49.Are you suggesting that we should
eliminate all the religions? Don't you think that some religions have
something good to offer? If so why is it that so many people are
attracted to them?
Despite the fact that I agree that religions
are irrational. I believe not everyone can live without a religion.
Most people who turn towards religions are people who need authority
in their lives, who lack self discipline, who have had disturbing past
and religion gives them what they lack: Discipline. Once they start
believing in a religion they shape up, they regain their self-esteem
and often are empowered to overcome their handicaps.
Of course all this metamorphosis takes place in them thanks to their
own will power. There is no exterior being giving them any help as
they assume. However the belief of such being is the most potent
autosuggestion. God takes the place of an imaginary friend who is
there all the time ready to assist you whenever you are fallen, beaten
and demoralized. Mature individuals do not need such imaginary friend
to get up and stand on their own feet, but not everyone is mature. The
belief in such imaginary, loyal and all-powerful friend can do
miracles for those who lack the inner strength to rely on their own
resources. But those who are mature know that it is them that make the
miracles come true.
Therefore in my opinion it is cruelty to take away the crutch from
those who have not learned to stand on their own feet yet. It is not
wise to attack all religions and deride all those who rely in these
religions. Our job, as freethinkers, should be to gently suggest that
religions are superfluous and one can really find his/her way through
the guidelines of the Golden Rule. The power to get up from the gutter
and feel whole again is within us. We need no reliance on any deity to
overcome the difficulties that we face in our lives. But we should
also remember that it is unreasonable to assume everyone does have the
same maturity and self-reliance.
I do not see any good in criticizing and belittling religions.
Humanity will one day be able to reject all religions and walk freely.
But until then religions do play a crucial role in the lives of
millions even though that role is imaginary.
We should not attack all religions and decry what people hold dear to
their hearts. Religions may be useless, but they are not to those who
believe in them. Religions play a crucial role in the psyche of
billions of believers. Only we have to be watchful that these
religions do not become destructive, like the religion of David Koresh,
of Shoko Asahara, of Jim Jones, of Heavenís Gate or of the mad man
The challenge of freethinkers is not to fight with every belief, but
to focus on those that are destructive. All beliefs are based on
fallacies but not all fallacies are harmful. If someoneís religion
teaches him to do good, say good and think good, that religion is good
even if it is false. If someoneís religion teaches him to love
humanity, abolish prejudices, establish world unity and ensure the
equality of sexes, there is no need to be aggressive towards the
followers of that religion. But if a religion preaches hate, if it
instructs its followers to kill those who do not believe in that
religion and by letting it grow it endangers the peace of the world
and the survival of human race that religion must be combated and
eliminated. In conclusion, we should not be against any faith but we
should be against hate.