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Should We Get Rid Of Religion?

Nell is fascinated by ancient history, archaeology, and ancestry. Where do we come from? And what makes us who we are today?

All religions of the world

All religions of the world

Just imagine for one moment, a world free of Religion.

Every single country around the world going about their daily lives without a word about God.

What would it be like? Think back through history. Let's start at the most obvious place and time. What if Jerusalem was just another Country in the world?

Can you imagine people just going about their business, maybe meeting up at the end of the day to discuss work and family life?

Head over to Asia and see people calling their children in to chat around cooking, and so on. Then cross over to the middle east and see what they are doing there. At the time of Jesus the middle east still had their old Gods or Goddesses. But its still the same thing.

People worshiping an unknown, unseen 'God'. What if? And how would the world look today?

There is no god or devil or is there? Atheists

There is no god or devil or is there? Atheists

I remember reading a book a few years ago. I still have it now purely because the concept in the book is so amazing I did wonder if it was ever possible to live that way.

In the novel, a woman is taken up into Space by aliens. They are very much like us, but with one major difference. There is no religion. The only person that was revered on the Planet was the Leader.

This man had been chosen by the whole world to be the president of the Planet. He had grown up in a safe environment, earned all his badges and degrees and became so clever and popular that he was the obvious choice.

The rest of the world worked in productivity, there was no wars, no hate and no depression.

The book in question was Yargo by Jacqueline Susann.

So what did the lack of religion mean to them?

Kids could act and be given the opportunity without teachers laughing at them! And everyone would get on together peacefully

Kids could act and be given the opportunity without teachers laughing at them! And everyone would get on together peacefully

Well for starters their whole world system was completely different to ours. And this is, I think, the fundamental difference.

From an early age their children were given the choice to learn the trade that they wanted to do and be when they grew up. There was no pulling them away from their chosen field. Even if they wanted to be an actress, they were placed in the right class to go forward and learn the trade.

Nothing was too silly or too difficult. The premise was that 'If you love the work then you will never fail'.

There was no religion to get in the way. Nothing to make people hate each other, or argue about whether their god was right or wrong.

And of course nothing happened in the way of religious fundamentalism. Without the separation of religious faith everyone was equal and any arguments were settled peacefully.

Don't ask God quote

Don't ask God quote



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Do you believe that religion has stunted our progress in the world? I do. Think about it. Instead of asking a Divine Power to do something for you, you would automatically try to do it yourself. Instead of constantly bickering over which religion is the best, we would be concentrating on how to improve the world.

If there was no religious fervor then maybe every country round the world would actually get on!

Okay, maybe not every country. Some arguments and wars are caused by other completely random reasons. At the time they believe the reason is important but thinking back years later we realise just how evil and stupid the whole thing was. Think first world war for example.

I often watch TV and hear the latest news about this faction has killed so and so, in the name of god. But its not always terrorism that's the problem. I saw an interview one night talking to one of the Presidential candidates, and one of the questions was, 'What religion are you?'

What the hell has that got to do with anything? Why on earth would they ask that question? Surely the mans standing in the community and qualifications for the job were the only thing important?

Once again by asking for his religion they are putting him in a box. And labeling him!

Faith should be a personal thing, nothing more. We have evolved into a species that are addicted to something we cannot see! And even kill for it!

Has this held us back in evolutionary terms? Yes of course!

imagine there's no Heaven - John Lennon

imagine there's no Heaven - John Lennon

There was a debate on Debate.Org asking the question:

Should we rid the world of Religion?


Surprisingly 90 percent of people said yes! We should get rid of it. Only 10 percent said no.

Most of the argument against religion centered on the fact that religion is the one main factor that divides the world and its people.

You can't argue with that!

Or can you?


“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning...”

— C.S. Lewis

Girl praying

Girl praying

Okay, now for the other side....!

Are humans so advanced that by taking away religion we would never war with anyone again? I don't think so.

For starters the human race would still have its warlike gene. We would still find reasons to fight, only these reasons would be more pathetic that killing over religion!

If at the start of history we had done things differently then maybe. Till then I believe our personal religion is ours to keep.

Is God real? Who knows? But something inside me says yes!

Should we learn to live peacefully and keep our religion to ourselves and not rub other peoples noses in it? Yes definitely!

And that's the thing. Religion should be ours. Silently, quietly and in the peace of our homes or houses of worship. It should not be banded about as something to 'Win'. My religion is better than yours and so on. How pathetic is that?

I am sure God didn't put us all down here to fight over His name. Perhaps one day people will figure that out.

© 2016 Nell Rose

Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 16, 2019:

LOL! yes it gives me one too Anonymous! Thanks for our thoughts

Anonymous on April 15, 2019:

Nell, you touched on a good one here. Maybe the problem is not religion but people following their religious organisations founders. like all these 1800s millennial religions. They all keep "quoting" their founders like they are gods prophets, yet they all contradict themselves with different teachings. All claiming to have theeee truth. Head shaking now. getting a headache :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 27, 2018:

Hi Virginia, yes religion has caused wars and racism for so many centuries. if only we could respect each others thoughts and beliefs. thanks for reading.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on May 26, 2018:

I see some friends and family find religion and prayer comforting, but to me, it is just an illusion, a crutch to help them deal with tough times in their lives. They say, pray for God to help you. Then when you ask about people who suffer even though they prayed, and they say, we have free will so God won't fix things for us. Which is it???

Too many people want to force their religion onto others and make it part of government. This is a huge problem and does indeed lead to these wars.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 18, 2016:

Hi Shauna, I totally agree with you on all points, its personal and to be honest I just cannot understand how anyone can argue over something that nobody knows really exists, or if it does what or who it looks like! lol! thanks as always, nell

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 18, 2016:

Wow, Nell. You've really touched on a tender subject, as is evident by the amount of comments you've received.

I think religion is very personal. It should be a choice and kept to oneself. No need to push beliefs on others who have their own as well. That said, too many wars have been started over religion. It should be a quiet, private celebration. I specifically choose not to get into religious discussions because more times than not, they lead to an argument.

Kiss andTales on May 14, 2016:

I like the way Karen expressed that.

She is right the way religion has been

Represented is shameful and disgusting.

Are humans the only one. No the book of Revelation expresses the same disgust. But the differnce is there is something done about it.

In the book of Revelation it speaks of false religion as a Harlot or prostitute

She is destroyed by the one who gave her great power the Goverments of the world.

Rev 18:2- 19 tells how religion will

fall quickly. And the weeping of her demise is great. Even the merchants who benifited from her corruption.

This also tells us what God builds will stand .what man builds is not of God can fall if he is not supporting them .

People need to be more sure their religion is not part of the Harlot known as babylon the great.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 14, 2016:

Exactly Karen! that's what I said too! and thanks again Diane :)

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on May 14, 2016:

Amen Karen!

Karen Hellier from Georgia on May 14, 2016:

There is a big difference between religion and having faith in God. Religion is a man-made way to worship God. And that's where the problems start. I will never give up my faith in God. But I have lost faith in organized religion!

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 12, 2016:

Thank you rajan, yes you may well be right there, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 12, 2016:

Thanks again Kiss.

Kiss andTales on May 12, 2016:

True religion could be the worship of elephants (India) Now how are people going to stop a heard!

But serious no one can stop what you feel loyal to and love in your heart. This is like saying get rid of those who love their mother or Father is it really possible No! What is said is we have a right to attack your you on any terms if you persist to love .is that the same mental thoughts of hitler denouce your faith in love in your God.

It all the same but a new cover same book.

Things will happen because it will be allowed to clean what is contaminated

Basically people using religion as a front to get riches and fame and hide behind violence taking innocent life.

Jesus was not rich under the this world system.

But he is a King in his own Goverment station in the upper realm of earth.

This is the real Goverment that will heal

all things.

Religion has failed in truth.

But truth is still here it has and will not fail us.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2016:

Religion should be a very personal matter and not something that should be used to divide people. Yes, this division is created purposely for personal gains in many instances.

But humans will fight among themselves for whatever petty and silly reason because it is probably ingrained in our genes .

So, I believe ridding the world of religion will not stop hate or fights.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 05, 2016:

Me either Faith, indoors behind the locks, between me and Him, simple as that! lol! thanks again, nell

Kiss andTales on May 05, 2016:

I agree Faith has good points.

She adresses something most people ignore. That your faith is what ever you live and put time into or would even die for replaceing Gods place could be your allegiance to your country, your most loved sports, relationship in man and woman , same gender relationships as well

Money when that is all you allow to consume your time and energy.

Material wealth when nothing as matters accept getting your next item

and drugs and alcohol when this is all you live for and will kill for. Last

Sexual cravings of. no self control trespassing and sleeping with anything and anyone even breaking up families and causing child abuse mentally and physcally.

I am sure I missed something but these include worship of human interest.

Religion is just the attachment of a higher supreme one who is put in first place. But the other things listed are put in first place. So just because you do not believe in a Sovereign ruler over heaven and earth you believe in something that replaces it.

And still there are people that believe in God and he is not in first place .

They fool themselfs to think its ok with him.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on May 04, 2016:

Beautifully and clearly written Faith Reaper!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 04, 2016:

Hi Nell,

Religion has done a lot of damage and claims it to be in the name of God, when that is far from the truth.

It seems to be human nature, I guess, to twist and turn God's Word for one's own self-serving need. I will never understand the fighting between the Catholics and Protestants and so on ...

I do not consider myself to be "religious" but I do have a personal relationship with the Lord. There is a huge difference. He is in my heart. I do not care for the dogma attached to certain "religions" or what some may call denominations. I do attend church for fellowship and praise and worship to the Lord God. But I do not follow that particular denomination's separate "rules" apart from what God tells us. A lot of people believe Christianity is a "religion" but it is a personal relationship with Christ in one's heart.

Today there are so many "religions" out there, even where people worship football and football players, and so much idolatry. It is certainly a personal choice.

Peace, blessings and love always

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 27, 2016:

Me too Lawrence! thanks

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on April 26, 2016:

Nell

That I'll agree with, if there was a way to eliminate bigotry and the like, remove it from our makeup I'd be all for it!

Lawrence

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 26, 2016:

Thanks for your thoughts Lawrence, and yes it would be a dull place without God in some ways. The thing is though, its not God that I wanted to get rid of, because God made the Universe and everything in it, its the religions which are man made or should I say screwed up by man! the originators of the religions are good men or even more than men, its the idiots that have taken those sweet kind caring miraculous religions and turned them into political racist rants and stupidity! so get rid of the religions or religious so called leaders who teach fear and evil, and let us worship in our own home in peace, with prayer between us and God, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 26, 2016:

Thanks Stella, yes I can totally get that, to be honest since we in England got rid of prayers and religion at school the kids are not respectful any more, its a shame, thanks as always, nell

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on April 26, 2016:

Nell

A thought provoking hub, just as I'd expect from you. I'll have to disagree with you about religion stunting man's 'growth' as a species as reality doesn't bear that statement out!

Who were the Great thinkers of the past? Weren't they all men and women of faith?

Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Socrates, Aristotle and Plato just for starters! Four of these are foundational to four of the great faiths and the other three taught the reality of one God and that he is personal, yet all are remembered for their teaching!

Yes there's the accusations that religion has caused wars yet every one of those wars and especially the crusades can be shown to have been caused by man's greed and religion used as a smokescreen to hide the fact that it was greed and lust for power that caused them.

I'm reading about Richard the Lionheart at the moment and his struggles with the papacy, he actually told the Pope to 'shove it where the sun don't shine' when it was suggested he go on crusade! He only went because the 'King of Jerusalem' was his cousin by marriage and a vassal of his! Nothing to do with religion, but they used it to raise money to fund the enterprise!

I can see the 'extremes' you're talking about are dangerous but it's the cynical control by the 'puppet masters' sending the 'radicalized' to commit the atrocities we should stop.

I couldn't vote in your poll as it didn't cover what I think, that my faith requires me as an act of worship to tell others about Jesus, but I want to take the line of St Francis of Assisi (who was so appalled at the crusades he actually went to serve the Sultan of Egypt) who said "Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary use words"

A world without faith in God isn't a place that I want to live!

Lawrence

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on April 26, 2016:

Hi Nell, I personally do not think religion, will ever end. On the back of our church book, we pray that all people and religions will be united as one. I see a difference in people who teach their kids. These kids seem to do good in their life. We have a 100% graduation rate from school and 95% from college. They must do something right. Thanks, really like reading this hub. Stella

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 25, 2016:

Hi Kiss, yes this article was very well researched, they even showed how to add animals etc. and of course it was made of wood, what else? but thanks again.

Kiss andTales on April 24, 2016:

I think I know the one it was made much on therory

Interesting story how humans make of it. but the bible would be more correct. It tells how and what used. Also realistically could wood last that long through the many generations of time. No! It served its purpose .also the shape could not be a boat round shape without capsizing. It was engineered to float.

The bible does not call it a boat .also think about it were did they get this infomation of history of the Ark the same place that said the earth was round ,Not flat as humans thought.

Research proves more accurate

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2016:

Hi Kiss, I watched a documentary about it. they even made an Ark to look like the original. here is the link;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-275...

Kiss andTales on April 24, 2016:

Neil as I am reading your comment who told you it was a boat and round ? What sources other then the internet you could use instead of google

to give as proof of your claim. Google is includes the opinions of many humans not fact. what name is Noah in hebrew

Certainly his name would not sound like what

we pronounce in english

So here you are right but only because it is prounced in our language.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2016:

Thanks Deb, yes me too! I know what you mean, as you can see from comments some people just don't get what I mean! lol! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2016:

Kiss not sure what you mean? worshipping at home is exactly the same as going to Church! as long as you believe.