirs.". I'm also sure it's not a 'nuance' to those who's customs were ban'd
Organizations can become corrupted by ego. Christianity received a double whammy with Constantine and then Justinian. They politicized and de-spiritualized the religion.
It's sad that only one pope ever walked on water -- Peter.
We, as individuals, need to follow our own quiet, inner voice of conscience. We need to discern whether or not the actions of others are selfish and deceitful, or loving and generous.
If there weren't any religions we'd still kill each other.
Unfortunately in this case, it appears to be the ol' "we've come to your country to change your ways." rather than the "Please, feel free to join us as you wish.". Number 2, I don't mind so much. Number 1 is just...rude, to put it mildly
Very logically put, but what you're really talking about is ego, and ego corrupts governments, military, science and many other institutions just as easily as it does religion.
Ego had NIST lie about 7WTC free fall, and Clovis first ridicule.
I've known some religion folks who fit this description, but such a generality is not entirely true. The real culprit behind all evil is ego, and there is a corporate elite in America who are playing our egos like a symphony.
I am a practicing Catholic. Some wear medals or carry a rosary with them all the time. I and most other Catholics do not. I am not a superstitious person. Any one who knows me will tell you I am not easily lead and influenced. I am a believer.