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Religion is a big problem

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Submitted by CanadianChris (Canada), Jan 4, 2009 at 16:48

The source of so many problems we face today have their roots in religion.

The Christians are directed by the public figures and organizations which give a common vision for the world. They believe that as long as they follow the tenets of their religion, they will find acceptance with God. They have abdicated their human responsibility of taking care of everyone, rather than those who choose their sect. The coming Armageddon, the End Times, The rapture, Sacrifice of life for the cause of evangelizing, A new heaven and a New earth, these things allow Christians to separate from their humanist duties to their fellow man. They leave Christians with a sense that God is in control and sort things out for us. When the reality is that the Omnipotent God has left it up to us to be 'Good Stewards' of what has been given to us.

Jesus' life was one of standing up against those who thought to speak for God. The Life of the Christian master was one of sacrifice, mercy, forgiveness, sharing, Leading by example rather than yelling about the wrongs that others do. He was the epitome of the words of Ghandi who said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Modern Christians have bought into the Pauline philosophy that the example of Christ made him into God. The discord which exists between the thousands of denominations and sects of this sick religion shows itself by its fruits. Instead of the simple message of Christ to the world that we are all part of the same unified whole, regardless of our beliefs (Matt 25:40), we see those who do not worship the way a certain christian sect or denomination worships as doing it wrong.

Muslims have a goal of seeing the world under submission. This is a complex issue that still allows for other religions as long as they submit to Islam. This simply will not happen, therefore the conflicts will continue. Islam as a religion must evolve to allow that much of the world simply will not submit to Islam. The expansion of such a religion cannot help but be seen as a threat to those who do not wish to submit.

Without going into further detail in this area, I would state that these major players in religion are not willing to correct themselves internally, this leaves us with the choice to strongly encourage an evolution in the religious mindset of people. To create a global policy of educating religions to internalize their tenets. To encourage prosteletizing only to those who ask for information rather than trying to expand into the lives of those who do not wish to choose religion, or the religion being brought to their door.

To teach humanism in school which is a universal philosophy of being good stewards of our planet and being respectful to our brothers and sisters on this rock. This is the foundation upon which to build a religious life. These are the lessons we need to be giving to our children, instead of teaching that one group knows the truth and everyone else is wrong. The ideals of Humanism, promote being HUMAN to your fellow person without fear of reprisal from some lofty figure who will judge our actions. We are to judge ourselves and when we choose action which does not respect our fellow traveller on this rock, then we deserve the suffering we face.

Religion is the problem and as civilized humans, we need to separate from superstition in our day to day lives, and encourage an evolution that will elevate us beyond our fear based beliefs. Fear causes some very rash and harmful acts to happen in our world, and the Religious are the most guilty of living with the fear of disappointing their God.

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