Is Religion an addiction?

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  1. Castlepaloma profile image73
    Castlepalomaposted 20 months ago

    Is Religion an addiction?
    When battling addictions to common vices like alcohol, drugs or sex, we think, “If only we could get addicted to something good.”
    Even a positive addiction in any form can throws you off the balance too. Better for everything in moderation.

    Is being a little Religious,  like being a little pregnant? Or if you know alot about Religion are you an atheist. What do atheist know,? they think everything came out of nothing. I accept Religion, yet do they accept me?

    It starts with turning our will and lives over to God.” He is saving us from destruction and delivering us from bad behaviors and substances that threatened to kill us.

    Doing a whole lot more of religion must be a whole lot better. Your finally feeling warm and fuzzy Spiritual high. Your life seems back on track, now we just want more.

    You find more social clubs than ever. You dress better and compare clothing at church. Obsessing about religious activities, you prepare your entire life for heaven. Now it's too late, your now deeply indoctrinated and into a hypnotized practice.

    Withdrawal symptoms kick in. Now you have a billions of enemies to love because your soul is owned by a jealous God. Included guilt for sex or feeling shame for wars with other Religions and non believers.

    We are never good enough as sinners rather than adjustment of mistakes. We rest in God, feeling comfortable numb, yet preoccupied with anxiety, really not ourselves.. Jeopardizing your relationships with others, if they don't love our God first.

    Our God has all the answers.Hyper focus on escapism from being an individual in present of life. We pray and find better answers in the ancient pass, even if can't live pass age 30

    God as our highest priorities. So why are christian Hippocrites with worst rap sheet in prisons and wars.

    When drug rehabs are about helping you stable your life.
    Is God another form of an addictive life to some other entity? 
    Dose blind faith lead to  another form of enslavement and unhealthy life of delusion?

    1. Live to Learn profile image81
      Live to Learnposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      I always find your take on religion freakishly bizarre. If I thought like you do, I'd steer clear.

      1. Castlepaloma profile image73
        Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        Don't you freakishly think It's odd that 99℅ of your Congress is jewish/Christians.

        I tried to escape many times except the Christians mafia monopoly keeps dragging me back into their family. Like the body snatchers.

        1. Live to Learn profile image81
          Live to Learnposted 20 months agoin reply to this

          I think you are simply a gregarious person who likes to get along. I'm sure when you find the majority of people around you to be religious you try to get along and find yourself joining in.

          1. Castlepaloma profile image73
            Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

            Since I love everyone, I can handle Religious people in small doses because their thinking is so limited.

            My lover has to be a non believers. The last 3 christains girlfriends dumped me, because I could not be saved.

        2. MizBejabbers profile image90
          MizBejabbersposted 20 months agoin reply to this

          Why would we think it odd that the Congress is almost all Christian or Jewish when the predominant religion in this country is Christianity because its early settlers and builders were people who were escaping the long arms of the Catholic Church? Pilgrims, Quakers, Anabaptists, Lutherans, Hugenots, all these people were trying to find a place to exercise their "Christian" beliefs. Then of course Europe found a dumping ground for its criminals, political dissenters, and thieves. Even most of these people came from countries whose predominant religion was Judeo/Christian. They came and shoved their beliefs down the throats of the native peoples. You can hardly find Native American crafts on sale today without finding crosses among them. Thank goodness the British didn't try to make it a penal colony like they established in Australia.
          I'm not sure of the number of Buddhists and pagans in the country, but today they might stand a chance of being elected. Most thinking people in the U.S. today can get along with most religionists, but what we don't need is the Sharia Law of Muslims. Many of their controlling beliefs are unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. Heaven forbid we should elect a majority of them to Congress.

          1. Castlepaloma profile image73
            Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

            The design of Columbus was to “subject every thing to law, order, and religion. Columbus under an empire was the first pirate,  started slavery, first goal rush and a white God called christains, who started out black Jesus on record. Then the dictionary and Bible were all written in whites favor too. That's in line with America today.

            Mayflower Christian settlers consists in its Christian origin and aim. Ratified under the solemnity of prayer and the most sacred sanctions of the Christian religion. That charter of a godly government is as follows: :in God we trust:
            The founding father did not write God in the American Constitution yet God amendment were added.. Yet institute a form of civil government for all the rights and privileges of civil and religious freedom. The slow periods for clergyman and churches was between the American Revolution and 1845. After the death of Abraham Lincoln the war emergency act created US Corp and Religion is their best tool for war. US must have a major war every 2 year s, recent 20 year a war, it's every year.
            four out of five members of Congress are white and men

    2. MizBejabbers profile image90
      MizBejabbersposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Another question, if answered, might better explain it:  Is there really a "God gene?"

      1. Castlepaloma profile image73
        Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        What came first chicken or egg?

        Zeus along with a few God's started their boom in 5cenntry. Most agree that man came along 200,000 years ago here today that's 97.5 of the time where man did not worship God or have any awareness he existed or they have a God gene.

        Another flaw with a God gene.
        If God gave us free will and his plan. God is going to go ahead and what ever he wants anyways, what does he need our approval for.

        Then Human did not know about God 97℅ of the time they were on earth. A 100 billion born and died have no clue of a God gene or God plan to do with it.

        The Jews are God's people according to the book, only they go to heaven.
        I will see you in Hell if I am wrong, can't be worst than a hot nightclub for fornicators. Hell of a cluster f#ck over a God gene and his plans.

        1. MizBejabbers profile image90
          MizBejabbersposted 20 months agoin reply to this

          I think we are talking about different "gods" here. You are relying on a book written and put together by Romans. Why should we believe that the Jews are "God's chosen people"? (I can ask that without being racist because I have some Jewish ancestry) If you will think outside the box and read people like Sitchen or Von Daniken, or listen to today's experts like Graham Hancock or some of his group who are really studying pre-bible history and anthropology, I think you will discover that Jehovah was just a petty tribal "god," one of many advanced beings who were fighting to keep the loyalty of the human beings that they genetically modified. Did you know that a 2,000,000 year old female skeleton (carbon dated) was found at the site of the Bosnian Pyramid. That was years before "God" created Adam and Eve. When homo sapiens appeared on earth about the time period you mentioned, it would have been very easy for an advanced being (like our medical scientists of today) to slip a god gene into them when he created homo sapiens from neanderthal and his own genes.

          1. Castlepaloma profile image73
            Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

            Perhaps Jesus was an alien, he said he comes from another world. I can't take his word for it, and can't even find enough evidence to do a sculpture of him.

            People believe three times greater the existence of Aliens than Yahweh and I do too. Except I don't think Aliens have ever been here on earth.

            George Lucas ask me to create Aliens for his film. I refused because of a great lack of evidence of what Aliens really looked like.  Same with Ripley's believe or Not, although I built a few displays base on truth. For truth is funnier and stranger than fiction.

            Hollywood is the new age for the Bible. The old bible is not selling that well. For non believers is the fastest growing group. Generally people are becoming more intelligent. They just need a backbone to take down bankers and the Nationaism Government.

            What puts everything on its head is when Pope Francis said he would Baptist Aliens. Animals including dogs go to heaven. Hell dose not exist.  He believes in the Big Bang and Evolution. He did not mention the God gene, or maybe it start another war of which God. One world Religion or NWO will never work.

            The common connection of all things and creatures is metallic partials like star dust, like the iron in your blood. They move like energy and your DNA is a chemical reaction from basic elements on earth.

            1. MizBejabbers profile image90
              MizBejabbersposted 19 months agoin reply to this

              When you say that perhaps Jesus was an alien, you may be closer to the truth than you think. There are many people who believe just that. They say his heavenly name is Sananda and that his earthly name was Jesus and that he was from Arcturus. But you won't find that in the Bible.

              1. wilderness profile image96
                wildernessposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                Of course he was an alien.  Perhaps inhabiting a human body (or not - we don't really know and bodies dead for 3 days do not come back to life), but he most definitely was extra-terrestrial in origin.  Extra-universal for that matter.

                1. Castlepaloma profile image73
                  Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                  There something we all can agree on, Aliens exist.

                  See Mizbe,   wilderness agrees Jesus is an alien. Both extra-terrestrial and Extra-universal.  I'm not impressed enough myself, that anyone living in the Bronze age could clinical prove Jesus death. Where today many people have been proven clinical dead and came back to life.

                  Jesus did talk about heaven as much as hell. Perhaps hell is like a Sh*thole planet, like how Trump describes some countries. Where planet heaven is where your shit don't stink. When you fart, it comes out pure vapor clouds that harmonized warm and fuzzy feeling.

                  1. MizBejabbers profile image90
                    MizBejabbersposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                    Wow! I can't believe we all three agree on something!

    3. MizBejabbers profile image90
      MizBejabbersposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      "Dose blind faith lead to  another form of enslavement and unhealthy life of delusion?"
      To reply to your specific question, I would say "yes".

  2. Castlepaloma profile image73
    Castlepalomaposted 20 months ago

    Anybody here, tired about talking about Trump?

  3. Aime F profile image81
    Aime Fposted 20 months ago

    I think there are definitely similarities (makes people feel good, coping mechanism, etc.) but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s an addiction, which is technically a disorder.

    People can develop an addiction to almost anything so maybe some people use religion in a way that would fit the bill... but for most people probably not.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image73
      Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      An Obsession or positive addiction can unbalance your life and not good for you. 

      A maladaptive behavior can be confusing, certain words can be used interchangeably of the same thing.  Like overindulges in food might say:
      * They have a passion for food
      * They are obsessed with food
      * They are a food addict
      .
      The movie Passion of Christ, I call
      Passion of the Jews.

      Although when 90℅ of wars are related to Religious countries . That would be a mental illness to the highest degree. By far a largest prisoners population group to the highest degree, would be Christians. Some degree of mental illness there.

      1. MizBejabbers profile image90
        MizBejabbersposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        You keep confining it to Christians. What about Muslims? Christians can be fanatics, but fanaticism is written into the Koran.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image73
          Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

          Yes, both Religion are fanatic.
          When I add the number of death kill  body count throughout all History's wars. Christains win ten fold.

          No Muslims country has attacked the US. The 9/11 was a Stage false flag flag attack.  Those planes would of hit those buildings like a fly hitting a windshield.

          1. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 20 months agoin reply to this

            https://hubstatic.com/14107754.jpg
            http://www.thisisinsider.com/teen-crash … est-2018-3

            That has to be silliest statement yet from the conspiracy crowd.  If a car, from a standing start 4' from a brick wall, can climb a curb and destroy that wall I rather think a guided missile weighing 197,000 pounds, travelling at 600 mph and being accelerated by some 300,000 hp will enter a building. 

            No brick wall will stop it, no building steel will stop it.

            1. MizBejabbers profile image90
              MizBejabbersposted 20 months agoin reply to this

              Atta boy! Now somebody's talking  good sense!

              1. wilderness profile image96
                wildernessposted 20 months agoin reply to this

                If you read the link, can you imagine being the teen, out to get her drivers license, that put the car into "drive" rather than "reverse" and destroyed the DMV she was testing at?  big_smile

                1. MizBejabbers profile image90
                  MizBejabbersposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                  Wow! I would hate to have been in her shoes (or seat)!

            2. Castlepaloma profile image73
              Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

              Who ever built that low brick wall should be fired. I started out as a bricklayer, from my anchoring deep into the ground with wire and steel rods. The car would have stopped in its tracks. Try that car hitting a large Mac Truck. That would it be like that plane hitting the WTC

              That Flight 175, We would not expect that it would simply disappear into the South Tower. Any video that shows an aluminum airplane with a fibreglass nose cone gliding through a solid grid steel and concrete building violates Newton’s Laws of Motion.

              Witness testimony  reveals that 156 people gave oral accounts to witness bombs being exploded during the attack. Other eyewitness given by Fire Department employees emergency medical technicians, and paramedics— as many have seem controlled building demolition. Nothing hit building 7, did a Muslim God knock that one down?

              Before collapses explosions as the windows blow out, floor by floor, from the top downwards. sending debris and office equipment flying out. Tested samples from the wrecked towers which show the presence of chemical residue, suggesting explosives had been used. What Controlled explosion demolition experts would sign off that WTC was not a building demolition job.

              The Pentagon was hit by a missile, not a plane.to crash through 18inch walls. .

              1. wilderness profile image96
                wildernessposted 20 months agoin reply to this

                Uh huh.  I daresay that that 197,000 pound missile travelling at 600 mph won't leave anything but a smear of a Mac truck, either.  It isn't a fly.

                1. Castlepaloma profile image73
                  Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

                  I agree a missles will penetrate thick old fashioned Pentagon walls of 18 inch. Yet where is the cheap fabric glass and aluminum plane. They brought in a tail part for special effects.

                  The far largest and stronger steel structure if WTC  can withstand  any plane weak structures. the plane design is to carry people, the crash would be like a bug on a windshield.

                  A Missle were designed to crush through buildings and caves underground. Like the Pentagon.

  4. Castlepaloma profile image73
    Castlepalomaposted 20 months ago

    Imagine that, from one false flag attack. They manage to spend more money than the Second world war combined. Then they can't finish the job after 4 Presidents. 

    The dragon can not kill the snake in the local grass, especially when they are in the wrong.

  5. Erudite Scholar profile image60
    Erudite Scholarposted 20 months ago

    Religion is the opium of the poor. I am more spiritual than religious.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image73
      Castlepalomaposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Most people tell me they are Spiritual rather than religious. So times are a changin.

      Interesting marx theory had to reserch it.

      Opium was the first prohibition. Prohibition in the land of the free. Prohibition in the land where "business is our business".All prohibition achieved was the establishment of organised crime on a truly industrial scale. Same for Alcohol, which was cleaner and cheaper than gasoline. Marijuana which was a safer medicine and recreation soft drug/herd. Cannabis is the most important plant on earth.

      Religion politics is like Prohibition doing more harm than good making weed public enemy number one. Religion is the Opiate of the poor: Those capitalist oppressors create short-term relief hardly outweighed the long-term cost of poverty.

      Corperations today is that greater economic inequality correlates with greater religiosity, if Christains we're not Hippocrites. Then religion would discourage wealth redistribution. Religion and politics create a false comfort and delusion of freedom.

      A nations like the US have unsurpassed wealth and high religiosity, an odd combination.The wealthy invest in religion so that it propagates among the populace, and  serve their interests. Or why would Congress be 99℅ judeo/christain.

      Economic inequality increased the probability that the typical person considered himself or herself to be religious. One of the largest contributors to the national fight for Prohibition was the religious movement which pointed out the moral "ills" like alcohol, marijuana, opium, cheating on your taxes, Adultery, sex before wedlock, prostitutions, homosexual, preaching about the evils the ungodliness destroying both body and soul, a road to hell",

      I 'm sure glad I took up the business of ethics rather than their morals of confusion and conflict.

      many religious groups created advertisements, magazines, and temperance literature. They are the most judgmental and copy cat people I have ever known.

  6. gmwilliams profile image83
    gmwilliamsposted 19 months ago

    There is a saying indicating that religion is the opiate of people.  Yes, religion is an addiction.  There are people who use religion as an elixir in their monotonous lives.  They are passive people who feel that their "lives" are just there.  They refuse to own & to be proactive in their lives.  They prefer to let chances decide their lives.  Their attitude is whatever be will be.   

    Then there are others whose lives are oppressive of their making.  They have made unintelligent lifestyle choices.  They see the negative consequences of their lifestyle choices.  However, they use inverse logic to rationalize their negative, unintelligent lifestyle choices, stating that a power will provide.  Meanwhile, they are in a deep quagmire.

    There are also people who use religion to escape reality.  They view reality as an adversary to be avoided at all costs.  They want to retreat into the psychological balm that religion in their minds represent.  To them, religion is the all encompassing womb.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image73
      Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Most part, I agree.

  7. Castlepaloma profile image73
    Castlepalomaposted 19 months ago

    In reality, I can agree 95℅ of the time with most everyone. It's that 5℅ that is a bitch.

  8. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
    Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months ago

    ... what's not an addiction?

    1. Castlepaloma profile image73
      Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Everything in moderation.

      Giving your soul, is not in moderation, abillions parts.
      Giving your ultimate love to an invisible man in the sky watching you every second of the day.

      Richard Dawkins calls it a mental illness.

      I say anything that unbalances your life with most others. A jealous God and a God that wants you to fear him, will do that to you.

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
        Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Right.  Not addicting in the least.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image73
          Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          I think Religion dose more harm than good. Being extreme at something is likely take you to an unbalance in your life, leading to an addiction. If giving up your soul mean you save yourself from going to hell. I can't Imagine anything mentally more extreme a concept as eternal torture. The punishment is far worst than the crime. Because militarily, politics and religion merges together. The political Authorities that happen to be 99℅ so call themselves Religious.  Are the most inhuman and hell on earth group on this planet.

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
            Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

            - right. religion must be replaced ...

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
              Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

              with something which is not generated by blind compulsion or addiction,

              1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
                Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                or imagination

                1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
                  Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                  or wishful thinking

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                    or fear

            2. Castlepaloma profile image73
              Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

              Group mass hypnotist. Benny Him, Trump, Hitler, and many others have this ability to hypnotizes you. Just replace it by thinking for yourself, don't let a group ego do your thinking for you, that will mess you up.

              1. Castlepaloma profile image73
                Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                If you want to make God laugh.

                Tell him your plans

                1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
                  Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                  .... well that leads us to a rabbit hole, now doesn't it?

              2. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
                Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                maybe thats where religion leads us astray ... away from our own thinking, our own inner feedback, our own discovery of reality ...

                1. Castlepaloma profile image73
                  Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                  Yes, serve yourself first, in order to serve others better. It's not selfish, it's self serve.

                  Imagaination began all self and mankind's total achievements.
                  For 95℅ of the time humans been on earth without Religion, military or Politics. This heirachary systems groups always places you below them. Arch, no arch is below me or my arch is not above you. 

                  Did a sandsculpture that won the solo world championship called :The kingdom within: with your own archetype within yourself.

                  1. The King is the manager
                  2. The Queen the ultimate love
                  3. The Court Jester gives secretes messages to the King without his head being chopped off.
                  4. Wizard creates magic and science
                  5. The Warrior - struggle for the truth

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

                    ... what is the Wicked Wizard?

  9. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
    Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months ago

    It needs to be replaced with something irresistible,
    on the soul level.

    I would say.

  10. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
    Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months ago

    Some sorcerers in mythology are malevolent. They only want what they want and stop at nothing to get it. There are many reason they have become thus. Mainly because of hardened hearts due to bad childhoods, deep hurts and emotional scars. There will always be the poor. There will always be the scarred. They are the ones who bully. They are the ones who become tyrants. They are the ones who take what others have out of jealousy,  and starvation-caused greed. Their hearts are empty. These are the sorcerers we must protect ourselves against. These are the ones we must use our swords against ... as needed.

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
      Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Ideally, religion gives us a reason to forgive and a reason to find fellowship with like-minded people who are trying to find what is true and good in life. If religion is an addiction, it is okay and a temporary, yet useful, phase in the search for inner peace and joy. "The kingdom of heaven is within." If this kingdom within is an addiction  ...

      Well, good.

      1. profile image58
        Rana Umair Aslamposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        well said

  11. Castlepaloma profile image73
    Castlepalomaposted 19 months ago

    The kingdom within:
    Is way different than :The Kingdom of heaven is Within:
    The difference is with God, or Heaven or Hell as the reward or Punishment.
    You go to heaven if you are obedience to Yahweh, so love has many conditions.

    There are two types of monarchies still in existence.
    On one hand you have an absolute monarchy e.g. Saudi Arabia,Qatar, Oman, UAE. This type of monarchy is one where the sovereign (King or Queen) has, in theory, total power. More related to the Biblical kingdom.

    The other is a constitutional monarchy e.g. UK, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, etc. This is where the monarchy has legal and or constitutional limits on its power. It is a symbolic role and does not

    Then I created a mon-arch-y system for the individual. As the Kingdom within. No arch above me or below me. Much like anarchy.

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
      Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      no tyranarchy, above or below ...  Stop with the red line ... its a new word I  just invented.

      1. Castlepaloma profile image73
        Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Lucky for us tyrant got better through time. Think of the Tyrannosaurus who ruled for millions of years.

        1. Kathryn L Hill profile image78
          Kathryn L Hillposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          Yeah ...  ripping apart with teeth .... not even using hands and arms. He runs for the victim and bites off his head ....

  12. Live to Learn profile image81
    Live to Learnposted 19 months ago

    If a cosmic view is an addiction...we are all addicts.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image73
      Castlepalomaposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Its natural to be curious, unless your heavily programed by a Organized Superstition

 
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