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Religion vs Atheism: A lesson from history

22 May 2012, 11:10

It can be said that almost all religions do not even know that they are extremist, all they believe is their religion and what they’ve heard and would go to any length to prove their faith. In the last few weeks I have and seen so many articles that prove or disprove the existence of god. And I have been greatly disappointed by the Christians especially those who want to take a personal opinion by an author or particular scientist and make it binding as scientific proof of gods existence. What happened to logic and clarity? How do you get a Christian to disprove a Christian god? By all means his findings will be biased based on the fact that he would like to prove himself right. Or have we not heard of justification? Personally am not inclined to either religion nor do I support the theories of atheism for one Christianity and religious extremism has been the cause of many atrocities in history and anyone who would tell me that it is justified because humans have a will and god can’t do anything about it is a fool for the cause. Don’t the holy scriptures claim he is all powerful, omnipresent, all knowing, the beginning and the end. Where was god in the witch hunt 1542 and 1735? Or did he condone the violent deaths that the Christians claimed was cleansing? Or where was he when the knights templar rained death in Europe in the crusades of the 1100’s and 1600’s? Or is it justified to kill people in the name of religion?

Today many people frown on the Muslim community for their acts of terror but not too long ago the church of Christ in modern day standards would have been considered a terrorist organisation because of the mass murders of the none believers in their time. Lets get things clear it is not wrong to be religious not at all but the confrontations that arise from being associated with a particular religion are too extreme for my liking and quite a few people would share my opinion on this matter. Am neither a Christian nor am I an atheist because in recent times atheism has also evolved into one such group that seems out to disprove the existence of god. What happened to the atheist that used to take a passive role when it comes to issues of religion? The modern day atheist is just as extreme as the 11th century Christian.

In the words of George Santayana "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it" and it seems this is the direction that we heading in. For those that don’t believe in god it wise to try and live your lives not provoking those that have religious beliefs and if you do believe in god please ask him what he is doing about his children being massacred in south Sudan, while you are at it ask him in who’s image was Hitler, Mussolini, saddam Hussein, P.W. Botha and the many dictators that this world has seen instead of wasting our time trying to convince us that he is all powerful.

In closing am not trying to insult anyone but the fact is just because you think you are right doesn’t make the next person wrong. Most religions teach tolerance at least now they do apart from the Muslims who just kill the none believers (Surah 9:5 ) but for those who decide to take a human beings word for it are gullible and naïve. Some professor in a lab tells you the world was created by a supernatural being and you believe it? That’s up to you but don’t claim that it is a fact because humans and science are flawed and science has never been exact, it is only 500 years ago that the same scientists thought the world was flat, what then shall we discover in another 500 years?

Another one of my favourite quotes by Karl Marx “religion is the opium of the masses” and we know what opium does to the human mind, at least that we can prove without a doubt. The fact of the matter is religion at one time in history was a source of stability, morality and a foundation for the existence community but not in this day and age. What is pathetic is the continual attribution of honour, respect and morality to religion which has been perpetually indoctrinated into every child for the last thousand years. Remember this region hasn’t always been this wide spread and we do not need to believe in the stories of others to create a basis or reason for our existence. The fact of the matter is everything else is just a glorified opinion based on position or profession. If those scientists and their opinions were to tell you today to start eating plastics would you do it? I rest my case.

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