Is religion and faith in God holding us back?

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  1. topgunjager profile image59
    topgunjagerposted 8 years ago

    I was just watching family guy last night and it was about Stewie and Bryan hopping from one dimension to another. They stumbled upon this dimension that's in the same time as ours only they are far more advanced, Stewie said it's because religion wasn't invented so nothing held back the people from scientific advances. I wonder if we would really be far more advanced technologically and mentally if God was never intoduced to us, I just want everyone's thoughts on this matter=)

    1. mohitmisra profile image57
      mohitmisraposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      God is the ultimate scientist ad man is discovering or uncovering god scientific laws. smile

  2. Valerie F profile image55
    Valerie Fposted 8 years ago

    Sorry. Humanity, being imperfect, doesn't warrant that kind of faith from me.

    I remember growing up with an atheist society pointing nuclear weapons at the societies where religious freedom was allowed. And vice versa. There is, I think, enough historical evidence to back up my opinion that we'd be no better off without religion than we are now.

    In a lot of ways, we'd be worse off.

    (I used to live in a metro area of several hundred thousands of people, and there was not a single hospital there that wasn't run by or founded by a religious organization, for instance.)

    1. topgunjager profile image59
      topgunjagerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure there would still be hospitals in that area even if religion never existed, but thanks for your comments=)

      1. Valerie F profile image55
        Valerie Fposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I doubt it. Humans having at least as great a tendency toward laziness and selfishness as toward goodness and industry, I think in general we need the edict of divine authority to push us more toward the goodness and industry side.

        Consider how religious hospital systems are growing faster in the US than their nonreligious counterparts, as well. This kind of indicates to me that when it comes to caring for the sick, the non-religious organizations aren't keeping up- here at any rate.

  3. drej2522 profile image83
    drej2522posted 8 years ago

    actually, I think it is currency that is holding us back. Think about it, if money was not a factor, we would have already made a trip to Mars...we would have already tried to colonize the moon...Although religion restricts us in some aspect, I think money, greed, and politics play more of an important role.

    1. bg jojo profile image60
      bg jojoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hey you guys should check out the film "Zeitgiest: Addendum" (I think that's how you spell it. Not quote sure) but it mentions the Venus project and how the monetary system IS the factor that hold us back.  It suggests a "resource based economy" that only limits our resources to our renewable and global resources.

      The Venus Project is a trip but quite possible if given the chance.  I believe we'll start seeing The Venus Project come to life around 2013.

      You can watch Zeitgiest: Addendum (maybe Zeitgiest 2)on youtube.

      About the whole religion thing... watch the first Zeitgiest but be cautious... don't watch it if you have strong ties with religion.  It'll destroy ALL of them.

      Enjoy smile hehe

  4. Sexy jonty profile image53
    Sexy jontyposted 8 years ago

    No ...... It's our thinking that is holding us back ....

    1. Cagsil profile image82
      Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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      1. Sexy jonty profile image53
        Sexy jontyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Cagsil ..... why are you blaming religion for holding you back ... ... Don't you feel ours thought process , thinking , doing and losing again and again , holding us back .....

        1. Cagsil profile image82
          Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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          1. Sexy jonty profile image53
            Sexy jontyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            No religion is for holding society back ..... It is created for upliftment of the society .....

            It's just the narrow thinking of few people that make us believe that religion is making society back .....

            1. topgunjager profile image59
              topgunjagerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              if it's just a few then it wouldn't hold society back right?

              1. Sexy jonty profile image53
                Sexy jontyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                No .... you not got what I meant to say ...... Suppose in a family if elder person makes some discipline ...... then whether it's liking or disliking family members has to follow ...
                Same has to do with religion ..... Few religious leaders are making discipline on behalf of religion ..... and making it follow to us and whole society ..... which is there down thinking making us hold back .....

                Not the religion becoz it is created by God and which is pure by itself ....

        2. topgunjager profile image59
          topgunjagerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          i think religion is a way of thinking so maybe our grasp of religion is holding us back=)

  5. Pr0metheus profile image57
    Pr0metheusposted 8 years ago

    That episode made me laugh.  Yes, religion is holding us back.  Spirituality is necessary, but religion is just an outdated form of government.

    God created religion.  Satan organized it and called it religion.

    1. Ken R. Abell profile image82
      Ken R. Abellposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "God created religion.  Satan organized it and called it religion."

      Good line.  Wish I would have thought of it myself early yesterday morning.  I published a Hub yesterday called, "Does God Hate Religion?"

      We humans have an endless capacity to corrupt everything we touch.  We can & have screwed up the Lord's Prayer, so in my humble opinion, it is our prideful & selfish nature that holds us back.

    2. rhamson profile image74
      rhamsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think it is more like Man created religion.

  6. ionerice profile image55
    ionericeposted 8 years ago

    Have any of you ever heard of the Dark Ages wherein Europe was stagnated and kept behind for nearly 800 years.  The Church was in control and scientist were killed or put in jail.  It wasn’t until the reformation period in which the people fought against the Church that the worldwide situation of darkness began to see light.  Copernicus and Galileo were among the Scientist that was persecuted by the church.

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      Marc Salyerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Western Civilization continued to be dominated by Christianity as it advanced scientifically. In fact it seems to have lead in technological trends as history progressed. And as ValerieF pointed out, it is humanity that has the problem. "Religion" can be any system of thought and any system of thought can be hijacked by some corrupt force in society. That's humanity.

      1. Sexy jonty profile image53
        Sexy jontyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I totally agree with you .....

    2. earnestshub profile image87
      earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Spot on! smile

  7. NGRIA Bassett profile image60
    NGRIA Bassettposted 8 years ago

    Misplaced Faith will hold anyone back. Lack of faith in God is placing great faith in self, intellect, religion, money and science. Non of these bears all the answers or bring true contentment if we really are honest

  8. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    it is not corruption of religion that is the problem in my view.
    It is religion itself that hates and promotes dissent.

    1. Valerie F profile image55
      Valerie Fposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Since when is the promotion of dissent necessarily a bad thing? And how can a religion that requires love and charity "hate"? I'm still convinced you never actually read the whole Bible, because you missed the whole point of it.

      That being said, hate is a human problem. Religion didn't start it, and abandoning religion will not end it. Consider that atheist societies don't have a stellar record for loving behavior.

      1. earnestshub profile image87
        earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Valerie the bible is full of hate, and your opinion that I have not read it because I do not believe it is your stuff, not mine.

  9. Jerami profile image70
    Jeramiposted 8 years ago

    Todays definition of religion and first century definition are two diffrent things,  oops I nearly forgot.  1 st century christians didn't have religion they knew, saw, and felt the saveior. We can too if we can put down our religion and pick up relationship with tha man.

    1. Jerami profile image70
      Jeramiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I don't remember sain this....   But I agree with it.

  10. bg jojo profile image60
    bg jojoposted 8 years ago

    "religion is the opium of the people" -Karl Marx

    I found this hubpage site while researching the defense of the con side of religion.  Turns out the Pros of religion were easier to find.

    I totally posted a question similar to this (if not the same) about 2 months ago.

  11. profile image0
    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    It's the moral decay thats negatively affecting our sociaty and dealing the strength of the family a severe blow! We have been a religious country from it's begining and we have come farther faster than any nation in the history of this planet! The only reason we're slowing down now is because we are having to work around socialists and malcontents. This group of progressives wants the country to do for them so they don't have to work. It's not religion thats the problem it's the ones who don't want to feel bad because they aren't doing as well as the rest.

 
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