If you were to ask me if religion is good or bad, I would say both. It is extremely negative in the sense that it can be seen as a tool used by authorities to control and condition people. Its can be seen as negative because it causes many (*cough* Christians *cough*) to think in an extremely close-minded point of view. I’d say it is also very positive because it can inspire people to do good, it gives many a motive when considering the possibility of an afterlife and a need to prepare one’s self for this afterlife. Though religion has a bad side to it, I see atheism as a far more negative system of belief.
Atheism is the belief that only the material world exists. There are no gods here, there is nothing special, everything has a perfect scientific explanation. I see this as negative because it causes one to think based on materials and leads to a need for material wealth. I have proof that atheism is false; thought is not a material, willpower is not a material, emotions are not a material though all these things are connected to the material world. Plenty of Atheists like to arrogate great scientists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, yet these guys aren’t Atheist at all but Agnostic, they believe that the existence of a deity or a spiritual presence is unknown and possibly unknowable. To eschew the concept of religion is tenable, but creates a pejorative view of reality.
What I find to be attracting about religion is that most of the religions of the world when looked at coherently are very similar. There is a Christ-like figure in nearly every religion that tells us not to do harm, to love, and to help each other to help ourselves. What I really dislike about Christianity though, is not the Bible itself, but the hypocrisy. Christians live by the rules of the Bible yet they are constantly breaking them and oppressing others. Christianity has significant roots to Paganism, which is not an “evil” religion at all yet it was attacked by hypocritical Christians in the past and still is today. In the Bible, it claims that those who are fearful go to hell.
As we all know, the bible is written in parables which possess multiple meanings yet most Christians stick to the literal meaning; they believe the bible is the literal word of God. If the Bible is the literal word of God, then what is with all of the different versions? Chances are that when you are reading the word of God, you are actually reading the word of King James.
“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Revelation 21:6 (God is the best and the worst, and those who seek truth find it)
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Revelation 21:7 (The son of God and the father are one, you can be like Jesus)
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 (This one is a bit more confusing as you could attach various definitions to these terms. I think what is most important here is the sorcery reference which caused a lot of the false accusations and brutal history of hypocritical Christians. The rulers of Egypt worshiped deities to change the world around them and ultimately to benefit themselves through sorcery. They had staffs, wands, and symbols used for worship/personal gain. Moses also had a staff, and he was not seeking personal gain, I’d say what he did is pretty similar to the concept of sorcery; do you think you will go to hell for being like Moses? Jesus walked on water too, he turned water into wine, is he burning in hell?
Religion seems logical as a whole, but I feel that it is commonly completely misinterpreted and looked at in an illogical manner.