The Problems of Religion
Religion encompasses a range of experiences that profoundly impact
individuals and communities. On one hand, it fosters a sense of
belonging and spiritual fulfillment, connecting individuals with a
higher power and promoting moral values. However, religious belief
presents challenges, particularly with rigid dogmatic beliefs that
conflict with modern knowledge. The Bible, for instance, requires
updating as some parts are unclear or contradictory. Failure to adapt
beliefs to contemporary standards and scientific advancements creates
discrepancies within religions. Extreme religious practices, including
harmful cults promoting suicide, further undermine the principle of
non-harm. Religion's power lies in its ability to use hypnotic
suggestion, blending beautiful teachings with potential propaganda and
TV evangelists leverage suggestion to encourage
monetary donations, although God, as creator of the universe, does not
require money. While some religious charities effectively aid the
needy, others view donations as income. Preachers attempt to alter
reality through words, though physical miracles do not happen.
Anyone who becomes politically active can soon discover that Bible
teachings influence the opinions of many Americans on issues involving
nuclear war, overpopulation, conservation, women’s rights, gay rights,
racial equality, corporal punishment of children, church-state
separation, sex education, science, abortion, contraception,
censorship, capital punishment, and other subjects.
Bible portrays a punitive deity, and despite various translations, it
is largely revered in society with little opposition.
The closest to a popular Bible rewrite is "The Message" written by
Eugene H. Peterson. It translates the Bible into our contemporary
language. But the writer, does not dare to change the original meaning
of the Bible.
It is time we had a new, kind, wise, and
scientifically-minded God to foster wisdom, peace, and ecological
consciousness through a religion allowing continuous revelation.
However, entrenched dogma prevents even minor changes in meaning, despite the
Bible being translated approximately 900 ways.
organizations face numerous challenges, including religious extremism
leading to violence, cults manipulating followers, discrimination
against minorities, denial of medical treatment, suppression of
science, divisiveness, child and forced marriages, institutional
corruption, sexual repression, and censorship of free speech.
A suggestion is made to consider joining the Unitarian Universalist
Church, known for its inclusivity regardless of individual beliefs,
and a belief in science.
Specifically, here is a list of some of the evil committed by old religious organizations:
Religious Extremism: Some very religious individuals or
groups may interpret their religious texts in an extreme and literal
way, leading to acts of violence and terrorism in the name of their
faith. This kind of extremism can result in harm to others and damage
the reputation of the religion.
Cults and Suicides: Certain religious
groups or cults with charismatic leaders can manipulate their
followers into harmful actions, including mass suicides, child
exploitation, or other abusive practices. In Jonestown, Guyana in
1978, over 900 people drank cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. In 1997, the
Heaven's Gate cult committed mass suicide and 39 people died. In
2000, 300 members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten
Commandments of God were found dead in a Kanungu, Uganda church.
Discrimination: In some cases, extreme religious beliefs
can lead to discrimination against individuals who do not share the
same faith or beliefs. This can manifest as discrimination against
people of other religions, the LGBTQ+ community, or women.
Denial of Medical Treatment: There have been instances where
religious individuals or groups have refused medical treatment for
themselves or their children based on religious beliefs, leading to
preventable illnesses or deaths.
Suppression of Science:
In certain religious communities, the rejection of scientific
principles, such as evolution or climate change, can hinder progress
and scientific education.
Divisiveness: Very religious
individuals who hold extreme beliefs may isolate themselves from
mainstream society or create divisions within their own communities,
leading to social fragmentation and a lack of cooperation.
Child Marriage and Forced Marriages: Some religious groups
practice child marriage or forced marriages, which can have severe
consequences for the individuals involved, particularly children and
Institutional Corruption: In some cases,
religious leaders and institutions have been involved in financial or
sexual misconduct, damaging the trust of their followers and the
reputation of the religion.
Sexual Repression: Extreme
religious beliefs about sexuality can lead to sexual repression,
guilt, and psychological distress. This can affect an individual's
mental and emotional well-being.
Censorship and Suppression
of Free Speech: In certain religious societies, there
may be a culture of censorship and suppression of free speech,
stifling critical thinking and open dialogue.
No Concern For the Environmental Movement: The Bible points
our that humans have dominion over the Earth and thus environmental
issues are placed secondary to human needs and interests. If the
environment gets worse we all suffer.