Question of the Day: Is Any Religion Valuable?

See this post…and this post….

Is religion valuable to humanity? Think abstract, and not just the Christian religion.

But, does religion help establish right and wrong and give a sense or goal to humanity? Could humanity exist without a religion of some sort?

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5 Replies to “Question of the Day: Is Any Religion Valuable?”

  1. Without religious constructs I believe that humanity would more closely follow the associations found in nature (specifically the rest of the animal kingdom). There would be more violence and hardship as the value of individual human life would be severely reduced within the context of a meaningless existence.

  2. I would agree, Nathan. Religion, a system of faith or belief, provides many positive aspects to humanity, and has existed as long as we have. For a reason, I suspect.

  3. John Lennon wrote “Imagine there's no Heaven, It's easy if you try, No Hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people, Living for today”.

    As an anti-Vietnam War song, i think it works. And it has always been one of my favourite songs as it is about peace. But the intention of the song is that Heaven causes wars. As a Christian, to me the song misses one major point. Jesus said “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”. That Heaven can be on Earth. We don't need to not believe in God to solve the problems of the World, as John Lennon would have had led us.

    I think it is better to believe, than not.

  4. How is it that the hundreds (thousands?) of wars fought over religion are so easily forgotten when this argument comes up? The millions of murders, beatings, kidnappings, terrorist acts, enslavement and other remarkably heinous acts all carried out in the name of one religion or another must be considered when you pose this question. It's not all just praise songs and soup kitchens…

  5. We will all be judged in this life as well as in the next by how well we have used or badly abused the gift of faith in a knowable God (John 4: 21-26) in terms of Christ's tested and proven identity and authority, which “not even death will ever be able to overcome”, i.e., a perfect and transfigurative death on the cross –the unique “tree of life” ever available for verification (Matt. 16: 13-28; 26: 63-4; 27: 50-56).

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