Based on the argument by ZacGraphics, which stated, "No, it's the flaws of the people," I can raise this argument. If the system that religion stands upon was not fundamentally flawed, then there would be no way for those who are flawed but in power to take control of the system and make religion harmful. Most of the wars in human history originated from religion. Horrible acts, such as the Spanish Inquisition, were done in the name of religion, and, while the Pope at the time was most certainly a knucklehead, there would not have been a way for him to manipulate a book that teaches love and peace to justify torture and murder if the system that religion stands on was not flawed.
1) Science is being suppressed because of religion, and we have fallen behind because of it. Religious groups are opposing different advances in science, and even though not ALL religion has been like this, many people follow what these radicals are preaching.
2) People use religion as an excuse to discriminate against others (people of other religions, genders, people of different sexuality, people with different lifestyles in general.)
3) Religion influences politics. We might not become a theocracy anytime soon, but a lot of laws today are in favor of religious people. For example, there are several states in the U.S. that don't allow Atheists to run for office. Also (in case you haven't noticed) people favor religious people (almost only Christians) as political leaders and as president.
Some people may say "Not all religious people are..." but don't deny that these things occur a LOT in the world.
..And that is not even 1/2 of it. The bible has countless examples of rape and animal abuse, and then its like, oh its all right. Its' just a woman or its just a fox. The native American population in the floridas was decimated by the conquistadors that were there for religion and greed. That's all religion even is : greed.
It is my belief that religion is the cause of many problems in out world. It distracts people of whatever belief system from their god or core beliefs and focuses on pedantic's and superficial aspects of faith. Many wars were started over religious disputes and it is something that divides people. Most religions that are followed in this day are about love/compassion/doing good, but religion has distorted views, fundamental beliefs and priorities. Now don't get me wrong, I am not against God, whichever religion, but the way us humans express it. Take the Christian church, fro example. The fundamentals revolve around Jesus and God and love, but i this day, many Christians and churches are hypocritical and unloving in the name of God, as well as judgmental and self-righteous. Religion is about humans trying to express God on Earth, forgetting that we can't do that, we misunderstand what God (any of them) is about. Another example is Muslims. These days, many people associate Muslims with terrorism which is completely different to what the true beliefs are. Terrorism is something that is often said to be done in the name of being Muslim but the rel Islamic/Muslim beliefs are contradictory to many of the radical extremist beliefs. Religion has completely distorted God and faith and forgets the core's of beliefs, it strays from the truth and gives every god a bad name.
I would like to apologize if I have said anything that isn't right as I am not an expert on religion and feel free to correct me. Thanks
Religions today are mainly based on human philosophies, materialism, and national prejudice . In every country-the people are told -"God is on our side" . This was true in WW II. The Germans were told God was with them. -the Crusades, ISIS -and so many other horrible things were/ and are done in the name of religion.
True religion should promote unselfish love. (John 13:35)
It should teach respect for all ethnic groups and welcome people from all races, cultures, languages, and backgrounds. (Acts 10:34, 35)
Moved by love, its members should not go to war.—Micah 4:3; 1 (John 3:11, 12.) " For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not like Cain, who originated with the wicked one and slaughtered his brother. And for what reason did he slaughter him? Because his own works were wicked, but those of his brother were righteous."
-(Because they would be fighting their fellow church members in other countries)
Also Jesus never asked for money-not for any of the miracles that he did.. Real true religion has no paid clergy, and it does not give high-sounding religious titles to any of its members.—Matthew 23:8-12; 1 Peter 5:2, 3.
What we mainly see today is not as it should be. But the Bible is still true and good for teaching us what is right and good.
I would say niether but since you cant, I will just choose yes. So there are many wars that have been started based off of religion. Today, people like ISIS is forcing religion on others. But back in history, christian crusades killed people for the same reason. So I can say that it is more bad than good.
The word religion itself suggests peace, harmony and closeness to God. We must understand that there is one God and to Him belongs everything. Religion, I believe should not be considered a different world. Religion is life so how can life be harmful? Religion tells you to be a good person, have good intentions and do good deeds. It tells to fear God and remember that there will be a Day Judgement. Religion only conveys a message of goodness and purity and nothing else. Its a compete code of life.It can not be harmful. The thing is,like I said earlier that we feel our lives and religion are two different things. They really are not different. In sum, religion is not harmful. We came to earth with God's Will and we will return unto Him. Let us not turn our faces from reality . The truth is the truth and the truth is never harmful. It is truly a shame to see so many people supporting this statement. May Allah lead us to the right path. Ameen
It will depend on what the religion teaches. Speaking of Judaism and Christianity, I am definitely sure that if a person is really sincere either of these two religions, he/she will possess good moral values and standard norms. How could a true religion be harmful to man? However if a religion teaches or promotes violence instead of peace, hatred instead of love, then that religion will definitely sow harm instead of good. Judaism for instance, they are Torah or Law observant and are these Law? Primary is the Ten Commandment. If the Ten Commandments is religiously followed does it harm anyone? Christianity also are law-abiders otherwise he/she could not be a good christian if he/she keep on violating the laws of God. With regards to Islam I think it is best if they are the ones to defend their religion. The Bible also teaches that being children of God, we have to submit to authorities. Meaning obey the Laws of the land. So what is harmful for having a religion as long as its belief and practices do not deviate from standard norms.
For example, you say that Christians are making a mockery out of the religion, so that religion must be poisonous to society. No, that makes no sense. Yes, many Christians claim that they are followers of God, but don't live that way. However, that doesn't make the whole bag of fruits go bad, if you will. These are the actions of the people, but the base ideals of the religion do not change. That's just a lot of people representing the religion poorly.
And, I'm pretty sure the Christian faith is making an attempt to move away from being a "religion", and trying to be a "relationship".
Is Religion Dangerous? Is a book by Keith Ward examining the questions: "Is religion dangerous? Does it do more harm than good? Is it a force for evil?" It was first published in 2006. Looking at the evidence from history, philosophy, sociology and psychology, Ward focuses on the main question at issue: does religion do more harm than good? He begins by examining the key area of religion and violence and goes on to assess the allegations of irrationality and immorality, before exploring the good religion has done over the centuries. He suggests that without religion the human race would be considerably worse off and there would be little hope for the future.
In the Introduction: What is religion?, Ward begins, "Is religion dangerous? Does it do more harm than good? Is it a force for evil, even 'the root of all evil'?"—the title of a short British television series presented by Richard Dawkins. Ward states his view that the assertion that religion does more harm than good ignores "the available evidence from history, from psychology and sociology, and from philosophy" and suggests that proponents of this view "refuse to investigate the question in a properly rigorous way, and substitute rhetoric for analysis". He suggests that it is impossible to give a satisfactory universal definition of religion, and that early opponents of religion such as Edward Taylor, James Frazer and Émile Durkheim were indulging in "scholarly fantazising" about forms of primitive religion which were refuted by more rigorous studies such as Theories of Primitive Religion by Evans-Pritchard. "Unfortunately some writers have not yet realised this", such as Daniel Dennett in Breaking the Spell, who "does not seem to realise that the spell was broken as long ago as 1884 when E. B. Tylor was appointed to a Readership in Anthropology at Oxford University."
In Chapters 1 through 3, dealing with the origins and nature of violence, Ward suggests that "It is not religion that causes intolerance. It is intolerance that uses religion", that "The leaders of such movements [are] using moral and religious language as a cloak for evil and irreligious ends", and that "religions are not the causes of evil, but they do naturally share in the general moral state of the societies in which they exist". Ward suggests that any organised human activity can be corrupted, and that the corruptions of religion, although highly regrettable, are less harmful that the corruptions of secular ideologies (Nazism, Leninism and Maoism all claimed the support of science). In addition the great religions have within themselves a powerful critique of corruption. Ward, alluding to Islamic terrorism, alleges that "it is not religion that causes Islamic terrorism. It is a version of Islam that has been corrupted by ...Marxist-Leninism" and that al-Qaeda is based on a demonstrably incorrect interpretation of Islam. He further suggests that wars fought in the name of some interpretations of Christianity have also been based on distortions.