I absolutely DO believe the world would be a better place without Antheism AND religion, dear AK-Jeff (peace to you!) and look forward to that day SO much that I often ask for it ("Let your kingdom come"). It is the very message I have been sharing here from the beginning: an absence of religion... which is absolutely a GOOD thing... does NOT have to mean an absence of God... and a belief IN God... does NOT mean an acceptance of/belief in religion. THAT... really IS the "kingdom" of God!
Both Atheism AND religion are simply tools that a very small few of earthling man have used... and use yet... to push THEIR agendas: they know that the "hoy-poloy" are, for the most part, selfish, self-serving, disconnected, numb, uncaring, apathetic, unenlightened... and so easily provoked, easily enticed, easily misled. It has been that way from the VERY beginning... when the Adversary used the desire to be "like God" (to entice the "religious" inclinations in Adham) and so no longer NEED God (to entice the "atheistic" inclinations in Adham)... as a means to fulfill HIS OWN agenda.
BOTH "desires" existed in Adham... as they do in ALL of us, earthling man. The problems arise, however, when we swing to one pole or the other... rather than staying balanced, CENTERED... IN THE MIDDLE... where we're supposed to be. Both the Tree of Knowledge... AND THE TREE OF LIFE... were in the CENTER of the "garden." The kingdom... is INSIDE you. And while Adham was given full authority to "eat" from the latter, had he remained CENTERED... he would have one day been granted to "eat" from the other, as well. Be like God... knowing good (life)... AND bad (death)... yet, live.
But he wasn't mature enough, yet (i.e., hadn't learn to SERVE enough, with his body AND spirit, yet)... to do so. And as a result, he let his desire to BE served be exploited... so that he partook of something his underdeveloped body AND SPIRIT... weren't READY for. Although he had lovingly been warned against doing so.
We think we know so much, we do, earthling man. So did Adham. And our Adversary knew that... and utterly exploited it. Not only to Adham's detriment, but ALL of mankind. But Adham was really only a seed... and undeveloped spirit being. As we all are. And so young as to the age of the creation. Infants. Embryos. Zygots.
And because of this youth... our quest to be "like God"... without first being like Christ... WILL fail. As will our opposite quest... to convince ourselves there is NO God. It, too, will fail... because it is lie. The first will fail because we cannot do it - there is NO way that we can become "like" God... without become like Christ. Because he is the image of the True God and the reflection of His very Being.
The second will fail... because ALL lies are eventually revealed and brought to their end.
A world without religion... or atheism. Imagine...
I bid you peace... and perhaps ears to hear when the Spirit and Bride say to YOU... as they will say to ALL:
"Come! Take LIFE'S 'water'... FREE!"
A very non-religious slave of Christ,