Yep, your eyes are not deceiving you, and the title is not sarcastic at all.
Someone I know asked me if I really think that Religion is evil and nothing good comes out of it.
He asked that because he kept seeing me repeating an FB status: Religion… the root of all evil.
I usually put that after a car bombing or a massacre that is cause by religious fanatics , the frequencies of which keep on increasing…
Anyways back to the subject; Good things come out of Religion for sure! Specially in the past:
- When people donate out of religious conviction for the poor or orphanages for example, I call this good that came out of religion. I don’t specifically call the people donating as good, because the true intention of donating is to book a seat in the supposed heaven but nonetheless the good that came out of it (food, shelter, clothes etc) is umm GOOD.
- When science advances because of religion: Lots of tool, funding for scientists, architecture concepts, etc. got a boost up because of building all those grandiose temples that religion tends to have (highest buildings in the ancient world, most elaborate ornaments, etc.)
- The first city ever built was built because of religion, at a time where humans did not even know how to grow food, it is called Gobekli Tepe in turkey and it is 11,000 years old where a temple is the centre of it.(Note humans were nomads before discovering how to farm)
- It gave structure and laws in times where laws did not matter, a fear of punishment was needed to keep people in line. (of course used by the fragile elders to keep control over the young and powerful ).
The problem is at this age: we have laws, we have logic, we have science, and now religion is hindering us. How many scientists were killed by religion because they said the earth is round and it revolves around the sun? how many research were stopped because it is not according to some religion? how many damn wars were because of religion? how much racism, sexism, hate and elitism were caused because of religion?
Fairy tales don’t have a place in this modern world. When we die , we die. You don’t have to invent crazy stories to make yourself comfortable.