The Wrong Direction

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Religion has convinced modern society to not only consider humanity’s well-being: what God wants and our place in either Heaven or Hell in the afterlife (Sutter). Religion, even though there are billions of followers, is based solely on what just a few important religious characters have said. For instance, Islam was started by a man named Mohammed, who communicated with God and became a prophet. Nobody saw him or the angel which visited Mohammed at this time, however, when Mohammed came down from the mountain where he was praying, and began to spread the message, people who had previously been polytheists converted to Mohammed’s new religion: Islam. Over the course of Mohammed’s life, as depicted in the movie “The Message”, many people became Muslims simply because they were told that Mohammed was a prophet, a messenger of the “one true God”. This action of becoming a Muslim simply because, from what the others are saying about Mohammed, seems to be a blind faith – not having any fact whatsoever that there is a God, yet believing with all one’s heart there is one. Personally, I have no qualms with religion or people who practice religion, no matter which religion. What I do struggle with is how religion is the basis of an individual’s decisions, slowing progress of improvement of our nation and world. Religion, in my eyes, has two original purposes. Its first purpose was to explain the unexplainable, such as how humans were created, where animals came from, and other similar questions. Christianity’s book, the Bible, attempted to answer many of these questions with the information known at the time. Over the years, however, many scientists have disproven what the Bible stated as truth – such as the very controversial ... ... middle of paper ... ...orist actions, whereas Muslims see American bad because, in their eyes, our culture disobeys the word of God and is destroying the true meaning of religion. Almost every war in the history of our world while religion has been present has been sparked or purposed with a religious view. Again, I stress my tolerance for religion as a concept, however, religion as it is today, is causing many more problems than it is solving – and is, by itself, stalling our country and world from progressing into being truly peaceful and our people from being comprisable and accepting. Works Cited Kosmin, Barry, and Ariela Keysar. "American Religious Identification Survey." Trinity College, March 2009. Web. 7 Apr 2010. Sutter, John. "Philosopher: Why we should ditch religion." CNN (2010): n. pag. Web. 7 Apr 2010. .
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