I like this question.
Religion is also one of the ways that bad people can be INSPIRED to be good.Good people do good things, bad people do bad things. Religion is one of the ways that good people can be manipulated into being bad and it does that, IMO, by using superstition to blur the distinction between right and wrong.
Indeed, it would be, if there were only one Noble Truth.life is suffering.
How depressing - and one-dimensional.
For sure!For humans life is also joy, also triumph, also contentment etc. etc..
Then we agree. "Unsought life" - I like that. But, for some of the fortunate at least, there is a suffering, pain even, in seeing the plight of others less fortunate.Of course suffering is also an inevitable consequence of our unsought life - but it is only a part - and for those more fortunate - often not a very big part.
Yes, and the absence of religion makes for more crime and pain.Religion is also one of the ways that bad people can be INSPIRED to be good.
There is only one Nobel Prize Committee.Indeed, it would be, if there were only one Noble Truth.
Huh? But that's what I do lolI think, for humans, what is evil is refusing to acknowledge the humanity in others - refusing to honor it, respect it, care for it.
SO MUCH evil has been done to others using this method alone...
Thanks for the clarification.....We can be programmed and are.
By our parents, by our friends, and schools, and the village.
One's programming is one's culture and norms.......
I'm not sure that this is correct - examples perhaps?Religion is also one of the ways that bad people can be INSPIRED to be good.
AIUI - this is contrary to the evidence.Yes, and the absence of religion makes for more crime and pain.
Jail ministries...for any religion. I know and have known quite a few people who's lives were turned around by embracing religion in prison. I know several Christians and Muslims who were NOT "frightened" into anything, they embraced the forgiveness that they believed was offered to them from God, and have chosen to live a good life out of GRATITUDE for that forgiveness, NOT fear.I'm not sure that this is correct - examples perhaps?
I will accept that religion is used to frighten people into behaving other than they would do in its absence - changes that may be "good" on the small scale but, I submit, on the grand scale are always "bad".
The problem with science is that it has been proven wrong or it's conclusions modified in situations where clearer understanding and newer information becomes available...believing in scientists' conclusions takes a great amount of FAITH as well.No sir - they were always "reality" - it just takes the use of science to demonstrate the fact