Religion preaches love, peace and unity, but provokes hatred, war and disunity. Would the world be a better place without religion?
Absolutely. I think it would be a better place without question. Ir wouldnt be perfect of course, but it would definately be a better place.
Such sage perception based on astute observation should at the very least be given a try to see if it is sound judgment.
I'm with you on that one and would support it.
I'm thinking that what is the commonality among *ALL* religions, is the preaching of, above all else, *OBEDIENCE*.
This inevitably leads to either warring for, or a snobbish and falsely pious claim of authority. Everybody keep his place. Respect the heirarchy.
To the highest heavens, I roar "damn straight!" and "HELL, yes!" - the world would be an exponentially better place without religion.
In fact, I think it would be...ahem...*HEAVENLY*.
People do not often practice what they preach. Knowing and not doing is not knowing.
No religion and no anarchy; is that a good recipe for world peace?
Where religion is dualistic (us & them) which could be its definition, the world would be better without, especially since it often does not recognize the physical natural world as legitimate.
When I finally confronted the religious beliefs I was raised with, and lived with, raising my own family, I started my journey back to sanity. I am better off without religion. I think all people would be also, but each much choose. It's an individual journey.
I've met a lot of people who as ex
drug addicts and psychological disorders
rely on religion for their now happy existence. Though even as a Pagan I wouldn't take it away from them.
Everyone talks about getting rid of religion. I've always been curious how anyone thinks it could possibly happen. It seems like a bit of a pipe dream. What are there? Probably 4 billion people, at the least, that associate with one of the three monotheistic religions. Another one or two billion that are attached to some other type of religion. I tend to think this is a defeatist attitude. There have to be problems that could actually be tackled.
Tilting at windmills. Chasing the roadrunner. Whatever you want to call it; it's impossible.
There are specific problems to be tackled, and although implementation of solutions is key, they're extremely difficult to deploy considering the time frames involved and as you say, there are billions of people who are indoctrinated into those religion.
It may seem like a pipe dream, but we will never progress as humans until the problems of religions can be solved, so we must endeavor to keep trying to change the world to one that serves mankind rather than megalomania gods.
Many of the major problems of the world can be blamed on religions, directly or indirectly, as they have pervaded every single aspect of our societies and have ruled our mindsets and decision making processes for thousands of years.
How can we function as a sentient species with the capacity to do great things and raise us up off of our penitent knees to stand tall when we are told we are sinful creatures no better than the crud one would scrape off their boots, that our only purpose is to be subservient and obedient to entities we cannot see or hear?
Religions despise mankind, they despise our capacity to achieve and remove our ability to think, they despise our compassion and replace it with righteousness to spread like a virus.
Religions talk about omnipotent gods that can create universes and worlds, prophets who walk on water and rise from the dead, they talk about demons and angels swirling around us in constant battle for our souls.
What's impossible, then?
All that is needed to get rid of all religion permanently is education.
In other words, we will never get rid of religion, as most of the religiously inclined are as ignorant as bat droppings, living poor and have little chance of a real life.
It's sooooo tempting to respond to this in like manner, but will refrain. I'm just bumping this to give you another chance to view what you just said, in case you didn't preview it first.
Go for your life Brenda, I have no doubt that ignorance by choice is the stuff of the "educated" religionist too.
Oh wow. Do you call that a proper disclaimer? What about the "educated" atheist, earnest?
Atheism is a word that assumes that another belief must be held in order to discount fairy stories when they are presented as truth.
I am not an atheist, the word atheist is based on a religious concept which assumes not believing in fairies, gnomes, and all powerful no show entities requires one to hold another doctrine. simply not true.
If someone does not believe fairytales are truth they are showing common sense, no alternative belief required.
I don't use the word atheist, it is a religious construct to pigeonhole anyone who does not believe in myths as facts.
I see. Your intent is to dismiss "religion" altogether.
Pressing the "like" button repeatedly on this one, Earnest.
Think it would help if we all went back to the old nature religions called spirituality, but then we couldn't exploit the planet into oblivion.
Great points. Following my question, I want to add that In essence human beings create conflict through our interaction and existence with others. For instance Where there is education there is conflict because we learn, make discoveries and challenge facts. Education is essential for development of self. Religion is like politics. We need religion to guide and help preserve our moral code of conduct and our spiritual intellect. Humans need to embrace religion in it's diversity and view varying perceptions objectively. We need to practise what religion preaches - peace, love and harmony. We need to dig deep and not examine apply religion at face value. We need to read between the lines of religion not translate the words the way we choose to understand. If we as humans rise above this we will value religion in it's diversity and apply this notion to making the world a better place. It's a powerful element of societal existence whichis being abused due to ignorance and selfishness.
Right again! Do you see the poor who make up half the world getting their prayers answered?
I would have thought that 2,000 years of not having one single prayer answered would have made a statement, but apparently not.
Despite all the claims of religionists that god found their car keys, apparently he enjoys seeing little children suffer, despite being omnipotent.
Madness is how I would describe a belief in prayer.
Prayer is the key, selfless prayer and praying with faith.
Religion preaches love, but is the source of major world conflict.
Truthful Religion preaches peace and is always source of love; its ignorance is the source of conflict at hands of the pseudo-religionists and also by the non-believers.
I believe that would be even more disastrous. Many refrain themselves from ill-doings either out of fear of God or because of the universal preaching of religions - "Kindness". If there is no religion, there is going to be more disorder and pain in the world.
but then there are the other religions who believe that they need to kill for their god.
I don't know if the world would be a better place or not, but religion can stir up the crazies in people- it can bring out the worst.
But I think there would be more pain.. Some people wouldn't know what their purpose is in life..
Religion is an entirely social construct, i don't think humanity would be the same without it. Most, if not all, human societies have some form of religion in its base. Surely, given this alone you can see it's importance. This includes societies which are relatively peaceful. Blaming religion for wars and conflicts is a little simplistic surely. War's may have some grounding in religion sometimes, but surely that is more political and the result of people using religion as a mens to teir own ends and purposes. It is not intrinsicly the fault of religion.
I do think human history would be lost without religious structuring of some sort, and I say this as a non-believer just to clarify that I'm not just trying to defend my own beliefs.
The problem is that religions often do not preach peace and love at all even if their followers like to think they do. They actively preach the opposite. For example, Jesus said in Matthew 10: 34-36: "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household."
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