Religion: Good or Bad Rev. 2
Instructor: Allison Keating –Jones
It is a belief that religion is a good thing for people to be involved with. Religion is intimately attached to people’s existence and because of that many bad things have happened. Religion had been used in the past as an instrument to create instability between people, cities and countries. So, my question to you is it, Do you think that people is good enough to be involved in religion?
Although religion has been around since the human race put a foot on this mistreated planet, most of the complications began when people started to socialize. In the beginning, mankind used religion to worship what they could not understand, the Sun, the Moon, Stars and Comets between other things. However, time passed and men gained knowledge and started to understand how the universe works.
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My God or yours? Some people also realized that God was good business too, and if they could manage that business they could become powerful. So now we have many gods, money and power. With all those ingredients people created religion.
And they created it not only for the sake of hope and goodness. They created it to identify themselves as a group and differentiate from their enemies. Years were coming one after another and humanity was growing and with every new soul there was a new worshiper, in some views or a new client, in others. New religions were created for any unimaginable reason; love, hate, discrepancies of ideas, new kings, and old kings. You name it.
Either way, all this diversities of ideas created too much competence, therefore something had to be done, so people added a new element to the equation; they invented the religious war. Every single religion was involved in a war, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Atheist; all of them went to war to save and preserve their religion and make some people’s business grow.
So far it seems that religion is not good at all but in fact if you take time to investigate about religion, you will find out that more or less every one of them is teaching the same things, Respect each other, be honest, have compassion, in summary be a good human being. There is nothing bad in these precepts.
And because of those principles, religion gave us Jesus, John XXIII, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin L. King, Albert Einstein, Frida Kahlo, Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) and many more. These are examples of people of different faith that worked hard to make this world a little bit wise and peaceful[A9] .
How is it possible that under the same concept of religion we can mix money, love, war, goodness, power, humility? Let me help you understand, if you read this essay carefully, you might notice one piece of this puzzle that is named several times. If you thought of people, you are absolutely right, people can make anything as good or bad as it gets. People are capable of creating amazing things and destroy it with no regrets. Finally, going back to the first paragraph of this essay, I ask again, are people good enough for religion? Yes. Some people are.