Needless to say, religion is the most controversial (alongside belief in God) ‘topic’ in the history of mankind. Ralph Waldo Emerson (an American poet) once said,
Religion is to do right. it is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.
On the other hand, Jonathan Swift (an Irish writer) said,
We have just enough religion to make us hate.
What is Religion?
Religion – after filtering it and purifying it – is simply a lifestyle. Humans who adopt a set of higher rules and laws that aren’t changeable nor replacable, by thus finding peace and security, as it’s known that the human nature is weak and insecure,
and anyone who says otherwise is a liar. They seek help from a ‘higher force’, whether it’s a God, a human or a devil, to help them get through life and it’s barriers … barriers that are usually created by humans themselves.
In God-based religions, people think of religion as an insurance policy; “assuming that God doesn’t exist and there’s no Hell, aftermath or anything, my prayers haven’t cost me a lot. If there is a God and I didn’t follow his religion, the cost would be unbearable”.
Pros & Cons.
Religion in itself is not a bad idea at all, in fact, it can be a person’s rescue from depression and misery. Religions call for some of the purest, most noble ethics. Equality, dignity, freedom, respect, generosity & humanity are just examples of what most religions call for. Religions are – supposedly – a method of love and cooperation between humans. Prayers, festivals, etc. can all be a bond to create formidable relationships … if they are performed rightly. However, religion can be also a method of hate, as some find the followers of other religions ‘ignorant’ or ‘enemies’
or are all going to Hell (if Hell exists).
Some religion laws are tight and inflexible, which can cause arguments between those who accept these laws and those who refuse … arguments that can develop greatly.
However, I think that the biggest disadvantage of religion are humans themselves.
Think about it, religion has been used as an excuse/decoy to achieve some of the most horrendous acts and goals,
from the first Council of Nicaea all the way to the 9/11 attack.
Is religion really that hard and rigid? Or are we just incapable of handling religion? Your choice.
What can we do?
Whether you’re religious or not, you have to swallow the fact that you can’t have everyone by your side.
And in order for humanity to succeed in its goals and deal with that difference, there must be a plan to organize it and get the best out of it. Here are some instructions you can follow:
1- Discuss, don’t argue.
You have the right to present your point of view to the opposition and persuade him to your belief. However, you are not allowed under any circumstances to force him into it.
If you follow a religion, please make sure that you fully know it. Also, take your knowledge from reliable sources.
3- Fundamentals & Subsidiaries.
Sure, you can advice someone to follow a religion probably, but you have to set apart between what they have to do and what they could do.
4- Judge the human being.
You can’t simply assume that a person is ignorant or bad from his position towards religion (whatever the position was).
5- Let the person choose.
However, I don’t think this is possible. Religions aren’t really flexible in this situation.
Be what you want and let the others be what they want.
1- This post is informal. It’s not a research nor an essay. It’s
just an opinion.
2- Quotes are from http://thinkexist.com
3- This post isn’t about God, it’s about religion. There’s a difference.