Tuesday, 11 August 2009
12:06:39 AM (GMT)
Okay, there are far too many diaries about
'God' and 'Religion' flying around Kupika. These diaries, are drawing
far too much negative attention and are extremely ignorant. In my personal opinion,
there isn't a God; but you sure don't see me running around spitting my beliefs in
everyone's faces, I'm not even going to try to because I know that no matter how much
proof there is against or for this 'God' argument, no one is ever going to
win. And people who think they can win this argument, no matter what their beliefs
are, are complete and utter idiots.
Anyhow, all this hubbub about Religion got me thinking of an essay I wrote last year.
So I've decided to post it for those who need some peace and enlightenment about this
Whether it be the middle ages or modern times, it has always been clear that
religion has caused problems for society. It causes major arguments, prejudices and
sometimes even wars, which leaves us with some questions that have plagued mankind
for many, many years.
First I would like to explain the origins of religion and why it can be good for
some individuals. Throughout the entire history of man, we have always believed that
there is some sort of higher power that created us and is watching over us (though we
may not always agree on what this higher power is), and this is the basis of every
religion. As man evolved we began to believe that this higher power was judging us on
our faults and other qualities, and depending on how we acted in life decided on
which type of afterlife we are sent to, we also made up stories as to how this higher
power created man and earth.
Throughout the centuries, and despite the conflicts that it causes, religion has
always been a source of hope for mankind. It has given people something to believe
in, and has helped them feel better about themselves, their personal situations, and
the world in general. It can also bring families and friends together through their
faith, but of course, the downside to religion far outweighs the upside.
Religion causes prejudice, especially in the middle ages when life and society was
basically all based on religion. Since everyone believed so deeply and greatly in
their religions it was much harder to accept anyone else’s beliefs, and so people
of different cultures formed prejudices against each other. Even today, very
religious people still have prejudices against each other, just for having a
different way of thinking.
Another downside to religion is that no matter where you go, you have religions
that are being imposed on you. During the colonization period this was especially
true, when the Americas were first discovered and when Africans began being used as
slaves, the Europeans would try to impose their religions on them by building
churches and preaching God’s word to them. Even now in modern times, anyone who
doesn’t have a religion is being pressured to take one. Religion has even become so
commercial that people go door to door to impose views on their fellow human beings.
Some of these differences and prejudices can lead to very serious conflicts and
sometimes even wars, which now leaves us with the question: “Can religion co-exist
with the modern world?”
To answer that question, it can, but only under some conditions that are very hard
If each and every individual on our planet can accept that other religions besides
theirs are reasonable, and if every individual on this planet can learn to accept
other views, than that would be a gigantic breakthrough for mankind, and only then
can religion ever co-exist with the modern world, but this might never be possible
for us, since there will always be close-minded people in the world.
People who are very religious also need to be able to accept various scientific
theories like evolution. It doesn’t have to interfere with their religious beliefs;
they just have to accept that it might be true.
Lastly, and as I was saying before, we all have to be open to other people’s
beliefs, and not let it interfere with actually getting to know the person for who
they really are.
In conclusion, religion may be necessary for some people, but the world would be
doing much better without it. It causes conflicts, and wars as well and the only way
that religion can co-exist with the modern world is if everyone works hard to make
changes and learns to accept and get along.
Last edited: 18 August 2009