Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst. [CS Lewis]
Religion is dying down in some regions and killing in others. As a strong Athiest I find it very difficult to empathize with people of the 21st century who genuinely believe a god exists- the idea is genuinely absurd. A study has suggested that those who believe have a lower IQ than those are are willing to question the beliefs floating about the place.
The most reasonable explanation as to the origin of religion would be the inquisitive nature of humans asking how and why we are here. A way of answering these questions can be through the suggestion of a creator/ god/ higher entity who has the power to create all life, planets and the universe. This is simply because we did not understand evolution and scientific research and evidence that leads to the big bang theory. It is a lot easier to accept that we were simply created. I am not by any means suggesting that science has all the answers, but evidence is rapidly accumulating to suggest that science has unbelievably more answers than religion (that is, no actual proof).
Faith is belief without evidence. All religions are based on faith, so why would we follow something with no evidence? It’s irrational to say the least. We do not need religion to help us define good and evil, we have morals for that. Morals which can be linked to the oxytocin molecule. Religious people will of course say that god created that molecule, that we were intelligently designed.
You get good people who are religious, good people who aren’t religious the same way you have bad people who are religious and bad people who are not religious. However, religion can sway a good person to evil, they may claim to hear god, feel a presence or kill those who do not believe.
Christians believe god gave us free will yet dictated we obey no other gods but him, suggesting hell for those who do. That’s like living in a country which allows free speech but those who choose to use it are prosecuted.
In fact there are so many contradictions in the bible that I am in shock that people not only believe it and accept it but preach about it. Jesus died for our sins. What? That kind of excuses our sins, he’s already suffered to set us free. If god built us, gave us the freedom to do as we wish, surely he wouldn’t make is own son die for mere mortals which he has created? That’s like a bloke inventing a robot with the ability to kill, lie or steal and then upon assuming that the robot will sin he would kill his own child to set future robots free.
Fundamentalists believe that everything written in the bible is literally true- for example that Adam and Eve were the first two people on Earth- these people reject evolution. Some people suggest that god designed us, but if this were true surely he would do a good job- human’s backs are not optimally designed; ectopic pregnancies can happen, and the useless appendix to name a few.
Surely a child cannot decide if they are religious in the same way a child cannot hold worthy political views, until they are of an age where they can use evidence and reasoning to make their own choices. There are an estimated 28,000,000 gods worshipped around the globe today. Which one is right? They cannot all coexist! Children are very gullible and it is easy to see how warped stories told to children are passed down generations, they would genuinely believe it is true if it is what they have always been told. However, in today’s world I think there’s an astounding lack of evidence to suggest that there is a god.
Is it fair to send children to religious schools- when they are hardly old enough to decide if they want a religion? Does this not promote religious fascism? Surely it would be more beneficial to teach religion in religious places such as Synagogues, Churches and Mosques and keep school for science so as not to brainwash the young gullible minds of children into believing horses fly, hell exists and that evolution did not happen.
Catholics & Birth Control
The Catholic stance on artificial birth control is that it is immoral; life is a gift from God and no one should try to stop that. The same goes for abortions- regardless of whether the woman is raped. If a woman is raped and it is immoral to abort the baby and also immoral to have a birth outside of marriage? Does this mean that the woman is a sinner? What did she do to deserve this treatment from an ‘all loving ‘God’? If he is so powerful then why does he allow such atrocities? Revenge for original sin?
Odd teachings in the Quran
“Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.”
This suggests that a Muslim woman is the property of her husband and the husband has the legal right and obligation to beat her if she doesn’t do as she wishes.
Muhammad is Islam’s perfect man. He had 13 wives, including 11 at one time. He had sex with a 9 year old girl and married his adopted son’s wife. He also had many slave girls who he used for sex. There are 75 teachings of beheadings in the Quran. The Quran says that all Muslim males will be rewarded with virgins. The Quran also mentions that those who fight in the way of Allah and are killed will get a great reward and also the hasan hadith which refer to the 72 virgins as one of the 7 blessings from Allah.
I’m not saying that Muhammad is a paedophile- sex with 9 year olds may have very well been accepted at that time but doesn’t that suggest that morals have moved on? Doesn’t that suggest that there should be a question of relevance when reading the Quran?
What a Wonderful World
Let’s be honest – so many religions have died down over the years (ancient Greek Gods,Romans etc), what makes us think that any of these current religions are right? I’m pretty sure if there was an all loving, all powerful being up there he would have done something to save humanity. The world is barbaric- look at terrorism (France, US etc), human rights (Middle East), and religious fascism (Palestine). Imagine if we all embraced science, human dignity and the common good.
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