Most religions use guilt shame fear and hatred to teach good people to do immoral act. It’s immoral to sacrifice the needs of yourself and others in hopes of making things better for yourself in an afterlife which may not even exist anyway. Often this involves clever, ad hoc interpretations which wouldn’t be needed if people were willing to make and take responsibility for their own choices. Of course everyone prefers their own religious morality and the commands of their own god. This is where superstitious beliefs come in to command a person what is right or wrong. An elementary school child of today knows more of the natural world then the superstitious men who invented religion. I know of no society in recorded history that ever suffered because its people became too reasonable. Reason will always have more positive insight then any religion. People can't even agree on one religion, but they all agree that the others are wrong. Some religious people are willing to kill or die to make the point that there religion is the right one. People can be good without religion, it does more harm then good. Question everything and thank you for the question. Have a nice day.
Its fair to say that we have people fighting for equal rights, right? So than how come the bible has this to say?
- To the women he said: Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you."
nice job, preaching what we are fighting about..
Religion strips an individual from their personal freedom. Instead of the individual taking responsibility from their own lives, religion tells that individual to "leave their cares and troubles up to God and he will take care of them." This is proof that religion was designed to inflict misery onto others. Another fact that needs to be addressed is those who believes in an imaginary human being tend to lack empathy to real-life situations (e.G., poverty, mental illness, etc.) as if these things will magically disappear by prayer AND ONLY prayer. But then again, how can can religious people understand the concept of empathy when they're out of touch with reality?
I just hate when people always say you need god in your life to be happy when you really do not. There are so many religions out there and people falsely believe whatever they are born into. Relgion just makes no sense to me at all it is all pointless.
Doesn't require intellegence to see. Just an open mind and the reasoning skills of a third grader. Third grade is when I saw how stupid one would have to be to believe in magic or invisible men with magic wands living in the sky. It's the fear of admitting we are insignificant in the universe. Humans are selfish and self important and therefore believe in gods. Believing in god makes one feel important. Truth is we are just another animal and won't even be on earth much longer. If we are gods creatures and so awfully important why is he allowing us to be the only species in the history of the earth to bring about are own extintion??? Enlightened critters we are not. We are evil selfish purposefully ignorant creatures that only care about the things god supposedly says not to. Greed. Sloth. Murder. Lust. All 7 deadly sins are the 7 things humans are most known to do. If God exists he's the biggest idiot ever conceived or was just another foolish construct of humanity. Not to mention that priests and highly religious people are the ones who commit the most crimes against humanity. I'd never take my kid to a church for fear he will be molested. Of course my daughter would be safe. And 95% of people in prisons and jail are religious. Hmmmm.
ISIS, Al-Qaeda, 9/11, Aztecs performing human sacrifices, Christians getting thrown to the lions, Mary I burning Protestants, the Holocaust, the crusades, honour killings, witch-hunts, stoning promiscuous women, thousands of wars and acts of terrorism, unconsensual sex with children and paedophilia, the rejection of science and reason, millions of pounds spent on churches and cathedrals instead of vastly better causes, indoctrination of children, using fear and shame to control people, satisfaction in answers to mysteries (I don't know, so God did it), promotion of slavery, promotion of rape, teaching that women are inferior to men, promotion of tribalism, promotion that nonsense is the truth (the world is 6000 years old, people return from the dead, bad things happen because a talking snake persuaded a woman to eat some fruit), teaching that an unproven and highly unlikely "Next Life" is more important than this one, teaches that people are evil and deserve to burn in Hell and provides a convenient off-switch for the mind.
Faith is not a virtue. Religion is poisonous.
Throughout history religion has been a source of binding populations and a source of rules and hope for their followers to live by. However, as time passed most Semitic religions have become violent rather than peaceful. It started off with the Crusades and is now what most people link terrorism to. Most people are forgetting the true purpose of religion and are turning it into a spectacle of bloodshed and hatred.
Any believer looking to excuse his own temper, sense of superiority, warmongering, bigotry, or planetary destruction can find validation in writings that claim to be authored by God. Being religious is becoming like an excuse to be inhuman and selfish. One should be more reasonable than religious.Reason will always have more positive insight then any religion
Wars are created recently by religion. The crusades, and the war in Iran and Syria. Terrorists. The 9 11 was to do with mad fanatic terrorists. Jews. Circumcision is stupid. You don't pick up a baby and say 'ahhhh, cute baby. Now get me the knife.' No one thinks that.
Do you have eyes? Just open your eyes and take a look around. It is clearly obvious that Religion casues more harm than good.
Happiness is said to be linked to freedom and control over life choices, a lack of corruption, more control over social support and a strong sense of community.
The top 10 "happiest" countries and their percentage of the population who are irreligious:
1) Denmark - 83% (#2 least religious country)
2) Norway - 78% (#5 least religious country)
3) Switzerland - 57%
4) Netherlands - 65%
5) Sweden - 88% (#1 least religious country)
6) Canada - 61%
7) Finland - 69%
8) Austria - 51
9) Iceland - 60%
10) Australia - 67%
17) USA - 36%
Is it not obvious that the most religiously fundamental countries, are not only the least educated, but also involved in the MOST WARS? That's not an opinion, it's a fact.
Any religion that tell you to "Kill in the name of God" MUST be questioned, and scrutinized, and then finally abandoned.
There are many harmful religions which bring strife and violence. But without Christianity, the fate of mankind would be utterly hopeless. Despite the noble efforts of good humanitarians everywhere, death is the only reality for every person. Eventually, humanity itself will go extinct, and all life will soon follow. Life is truly meaningless and absurd without God and eternal life.
The major problem with religion is not the religion itself, it is the people who follow the religion and misinterpret it. Religion becomes dangerous when people politicize it or try to use it to push their agenda or what they believe is right. Religion and the facets of religion do not hurt anyone, it's people who do not follow their religions guidelines, that hurts. Prime example, the golden rule.
Religion does not do more harm than good. Depending on your religion and what you believe in can have a positive effect on the way that you live your life. Most people put their faith into their religion and use it to remain positive about life. Religion is good for everyone.
First all religions teach peace, humans are the one changing it for politic use and adapting it to their desires.
Second religions bring a form of stability to people, it often changes peoples life in a positive way.
Third it gives us a purpose in life.
Forth Religions give you a feeling of belonging to a group which is crucial for humans. Who is alone in his heart has more chance of being depressed.
Fifth all great religious men always preached speech before the sword.
To conclude before judging a religion go directly to the source itself instead of listening to people who might be uneducated about it.
Religions do not support the use of violene- the bible opposes it- one of the Ten Commandments is that you shall not murder, it is the people that do this- as they feel that it is what their God wants them to do, yet there is no biblical evidence that it is what they want- so extremists may be disallusioned, or perhaps there god has told them to do what they do.
People need something to believe in when all hope seems to be lost. Religion helps shape people to be a better person to learn what is right from wrong. We shouldn't tell others what they can and can't believe just because you don't think it does any good. It is not your job to tell others how to live because it is not your life. Just take care of your self and mind your own bee's wax.
Religion is what people believe and what some people stand for and even what they use to motivate themselves everyday. If religion is a help to millions and millions of people everyday and if it helps them get over situations if something is as good as to let someone want to leave how does it harm anyone.
Religion does not cause harm because religions like Sikhism are showing equality and people are getting to use to the world. Like wars, arguments and personal life. More communities are showing peace and being helpful , even politics are getting into the religion issues which are solving it fast and quickly. Religion is like a family.
Religion has the power to uplift, to inspire, and to bring joy to many people. Here in the United States, however, our Founding Fathers were well aware that religion can also be used as a blunt instrument of hate and justification for vile acts, which is why our First Amendment establishes a clear separation between the two institutions.
Religion provides a spiritual insight to a lot of people. As an institution, it helps people find meaning in a complex world. However, there is a line. Spiritual enlightenment is one thing; trying to impose your sense of spiritual enlightenment onto unwilling people is a form of fascism. That's the part that does harm.