• Yes religion is necessary

    Yes, I think that religion is important in today's society and that more people should turn to religion in order to find guidance. I think that there would be less violence, especially less gun violence, if more people paid attention to religion and not a religion that is too far out there.

  • Yes, religion is necessary in today's society.

    I believe that religion is necessary in today's society. There are so many problems in the world, ranging from violence to the breakdown of the family unit. Morals seem to be nonexistent any more. Our world has become more self-centered; it seems like people have no regard for others. Religion helps us have a moral code and gives us hope in what seems like a lost world.

  • I don't think religion is necessary, I think hope is necessary.

    Religion gives hope, to the hopeless. Yes, it may sound weird, or probably seem like it has no argumente. Hope is the last thing a man looses, when there's no hope, the isn't anything anymore. You don't have a reason to fight, so you just give up on life. I think religion can be hope to people, it can be used as a weapon, or just the opposite, the problem is it has been used as a weapon for a long time. And it still is. It is too used as a vague excuse to do things that are wrong in our nature.

    I think if we keep using religion as an excuse we will never get anywhere, it we try to impliment it on people who are uninterested in it then so let them be, they don't have a reason to share your beliefs, when the time comes, a man may draw upon to religion as a source of hope.

  • What is the Need of Religion?

    There are many reasons why religion is needed for Mankind:

    (a) We know that man is a social animal. Every man depends upon millions of people for his life and its necessities. Also we know that every society needs some laws to prevent injustice and preserve the rights of every member of the society. But who is the right authority to make the Law? One man (be he a monarch or a dictator)? No! Because he, instinctively, will look, first of all, after his own interest. A group of people (be it an aristocracy or democracy)? No! Because every one of them is capable of wrong judgment; and a lot of wrong decisions do not add up to a right decision.
    Moreover, all the man-made laws and customs have a very serious defect: they cannot stop crime. This defect makes their existence somewhat superfluous. A thief enters an unoccupied house, in a remote village at dead of night for stealing some valuables. He knows perfectly well that there is no representative of the government for good many miles around the house. He feels perfectly safe from being detected. Is there any law of government which can stop him from committing the crime? The answer is, certainly, "no".

    No government can stop the said person from stealing, but Religion can.

    Religion, true Religion as explained above, teaches that there is a God, Who knows everything and sees everything; who is Just and Virtuous Himself, and wants us to be just and virtuous; that we are responsible for our deeds in His eyes, and we have to give account of our deeds to Him after our death. If a person believes in it, then (and only then) he can restrain himself from committing sins and crimes and inflicting injustice upon other people.
    Laws of government can control the external affairs of a man and even that only at a time and place where its hands can reach. But the belief in God and religion controls not only the external acts but hidden desires and inner thoughts also.
    This control is not confined to any particular place or any limited time, because God is omnipresent and omniscient

  • It is needed specially during these times.

    Religion is not all about killing. Religion was and is there to make peace. The Bible says " Thou shalt not kill" which is a great motive to be adopted nowadays. The Qu'ran says 5:53 says, “… whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.” There are more non-violent verses in religions then violent ones and we should be passive and follow the common peaceful teachings as one society.
    Just like guns, depends on the use of it. Use it for your safety then Kudos to you but if you use it for violence then who's fault is it? :)

  • Yes it is.

    Without religion, I would be lost. For me, personally, I need God, however not everyone does. It's not easy to say yes 100% due to the fact that not everyone will need religion. We should be able to decide our own faith, not be forced into believing anything, and not be judged or looked down on because of it.
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  • Science supports the idea of God

    From Choas theory, to the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden ratio. Mathematics, the language of all science supports that our universe is created from intelligent design. Most of scientist (51%) believe that there is a higher being (God). Therefore, evidence so far supports that there must be some form of God, and the very existence of the universe is proof.

  • There are so many benefits

    There are many benefits that having religion present in society bring about. These include hospitals, schools, aged care facilities, and aid for the disadvantaged. This aid includes financially burdened people and minorities in our society. Religion shaped our working week, our yearly calendar and there is too much invested in it. Without religion, our society would likely fall into anarchy.

  • There are so many benefits

    There are many benefits that having religion present in society bring about. These include hospitals, schools, aged care facilities, and aid for the disadvantaged. This aid includes financially burdened people and minorities in our society. Religion shaped our working week, our yearly calendar and there is too much invested in it. Without religion, our society would likely fall into anarchy.

  • Religion is what keeps people from suicide!

    People need Religion because they are in a confusing, complicated, and mean world. They have questions about why they are here, who/what put them here, how they and the world were made, etc, etc, etc. Religion is created to answer those questions. The ancient Greeks came up with a very preposterous religion but it gave them answers just like every other of the 4,200 religions in the world today. Life is not simple. People know it is not. They try to explain...

  • We are better off without religion

    Sam Harris says it all in this article
    While most Americans believe that getting rid of religion is an impossible goal, much of the developed world has already accomplished it. Any account of a “god gene” that causes the majority of Americans to helplessly organize their lives around ancient works of religious fiction must explain why so many inhabitants of other First World societies apparently lack such a gene. The level of atheism throughout the rest of the developed world refutes any argument that religion is somehow a moral necessity. Countries like Norway, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom are among the least religious societies on Earth. According to the United Nations’ Human Development Report (2005) they are also the healthiest, as indicated by measures of life expectancy, adult literacy, per capita income, educational attainment, gender equality, homicide rate and infant mortality. Conversely, the 50 nations now ranked lowest in terms of human development are unwaveringly religious. Other analyses paint the same picture: The United States is unique among wealthy democracies in its level of religious literalism and opposition to evolutionary theory; it is also uniquely beleaguered by high rates of homicide, abortion, teen pregnancy, STD infection and infant mortality. The same comparison holds true within the United States itself: Southern and Midwestern states, characterized by the highest levels of religious superstition and hostility to evolutionary theory, are especially plagued by the above indicators of societal dysfunction, while the comparatively secular states of the Northeast conform to European norms. Of course, correlational data of this sort do not resolve questions of causality--belief in God may lead to societal dysfunction; societal dysfunction may foster a belief in God; each factor may enable the other; or both may spring from some deeper source of mischief. Leaving aside the issue of cause and effect, these facts prove that atheism is perfectly compatible with the basic aspirations of a civil society; they also prove, conclusively, that religious faith does nothing to ensure a society’s health.
    Countries with high levels of atheism also are the most charitable in terms of giving foreign aid to the developing world. The dubious link between Christian literalism and Christian values is also belied by other indices of charity. Consider the ratio in salaries between top-tier CEOs and their average employee: in Britain it is 24 to 1; France 15 to 1; Sweden 13 to 1; in the United States, where 83% of the population believes that Jesus literally rose from the dead, it is 475 to 1. Many a camel, it would seem, expects to squeeze easily through the eye of a needle.

    In other words, religion is harmful, not helpful. The reason is because God is imaginary and religious delusion is hurting all of us. Question everything thank you for the question.

  • Believe in yourself

    Having faith in a religion helps people forbid themselves from doing bad. It tells them that immorality leads to punishment. Which is good. But religion is practiced wrong in society. Thus, I do not support it. Thus one must be spiritual, not religious. One can be a spiritual atheist too.

  • Religion isn't needed

    Religion creates division. If a group of people believe in one thing, and another group believes in something else, neither group will get along. Plus (in my view) religion starts wars, not prevents or ends it. The crusades are a good example. It started out because "christian" states were taken over by Muslims. The fact that it was taken over didn't matter. But the fact that the states were taken over by Muslims was what started the crusades in the first place.

  • Unconditional love is the answer for society. That cannot be achieved with religion.

    As long as Christians claim that God cannot forgive people without the "belief in the shed blood of Jesus" there will always be folklore and superstition keeping progress at bay. If there is a God, and I hope there is, but I really won't know until I meet God personally, (revealed religion claims to speak for God but is really just hearsay), I would hope that everything I've done that I'm truly remorseful for in my heart will be forgiven based on the merits of repentance alone, without any stipulations or religious dogma. If we keep bickering with each other about how to live, (outside of basic natural morals and instructions regarding murder, theft, rape, etc), we're never going to progress as a humble society. Religion is hindering the world's ability to become intelligent and sentient beings. It's mixing technology with barbarism at this point, and really quite asinine.

  • Why do we need religion?! It's just another fight to see who is right.

    Religion. Why do we need it? We have science... It's something the world can fight on and have a reason to believe why we believe in something, as if it's a backbone in life that it's right cuz so and so said this. I think we can have our own beliefs and share with others and accept others or quietly not. Religion is just a way to make people feel like they are good people. But people can do what they please and I will believe what I please:)

  • No, we are better than that.

    Religion is a relic from our history. It should not be forgotten but it should not be revered, followed r allowed the power it has. We are enlightened enough to know how to behave and do not need it for moral guidance, besides it has never stopped evil people doing evil things, only people with courage have done this. As for were we come from and where we will go, the answers have to some of these questions can be found in our current understanding of the natural world. We haven't gathered all the answers yet but we will, we should not be afraid of what we do not know but intrigued and avoid making up fairy tales.

  • Not at all.

    Religion in our society has caused so much unnecessary blood and conflict. Some people argue that without religion, there would be no morality. Yet, hundreds of thousands of atheists each generation live without significant differences in crime rates. Others argue that religion gives meaning to life. Again, atheists sometimes live more meaningful lives than those who go to church every day. Sometimes giving meaning to life is as simple as viewing life as important. A belief in a higher being doesn't need to motivate everything we do.

  • It is simply unnecessary

    Anyone with an innate sense of what is right and wrong doesn't really need religion although there are some spiritual gems in each respective religion. What is necessary is respect for each other and each others belief. This is where it gets a little testy because human beings have a tendency to force things down each others throat's, insult others and even believe and follow things that they don't understand for various reasons--some were born into it, some may be insecure. From my experience, religion aids ignorance and hinders people from learning. I have witnessed many (even family members) staunchly support religion and when asked about certain aspects of that religion, didn't even know it and/or couldn't elaborate on it. If you are born into anything in life, you'll probably develop that kind of mindset. If you were born into a terrorist family, you may think that this is the right way to go about life. Doesn't mean that it is true or it is right. Same with religion. Mankind's understanding has gotten better over time as far as the development of our world and what things mean. I have friends of many different religions and what I've noticed is that no matter what you believe it shouldn't override things such as respect, love, things commonly shared, good times and just helping someone. The biggest issue I have with religion is that it divides people. Its seem intoxicating to the point where wars are started, families harbor resentment to one another, people use it to take advantage of or control others. Again while there are positives is some aspects, the negatives outweigh them largely. Furthermore, anyone who says that they know that a supernatural being exists and can't prove a thing is lying. There is just no way to know that for sure for any human being. But this is the problem--people get crazy with religion (depending on their personal character). Belief is one thing, facts are another. No matter what religion, we as human beings should never ignore science and advancements that reveals truth to us every day. So in a nutshell, religion does more harm than good and hinders the human mind and heart from accepting, seeking and understanding developments and information of our world and the detailed processes it encompasses. Can religion be good for some people? Absolutely. Is it necessary ? Absolutely not.

  • No it is Not

    There is not a single thing that religions do that cannot be done without the mythological baggage of modern day religions. Joseph Campbell suggested that mythology had four functions that were historically fulfilled by religions, but that those functions were largely unnecessary in today's world.

    1) Presenting an Image of the Cosmos: Science has done this far better than religions ever have, and it is getting better all the time. Religions are irrelevant in this area.
    2) Maintaining Social Order: Secular governments do this as well if not better than any religious institution. Again, religion is irrelevant.
    3) Evoking Awe: This one I don't see as necessary, but admit that it is a fulfilling aspect of the human experience. However, religion is not necessary. I find the facts of the universe far more awe inspiring than any fictional story, however entertaining.
    4) Aiding in Psychological Transitions: This is the one function that I feel religions still perform well, but I think it does so at a cost. Religions aid adherents in accepting life transitions such as old age and death, but it does so by positing unsupported claims. As Carl Sagan once said, 'It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

    To conclude, religions aren't all bad, but they are not necessary. There is nothing they do that cannot be done by secular means, and they carry all sorts of insidious baggage.

  • Definitely not necessary.

    People seem to think everyone is a Christian where I live. There have been so many fights and even wars over what people believe! I myself am an atheist, and I'm not afraid to admit it. Everyone has a right to believe in whatever they want. But there is no need to shove your belief down someone elses throat. Sadly, a lot of people fail to realize that.

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