For the sake of clarity, let's use any of the following to define "religion".
Answer by goofygalno1 at 11:02 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 11:04 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:07 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
Religion is a tool. Like any tool it can be used for intended purposes (such as a hammer to a nail in order to build a shelter) or abusive purposes (a hammer used as a bludgeoning instrument to harm others). Unfortunately what we see with Religion is often abusive purposes (dictating how others should live, tax evasion, religious wars, excuses to be assholes) than intended purpose (a guide for one's own PERSONAL life in order to STRIVE to live better through compassion and care).
Like any tool it's all in how you use it!
Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:11 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
If I didn't have the feeling that the Holy Spirit was with me & watching out for me & my family every day then I can't tell you if I could or not. I am no Holy Roller but I am old enough to have seen both good & very bad days & I can tell you that when I pray, I feel better & good things happen. Maybe not the way I wished for it to happen but in a better way. That's why now when I am having a problem & I need support from the Holy Spirit I say that I will leave it in God's hands & the outcome is always positive. I have dabbled in the dark & no good came of it. Looking back it was the worst point in my life. Like I said, knowledge comes with experience & age. I do believe in miracles & have experienced one first hand.
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 11:12 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
Answer by LostSoul88 at 11:13 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
Answer by gwen20 at 11:13 AM on Jan. 10, 2013
At first the purpose it served was to explain phenomenon that were "unexplainable" at the time. Of course now that we are more advanced, all it seems to do is to stop intellectual & scientific progress.
I understand that religion is needed by many as a crutch of sorts, it gives them hope & a reason to keep going. But, by the same token, so much damage & destruction has been done "in the name of God". And, anyone who can logically analyze human nature and global relations can tell you, that there will never even be a chance at world peace unless there is no more religious strife, which can only occur if there are no more religions. So, it seems religion currently does more harm than good.
Answer by 3libras at 11:14 AM on Jan. 10, 2013