I appreciate their comments and i would like to clarify some issues.
I start with Syd: I still claim that mainstream religious doctrine ask you to blindly follow whatever the holy book says without any proof at all…this goes for Buddhism as well but you, if i read you right, comitt the error of comparing all religions as if they should be weighed as equals in my statement. In such a case you are quite right in separating Buddhism from the other mainstream religions. In fact i don’t see Buddhism as an actual religion more like a lifestyle choice comparable with opting to be a vegetarian. Buddhism is focused on the individual not on some all powerful omnipotent sky daddy.
Furthermore your post contains some glaring statements please allow me to quote a few lines
“but I can say, that religions and religious texts in the 21st Century are no longer being referred to as doctrines of truth.”
if i read this right you actually mean to say that when a suicide bomber blows himself up that he doesn’t justify indiscriminate murder and suicide from the Koran? the koran that proscribe, even glorify and promises rewards for such actions?
“Mind you, I admire atheists, as I admire anyone who has the courage to be proud in what their beliefs are. ” Just a technicality, but atheist don’t have any faith we don’t believe in anything superstitious, we don’t believe without proof.
“Escapedmentalpatient, you make an exaggerated generalisation about shit that you have no idea about. Have you ever travelled and lived these people that you talk about with so much authority.”
I am tempted to ask how would you know or judge my abilities, knowledge or experience in regards to this subject? I would have you know that my expertise related to this field is extensive.
I will get back to more details on why i or why we should all! hate religion after some comments to Sathfilms post.
In most of your post i am a bit unsure if you are actually arguing against me or with me? but you have some points that i feel i should comment on.
“You seem to think life is worth living because you are free to enjoy yourself and do what you think is right. Each of us has a reason we think life is worth it, or we are looking for one. I honestly don’t care one bit what that reason is, whether your bound by religion, values without religion, ideas about freedom – however what I do hate is when someone tells me that I’m wrong. Excuse me, but I don’t think anyone can tell me that I’m wrong without having a faith in something – God, humans, karma, whatever – that allows them to tell me that I’m wrong, and as such, their view is no more valid than mine.”
This paragraph presents itself as a wonderful example of why religious faith is wrong, no matter what denomination you call it, think what other aspect of your life would you “respect” any opinion or belief with the awe and reverence you give religious beliefs..
Would you accept a doctors belief that he could cure canser with leaches? or that your first born should be covered in cigarette smoke to purify it?
Of course you wouldn’t, the point is you are probably a smart rational person. But look at what happens when i generally comment on how stupid religion is, and voila! “however what I do hate is when someone tells me that I’m wrong. Excuse me, but I don’t think anyone can tell me that I’m wrong without having a faith in something”
Why do you get angry? if i told you, you have made some error or misunderstood something or that you are in some way in error on any other topic, would you be angry? wouldn’t you thank me?
If you believed you had to turn right to go to a, lets say shopping mall and i told you that that was wrong you had to go left, would you be pissed off?
Actually i think this is one of the main reasons for me to hate religion or any other beliefs in some form of god. Because only such belief can turn ordinarily reasonable and intelligent people into people inapproachable in dialog.
believing in something without proof is stupid no matter how you angle it, especially when we know how powerful a motivator belief is, imagine if i told you “don’t look behind you there is a guy pointing a gun at you” if you believed me imagine how you would react and feel?
Belief is a really powerful motivator! we schould not organise our lives or build our view of the world on things that have no shred of evidence or realism attached to it.
If we do we effectively freeze ourselves and our capacity to think and deal with the world in the instance we convince ourselves “there must be some god” what is the purpose of continuing to study ourselves or the universe? haven’t we effectively destroyed the foundation for our own curiosity?