posted on Mar, 15 2008 @ 08:07 PM
There are a couple things to keep in mind when discussing this topic. First, religion and spirituality are two separate things. Second, religion is
not required for a person to have what would be considered good morals.
I strongly believe that a person can have a very beneficial and enlightening spiritual life without being involved with a religion. I mean, why should
a person's desire to mediate or pray have to be complicated by a man made belief system?
The second point is important because religion can influence what a person's morals are. For example a Christian will view premarital sex as wrong,
while a non-Christian may feel differently. In other words, depending on your religious standing, good and bad morals are a matter of perspective. It
is this very point which, in my opinion, has religion causing problems in the world.
If a Christian kills a Muslim in the name of religion, is that Christian going to be persecuted by other Christians? Probably not like they should.
What if it were the other way around? Many religions call all other religions false, and for those religions to be eliminated. So if killing for God
is going to accomplish that, how can it be wrong? Of course anyone with a sound conscience realizes that killing for any reason is wrong. But
religious zealots don't always see things that way.
Would the world be better without religion? Perhaps. But as others have pointed out, people would probably just find something else to fight over
instead. So who really knows.