People want control. They experience angst. Some little, cheap, throw-away action they crave. Something holier-than-thou to do on Sunday. To absolve them from the barbarity of their behaviours Monday to Saturday! A substitute for personal responsibility. This is how they love to delude themselves! Quit it; just say no. Cheers.
Assuming that there is a God in control of everything that happens relieves humans from being responsible for their own actions. People want to remain children resting at the bosom of a benevolent parent who will take care of all the world's problems. As God's children, we need not be concerned about pollution, war, climate change, etc., because our loving father will make everything right.
I am not an atheist, I do believe in and worship God, but organized religion is pure garbage. Just because some, ahem, "religious leader" ARBITRARILY says something is "evil" does not necessarily make it evil. Of course, I'm not down on ALL organized religions...Just the extreme ones. For example, I have great respect for the Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Mainline Protestant Churches are okay, both Conservative and Reform Judaism, or average Islamic sects. However, I DESPISE the Evangelicals, the Hasidics, and the Muslim Fundamentalists. Those people are suffering from Softening of the Brain, due, no doubt, from their exposure to Fundamentalist GARBAGE!
Religion is a way for people who either cannot or refuse to acknowledge that they and those around them ultimately mean very little in the universal grand scheme of things. Religion allows people to say that they are more important than they actually are, and it is widely acceptable because a lot of people do it so it is considered "Normal". Religion started as a way for men and women of the old ages to comprehend the world around them and despite our modern understanding of everything, people still believe the fairy tales and myths of dead cultures. Is it an 'opiate of the masses'? To some people, but i think others are religious only because they don't know any better. I don't hate on people with faith in a higher power, but organized religion is a farce that was and still is used to assert authority and superiority over others.
Religion forms belief. Belief is the power of the conscious over the subconscious. The subconscious has the ability to create or eliminate anything perceived by the body. Faith is an extremely powerful drug and it should always be accompanied with fear. Fear because whatever you actually believe is capable of complete and total reality and judgement distortion.
Without even arguing the existence of a God, organized religion (and even unorganized religion) brings comfort to those in times of need. It's much easy to look to something much bigger and more powerful than ourselves for answers. Even then, a community of people brought together by a single belief or set of suggested rules to live by can ultimately make troublesome times much easier.
Yes, I would argue that without a doubt religion is the opiate of the masses. Even if one group's faith happens to have been correct, you would still be left with the billions and billions of other humans throughout history who were fooled by another religion. This does not always breed terrible things, however. Yes, being ignorant to reality (whether that "reality" be that there is no higher power OR that a different religion was correct) is not a good thing, but religion also often comforts people and allows them to reconcile things much more easily than they would have been able to do otherwise. A loved one died? Don't worry, you'll see them again. Having a multitude of troubles in your life recently and need someone to talk to? There's a personable creator of everything who wants to do nothing but hear what you have to say. These things, although I think they are silly to believe, help millions of individuals daily who are searching for something to cling on to.
It is one of the easiest ways to control people and how they think going back centuries. If you can get people to believe that they must act a certain way and believe certain things, and if they do that they will be rewarded in the afterlife with a fiery punishment if they do not, you will have them eating out of the palm of your hand. This is what religion does, it uses this reward/punishment system to manipulate the minds of those who follow it. It is quite ingenius really. So I definitely think religion is the opiate of the masses yes, it is used to keep people from knowing their own power and that they have the ability to make their own choices, giving all that away for the sake of the system.
Religion and faith function like drugs, preventing people from accepting science, reason, and rational thought. Instead of facing reality, they cling to undocumented beliefs, such as heaven and the afterlife, that provide comfort to them but are ultimately just illusions. Religion typically makes its followers feel good, but it has negative effects on societal progress.
Most religious people I know also agree with science/evolution , also their are different degrees of believing in religions so it is kind of stereotyping, but I do understand that their are some people that are creationists and that that is part of their personal beliefs and that is fine
Throughout history religion has done more good then wrong. Sure the 30 years war and the Crusades were caused by it, but overall it helps the world. Monks kept knowledge. Because it was right. Christian movements help shut down Leopold's atrocities in the Congo. Religion has helped put up moral standards that are the opposite of an opium. Religion has even led to revolt (Taiping rebellion, 16th cebtury Japanese revolts), which is the opposite of an opeit. For most of history the clergy was an opponent of secular powers, not a puppet.
Many things can be said against "religion". It has its faults, and many bad, even evil practices has been done in the name of "religion." I think "religion" should not be confused with "faith." I believe there is God the Creator; believing in Him and serving Him is a matter of personal faith. That's different. That's not evil. And it's certainly not the "opiate of the masses."
Religion is a system of beliefs which people have shared and spread throughout the centuries. However, faith is no more an "opiate of the masses" than secular propaganda is. Government propaganda, for example, has spread as many lies and "non-realities" as many religions are labeled to have done, but masses of people, willy-nilly, have chosen to blindly believe in them regardless. However, the idea of government itself is still not being named the "opiate of the masses," despite how people conceed more quickly to any form of secular authority than to any religion.
If there is no problem, there would be no need for a imaginary cure to the problem. If evolutionists see no poblem, then there is no opium. Besides, society hasn't always gone foward: Look at what happened when the Romans went down. 95% of people are non-aithests: There would be no way to tell if it was even if it was.