For the sake of clarity, let's use any of the following to define "religion".
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!
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Answer by HHx5 at 1:14 PM 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.
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