Religion is the biggest lie in the history of mankind. Now don't get me wrong, there are many, if not most Christians who are genuinely decent people, but you only have to look at history to see how not just Christianity but Religions in general have been used as a tool for control. Over the last 2000+ years,...
Best answer: Religion is the biggest lie in the history of mankind. Now don't get me wrong, there are many, if not most Christians who are genuinely decent people, but you only have to look at history to see how not just Christianity but Religions in general have been used as a tool for control. Over the last 2000+ years, millions of people have dedicated their lives to religion, giving up their freedoms and denying themselves the right to think for themselves, and millions of people who didn't dedicate their lives to this religion have been mercilessly slaughtered in the name of God, yet, there is no historical foundation for the gospels, they are symbolic and not literal. The idea that one can live a terrible life, inflicting countless suffering on others and on their death bed decide to genuinely subscribe to the idea of a celestial dictatorship doesn't sit well with me. If Hitler had repented in his bunker should he be allowed redemption?
Religion was a pre-cursor to science a way of explaining the world in terms that both comforted mans yearning to belong, offered a sense of importance to ones life and allowed us to come to terms with being finite organisms. Freud aptly said "Religion suffers from one incurable deficiency it was too clearly derived from our desire to escape from or survive death'. A yearning to belong is intensified with the sensation of being an outsider, self doubt and a herd mentality are innate human facets, have you considered why my most religious people simply follow the religion of their parents or were born into? Religion essentially tells us we are born ill, impure and must give thanks eternally for something we had no control or choice over; these are the fundamental principles of a dictatorship. One must forget his individuality to conform to a constructed collectivist way of living and behaving, or you'll be damned If you don't. I choose to my put my faith in humanity, I don't feel the need for a creator to make sense of the world whether he takes an active interest or not. For me the trick is to be content in the not knowing bit, I don't know and I probably never will categorically know.