reply to post by StevenDye
First if all, I would like to say that I am not religious though I went to Catholic school for 12 years and I am a self-proclaimed thinker/philosopher
so I will try to relay my oppinion as unbiased as possible.
Originally posted by rattan1
There are no religions that promote hatred or division. It is us humans that create division and hatred by using religion for our own greed and
I have to agree with rattan1 there.
Even though religion seems to be the forefront of many present world issues, religion also has a lot of responsibilities as a cultural crutch.
"Religion" isn't the problem. It's man's interpretation of said religion that create's issues.
IMO, religion was started to answer the many questions philosophical man naturally comes across in life.
didn't make me, someone else
must be responsible for my existence. Thus, we find a universal "God."
As for the thousands of other unanswered questions thousands of years ago like, "what the hell is that big ball of fire that rises and falls," we
find the many varieties of answers: "oh, that's the chariot wheel of Apollo and it's on fire." Mythological god created.
Religion is the basis for human action and explanation of seemingly supernatural occurances and has since been manipulated by many translations and
corrupt individuals seeking control. For an example, look up the Crusades. Modern science is constantly answering many questions of which were
responsible for the original ideas of myth and religion, even though it is also taking on a role of religion in its own right.
For any person who's lived life, the common goal is to live with meaning and leave with dignity. What was your guidance as a young child growing up?
Your parents were. Who is supposed to guide you as an adult? Many people (and in fact, the majority of) look to religion as their guide. How many of
those people become ruthless religious activists?
Well, not many do.
My point is that religion has its ups and downs but generally speaking, religion has an important role in society as a guidance in moral standards.
Many religious people live fulfilling, beautiful lives whilst living in "the eyes of the lord." It is the evil in people that create repressing
forms of religion and take advantage of innocent wayless followers, not religion itself.
As for the idea of taking religion away completely, could you imagine a world full of existentialists? Depressing and meaningless (for the most part).