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Forum Post: What Would Our World Look Like If Religion Didn't Exist?

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 17, 2012, 12:08 a.m. EST by Ranaye (35)
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I know this is a touchy subject, so let me just offer up my own feelings about religion and state for the record that I believe in "everyone's personal right to freedom of religion".

Myself, there are no gods or goblins in my life. I am a non believer, meaning that if I do not believe in a god, then I don't believe in a satan either. I consider myself a spiritual person, connected to my fellow human beings and nature. Just so that's clear. Don't bother sending replies saying I'm some devil worshipper or something...ok...cause I'm not!

I believe in me....and I believe in you.

That brings me to the main question. "What would our world look like if there were no religion?"

Why do people need religion?

Religion has started more wars than any other reason. The divides within humanity because of religion are ever raging. It seems to me that if there were no religion to divide us, humanity would actually be more....humane.

I see a world without religion as a much more loving and peaceful world.

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[-] 2 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

I like your post but I believe religion is used as a rallying cry after economic interests are determined as a reason to invade. Wars are caused by people wanting resources and land and religion is what is used to get the idiots and self righteous rallied up and willing to give their lives. Even Osama Bin Ladden claimed it was our intervention in the middle east that set him off, and he used religion to rally his troops. The Crusade was probably about land. Though there were faithful Christians rallying against the USSR, it was their economics that kept the politicians biting at the Russian's ankles. Everyone should be allowed to believe what they want, but it is not the holy belief that Congress declares war over. It is economics. Sadam Husain should have never treated to use euros to sell his oil, though he could have had his people worship anything, and we would not have cared one bit. Your belief in humanity is a belief that I share with you. Whether there is a God, that is something that I'll worry about on my death bed.

[-] 2 points by TedIV (40) 2 years ago

GOD is an abbreviation for good orderly direction.. but because of the corruption back then they had to write a book about common sense...

[-] 2 points by Chugwunka (89) from Willows, CA 2 years ago

Good for you. Any kind of faith in humanity is misplaced. I'm not going to defend religion. Nor will I defend retarded atheist cant.

[-] 1 points by PandoraK (1678) 2 years ago

We might examine what is religion...in doing so we could create the basis for an hypothesis for why religion is such a huge factor in so many wars.

Humanity, it appears, has always sought something/someone to blame or to credit for events which are not easily understood. This removal of accountability is the major unconscious reasoning behind religion.

Religion also allows us to verify our personal beliefs, no matter what those beliefs may be. We (generic we) look to the Bible as a historic factual record, when if we looked closer we'd see it is a grouping of local customs melded together by stories that engage emotion.

Take for instance the story of Moses, basic premise, poor boy makes good, poor boy messes up, poor boy wins in the end. Good story, been used hundreds of millions of times.

Without religion, we might see more accountability on the part of humanity, then again we might see more identified minorities having that accountability upon them than we see today.

[-] 1 points by DanielBarton (1345) 2 years ago

there will always be religion if not to the gods to some items that we worship as gods.

i think the world would of be a very plain world, society would of just moved on as normal the industrial revolution would of happened sooner or later but all in all things would have been the same

[-] 1 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 2 years ago

On what basis do you conclude that more people have died because of religion than any other reason?

[-] 1 points by unimportant (716) 2 years ago

I don't know about more for Christianity but one hell of a lot of people have been killed by Christians in the last few thousand years and that is NOT what the OP said anyway.

  "Religion has started more wars than any other reason"

I think stupidity, arrogance, ignorance started more wars but, IMHO, religion is stupidity, arrogance and ignorance...

[-] 1 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 2 years ago

My mistake, I see it was started more wars. I'm still wondering how she reached that conclusion though.

[-] 1 points by Quark (236) 2 years ago

It would be good. I agree. Christians ask forgiveness of Christ not the people they wrong. They then continue to do the wrong. The system promotes evil to humans.

[-] 0 points by B76RT (-357) 2 years ago

Religion doesn't start wars, people do. If there was no religion there would still be enough evil people on the planet that would start wars Stalin didn't have religion on his mind when he had over 50 mil russians murdered. .

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[-] 0 points by Kite (79) 2 years ago

It would look like China.

The idea that religion inspires more war than any other reason is hogwash. Iraq, Afghanastan, Desert Storm, Vietnam, WW 1 & 2, Korea, Revolutionary war, Civil War... These weren't about religion.

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[-] 1 points by Ranaye (35) 2 years ago

I'm the real Renaye. I had to change my username because he made my original Renaye unusable. I'm not sure how he did it, but I know he's sabotaged many other well liked and valuable people on this forum, some who have gotten so discouraged they stop posting altogether. I'll make a statement later today in the main forum explaining the new username. Thanks for being so attentive. There seems to be no end to his modes of attack or usernames. Who knows, you could be him too! Haha!

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[-] 0 points by Ranaye (35) 2 years ago

Trashymonster! You're wrong dear Thrasy. Quite simply, it was late and I was tired. It is a delicate situation and I wanted to make sure I word the explanation properly in the main forum and I was too tired last night for that kind of a post. Stop stalking me Thrasy.

What do you know of the real Renaye, michellebarns with only 6 points? If you're brand new here, how would you know anything about my character and what I would do? Me thinks you're the Trashymonster!

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[-] 1 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 2 years ago

That's is funny. I often wonder if that is why working class slobs vote Republican. Instead of admitting they spend too much time in the bar, it is easier to blame the government for their over labored existence. If only the government would get out the way, then I'd be a baller like all the other wealthy Americans. Now, I do jest a little, I just don't understand why working class people vote against their own economic self interests so I created a comical theory. Unless, they believe if they make the rich man happy, the affluent man may throw them a bone. Who knows... :)

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