Theist Questions about human psychology...
i had some previous questions wonderfully answered in here and have some new ones on a different topic. a lot questions back to back that might can be summed up a bit better than i posted them.
****EDIT*** the first post here is a little unorganized, read down for a more direct questions.
mankind. -what if religion was non-existent.
do humans have the tendancey to create groups of certain beliefs? are we apt to critique everyone else that is not in that group? is that really because of religion, do we know for sure, what's to stop man from creating new beliefs around something else besides God?
would we have more diversity without religion? are we naturally inclined to defend our ideas with aggression? there would always be leaders that would rally the people into groups. how could we prove or disprove that religion gave us this disposition? or if it wasn't God that we where fighting for but the mighty tree that yields tasty fruit.
-what about animal groups. do they fight amongst themselves? i know they are territorial and may fight over females or leadership. yet animals do not have the same "human" intelligence as we do. they are more simple than we are in some aspects. we tend to complicate things... did we create the belief system?
would we truly have obtained peace with the removal of religion or maybe is it possible that religion untied enough people so that even though a lot were murdered... it would have been more if there was no common factor? is it possible that religion gave us our civilization?
we do tend to fight for things such as land, possessions, ideas... if religion was non-existent would we still have had terrible mass murders? we as a group (correct me if i'm wrong) seem to have a "group" paranoia.
what about small groups. people in general... do we look for things to argue about? someone hurts you and you ignore it, then one day they walked across your grass and that infuriates you. you confront them and they are shocked and rage as well...
i do want to say that i think religion is a dangerous thing... i still believe in God but there is a difference in belief and following a group of people. "God created us and then we created religion" mindset.
it's sad that all these things that happened in our history and still in present... religious teachings were so adamant in peace yet it still provoked violence. did man naturally look for the violence?
it's crazy almost... we believe in peace and love yet we hate!? is there other examples in us, non-religious, that we contradict ourselves like that? maybe political, we want fairness yet we discriminate.
EDIT: changed title to more accurately represent post.
May God bless us and give us the words to express our ideas in a creative and civil manner, while providing us an ear that we may truly hear each other, and a voice to clearly project our thoughts.