I think to eradicate religion would be along the same lines as forcing people to follow a religion. I think it is time to belive in whatever you choose to believe and to live in a world where you can tell others your beliefs (or lack of them) without fear of judgement.
Is it time to eradicate all religions? Sure. Let's start with yours.
No! Strike up the religious band! I'm being overly facetious right now.
Religion is what people believe in. It's what they stand for. Everyone has their own belief. I can't imagine a society where people didn't believe in something. If we eradicate all religion then no one would believe in anything and I can foresee a lot of chaos in not having a structured belief system. For instance, I believe there is only one God and I honor Him my way (according to my religion). Others believe there is only one God, too. They honor Him their way (according to their religion). Who is to say whose religion reins? And, who has the right to take either of our religions away? No. It is not time to eradicate all religion. By the way, this is an excellent question.
Banning religions is the fast route to dictatorship, it would be as bad as the worst excessess of the early church.
The fact of the matter is... Billions of people find comfort in religion every day. In my opinion to deny that many people the hope and peace that they find in religion would be an inhumane crime.
Eradicating all religion would be impossible. Attempting to do it has led to the death of tens of millions - witness the Nazi holocaust and the death of 25 million in The People's Republic of China and the horrors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
There are some folk religious practices that Imperial China and Communist China have been trying to eradicate for over 2,000 years without success.
With and without religion, people do awful things.
But, with and without religion, people do awesome things, as well. The art, beauty, peace, spirituality and harmony of the world is found in each of us - and as much in religion as outside it.
Let us focus on peace, with or without religion. And let us do the possible, rather than speculate on the impossible.
Um, how would you do that? Do they sell big bags of religion eradicator next to the grub killer at garden stores?
OK, I'm putting up the sarcasm now.
Why are some people so cranked up about what other people believe? I feel like if it isn't harming me then it isn't my business. For instance, I wouldn't want to be Mormon, but I don't really care if Mitt Romney is. Why would I care? I have enough to do just keeping my socks clean and fresh.
If you want to have personal freedom, you have to learn tolerance. If you find certain beliefs abhorrent, you have to find a way to detach from the fact that some people choose them. When tolerance isn't possible, you can always cultivate detachment. But most of the time, tolerance IS possible and not that hard, really.
I used to work at a place that employed many right wing Christians, and I am very obviously not one. Sometimes people would pitch me their take on salvation and what not and I'd just say no thanks. It doesn't have to be a big battle. A polite no works in most cases even if you have to repeat it several times. It's the politeness that is key. Politeness AND no thanks. It's only on the internet that people are so pushy and rude. I rarely experience that in person.
I can also tell you that I've learned a lot about people by listening to what they believe and why, and even though it might not be for me I sometimes end up having more respect for them once I can be still enough to listen and not so anxious to argue.
Religion is vital to many people. As long as no one is getting burned at the stake, I think we have to let people make their own choices.
That has been tried how many times? It wont work mankind needs a belief system that contains something bigger than himself. The fight over different beliefs would stop but society would collapse as well.
no it's not. though i'm an atheist, not everyone can get through life without having something to believe in that is all powerful. i find religion rediculous but it would be horrible for many people if it ceased to exist.
i could understand where you are coming from. However, I do not thiink that eradicating religion, if that were possible, would solve the real issues plaguing humanity. Lust, Greed, Anger, intolerance are some of the real issues. With or without religion they will be there.
I think that humanity as a whole should focus on finding a peaceful way to live together and share the resources of our wonderful planet better. In, terms of religion, no one knows for certain who really is right or wrong, that will be determined after death.
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