Faith or an Excuse?

December 15, 2011
By Sunshine15 PLATINUM, Modi&#39in, Other
Sunshine15 PLATINUM, Modi&#39in, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, nothing else ever has. ~Margaret Mead


One of the most thought-provoking questions I've ever heard is: Is religion real, or pyschological?

Do we believe in what our faith tells us to believe in because we know in our heart of hearts that it is true, or do we believe because we have an emotional need to belong to some community?

Is all of it-- the spiritual leaders we put our faith in, the laws we follow in a way so pristine,-- just because we're not brave enough to face a world with no higher calling?
Sometimes, it feels as though religion is an excuse, a way to create happiness in an otherwise dark world.

Well, what's so wrong about that? Even if it is all a ruse, even if there is no truth whatsoever in our books, it has taught the world an unsurpassable amount of good, beginning with "thou shalt not kill."

Religion has given millions and millions of people structure in life, it has taught truly amazing and timeless values to every generation and it has brought life and hope to all those who hang onto it.

Religion--most religions-- is a faith, a strong belief in the basic goodness of the world and the laws by which we can abide in order to live meaningful lives.

Religion, in my opinion, is the greatest beacon of life ever given to the world.


The author's comments:
Religion is truly a gift to the world.

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on Jan. 10 2012 at 9:59 am
Sunshine15 PLATINUM, Modi&#39in, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, nothing else ever has. ~Margaret Mead

Of course not, that's why I wrote the article, to point out all the good in it..

on Jan. 9 2012 at 4:53 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
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It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Agreed. But religion itself is not poison.

on Jan. 9 2012 at 1:31 pm
Sunshine15 PLATINUM, Modi&#39in, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, nothing else ever has. ~Margaret Mead

christianity isn't bad for what it's done, but the people who misinterpreted the religion and used it as a basis for killing were bad. also here, i don't think islam is a bad religion, it's taught the world some wonderful things, but the people who misinterpret it and use it for evil are bad people.

on Jan. 9 2012 at 1:28 pm
Sunshine15 PLATINUM, Modi&#39in, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, nothing else ever has. ~Margaret Mead

You live in a democratic country where morals are embedded into society, whether you agree with it or not, when people do good things they're praised for it. IF you lived in a society where killing was perfectly normal and the things we call "bad" were acceptable, you would have no natural human instinct to do good (or what our worlds deem good, like not killing).... and yes, when the bible was written, societies really didn't see anything wrong with killing and doing bad things, so the bible was a real wake-up call

on Jan. 7 2012 at 2:56 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
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"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

Doing good things for myself that does not inflict on others is not selfish, hence the "makes other people happy." Helping others makes me happy. And I don't see the point in judging the "validity" of why I do good things, as I have no hidden agenda. I'm not planning on making money or getting a big house or being famous. I want a job that helps the environment and helps people live with it better.

on Jan. 7 2012 at 2:24 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

Er...many things are used to justify evil things. Of course religion shouldn't be used for evil, but that doesn't make it poison. Christians have been persecuting people for centuries. Do the Spanish Inquisition or the Crusades come to mind? Are you saying that Christianity is evil because of it?

on Jan. 7 2012 at 2:23 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

That reason is rooted in the 'self'...but it's okay. :) May God keep you happy. Peace.

on Jan. 7 2012 at 12:22 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
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"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

Our culture is letting morals slip lately. I don't like half the things I see in today's culture, so I chose not to follow it. So yes, in that way my culture influences me in that I don't want to follow it. I find it a perfectly valid reason. I like to do good things. It makes me happy and it makes other people happy. I don't want to do bad things because then I would feel horrible and other people would become unhappy.

on Jan. 7 2012 at 12:14 pm
Sunshine15 PLATINUM, Modi&#39in, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, nothing else ever has. ~Margaret Mead

Maybe the values of Jihad aren't bad, I don't know enough to argue, but the fact that its used to justify murder and terror is a horrible thing. Religion should NEVER be used for evil

on Jan. 6 2012 at 2:52 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

Following "morals" because you "like to" is (no offence) not really a valid reason. If you lived in a different culture, you might "like" different "morals". Yes, morals are embedded in our nature, but that does not always mean that they aren't influenced by culture. Peace.

on Jan. 6 2012 at 2:42 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
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"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

Again I don't think so. Everything has a purpose, and people get different goals from different places. My reason for following my morals is because I like to. Instinct: A natural or intuitive way of acting or thinking. Being good is my natural instinct.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 10:11 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Jihad can be used as a war yes, but it is to be used in defense only.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 10:06 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

Jihad CAN be war if you're STRUGGLING against a tyrant, for instance. Peace.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 10:00 pm
savetheplanet PLATINUM, Anaheim, California
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Favorite Quote:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

*Sighs* Time to debunk another misconception. Jihad is not as it is construed, a holy war. It is in fact a personal struggle that brings you closer to your religion. For example, if you are an alco.holic, then overcoming your add.iction is your jihad. Terr.orists misuse jihad to promote their violent goals.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 9:56 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

Blue_Rain is right, we don't need religion to tell us murder is wrong, but we do need God to give us a purpose/goal in life, to give us reason to follow our instinctive sense of morality. Otherwise, we become simply a product of culture.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 9:55 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

A_Fate_Unknown: Religion is the only thing that makes bad men do good things.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 9:55 pm
Destinee BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Blegh. - Abraham Lincoln

What's wrong with jihad? Maybe you don't understand the concept.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 4:41 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

Okay looks like my earlier post came up, sorry for repeat post.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 4:40 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

You need a book to tell you that killing people is wrong? Wow. It is an instinct of humans, and many other species that rely on social interaction, that we do not want to kill one of our own species. Come on, simple biology. I don't need a god to tell me that, it is called nature's way. Humans actually have a pretty good perception about what is right and wrong, and when we go against those right and wrongs we are usually aware of it. Just.. wow, please re-think that.

on Jan. 5 2012 at 4:35 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

.. I don't even know how to respond to that, because that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. If you need a BOOK to tell you that killing a person, a human, of your own species, is WRONG, then.. wow, I don't know what. It is an instinct that we don't want to kill one of our kind. We want to feel compassion for our fellow humans, because that is what keeps us alive. Because psychotic people like that don't survive long. My goodness, simple biology!


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