Can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. Religion is not inherently evil, its is people that make it what it is. It is only the biggest lie in human history if one allows a large bureaucratic organization to take control of it and make people believe under pain of death or some other unfortunate punishment.

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.
Imagine a World without religion. imagine a world where you are not in it.
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The true defininition: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with faith.

Essentially: yes, those people who are religious have caused death, but this is not due to the religion itself. Imagine how many lives have been saved by religion! The reality is that religion is the principle by which all institutions are created Without it, we wouldn't be where we are today.
hospitals, peace treaties, schools...just to name a few

Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Ghandi, Thomas Jefferson, Darwin(!), Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr.

--would you rather live in a world without religion? ...I certainly don't want to.
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An organized group of people with a common belief. Most religions strongly stress ethics and morals along with setting guidelines for people to follow in their day-to-day life.
- Christianity
- Judaism
- Islam
- Jainism
- Hinduism
- Buddhism
- Sikhism
- Rastafari
- Wicca
- Taoism (Daoism)
- Shinto
- Confucianism
- Zoroastrianism
- Mandaeism
- Satanism
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The source of all morality, reasoned thought and social cohesion in the last 3000 years.
MAN 1 - Let's go kill some shit.
MAN 2 - Wait.... remember God?
MAN 1 - Oh shit, yeah.
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Something cowards try and avoid because it often seems too much of a burden.

Religion is the systematic approach to participation in the "anti-fall".
It's our means of curing a world laced with death.

Man up and stop complaining about past evils committed under the umbrella of religion. I'm sick of cheap excuses to abandon it. Good religion is the only thing that can unwind the misery of bad religion.

And drop the 'religion is a delusion/lie' mantra. One could flinch at the thought of such frivolous naivety. Dim, inarticulate notions of truth and reality quail before the stark actuality that religion burns with.
Religion is the lifeblood that continues to carry oxygen to this broken world. But this blood also carries a toxin called human depravity.
You don't get the venom out of a man's bloodstream by cutting out his heart; you get it out by giving him the antidote.

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
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A denomination, lifestyle, following. A personal choice to follow the higher power one believes in.
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1)Devotion to and observance of ANY metaphysical belief system

2)serious commitment to something besides metaphysics -- NOTE: religion does not include just Christianity, yet so many people take the subject too personally and too many above posts seem to refer directly (and usually vehemently) to Christianity...makes you think about so-called "free thinkers" who think they're so smart yet seem to be unable to provide correct and objective definitions of "religion".
Confused individuals use religion for suppression and bigotry.

he doesn't believe in God; science is his religion.

Jesus loves you...admit it.
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