I like this post of yours and Jesus would agree with much of it. Religion does do a lot of damage. But Christianity as started by Jesus through His sacrifice and resurrection wasn't intended to be a "religion." It was supposed to be "the way" to eternal life in the presence of God.<quoted text>many of the Atheists here, including myself, feel that religion is a danger to our society, it always has been. Religion is divisive and pigeonholes individual groups into clans. Each feeling their religion is the ONLY true one. Each clan draws an insurmountable line in the sand, and once crossed all sort of violent behavior insures.
People who believe things for NO good reason are dangerous. People who have NEVER met, know nothing about the other, have no problem wishing them eternal torture in lakes of fire. That is what religion brings. No true unity of the human race can ever happen with hundreds of exclusive clubs claiming ownership over the others.
I consider this a war for our species, a war against the poison that religion brings to our species. I come here at times just to marvel at the unbelievable ignorance displayed by those of religion, and am constantly awed by the dedication that Theists have over a totally unsupported belief. They build their entire lives and those around them on things that are only imagined, so substance, no evidence, only delusion. I find it pitiful!!!!!
"Religion" is a man-made construct to make sense and regulate beliefs and behaviors. Jesus came to denounce "religion" and to show that the true way to God was through Him alone; not religion.
Sadly, many who self-identified as Christians have done horrible things to one another and to non-Christians as well. Their actions disqualify them from identity as "Christians."
Think of it this way:
If a doctor sedates a patient and then takes advantage of the patient for his own sexual desires, he has betrayed his trust and obligations, and therefore no longer deserves to be called a doctor, correct?
If a police officer pulls over a drug dealer and confiscates the drugs, and then later sells them to make a profit for himself, he betrays his position as a enforcer of law and protector of public safety, and is no longer worthy of being a police officer, correct?
But do we NOT go to a hospital just because of one doctor?
But do we NOT call police if we see a child hit by a hit and run driver, just because of one police officer?
There is a core truth to Christianity, just as there is core truth to medical treatment, and to law enforcement. Throwing away the essence of any of these is akin to throwing away the baby along with the bath water.