Captain_Emily wrote:Jiang Xun wrote:Sorry, but i think any religion that basicly tells you what to think, on ANY subject, is not right.
All organized religions do this. The need to either stop......or be disbanded.......
There are many different institutions that tell people waht to think. If we were truly going to disband and punish organized religion for doing so, we'd also have to get rid of government, the media, schools, family, friends, etc. Actually, we'd pretty much have to give up all human contact, as I've received advice and comments from total strangers before.
So what if it tells people what to think? People are influenced by many different things, and religion is only one of them. Besides, if an organized religion isn't hurting anybody, and it helps even one person feel better about their life, then I think that it's worth it.
Has the schools ever told you to kill yourself, or others, if you want to see heaven?
Does the gov't claim that a higher being, the one who "created" you said to do certain things or else?
To compare religion to schools or govt is like comparing football to hockey. They might have one or even two things in common, but for the most part, there is no connection what so ever.
Religion and govt are alike in the sense that they are both institutions. While the gov't can tell you to kill people for the betterment of your people, the church says that "God" told you to do it.
There is a HUGE difference between the two, one that cannot even be compared.