I don't think religion is evil, and you are misguided

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I don't think religion is evil, and you are misguided

In my humble opinion, religion was created for quite a few reasons, mostly because people felt comforted by the thought that their life had meaning and direction and that they had someone looking over them and protecting them. Also because the idea of total nothingness after death was terrifying and difficult to comprehend. Another large part of why people choose to follow religion is to better themselves. Religion lays down moral guidelines that lead to becoming a good person with compassion and understanding, and lead away from giving yourself up to the inherent evil in man, by that I mean the compulsion for violence that we all have in us, read lord of the flies for a better explanation.

In my mind there is nothing wrong or evil with religion in it's basic form, it's only a way of making yourself a better person. Wether you take the symbols within a religion like god or the devil as being literal things, or metaphors for the good and evil in people is totally up to you.

Religion itself is not evil, people say frequently that it causes wars and divides people, but in those situations where conflict arises out of religion, it's people's lust for violence, their need for supremacy and their inability to reason that causes it. Let me go over that once more for clarity, it's man's own faults that cause war, not religion, which is an attempt to better man.

Another argument against religion is that people tend to follow it blindly and throw away their own thoughts in favour of a group philosophy. This is another example of man's faults being mistaken for religion's wrongdoing. Religion is just a set of moral values, it can't force you into worshipping it, people's own weakness is what leads to them throwing away their own thoughts, rather than taking on the concepts given out by a religion, bettering themselves and remaining individuals.

I'm not religious or theist myself, I just get tired of seeing all these misguided people bashing religion with no idea of what they're actually fighting against. If you plan on deleting this mr internet man, please have the decency to reply first and give a bit of argument.

 

 


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Religion is evil..

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In my humble opinion, religion was created for quite a few reasons, mostly because people felt comforted by the thought that their life had meaning and direction and that they had someone looking over them and protecting them. Also because the idea of total nothingness after death was terrifying and difficult to comprehend. Another large part of why people choose to follow religion is to better themselves. Religion lays down moral guidelines that lead to becoming a good person with compassion and understanding, and lead away from giving yourself up to the inherent evil in man, by that I mean the compulsion for violence that we all have in us, read lord of the flies for a better explanation.

In my mind there is nothing wrong or evil with religion in it's basic form, it's only a way of making yourself a better person. Wether you take the symbols within a religion like god or the devil as being literal things, or metaphors for the good and evil in people is totally up to you.

Religion itself is not evil, people say frequently that it causes wars and divides people, but in those situations where conflict arises out of religion, it's people's lust for violence, their need for supremacy and their inability to reason that causes it. Let me go over that once more for clarity, it's man's own faults that cause war, not religion, which is an attempt to better man.

Another argument against religion is that people tend to follow it blindly and throw away their own thoughts in favour of a group philosophy. This is another example of man's faults being mistaken for religion's wrongdoing. Religion is just a set of moral values, it can't force you into worshipping it, people's own weakness is what leads to them throwing away their own thoughts, rather than taking on the concepts given out by a religion, bettering themselves and remaining individuals.

I'm not religious or theist myself, I just get tired of seeing all these misguided people bashing religion with no idea of what they're actually fighting against. If you plan on deleting this mr internet man, please have the decency to reply first and give a bit of argument.

 

 


The above post was made by an anonymous poster in the freethinking anonymous forum.  I find it humorous that at the end he/she stated that if we choose to delete it that we should have the decency to respond first.  Well maybe I'd respond if he/she had the decency to leave an email address or maybe sign up for the site.  Well maybe the person will find this post eventually, and here is and opportunity for the community to respond. - Sapient

Religion is definitely evil. Hell it coined the term.. religion isn't good unless you are simple-minded and need the threat of eternal damnation to act right. Not me. I do the right things because that's what they are not because I'm scared of some bullshit 2000 year old idea. This idea of religion being a good thing really ticks me off. It's the reason for so many wars and oppression across the world. You need to look at a woman wearing a burka (I think that's how it's spelled) and tell her that religion is a good thing. Or even better, tell someone who was lucky enough to survive a suicide bomber with only losing a few limbs that religion is a good thing. HOw about that piece of shit that just went off at one of our very own army bases and killed thirteen people screaming Allah!!. You go and tell their families that religion is a good thing. And don't even try to say that it's only the muslims. What about gays that are persecuted every day and can't even enjoy their life together as a legitimate couple cause of the marraige laws, or the girl who got pregnant form incest but can't get an abortion in her state because of some stupid-ass christian who happened to be a lawmaker tells her and everybody else that it's immoral to be gay or to have an abortion no matter what the cause. Back in history the christians were no different then th emuslims are now. Remember the crusades? Why do yo uthink they called it the Dark Ages? Because of christian oppression and murder. What about the Salem Witch Trials? How were they a good thing? Religion is evil because it takes the thing that people can't explain or understand and automatically calls them evil.. If the muslims had their way we'd all die and everybody would just read the Q'ran and nor think about anything at all. I think that ignorance is evil when you have knowledge at your fingertips and don't use it.. I can't even scratch the surface of why religion is evil. This would take an entire book of facts and reasons. I don't have time for that so these are just a few. Religion is the scorn of all man. If there were really a god then he wouldn't have given us the ability to reason. Besides what kind of god would kill his own son just to prove a point? Not the kind I would ever want. Man made god in his own image: Jealous, intolerent, homophobic, sexist and violent.  

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The next time Mr. Anonymous wants to post something then he should have the decency to not be so "anonymous." Stand up for yourself and your convictions. We do!!

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BTW..

The next time Mr. Anonymous wants to post something then he should have the decency to not be so "anonymous." Stand up for yourself and your convictions. We do!!

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What's it with the name a

What's it with the name a nony mouse?

 

 

Anyway, I don't think religion is inhertily good or evil. Considering that the holy books are full of contradictions, they can be used to justify both good and evil.

 

I think that both the claims of religion being good and religion being evil should both be put under scientific scrutiny. As I've said before, both sides rely on faulty [at best] logic. Empirical data and logic put holes in both arguments.

 

So I agree with you that religion in of itself doesn't cause evil, and disagree with you that religion in if itself causes good.

 

 

 


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"Another large part of why

"Another large part of why people choose to follow religion is to better themselves"

I was more or less with you until here. Religion has nothing to do with bettering oneself.

"Religion lays down moral guidelines that lead to becoming a good person with compassion and understanding, and lead away from giving yourself up to the inherent evil in man, by that I mean the compulsion for violence that we all have in us, read lord of the flies for a better explanation."

I read it and watched it. You are suggesting only religion can give morality. You are very wrong. Before EXC comes in here and tells you morality is a bunch of crap, I'm going to point out that the most irreligious nations are also the most crime free. Religion creates dividers that would not otherwise be there. We are capable of dividers with or without religion, but religion adds more. It has also centred itself on ignorance, the foundation for irrational prejudice.

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"In my mind there is nothing

"In my mind there is nothing wrong or evil with religion in it's basic form, it's only a way of making yourself a better person."

In my experience that isn't true.

"Wether you take the symbols within a religion like god or the devil as being literal things, or metaphors for the good and evil in people is totally up to you."

Hence the problem. If religion were just allegories and metaphor, there'd be little danger in it. But you have people not only believing in a literal god, but a book that has all sorts of primitive and false notions; such as a flat Earth, we being the centre of the universe, the Earth being a few thousand years old, homosexuality being wrong, sex in general being wrong, and the list continues ad absurdum. Then the people who believe these ridiculous things make them all

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even more horrible by

even more horrible by forcing these ridiculous beliefs on others; by trying to include them in public schools, indoctrinating their and others children, and killing those that disagree with them. It's disgusting.

"Religion itself is not evil, people say frequently that it causes wars and divides people, but in those situations where conflict arises out of religion, it's people's lust for violence, their need for supremacy and their inability to reason that causes it. Let me go over that once more for clarity, it's man's own faults that cause war, not religion, which is an attempt to better man."

Religion enhances, enforces, and encourages such stupidity. It is by no stretch a barrier to it. Conflict would exist without religion, but it would be far less common.

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"Another argument against

"Another argument against religion is that people tend to follow it blindly and throw away their own thoughts in favour of a group philosophy. This is another example of man's faults being mistaken for religion's wrongdoing."

No. You are mistaking an aggravator for a soother.

"Religion is just a set of moral values"

No, it isn't.

"it can't force you into worshipping it"

But those who believe it can, and do.

"I'm not religious or theist myself, I just get tired of seeing all these misguided people bashing religion with no idea of what they're actually fighting against."

I think you need to do a lot more research on religion to better yourself. The fact is that I see it more clearly than you do.

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Religion necessarily

Religion necessarily involves faith and, because of that, I do consider religion to be inherently evil.  The best tool one can have in one's pursuit of survival and happiness is reason; faith is the abandoning of reason.

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I wish people would stop

I wish people would stop equating all religions with christianity, it really makes them look like idiots.


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I think there are too many

I think there are too many people who use the terms "good and evil" a little too loosely.  I think that religion at its core is neither inherently good or evil.  There is nothing in this world that fits into either category.  There is, in my opinion, only gray area.  I think religion misguides and its leaders tend to bend christian morals and 'laws' to most benefit themselves.  However, they do lay down some groundwork for people who are not free thinkers and do depend on guidance to be a better person.  Let's face it, not everyone on earth has the desire, intuition, or mental capacity to formulate and articulate a legitimate opinion on religion, theism, etc. 

Even the most 'immoral' or 'wrong' aspects of human interaction (rape, murder, etc) have to have been some intrinsic and extrinsic factors that lead to the act that had an impact on the 'wrongdoer's' mentality.  I'm not saying there are positive aspects to rape.  All I am saying is that it does not take someone who is purely evil to commit the act.  There are no forces of good and evil, and to break down the world in such a Mickey Mouse kind of way does an injustice to the intricacies and complexities of the world.


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"I think there are too many

"I think there are too many people who use the terms "good and evil" a little too loosely.  I think that religion at its core is neither inherently good or evil.  There is nothing in this world that fits into either category."

I would agree that good and evil are subjective, and have no inherent meaning. But theists believe they have meaning, and to facilitate discussion it is often necessary to use those terms.

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I'm just going to whistle

I'm just going to whistle nonchalantly and move along before I start mentioning the salem witch trials and countless genocidal "holy wars" amongst several other terrible moments in history, you know, to keep the sanctity of this thread.

 

EDIT: Why did it post twice?


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Religion is just a set of moral values, it can't force you into worshipping it, people's own weakness is what leads to them throwing away their own thoughts, rather than taking on the concepts given out by a religion, bettering themselves and remaining individuals.

We do not need religion for morality. 

Religions are organized beliefs systems that emphasize faith and obedience rather than reason. As such, they are poor guides to a moral high ground. Your assertion that it is the weak minded individual's fault is irrelevant. Of course we are responsible for the choices that we make, but if there was less religion, more people would be forced to abandon their fears of the unknown and think, really think, about what is right and wrong, instead of embracing intellectual cop-outs.  

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Religion is responsible for

Religion is responsible for more war then man has every known.

 

Sure, it's not the only cause, but it is a prime mover. If the entire world had been secular since 0 AD, much less wars would have occurred.


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You know, some religious

You know, some religious wars are bad, but the worse things religion tends to do is the small stuff. Just look at the Puritans, they were cool and all, but they wasted their entire lives on belief so they had little advancement, plus not to mention the Salem Witch Trials. And look at Christianity, these people are so fet up with science because science is figuring out things that just happen to contradict Christian beliefs, who gives a damn? Also look at Muslims... well, I guess that falls under war.

The sad thing is is that wherever there are beliefs there are extremists, that's how we stereotype the people of these beliefs. Christians are great, a bit arrogant, but they keep to themselves on their beliefs unless directly convicted. Muslims are also great, however they get a bit iffy when they OD on jihad. Puritans? Ha, every Puritan was an extremist, but that's because there were extremists, raising extremists, with an extremist government based off of the belief. I don't know if there are any modern Puritans, if there are it's probably called something else I'm assuming.

 

Now this brings up the question: Without religion would we be more advanced?

Personally I don't think we can run from belief, studies show that a sense of "God" or "gods" is embedded in the brain within the temporal lobes. There are strong atheists and just non-religious folk in which have temporal lobe epilepsy who have religious "visions," no one really knows why, although some people go nuts and say "Leik omg! I saw God, and he's leik, such a kewl doode, I meen u shud rlly meet him." Perhaps some of the greatest "prophets" and all the religious icons had temporal lobe epilepsy, maybe even Jesus himself had temporal lobe epilepsy.

So in other words; I'd say no, we would not be advanced because this question is a fallacy; we cannot run from belief.


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This is a thorny issue

Anonymous wrote:

In my humble opinion, religion was created for quite a few reasons, mostly because people felt comforted by the thought that their life had meaning and direction and that they had someone looking over them and protecting them. Also because the idea of total nothingness after death was terrifying and difficult to comprehend. Another large part of why people choose to follow religion is to better themselves. Religion lays down moral guidelines that lead to becoming a good person with compassion and understanding, and lead away from giving yourself up to the inherent evil in man, by that I mean the compulsion for violence that we all have in us, read lord of the flies for a better explanation.

In my mind there is nothing wrong or evil with religion in it's basic form, it's only a way of making yourself a better person. Wether you take the symbols within a religion like god or the devil as being literal things, or metaphors for the good and evil in people is totally up to you.

Religion itself is not evil, people say frequently that it causes wars and divides people, but in those situations where conflict arises out of religion, it's people's lust for violence, their need for supremacy and their inability to reason that causes it. Let me go over that once more for clarity, it's man's own faults that cause war, not religion, which is an attempt to better man.

Another argument against religion is that people tend to follow it blindly and throw away their own thoughts in favour of a group philosophy. This is another example of man's faults being mistaken for religion's wrongdoing. Religion is just a set of moral values, it can't force you into worshipping it, people's own weakness is what leads to them throwing away their own thoughts, rather than taking on the concepts given out by a religion, bettering themselves and remaining individuals.

I'm not religious or theist myself, I just get tired of seeing all these misguided people bashing religion with no idea of what they're actually fighting against. If you plan on deleting this mr internet man, please have the decency to reply first and give a bit of argument.

 


The above post was made by an anonymous poster in the freethinking anonymous forum.  I find it humorous that at the end he/she stated that if we choose to delete it that we should have the decency to respond first.  Well maybe I'd respond if he/she had the decency to leave an email address or maybe sign up for the site.  Well maybe the person will find this post eventually, and here is and opportunity for the community to respond. - Sapient

 

I'm not sure you can blithely say 'religion in its basic form is not evil'. The concepts and variations of religion are too great to argue there's some off-the-shelf framework of religion that additional religious modules are then tacked onto - say the Jesus upgrade or the Buddah upgrade onto a religious operating system.

What is religion in its base form if it does not include the bias of local morality and the burden of local conflict? There are few religions that don't decry the non-believer though you could not argue there are some faiths that are intrinsically more tolerant than others.

I strongly disagree that a religion is 'just a set of moral values'. This is completely wrong. A set of moral values is a set of moral values. I have one of those and I think it's the better because I am not religious. There are religions - islam and christianity - which include teaching that exhort followers to discard moral values and to kill and destroy.

A religion is a complete, functioning doctrine, warts and all - evils and all - that from an evolutionary perspective, is designed to protect the group that adheres to it through unification of actions in the face of threat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atheistextremist wrote:There

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There are religions - islam and christianity - which include teaching that exhort followers to discard moral values and to kill and destroy.

 

 

I was going to say that if no one else did. 

And as far as I know most religions involve touchy, disgruntled deities who have to constantly be appeased and worshiped and all that fun stuff just to keep them from blasting you with a hurricane or whatever, which has nothing to do with being a good person.  It's just covering your ass so you can tiptoe around the rest of your life in case you piss your god off again.