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Organized Religion - Helpful or Hurtful? Options
Robert Kane
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 8:53:38 AM

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A lot of people believe that organized religion has done more harm than good throughout history. All the wars fought in the name of religion, with each side believing God was on their side. People slaughtered, burned at the stake, imprisoned, persecuted, all because of their religion. People are still being persecuted today. One religion believes they are the “chosen” people, while another religion makes the same claim. So many people have lived, and are still living, with so much shame and guilt and self-hatred, because they are told they are sinners, they are evil, they will burn in hell. Some even take their own lives.

What do others think? Has organized religion done more harm or more good, throughout history?
FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 10:44:26 AM

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Robert Kane wrote:
A lot of people believe that organized religion has done more harm than good throughout history. All the wars fought in the name of religion, with each side believing God was on their side. People slaughtered, burned at the stake, imprisoned, persecuted, all because of their religion. People are still being persecuted today. One religion believes they are the “chosen” people, while another religion makes the same claim. So many people have lived, and are still living, with so much shame and guilt and self-hatred, because they are told they are sinners, they are evil, they will burn in hell. Some even take their own lives.

What do others think? Has organized religion done more harm or more good, throughout history?


Like everything humans are involved in, it has been used for both good and evil, because humans are capable of both. So religion isn't responsible for any of that. It's the humans who are responsible. We have invented many religions, then used them according to our desires, good and bad.
Robert Kane
Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2021 9:09:40 AM

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Thanks FounDit. Thanks for your comment, and your perspective. I do agree with you. You’ve given me a different way of looking at this issue. I appreciate it.
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