Please do not get turned off by the length of this blog entry, if you are a spiritual person or just care about our society I think you will be interested in reading this.
I want to start this post by saying that I believe there is a high risk that organized religion will be the end of human existence.
I’ve been a part of this site for about a week now and I’ve already gotten into some good discussions. There are a couple of repeating questions which people ask me now and then when it comes to discussions about religion and my quest to clear the world from it. Why do I want to take peoples faith away?
-I don’t. I do not get motivation from dissing believers. My intent is to attack religion, not faith directly. It is important to seperate the two. To me, religion is the same as intellectual rape, it makes you less curious and makes it harder for you to distinguish facts from fiction. The harder you blindly believe the more you get deluded and less open for new ideas, but hang on, I will give a more detailed answer in a bit.
Another question I often get is this: Why is it a bad thing to believe in something if it can make your life better?
-First of all I don’t think its religion in itself that make religious people feel better, I think its the feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself and all the social things that come with it, we are after all social beings. I think It also is due to a false feeling of security and comfort, especially if you are experiencing rough periods in your life or having a hard time coping with the fear of death and all the uncertainties around it.
Religion is a system with certain rules you have to follow to be a part of it. It would for instance be hard to call yourself a Christian without believing in Jesus, even if you still believed in God or vice versa. If you experience things which makes you rethink certain aspects of your religion you still cannot actually change anything about it without an exhausting amount of energy spent, there are just so many obstacles in your way because of the way religion is organized. What would your religious leaders say? What would your co-believers, friends and family say? Disputing anything the holy scriptures say would most likely turn you into a victim of ridicule, at the very least they would not be very positive about it. This often results in a fear of new\different ideas and you may start to give up on critical thinking, just buying into whatever the Bible or your religious comrades are telling you. Which brings me over to another problem, preaching. When you hear something enough times it will eventually become true to you, even without anything else than the preachers word for it.
To me, faith is something quite different. Faith is the belief in something which cannot or have not yet been physically proven, like reincarnation or God. Faith, which partly consist of your imagination, has no rules, it is not organized and it does not hinder your mind in any way, on the contrary. Faith is something personal, atleast I believe it should be, based on your own perception of existence and faith is something which changes naturally with it. This is exactly why I think faith is a good thing opposed to religion, since it complements your personality instead of working against it.
I want to continue by showing you some disturbing facts regarding our two biggest religions, Christianity and Islam:
-About 50% of all Americans believe in Creationism and that it is based on science.
-Practically all creationists think that gay individuals choose their sexuality and that it has nothing to do with biology.
-Quote from the Bible: God says all gays must die: Leviticus 20:13 "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
-Quote from the Qu’ran: 5:49-51 "O YOU WHO BELIEVE! DO NOT TAKE THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS FOR FRIENDS; THEY ARE FRIENDS OF EACH OTHER; AND WHOEVER AMONGST YOU TAKES THEM FOR A FRIEND, THEN SURELY HE IS ONE OF THEM; SURELY ALLAH DOES NOT GUIDE THE UNJUST PEOPLE."
-The final words from the 9-11 highjackers were: "Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest"
We have come to a technological point now where our survival as a race depends on how able we are to understand the world and the people in it. I think we have overwhelming evidence that religion works against knowledge and facts. With understanding comes empathy, with empathy comes tollerance, with tollerance comes peace. This is why fighting AGAINST religion equals fighting FOR peace.
Please let me know your views on the matter and what you think needs to be done to overcome the problems that come with religion.