When will people stop being gullible, wake up & start seeing the inherent hypocrisy of religion?
When they wake up, Grace. That means when they realize they are not their beliefs.
The "nones" are quickly growing all over the world now. The "believers" are fighting back as usual. Education, technology, and enlightenment will eventually push back religion to the dark, superstitious corner from whence it came.
It will take time, but it will happen. This week, I read of two churches having to close their doors because no one went there anymore.
When people wake up to the fact that religion is just stealing money from the poor and poorly educated, they will stop going to these churches, temples, and mosques. It's a matter of economic survival.
The religious are not feeding their families with "holy books", they are trying to find ways to survive in a capitalistic society.
Science will eventually feed the masses, and this will be the turning point. When people are starving, they don't turn to religion, they turn to science to increase crop yields, irrigate fields, produce better quality/quantity of food and necessities.
Religion doesn't meet a "need", it only fulfills a desire to be part of the "winning club". The 'my god is better than your god' ideology.
But our needs will far outweigh our desires in the near future. Praying for rain just doesn't cut it when you are dying of thirst.
It is amazing to me that this same expectation has been around since the beginning of time... nothing ever changes. Churches closing is not a definitive sign of a decrease in the number of people who trust and believe in God.
Churches closing is a definitive sign of lack of interest in those churches! Yes, evolution of the mind does take an ubelievable amount of time. We are only on earth for a few seconds comparitively. But it is happening.
What hypocrisy are you referring to? Are you talking about people who attend church and then go out and sin? According to the Bible, "All have sinned".
What religion are you referring to? There are different religions with different practices and different beliefs, and not all believe in a deity. Once again, what hypocrisy are you referring to?
Believing is a choice that all people have a right to. I choose to believe and am able to find comfort, peace, and hope in a chaotic world, a world that became chaotic when people chose to discard religion. If you have never experienced true religion, you cannot possibly understand what I am talking about.
All religions encourage moral and humane behavior that society needs more of. Two important morals most or all religions teach is that nobody is perfect (all have sinned) and to treat others the way you want to be treated. So, the hypocrites you are referring to are normal people who sin. They are just people who are willing to admit their wrongs and try to do better.
I've noticed a lot of atheistic comments and questions on Hubpages lately. Are atheists feeling threatened or something?
Judge not, lest you be judged yourself. And in the way that you judge, you will be judged, and your standard of measure, you will be measured by it.
I won't bother following this question, because it wasn't specific enough to take up email space. Perhaps if you could explain exactly what you mean, I can give you a better answer.
Why is that so necessary, Grace? Anything that troubles us, anything at all, usually mean that we are not centred, insecure, troubled inside. I would rather feel benevolence in my Heart; a need to uplift humanity than to pull it down. Don't you wish to give a helping hand to the weaker child?
Why encourage them to fight? We do not have to believe in a Christ or Buddha or Krishna and others, but we see temples, churches and stupors being built in their honour. Who does this for a Hitler or Stalin? So Love or sacrifice do seem to have their merits.
I say help or serve, when you can, and if you cannot, then don't put logs across the dam.So much go wrong in our lives because we are constantly looking outwards than into, to encourage the purity of the Heart. Much Love.
The reason people cannot stop being gullible and see the inherent hypocrisy of religion is because of the Sabbath. The seventh-day church keep stressing that other churches keep nine commandments, but break one, the one that starts with "Remember". Yet, Sabbath worshipers keep their hospitals open on a Saturday.
Religion is a reflection of the story of the prodigal Son. If there is nowhere to turn in a desperate situation, what can people do? The day will come when there will be no religion, and science will be blamed for all that is wrong with the world. Then new debates will arise as to whether the world evolved or simply came out of a big bang.
Why non-religious people cannot see their hypocrisy? Despite, the fact that the bible is a chain of historical events, it is also a spiritual book. A book of God sending prophets to take people out of unbearable situations. What are the people in these situations to do? Reject the message?
Religion is like politics. There will always be debates, differences and controversy.
If you want true hypocrisy, there are atheists utterly invested in the "Singularity". There is no God, but they will invent an all knowing, all seeing, all powerful AI that we should all obey to create heaven on Earth. There is no heaven, but they will invent technology within their lifetimes to upload their minds to a digital paradise and live forever.
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