In an ideal world religion should be a personal experience, but that is not part of the human condition as a whole. Religion brings hope in times of great duress and it can bring inspiration. Don't forget that it was the people of the Islamic faith who developed and pursued germ theory while Christians were wallowing in the Dark Ages.
Religion is ingrained in all of humanity, even atheists, who do not believe in a higher power still engage in religion like activity, such as rituals (taking a shower or bathing) and/or holding preconceived notions about Humanity (inherently good or evil). All things revolve around religion, no matter how much we distance ourselves from it.
People do terrible things in the name of religion, but they also do terrible things in the name of ideologies or creeds, such as skin color or capitalism vs. communism. Lets all just take a breath and accept that this is who we are, and try to enjoy the short time on this pale blue dot in the inescapable lens of the human experience and the human condition.
Up until about two hundred years ago religion was needed in order to keep high birth rates and control the masses; however today, religion is used as a tool to make war, confuse and psychologically damage people and promote hatred towards diversity
2)a common belief by a large group of weak minded people in an imaginary being that helps them cope with the fact that their miserable lives will end eventually
3)hipocrasy (ei-virginity=priests raping little boys, all are equal=gays should burn)
4)islam, christianity, wicca, satanism, jewdism
5)cults and a form of brainwashing
2)Sick person-mommy i dont want to die
Mother of person-it's ok u'll be with god
Doctor-dont lie to a dying person!! son, it sucks for you, ur goin 2 decay slowly in a casket 6 feet under ground
3)Pastor-all people are created equal and should be treated so, now who wants 2 go 2 the anti-gay protest and watch some child pornos later?? an maybe we'll shoot some jew on the way to the protest!!!
4)Muslim person-I am a muslim, that means i practice Islam.
Christain guy-o well, who cares? we're christian, we're better than the rest of the world so ur goin 2 hell
5)JESUS LOVES YOU, FOLLOW THE BIBLE, IT SHALL LEAD YOU TO SALVATION, now hand over $5 for the collection basket or your going to hell
- Help themselves get up in the morning, achive inner peace, etc.
- Keep their family happy, because all their family are in the religion.
- Feel superior to other people.
- Provide moral guidance because common sense would render them otherwise lame.
- Justify war or general hatred of other groups.