Religion is a substantial notion that exists in our society today. The question is, do we actually need religion? Is religion a necessity in modern society?
Many would argue that without religion, society would convey notions of: corruption, immorality, ruthlessness, and would thus disintegrate. Hence religion is conveyed to be based upon principles of fairness and morality it could be said. Consequently, this follows through to the worship of a deity for providing us with certain moral aspects. Though this statement clearly proves a contradiction with relation to a religious doctrine. Due to the fact that notions of morality differ among religious groups. Thus the concept of religion is flawed to a certain extent in providing core values, and the notion of a supreme being is too abstract and meaningless.
More so, it is quite feasible that as rational individuals, we can conclude from logic: which potential choices/decisions are beneficial and which are not. We do not need a doctrine to tell us what we can and cannot do. To illustrate: why should we abstain from consuming a certain type of animal, all in the name of God? Thus it leads to the concept of God being a mere omnipotent dictator, rather than a being that loves all. Further does this not contradict the value of morality yet again? Is it equitable to abstain from certain products shall we say, when others die in poverty for such a privilege?
In my view, it could be said that in the past; religious doctrine acted as a means to an end for unifying individuals together under a set of common rules. Those that disobeyed were often shunned upon by the community they belonged too, further they faced constant fear of being punished by a supernatural being for disobedience to the doctrine. But through the ages, society has developed rapidly and the need for religion has withered away. Especially considering the developments in Law and Order and the drift away from Religion, by Law and Order becoming independent and rational, with regards to maintaining and developing a society towards achieving the greater good for all.
Ask yourself: How different would your life actually be without following a certain religious doctrine? It doesn’t matter if you’re: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or Atheist! At the end of the day we all follow basic principles, which are associated around creating and maintaining a wealthy lifestyle for ourselves. To achieve this, it involves integration with all types of individuals, regardless of the race, ethnicity, or religion an individual may be.
I cannot think of a positive virtue with regards to the necessity of religious doctrine in modern society?