Faith and Religion
… “If I wonder what religion is, I ca n’t? find an appropriate answer … So, then? instead of asking what religion is, would I rather? elucidate what characterizes the aspirations of? a person than me? I think it’s religious “…? Albert Einstein
The evolution of religion has gone hand in hand with the evolution of man. The human being has always required a superior being to visit him and do what he has not been able to do.
It begins with nature, giving divine characters to inanimate beings such as cave paintings until they reach the sun as a natural element that “moves” (something understandable by the lack of technology ).
The objective of this post is to simply work on the subject of religion and its objective in society, both ancient and modern, because, despite the fact that at first glance it seems that its function in times so temporarily separated is extremely different, I think that if you study further, you will see that the idea of a being superior to the human being, that of a protective entity – and the whole set of ideas ( concept ) that carry religions has a unique and general purpose: to provide to the peoples a moral basis on which to rely safely to make people feel safer, in both a mental and physical sense.
Here we will see the concept of religion in general and I will not stop to examine any type of religion is special – although it may be taken as the basis of the Christian religion, generalizing later – because I will take the concept of religion as that of a simple but not banal, far from it – block, which is part of the immense pillar we call ” culture “, and is with or in which every society is identified; therefore it is part of an important topic of discussion since we are all part of some society.
Religion is a reality, which has existed since time immemorial, and I will present here the different opinions of different philosophers and thinkers.
Religion has fulfilled throughout history countless roles, most of them fundamental to the development of humanity, since it was always closely linked to the moral foundations of the people – and still is -, and it is the latter that “directs” the direction of the actions of people because all the decisions we make are made based on our knowledge, and our beliefs, and this is the fundamental raw material of morality .
On the other hand, it is necessary to differentiate religion from the way it has been and is used by man – the same thing that must be done with science. Religion is only a tool, which can be used in many possible ways and it is in us to learn to make it an object of good and not evil.
Throughout history we can see it is not necessary to imagine the different uses that were given to religion and its different results. So our own destiny is in our hands and social problems should not be attributed to anyone other than human beings.
Here I will expose religion as a concept, regardless of its use, since it varies greatly with hundreds of factors to its environment. It is true that this is extremely complicated, since the effects of religion cannot be seen elsewhere than in the consequences of the way in which it is used.
Principles of faith and religion
Faith: belief without evidence in what someone tells us without foundation about things without parallel. –
Faith (from Latin fides) is the security or trust in a person, thing, deity, opinion, doctrines or teachings of a religion. It can also be defined as the belief that is not supported by evidence, in addition to security, product to some degree of a promise.
1.1 What is faith, and what is religion?
The word faith comes from the Latin fides, which means to believe. Faith is accepting the word of another, understanding it and trusting that it is honest and therefore that its word is truthful.
The basic motive of all faith is the authority (the right to be believed) of the one to whom it is believed.
This recognition of authority occurs when it is accepted that he or she has knowledge about what he says and has integrity in a way that does not deceive.
DIVINE FAITH AND HUMAN FAITH
It is about divine faith when it is God who is believed. It is about human faith when you believe a human being. There is room for both types of faith (divine and human) but in different degrees.
We owe God absolute faith because He has absolute knowledge and is absolutely truthful.
Faith, rather than believing in something we do not see, is believing in someone who has spoken to us.
Divine faith is a theological virtue and comes from a gift from God that enables us to recognize that it is God who speaks and teaches in the Holy Scriptures and in the Church.
Who has faith knows that above all doubt and concerns of this world the teachings of faith are the teachings of God and therefore are true and good.
Personal faith in Jesus Christ is the acceptance of his own testimony until adherence and total surrender to his divine Person.
It is not the mere acceptance that He exists and lives among us as truly as when He lived in Palestine; nor is it an adhesion of only the understanding to the truths that the Gospel proposes to us, according to the authorized interpretation of the Magisterium of the Church.
It is something much more existential and totalizing. The Vatican Council I say: The Catholic Church infallibly teaches that faith is essentially a supernatural assent of understanding to the truths revealed by God; but faith is not only accepting a truth with understanding, but also with the heart.
It is the commitment of our own person to the person of Christ in a relationship of intimacy that carries with it demands that no ideology will ever be able to carry.
For authentic and mature faith to be given, it is necessary to move from the cold concept to the warmth of friendship and the determined commitment.
That is why such a faith in Jesus Christ is what gives strength and efficacy to a fully renewed Christian life, such as that which the Second Vatican Council wants to promote.
The concept of religion is the “set of beliefs or dogmas about divinity, of feelings of veneration and fear towards it, of moral norms for individual and social behavior and of ritual practices, mainly prayer and sacrifice to worship. “
The word “religion” comes from “religare”, which means “tie twice”; that is, doctrine that rules man individually and links him socially. This doctrine could be theological, and then religion will be theology; It can also be sociological, so religion will be sociology.
But everyday use left the concept of religion-related to the theological one. Religion, in general terms, way of life or belief based on an essential relationship of a person with the universe, or with one or more gods.
In this sense, systems as different as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Shinto can be considered religions. However, in a generally accepted sense, the term religion refers to faith in an order of the world created by divine will, the agreement with which constitutes the way of salvation of a community and therefore of each one of the individuals who play a role in that community.
In this sense, the term applies above all to systems such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which imply faith in a creed, obedience to a moral code established in the Holy Scriptures and participation in a cult. In its most specific sense, the term refers to the life system of a monastic or religious order.
It is impossible to find a satisfactory definition of religion or a realistic way of classifying the various types of what we call religion because of the important differences in function between the various known systems.
Religions arise in cultures where their components have developed a strong sense of differentiation between the human mind and natural environment, subjective awareness and objective reality, and therefore between spirit and matter.
ORIGIN OF RELIGION
There are several theories about the way religion arises; One of them is that it was created by impostors, beings who came up with the idea of controlling the masses through deception, thus controlling people and directing them to their will. This theory is rejected by many, history shows us that religion has existed simultaneously in distant places of the planet – in addition, we find it in all the towns -, and it is too unlikely that in all those places there would have been imposters to whom that idea had occurred. Another is that which shows us religion as a product of the mind. Now this creation can be something unconscious or conscious.
It is thought that religion is born of feelings of fear and hope for the events of life – that is, of the unconscious – and not like Voltaire, who said that religion was an invention of priests to exploit humanity.
According to this theory, religions, or the concept of God, cannot originate in philosophy or metaphysics., since at the time of their emergence, a man was too barbaric to be able to have such a deep thought, therefore he must have arisen from the imagination and feelings of humans.
1.2 How do we recognize faith in religion?
A dogma according to DRAE is a “proposition that is based on firm and true, as an undeniable principle of a science; a doctrine of God revealed by Jesus Christ to men and witnessed by the Church; or the foundation or capital points of every system, science, doctrine or religion. ” It is a principle or set of them established by an authority as an unquestionable truth. It serves as part of the fundamental basis of an ideology or belief system and cannot be altered or discarded without affecting the entire system paradigm or ideology itself. The term may refer to opinions accepted by philosophers or philosophical schools, public decrees, religion or decisions promulgated by political authorities.
DOGMAS IN RELIGION
Religious dogmas establish the basis of the theology of a certain belief system. In other words, dogmas are a fundamental set of beliefs that define a certain religion and distinguish it from other religions. Therefore, dogmas are not ideas subject to change or consensus.
The modification of religious dogmas has been an important cause for the existence of denominations, cults, and sects.
Dogmas are often the object of study and scrutiny within the philosophy of religion and are often subject to criticism for other religious and secular groups.
EPISODE 2: Rooting of faith
The relationship of man with history by the intellective and interpretative activity has an original and universal character since man is affected by history even before asking about it; Thus, historical understanding is always an understanding of oneself: if man relates to history, he relates to himself.
Intelligence of history and relationship with history, and intelligence of itself and relationship with itself are thus originally united, and this unit is a unity of encounter so that it is valid in both directions of the relationship. The relationship with historical reality precedes interest historically, that is, it has an ontological character.
If man’s original relationship to history is such that he can only understand himself in the midst of that relationship, the man in the question himself is again referred to as the aposterioristic and indeducible history.
Therefore, in its posteriority, history has an important aprioristic existential character. With this, it becomes clear how the essential for man can be both historical, and the historical can be both essential.
The function of historical understanding, which results from the confrontation with history, does not, therefore, have the character of disposing upon oneself, but that of allowing oneself to dispose upon itself, and indeed in relation to a possible sameness of man by the one he originally asks formal structure of the realization of faith; for man always realizes his existence historically, even before reflecting on it; but this not in a general way, but specifically, that is, in a relationship that involves objective elements, contents that behave in the manner of things, that is, “history.”
For this reason, the historical understanding and the self-intelligence of the faith include the interpretation of authentic historical knowledge. The historical is falsified both by excessive objectification, by way of mere facts or things, and by the loss of the objective and scientifically verifiable dimension, with the desire to existentialize or idealize it.
Only where the existential and objective history is seen in its unity of structure, the concrete essence of historicity and history is preserved. Only then can faith give a reason for its foundation. The reference of man to history (history and historicity) is not, therefore, a special case that is reduced to the scope of the religious vision that man has of himself, it is not simply a factual or aposterioristic disposition that It proceeds from the traditional vision of faith, but in advance and in principle it is clarified by the necessary openness of man by virtue of a metaphysical “a priori” to the factuality that underlies existence so that the linkage of faith to history for the historical realization of freedom it is only a radical intensification of this fundamental disposition of existence, in which man is always constituted as a dialogical and historical reality.
2.1 Do human beings have the need to believe in something?
Human beings have the innate need to believe. This is one of the reasons why different types of religions have emerged over time and space.
Since ancient times it has been observed that people, in their different ways of living, have manifested various beliefs, in which they express that there must be a being or something superior to man.
In that sense, faith is the common quality by which several theories, religions, civilizations, sects, among other currents, live or are based.
In the letter to the Hebrews (11: 1), faith is defined as the certainty of what is expected and the conviction of what is not seen.
However, does faith really exist? Different specialists in philosophy, psychology, theology, and metaphysics agree that faith exists. However, each of these theories differ in aspects of how and in what way faith is applied or if the object of faith is real.
The psychologist Jose Diaz notes that the University of Harvard has been implemented Neurotheology, which is a science that studies the impact of faith in the brain human and its positive impact in terms of improving health physical, mental and emotional people.
According to studies, Díaz mentions, people of faith become less sick and recover faster from illnesses and from any emotional difficulty that affects them.
Daniel Pérez Quiroz, theologian, understands that faith exists and is a gift from God, that is, a gift that it gives to human beings to believe in their truth, existence and mission in favor of the creation of man; and of his lifestyle according to his will.
According to Pérez, faith depends on how you want to apply. This is basically to believe in God’s designs and will in favor of the human being.
However, the theologian Wilcady Dumé understands that faith has no power in itself, that is, that power is granted by the level of certainty that the person invokes and expects. “Faith is valid inside and outside the religious sphere, affecting all areas of our lives,” Dumé argues.
“There are philosophies that hold that faith is inherent in the human being, that is, that it is a man’s need to believe in a transcendent reality,” says Leonardo Diaz, a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He explains that faith is a deep inner conviction in something that is not visible and that implies a certain kind of optimism that things will happen for the better, that the universe has a meaning and that life is not absurd.
Díaz emphasizes that what this science calls into question is whether there is the object of faith.
The doctor of philosophy considers it absurd to say that there is no faith because it would be to deny that there are people who have it.
THE THEORY OF METAPHYSICS
Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that maintains that faith is an innate power of the human being, because it has energy like the universe and, therefore, is able to, through these energies, attract consciously and unconscious the circumstances and things in your life.
In her book “Metaphysics 4 in 1”, the artist and esoteric teacher Conny Méndez explains that faith is always associated with something we want, that is: “Everything you fear attracts and happens to you.”Fear is faith, but negative or evil.
In the work, he says that faith is conviction, security; but these have to be based on the knowledge of something.
The Venezuelan author explains that ignorance of the ” principles of creation” is what makes the world fear evil, and does not know how to use faith, not even what it is. Méndez maintains that the power to decree is absolute in man so that the circumstances or things that he wants and decrees in his life appear.
Historical events based on faith
The exercise of the history of religions has always been comparative. Already in Antiquity, from Herodotus, the Greeks watched with curiosity the customs and traditions of other peoples (Egyptians, Persians, Jews ) in order to place their own. Plutarch, in the first century of the Christian era, left us a certain number of works that can be described as comparative mythology.
It is the fathers of the Church who are going to compare the different religions and forge the concept of paganism, to explain for their own benefit the emergence and superiority of Christianity. They are also concepts enunciated in this context by the patristic ( natural light or diabolical imitation) which will serve to explain a thousand years later, in the colonization of America, the curious customs of the natives, comparing them with those of the pre-Christian pagans.
Such a comparison runs on three levels: the ancients, the savages and us. It expresses the tension between the egocentrism of the self and the alterity of the other; which can lead to a strong identification or collective identity of us opposed to them ( racism and ethnic and linguistic nationalism, or proselytism, intolerance, and religious fundamentalism); or, less frequently, in a cultural relativism that tries not to apply prejudices and finds values of a similar nature on both sides of a dialogue between equals (for example, the famous tale of the three rings).
Examples of these perspectives in the Modern Age are the “Apologetic History” of the Dominican Bartolomé de las Casas (16th century) or “Les moeurs des sauvages amériquains comparée aux moeurs des premiers temps” by Jesuit Josèphe François Lafitau (18th century). Both are still in an apologetic context. The history of religions develops in them from the view that Christianity poses on other religions.
In the nineteenth century, at the end of the process of deconfessionalization initiated by the philosophes of the Enlightenment, the history of religions is slowly going to emancipate from its pious origins to become a true scientific discipline, disengaged from its initial purpose (justify religion ) to precisely address its object of study (the religions themselves).
The history of religions is thus distinguished in the first place from the theological disciplines, even though at the same time they are determined to initiate a deep critique of their dogmatic traditions.
The contemporary flourishing of Orientalist studies will decisively mark this new orientation, especially philological discoveries such as those made around Sanskrit, biblical criticism (Ernest Renan), and especially Anglo-Saxon anthropology (Robertson Smith, Edward Tylor, James George Frazer) and the French sociological school (Emile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss, Henri Hubert).
In the twentieth century, the history of religions will also be influenced by psychological approaches ( Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Károly Kerényi), phenomenological (Rudolf Otto, Mircea Eliade) or by the great figures of comparative mythology (Georges Dumézil) and of social anthropology (Claude Lévi-Strauss).
In recent times, several associations and organizations regroup specialists from different domains of the history of religions (see external links). From the different approaches practiced by different schools, exercise and comparative historical and anthropological perspective often they provide rigor to their methods and proposals for research.
Evaluation of the influence of faith in societies
In the world, there are dozens of religions and religious sects. Some call their highest figure Almighty or representative according to their religion and all have their sacred book; for example, the bible, the Koran, the books of the prophets.
For example, Catholic Christians call him God and his son Jesus Christ, Muslims are Muhammad and the Koran; Jehovah’s Witnesses have Jehovah and the Holy Bible; Mormons have Pastor Smith and his Holy Bible; the Israelites to Rabbit; much of the Asian continent have Buddha.
Having an existential base is very important in people’s reason for living, which is why many of us take care of them in search of filling an existential void; an explanation of where we come from and what is our function or objective in the society where we live. The human being is in itself an individual of the ecosystem that tends to group and form societies.
Nowadays many people and all religions take advantage of those who are lacking in beliefs and faith; nevertheless, they acquire personal benefits with the supposed intention of growing the society where they are gathered; They are extremely intelligent people and willing to do everything in order to satisfy themselves with material goods.
Many religions have lost adherents for not adapting to the new times and not wanting to listen to the opinions and questions of others; This is the case of the Catholic Christian religion.
That people seek from God helps to build a better society. In the circumstances in which we are living it is more than necessary that families try to instill the existence of a God in their children and try to make this “flame” grow in them. Churches fulfill their true role in society is an institution more than necessary for human beings.
When we attend a church or temple and cultivate the things taught in it, things that are badly done or that undermine morals and good principles are thought and analyzed several times. To build a good society we must train our children, youth and adults in values.
4.1 Levels of faith
Level 1 is that of little faith. This stage is characterized by the difficulty of believing God. We hope he will answer our prayers, but we are not sure. Sometimes doubts slip through because we see the situation, not the Lord and his Word. Or perhaps our problem is that we do not know what God has said in the Bible, and that is why we have nothing to strengthen our faith.
Level 2 is of the great faith. I like to call it “the broadening phase of faith,” because it implies striving to believe the Lord more and more. Christians on this level begin to assert themselves in the truth of the Word. When we let it shape our thinking, we can know that he will grant us our requests.
Level 3 is of mature faith. This is characterized by rest in the confidence that the Lord has already granted us what we have asked. When our requests match their will, they are an accomplished fact. Our task is simply to thank you and see how your promise comes true.
No matter what level you are in today, the Lord wants you to continue ascending. Staying in his Word is the only way forward. How can we believe God if we don’t know what he has said he will do? But if you know what he has promised, persevere; Don’t give up.
Level 1 is little faith.
Difficulties in believing in God characterize this stage. We hope that He will answer our prayers, but we are simply not sure. Sometimes you doubt because we see the situation, not in the Lord and His Word. Or maybe our problem is that I don’t know what God says in the Bible, so we have nothing to anchor our faith.
Level 2 is a great faith.
I like to call this phase of “coming to faith” because it implies an increase in believing that the Lord more and more. Christians on this level are beginning to be in the truth of the Scriptures. When we let God’s Word shape our thoughts and requests, we can know that He will grant us our requests.
Level 3 is a perfect faith.
This is characterized by being resting in the confidence that the Lord has already achieved what we have asked for. When our requests align with his will, that is a “done deal.” Our job is simply to thank you and see your promise come true.
4.2 Christianity faith
We must walk by faith and not by sight1. Many times the circumstances discourage us, they tell us: “Surrender, you will not be able to achieve what God has promised you”, so we must be careful what our eyes see, that is, the signs that can rob us of the impulse to move forward and achieve the good we ask.
The way we interpret what happens around us depends on the level of our faith. If you are working on a project and you stop because you see something negative, it means that your faith depends on what you perceive, not on what you expect to happen with your effort and the help of the Lord.
If you pray and do not see what you want, do not stop because you must be certain of what you do not have, but you know you will have it. If you want to please God and show your faith, speak words of victory and move forward.
Our faith has levels. We live the first level as we approach God hoping to receive something we need: health, restoration, provision or comfort. When Jesus worked miracles such as the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, many people were blessed and their faith grew.
At the feet of Christ, we are born again and everything changes for good, but it is not worth staying at that level of faith because we must overcome it.
The second level of faith is manifested when our relationship with God grows and we obey Him, like the disciples when Jesus commanded them to come forward in the boat while He dismissed the crowd and prayed. On this new level, we have already received from the Lord, we have seen His power and serve him with love, “we get into the boat.” Of course, in this level of faith we live storms, we face challenges that do not challenge those who stay on land and settle for the material food they received, without compromising. But on this second level, we witness many more wonders and receive more blessings.
The third level of faith allows us to be used as Jesus was used, just like Peter, who saw the Lord walk on water and wanted to imitate him. At first, he advanced, but then he faced his battle of faith and began to sink.
As we advance in this path of trusting in the supernatural, the battles will not wait and we must fight them, confident that He has already paid for our victory. We may even ask ourselves: “Am I doing the right thing?”
Walking on water can make us doubt. Even with such an intimate relationship with Jesus, we could fall into the trap and blink for a moment, we might believe that our resources they function more than the provision of our Father or that the words of discouragement we hear are more powerful than the promise we have received from God.
Do not trust the boat that offers you the security that your flesh seeks, move forward with steps of faith towards the Lord!
The fourth level of faith causes us to trust that our Father will raise us. When Peter sank, his first impulse was to ask Jesus for help, who took him by the hand.
The Word does not say that he carried it to the boat; I imagine they both walked together. Why did Peter sink? The first level of discernment tells us: “Because he doubted” However, a second level of discernment says: “Because he dared to challenge his faith.”
Peter was the only one who tried to imitate Jesus and in the end, he returned with Him! He was not left with the uncertainty of what he would be able to do in obedience.
Faith is wonderful, don’t you think? Do not be discouraged, dare to challenge your faith, if something happens, Jesus will offer you His hand to raise you, because your confidence in Him is what pleases Him the most. Surely Jesus felt flattered with Peter’s faith.
Although in the end, he had to hold him, that mood made him think: “This man is capable of great things!” So, we learn that the probability of doubt and fear alone; it exists in those of us who take actions of faith, so take them! Because in the face of the probability of doubting there is the guarantee that God will raise you because you have pleased him. Proclaim: “I will walk on water despite the likelihood of sinking because I am certain that if it happens, Christ will raise me up.”
The Lord asks that we renew our understanding, that is, the ability to calmly judge a spiritual truth.
If our judgment, based on the signs and information, is renewed according to His Word, we can recognize as true something, after examining it according to the pleasant and perfect will of God3. In the case of Peter, his discernment was subjected to the Word of Jesus, who called him. Again, the advice is to leave the limitations of the world and walk by faith. May your resources not limit you to strive for what you want to achieve.
When the disciples asked him the reasons why a young man was blind from birth, Jesus renewed their understanding by motivating them to see beyond logical reasons and understand that everything is a good reason for God to manifest4. We must see beyond our judgment and logical reason.
Do not seek to discern the causes of what happens to you but affirm, with faith, that no matter what happens, you trust that the Lord has control and will do His work in your life.
Do not complain or lament, fill your understanding of faith, go up to the next level by saying: “God has a plan, something big will manifest in me, He is with me, he has not left me, he will accompany me if I fall, everything happens to edify the name of the Lord. “
Your Father wants to change your level of faith, but you must change your understanding and be positive. As of today, you are a new person, with a supernatural conviction that will manifest with power in your life and in your family.
Evaluation of the influence of faith in historical societies
?? “As is his faith, so is man and his work.”
?? “It is infinitely more beautiful to be fooled ten times,
to lose faith in humanity once. “
5.1Examples of positive influence of faith in societies
Beyond days off for spiritual calendar reasons, religion, whatever, plays a positive role in much of the planet.
So said 59% of the 66,806 people in the survey of the group WIN / Gallup poll released yesterday. 22% judged that role negative and 14% ruled out an intervention.
The explanations behind the percentage include reasons for political organization, social cohesion and individual nature.
The sample, distributed in 65 countries, represents 77% of all nations.
The areas where the role of faith is considered most beneficial were Africa and America, with 65% and 54%, respectively. The country where religion is most appreciated is Indonesia, with 95%, and where less Lebanon with -43%.
The data also show a clear correlation between the level of education of the respondents and their perception of religion.
Among people with university and higher education, only 20% considered religion in their country beneficial, compared to 57%, who did conclude it that way but have never received an academic education.
When analyzing data by type of religion, there were also marked differences in the appreciation of the spiritual, according to the creed.
Muslims and Protestants tied at 60% as the faithful most likely to consider the function of their religious dogmas useful in the States where they are practiced.
Among consulted practitioners of Catholicism, this benign vision of the creed, in the life of nations, reached 56%, and among Christians stood at 53%.
Among Indians and Jews, it was where less value was given to the role of faith in their nations with only 24% and 35%, respectively, of favorable responses.
Orthodox Russians awarded 47% and Buddhists 37%.
To the question: In general, does religion play a positive, negative role or none in your country? The atheists considered in the survey indicated 40% positive, 31% negative and 25% none. Also, 5% said they did not know.
5.2 Examples of negative influence of faith in societies
1) Murders and massacres in the name of God and Religion. Only for this first reason the disappearance of religions is more than justified. Religious beliefs have left a long trail of blood, death, torture, and massacres. The number of human beings who have fallen dead under the relentless yoke of Religion and the “Biblical Mandates” is incalculable.
We have already tried to make some collection and attempt to count the number of deaths that the Christian Religion has left us. The number is immense, embarrassing and should be a shame for those who insist on repeating again and again that “God is Love” and that religions are positive.
And of course, we must include in these massacres the rest of Religions who, by trying to expand their beliefs, have mercilessly murdered those who do not want to accept their “kind” requests for conversion. The most deplorable example of this is Islam.
One of the great problems of the most influential religions in the world is its premise without qua non of “Converting the rest of the world” towards their beliefs and many times to achieve it they have used violence, murder, torture, and so many damnable things, even for their own ideologies (Can you see the ironic and contradictory reader friend?)
Each person who has died due to direct or indirect fault of Religion is a reason to leave them aside.
2) Incorrect understanding of Reality and Nature. Unfortunately, religions and their archaic and outdated “Sacred” books insist on showing their faithful and followers an erroneous and primitive idea of nature and the world around us.
They claim that their subjects create and accept evidently magical and anachronistic concepts and that they are accepted as an “Absolute Truth” without the possibility of questioning or refuting it.
Christianity and the Bible are a very clear example of that.
I admit that certain Christian divisions today DO NOT believe in the literalness of some of these stories; although surprisingly there are still those who believe in things that are obviously absurd such as the literalness of Genesis and the creation of the universe in 6 days.
Unfortunately, and despite the attempt to modernize some Christians, it is obligatory in almost all cases in the belief of the magical Jesus, magician and dead lifter. As much modernity and science as they want to attach to current Christianity, that Jesus half God half-human and all his magical paraphernalia, is accepted without humor.
It seems frankly absurd and contradictory that some still insist on considering “symbolic” that a Burra speaks, but consider it totally true and true that a guy raises corpses of up to four days dead, that he himself resurrects from death or that there was even a moment when the dead of Jerusalem left their graves and walked around the city (nothing to envy to a good zombie movie)
The fact that religions insist that we accept and believe in these stupidities and absurdities, and leaving aside logic, wisdom, and reason; It is an excellent reason to keep religion from our lives.
3) Impediment to scientific progress. Religions have always been a serious limitation in the advancement of scientific research and in the understanding of the world.
Science is NOT dedicated to contradicting the Bible or denying God. Science seeks to describe reality, understand nature in its real dimension. Unfortunately, reality is very different from what the sacred books show us and on which religions are based.
There were moments in the history of mankind when religion directly and ruthlessly attacked scientists trying to describe nature.
We have famous and unfortunate cases such as Copernicus and others who were tried and even condemned for their descriptions of the world which were contrary to the one shown in their sacred book.
Not by chance in the era where religion had the greatest weight in the history of mankind was when the scientific advances were minor due to the limitations and influences (call scientists burning in bonfires) of the religious leaders of the time and that absurd claim to that the Bible was perfect and unjustifiable.
4) Political manipulation Religions and their sacred books (the Bible and Christianity for example) have been the perfect instrument that some abject and unconscious political leaders have used to manipulate, vex and influence the population and thus promote their particular ideas.
Mentioning some examples of how political leaders have manipulated the writings for particular purposes would be extensive and boring, from Hitler to Bush through the political background of historical horrors such as the conquest of America, the crusades, the inquisition or the attack on any neighboring country undercover. Under biblical verses (the eternal Arab- Israeli conflict ) they are a perfect example.
5) Danger for personal and collective health. Religions with their sacred books written many centuries ago contain absurd and anachronistic ideas about health, disease and human physiology.
They also pretend to make their followers believe in the supposed ” healing power of prayer” and other frankly useless and dangerous therapies.
It is not only the deception, manipulation, and pretense of filling the pockets of religious leaders but the real and palpable danger that these beliefs have led to thousands of innocent people.
There are countless cases where a medical therapy, effective, real and proven is replaced by prayers, prayers, requests from people holding hands so that the almighty God reverses the sickness of the illusive and unfortunate sick.
Obviously, that great God who created the world in 6 days is unable to cure or even alleviate fairly basic conditions such as appendicitis that with routine surgery ( medical science in its splendor) could solve.
6) Personal losses of time and money. The religions require that their subjects engage them long to worship their gods.
God, who theoretically does not need anything, seems to be very desperate because we dedicate hours and hours of prayer, supplications, churches, pilgrimages, vigils, etc.
Remember friend reader that God is Omniscient (you know whether or not you will be saved) therefore it makes no sense that you waste important time in your life by trying to please Gods or religious organizations.
And of course, God also urgently needs your reader friend money. I insist God is perfect. You do not need anything. But according to the Bible and religious organizations, you want great altars and churches full of gold and valuable jewels. He needs you to give him gifts, either in the form of money or in the form of promises or other presents. He demands from his subjects the famous “Tithe” that has enriched hundreds of vile Protestant church leaders who take advantage of their faithful by demanding (sometimes under celestial threat) that they must “give” 10% of their profits.
The religion and worship of God has become a trade ruthless: Catholic: sale of images of the Virgin, the famous “little basket” circulating during Masses, rosaries, payments to priests for virtually all communion, forgiveness of sins, request for cures, and any other profitable Catholic activity. Protestant’s sale of books, courses, admission to concerts, tithes (already have this)
7) Humiliation and personal degradation. But the God of religions not only requires his worshipers to devote time and money; It also needs you to humble yourself in the lowest possible way.
Of course, all this has its reward: Paradise where you will be eternally happy, kneeling, praying, praying, and humbling yourself before God forever and ever.
8) Absolute anachronistic commandments and statutes. Another reason to remove religions from our environment are the stupid, aberrant, and anachronistic demands imposed on their faithful.
Despite the supposed modernization of current religions, many retain really obsolete and bizarre practices that make them look as primitive and archaic.
Based on the official “Commandments” and the other precepts that the “holy book ” possesses, today’s religions have developed a series of demands and practices that are frankly absurd, incoherent and sometimes even very dangerous.
Already in this Blog were analyzed each of these “10 Commandments” which exposes the illogical and erroneous of them.
9) Misogyny and Homophobia. If there is any point where the innumerable religious divisions have in common and that almost all agree, it is in the implicit Misogyny and Homophobia that their philosophies dictate.
The Bible is frankly Misogynist and does not treat homosexuality very well (although if we read the story of David and Jonathan …), and his subjects and leaders have been responsible for fostering that hatred and sectarianism.
And although many religions boast of being very modern and having no problems with girls, the misogynist shadow is always present: Women who cannot be ordained priests; girls who should dress in some specific way at religious meetings or even in their daily lives; women who literally CANNOT speak, read or preach; women who must submit to their husband; girls who can’t put on makeup or cut their hair; the absurd demand that women must get virgins to marriage; and so many more that it gives outrage to list them here. And with homosexuality, it is worse.
I don’t know yet any religious organization that openly accepts homosexuals among their acolytes (Unless they are religious associations created by the same homosexuals).
Humiliation, mockery, attacks and even homosexual killings are common among some “Defenders of the faith.” Forcing some to shut up and keep their sexual condition a secret in order to be accepted in religious organizations.
That is why I have always said that it is inconceivable to me that women and homosexuals agree to meet in churches and participate in religious activities when the Bible and the same churches they attend treat them in such a low and humiliating way.
10) Religions foster ignorance and lack of knowledge. This is one of the most regrettable and condemnable things of modern religions. Based on anachronistic and ambiguous Bible verses, some religious divisions encourage the non-acquisition of knowledge and information, which leaves the innocent believer in an unfortunate state of ignorance that in most cases is dangerous even for his own life.
From religions that prohibit people from basic school study, to those that limit the acquisition of knowledge and information based on the fact that some information or book is “Blasphemous” or that says things contrary to the statutes and Biblical beliefs.
There are even “religions” that forbid their faithful to visit certain web pages since they can make them doubt and confuse about the belief in God and the Bible (Guess reader friend what is one of those websites prohibited by some religious).
And not only do they limit access to truthful and quality information, but they expose, offer and take for granted a lot of obviously absurd, false and manipulated information where the best example is the Bible itself.
That religions impose as dogma frankly absurd and obviously false things like Gods begotten by pigeons and that literally rise to the heavens to be with their lord dad who is actually himself, is something frankly illusion and whoever considers it real and true should Review your ability to assess reality. The aforementioned are some of the reasons why religions are frankly harmful, harmful and dangerous for all who inhabit the earth.
Regardless of whether we are believers or not, many of the characteristics of today’s religions affect us negatively.
Religions and belief in Gods are a danger to modern society and even to human life.
But … Should Religions disappear?
Obviously, these reasons are focused on the religion that has more influence on us who live on the western side of the world, Christianity. But similar reasons can be perfectly applied to other absurd and dangerous religions such as Islam.
I conclude this monograph thanking all those tutors who helped us with the elaboration of it.
In the course of the elaboration of this monograph, I have realized that there are many more religions than I imagined and very varied, some very different and others very similar.
I have also clarified the doubts mentioned in the introduction, such as those of the origin of religions and differences with sects. As for the way of choosing a religion, I think it is largely due to the person’s place of development.
I believe that religions were created to explain those things that man cannot (or could not) explain in terms of science, that is, in a way, religion is the opposite of science.
Religions teach us morally but not scientifically, especially Judaism and its derivatives. For some believing men, these teachings may be very useful while for others it is a waste.
It helped me to reinforce the knowledge I had on the subject, and thus understand the different ways of being.
The man is an open being to knowledge because he is not an expired being which already comes programmed. But this being is born to know and develop his whole life is a constant know. And in the activity of knowing, the man feels the insatiable desire to know the truth of the world, of man, and of God.
But it should be noted that many men in the search for longitude have been lost and have adopted Herron positions that lead them to error by taking theories as true and even more so the man himself immersed in the error creates fallacies about the truth and this allows many men without the light of faith and reason are deceived and fall into error, all this would not happen if the man in his aptitude for knowledge of the truth was not lost by going in the wrong ways.
And to this, we add many theories and skills that cast doubt on knowledge of truth such as relativism that is very strong in our day and skepticism that is an aptitude that is present in many areas of society and thus many more, Given this problem that has existed throughout history, more specifically To skepticism Pope John Paul Second responds with his encyclical Fides et ratio that deals with the relationship between faith and reason.
The Pope affirms that faith and reason are like the two wings with which the human spirit rises towards the contemplation of truth. And that faith and reason cannot be separated in the search for truth, but together they enable knowledge to the truth.
Then we can conclude by saying that the best way to know the truth is the union of faith and reason and together they respond to the skeptical aptitude that does not accept the knowledge of an absolute truth.