This post is one of my opinions on religion. If you are a theist and are offended by atheists please stop reading now. If on the other hand you’d like to have a discussion, please poke holes in my argument. I NEVER actively look for an argument with theists so don’t start one with me. However if I do get into one, I am willing to say things that you might rather not hear.
What’s the first thing that most religious people tell you – OBEY. Never question what’s in the book. Everything is depicted in black and white. Never in the shades. Morality is dictated by the author of a book, who is writing it in his own image. In this sense, if people were to think and analyse every single word, phrase and statement everything but the truth will sink in the sea of reason. That’s precisely why you are forced to take everything as it is written in the book.
I believe in evolution. I believe in the scientific process. It’s only process that allows itself to be critically analysed and if there are bugs allow itself to evolve into something better. In a way it’s a selfless act. Religious books on the other hand declare themselves to be above all the rules. In a way it is a monarchy while evolution is democracy. Most of the religions in the world state that you should be willing to sacrifice yourself for the greater good. If that’s the case then evolution and the scientific process is following these scriptures better than these books.
I do not doubt the importance of religion in our history. Some of the best songs were written in praise of the Gods. I listen to them. I enjoy them. I have nothing against religion when it produces something good. With art it is making people to think and create something pleasant for everyone. With the Crusades or the Jihad people are/have creating/created new and innovative methods to kill and massacre scores of people. At the same time many of the advances in medicine took place during these wars. However how many people had to die before a needle and thread solved a lot of the problems on the battlefield? There is good and there is bad. There is good that comes out of bad but only as a byproduct.
Why does religion discourage questioning the foundations on which it is built? I might be wrong here but it has everything to do with justification. If one had to prove that God exists, you have to start from the basic premise – Does God exist? Skip that question and build everything around the assumption that God already exists and things get a whole lot easier. Now you can define exactly how you want the society to function around you. In this way, religion is a form of control. A monarch’s ultimate weapon. When people fear something that they cannot comprihend, you can get them to do a lot of dirty things. The Crusade and the Jihad are the best examples of this. Scores of people dead and the conflict still exists. For what?