Religion? What If ……….. ?

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Religion?

What If it had simply never existed, what would our world be like today?

Would our world be any different to today?

Would the world have begun without some kind of belief system in place?

Is religion really needed?

Many already say that ‘something’ would have been created to fill that void and if that is the case, what would that have been?

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I am currently in the process of reading Lisa Keeble’s book ‘From His Perspective’, which is really quite funny, however there is a conversation between the Boss and his Personal Assistant Norbert where upon the Boss is trying to extract religion from the Human race and not really succeeding that well and doing so on the premise that the world would be a much better and happier place without the inclusion of it, which is the reason l ask this question today.

What do you think?

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

Dalai Lama

15 thoughts on “Religion? What If ……….. ?

  1. People would not be separated by religion boundaries and there would be no fights.Good deeds is far more important than prayers and religious beliefs.

  2. There’s been a lot of violence done in the name of religion, but I suppose if there wasn’t religion people probably would have found another excuse.

  3. People have always found some sort of “higher power” to explain why things happen. Indigenous creation stories go back centuries. The Egyptian had their gods, as did the Greeks and Romans. I think it’s part of human nature.

    The other part of human nature is to justify terrible deeds and call it the will of their diety.

    I dont think we can have a fulfilling life without the spiritual part of us. That doesnt mean we need a specific doctrine, but we are spiritual beings as well as thinking and feeling.

  4. I think religion was created by some very clever individuals to manipulate and control masses of people, and I think people are clever enough to know just how to manipulate. I think religion was meant to happen, logically, but now that we have reached an information era, it is going to slowly die out and fade away. We’ll see!

    1. That is an interesting theory indeed and one l agree with regards manipulation of the minds of others and l am always saying, time will tell.

      I read an article recently that basically stated that more and more people are request non religious burials in so far as opting for ‘Humanitarian’ services, and that this also represents the global decline in religious belief.

  5. Although I personally agree with the Dali Lama’s theory, I think a lot of people would argue with it. Most people need something to believe in, other than themselves. They need to feel connected to someone or something or some belief. Most people need the security of “knowing” there is a higher power.

    1. I think you are right, but l think it is that the people who choose to believe have to believe in something because they are not comfortable purely believing in themselves – so if something goes wrong in their lives they have a fall grace, ‘this is why it happened, it happened because it was meant to, a greater purpose’ Instead of simply accepting that they were probably the catalyst to that incident or whatever it is easier to say that a higher power thought it so.

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