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Why do you reject the idea of religion?

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Religion began as a way for primitive humanity to explain the unexplainable. As we as a species and as a society have evolved, gained knowledge and found the true scientific explanations for natural phenomena, religion has refused to evolve along with us, and refused to concede to evidence of truth in the process. I cannot have blind faith (or ANY faith) in a group which chooses the comfort of what they want to believe to be true over the evidence that is right in front of them. Futhermore, the practice of religion is fraught with hypocrisy when it comes to morals. Those people who claim to leave judgement to their "god" are the very same people who do not live by the ideals which they preach. The idea that a person needs religion to be moral is as disgustingly hypocritical as it is just plain wrong.

kristenm783 Level 4 Sep 28, 2017
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Loved your post. The only thing is I'm pretty sure 'blind faith' is redundant. smile009.gif

Great post...very succinct and absolutely true.

I think religion is progressive. All of the major revealed religions follow each other in a chronological order, the pattern is not difficult to discern. They are links in one unbroken chain.

The reasons why some people do not advance and instead remain attached to the dispensation of their choosing, are many and varied, but it is they that are refusing to evolve, not religion itself.

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Religion is a mental illness.

Teresa Level 5 Oct 16, 2017
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I agreed.

I also agree.

Well, since auditory experiences and hallucinations are common among the extremely religious people, I would say that in some cases religion and schizophrenia are closely related

@DUCHESSA I’ve met people who told me that they actually hear the voice of God in their heads. If that isn’t disturbing, I don’t know what is.

A well organized mental illness where people make money.

@EmeraldJewel - My neighbour hears god - OUTLOUD. Reminds me of Son of Sam. Scary and disturbing.

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I grew up in a pentecostal home, with a mother who is still the "music director/pianist" for the church.


I've seen it all man... "speaking in tounges", "slayn in the spirit", endless rants and endless days or evenings of "worship"... I was grounded if I didn't go to church 3 times a week.


So many stories...


I was taught about Hell as a toddler, and terrified of it, and all that goes with it.


I was taught that if you read anything other than the Bible, you'd be "in danger of Hell fire"... so many more things...


The christian religion has drivin my mother loopy, I can barely stand to be around her, and that's sad to me, because I love her.


When I was 18, I was hit by a truck and awoke from a 2 week coma... I was given a copy of "The be here now" and I started the life long research into "what, where, who, why, when, how, religion came to be in the first place...and it's been 24 years of it now...and I'm still continuing to expand my mind every day.


"Religion" is like a disease to me. It has destroyed my relationship with most of my family, because I have enough sense to think for myself.


That being said, I don't need to be religious to be a loving, kind, thoughtful, charitable, empathetic man.

Jayknostic Level 4 Dec 15, 2017
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Sad about your mother and your accident. My mother was very loopy (schizophrenic) and religion simply fit in with her limited ability to deal with life. Lots of women are like that it seems to me. They either can or can't... when they can't, religion is their go-to way of dealing.

Must be hard when you have a family of believers.

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In my late 30’s I began a degree in Theology. I had been a “born again” protestant christian for about 20 years, with a childhood background in catholicism.
My aim in my degree was to major in Pastoral care and counselling with a view to working in that kind of area. I did finish the major studies which I loved and learned more about my self than I thought possible. However I came unstuck when I began on biblical studies.


I discovered that the bible and Jesus simply do not stand up under the rigours of academic enquiry. The bible and the life of the christ are based on myth at best and hearsay/outright lies at worst.


I realised I could not believe this stuff and maintain my personal integrity at the same time. I entered possibly the the worst period of my life, it felt like an abyss. Fortunately it only took about 6 mths to work my way through it and I have been an atheist for more than 20 years now.

Veronica Level 3 Oct 26, 2017
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Excellent post.

I have always questioned religion (my parents were fairly progressive people). But when I came to the conclusion that there was no God as an adult, I found myself feeling a bit of a loss. But I got over it , it wasn't the worst time in my life fortunately.

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Like the concept of Santa, I outgrew the need for a god.

tadoniat Level 2 Sep 19, 2017
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LOL

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I was raised as a conservative christian. The dogmatic nature of religion, as well as its fear based teachings, did a lot of damage to me. It took me a long time to realize that I had the power, and the right, to reject religion and live a secular life. When I finally made that decision, I began to realize that it wasn't only my religion that was dogmatic. In fact, many religions (not just cults) use brain washing techniques that include gas lighting, fear mongering, intense peer pressure and the threat of exile to keep their followers in line.


There are thousands of people out there who are still getting over the long term effects of their affiliations with religion, and there are even more people who haven't yet broken free. I understand that religion gives people hope, but more often than not, that hope is based on an intense fear of some kind of sin related threat, like hell. And more often than not, the hope offered by religion comes at the cost of higher reasoning and an unbiased understanding of science. I happen to feel that the cons outweigh the pros. That's why I reject religion.

JudeZumester Level 3 Nov 20, 2017
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I see people suffering in the countries I toured. Was I just lucky to be me? Why would god high 5 me and step back on other's? Does suffering build character? Who cares! People need real help and love and compassion. Why should they have to cry and beg and make promises. Damn.

BucketlistBob Level 7 Nov 17, 2017
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God/gods are created by men to control men.

AlanLai Level 3 Oct 19, 2017
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100% correct! Religion is nothing more than a control mechanism that reflects the opinions of those that created it. I honestly believe it is very evil. I have met far too many highly religious people that were really a mess and extremely creepy. I don't trust those types at all.

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I think that religion is by and large an outdated social and political construct. In the past, it was necessary to make sense of what happened. When a storm destroyed a town, a god did it, and so on. Now, we know why these things happen. Science can explain all these things.


But religion itself has no proof. They demand that you have faith, and that just doesn't work for me.

ErichZannIII Level 7 Sep 28, 2017
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I was raised by a Jew & an Irish Catholic and have seen plenty of evidence from an early age that religion does more harm than it does good simply by observing conflicts within my own inner family circle. This assumption was only strengthened over time by reading/studying the history of religion, as well as witnessing plenty of tragic scandals among various religious communities big & small....other than the obvious war mongering and murder done in the name of God, I take huge issue with child abuse culture inside religious communities.

Serenity_Meow Level 3 Dec 8, 2017
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At first it was how teachings from the Bible made me feel worthless because I was female. After years of learning more about different religions, I just felt so much hate from them in some form or other. Learned that most wars were based on some sort of religion issue. The more I learn the less they make sense. They just feel like a way to control, comfort, explain or just have set rules for the masses to follow with some sort of fear of retribution to keep them in line. It's like lazy parenting when they make up all the "If you are good Santa will bring you presents" and "if you are bad you will burn in hell" bs.

DeiP Level 5 Oct 1, 2017
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Because if there were a god in the religious sense, he/she/it would not have created a world where people kill each other over different interpretations of who and what god is. The religious god is an idiot, a narcissist, and not a very nice being.

Brian Level 2 Sep 29, 2017
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It is the single most damaging thing to free thought ever to be invented!

JamesDeeble Level 2 Sep 23, 2017
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religion rules by fear of a jealous and selfish god

yes it is

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Because I am in love with the truth

RobH86 Level 5 Dec 20, 2017
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Because we live in a world that thinks Pastafarianism is religion. That was supposed to be a joke about teaching creationism over evolution in schools. The flying spaghetti monster is just as valid and has as much right to be taught. Not realising the lighthearted tug at the ridiculousness of religion as its source (and fact-checking) some people think its legit.
I saw a kid more willing to believe in psychical storage or memories, as in the power of the brain and sciences ability to learn more and more about what makes us and the world work (that is amazing) then a neurology student. Why? Because that would mean that you're not a soul.
Birds have hollow bones and catch wind currents to fly. That's real. Volcanic lightning storms, real. Phantom touch. Real. Santa. Nope but based on the green man.
Finding the answers has way more wonder in it than god did it.

DragonDust Level 5 Dec 14, 2017
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It's not true. It's as simple as that, I can't force myself into accepting a lie.

BlatantSubtlety Level 5 Dec 11, 2017
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I don't. I reject literalist interpretations of religions, because, in addition to being potentially dangerous, they obscure the wisdom to be found in a metaphorical interpretation.

skado Level 7 Nov 26, 2017
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Yes, religion if we must have it should certainly be taken as metaphorical. I also think that there would be so many great brains in heaven at least one of them would have been able to communicate with us by now in some way.

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The : excessive pagentry , brainwashing repetition and wealthy priests ; who exploit their easily manipulated audience.

WhereAtAtheist Level 4 Sep 20, 2017
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all religious have pageantry and rituals though some are not in excess of their "income." all of them inherited that from the pagans . . . remember the story of the Roman Emperor Constantine?

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It's stupid? Yes, it is stupid.

SACatWalker Level 6 Dec 21, 2017
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  1. Religious people so called filled to the brim with a God who teaches them in their minds, yet they come out with so much ridiculous hypocrisies and clearly suffer from psychological sicknesses if I might use that simple term.

  2. After years of studying and obtaining Degrees in the field of Religion, the studying of that proved conclusively that although many of them had some historical factual data that I learned that the apologetic s part of it was at the least simply hypocritical and at the worst deadly (yes, I mean murderous in many cultures) pathological cover up nonsense that hurts and was responsible for the direct murders of as stated by many historians about 800,000,000 people.
    I would say that did it for me. I am thankful to have transcended it and its fear based systems to hold people into something so irrational and mystical.

ListenShare Level 3 Dec 10, 2017
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I no longer think about it enough to really reject it. Religion is not only highly improbable, it is also impossibly boring. There are so many more interesting ideas to think, talk and write about. I'm amazed that it captures so many people.

NightSerf Level 3 Nov 27, 2017
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How long did it take you to get to the point where you no longer think about it? Also, I would ask, why join a community such as this, if that were true? (I realize that may sound rude, but I assure you, I mean no Ill will, just curious.) smile001.gif

@jayknostic I don't think about it much. I was wrong but I assumed when I joined most people would be talking about stuff other than religion.I wasnt thinking about all the recovery issues related to religion

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I don't reject it, I simply don't accept it. One definition of "agnostic" I like is, "one who knows that they don't know." None seem to pass my "sniff test" but some have elements that I find interesting, like reincarnation in Hinduism or the veneration of ancestors in Shintoism.

SoloSentient Level 4 Nov 25, 2017
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Theres just too much paranoia and mind control in organized religion.......Not to mention all the damn ritualism......Do this do that etc etc......

VirginiaMan65 Level 4 Nov 25, 2017
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Simple answer because it’s bullshit. It doesn’t pass the test of logic.

noeledv1 Level 2 Nov 24, 2017
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Because each organization under the umbrella of religion is based upon views and beliefs of mere men. Thus, we have sooooooo many different religions and beliefs to mirror the differences in our physical beings.

TanyaThompson Level 2 Nov 24, 2017
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