Like most human institutions religion has the potential to be both positive and negative. While some individual churches and services (such as charities) they perform may have a positive effect I feel that the overall impact of religion is negative due to all the drawbacks (terrorism, indoctrination of youth with questionable beliefs, the use of guilt, blind faith, etc)
If we could sift out the negatives and keep only the positives we'd probably have something similar to Doctor's Without Borders, charities and support organizations without all the superstitious baggage and danger of extremism.
Yes and no. It can be a force for good through charity and teaching people to be good and such. But it become bad when there isn't choice within religious communities about how an individual feels about religion or political issues.
It all depends on the religion and the people behind it. it can range from being a positive thing to a very, very bad thing.
I tend to look at people being the true force of good in the world for people are their own people and make their own choices. There isn't some sort of higher being that is worrying itself with our affairs, so it's really up to individuals to be a force for good.
No. Ego corrupts every institution of man.
Religion could be a force for good if we were to do away with ego. But then we wouldn't need these human bodies any longer. We would be following Christ in Heaven, and that's not a physical place.
Even charities are corrupting influences, so long as ego exists. Only when there is no self-concern, can anything like "giving" ever create a positive influence. Ego is blindness and self-concern. Spirit is above that. We need to reawaken the spirit for there to be good.
by M. T. Dremer 4 years ago
Atheists, would you say religion has had a positive impact on society, or negative?I'm going to exclude extremists in this question, since both the religious and non-religious agree that they are bad. So, it more so concerns your everyday follower who generally doesn't provoke any hostility. As a...
by yvens 7 years ago
What can we do as an individual to try and stop or at least minimize World Hunger and Poverty?
by paarsurrey 7 years ago
The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code, or morality that essentially states either of the following:1. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive form) 2. One should not treat others in ways that one would...
by Castlepaloma 3 years ago
I may not know about the most authoritative dictionary of linguistics in the world :The Bible: So Please just tell us your Pros and Cons on your Religion ? Do you have more pros than cons?Your God created the Universe. As an artist,who studies world history, and experienced lifestyle of an artist....
by New Understanding 4 years ago
Do you think Pope Francis will bring people back to the Catholic faith?
by secularist10 5 years ago
At first, it appears so, according to this article:http://news.yahoo.com/mormon-bible-belt … 34869.html"Americans in Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Idaho gave the highest percentage of their income to charities in 2008, according to a report released on Monday...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|