The other business`s don`t Threaten My Life,if I don`t use their Products or Services.. I`m not a Big Fan of Extortion..
But not all religions so threaten, do they, dear Artie Rex (the greatest of love and peace to you, my dear friend!)? However, some of the other industries all but do so, in a different kind of way, don't they (i.e., "If you don't use our product you won't be... whatever... and so might as well be dead, 'cause ain't nobody gonna like/want you...")? I mean, isn't all pretty much "mind games"?
I think the issue is NOT religion but ORGANIZED relgion.
Now, see, my "definition" is that which is organized/institutionalized in some manner, dear P (the greatest of love and peace to you, as well!), even if on a kind of tribal level (i.e., with a "medicine man" who pretty much tells everyone else what they can/cannot should/should not, etc., and so is looked to as the head/leader, of sorts). Otherwise, I just consider them... ummmmm... "beliefs", and not necessarily of a religious nature (although to some that is the connotation).
Shouldn't religion come with some kind of WARNING! label similar to what is on a pack of cigs or bottle of alcohol? Or, perhaps a Disclaimer
Perhaps, dear JO (the greatest of love and peace to you, too, dear one!). But these didn't always have warnings, did they? And how CAN you warn? Perhaps a religion's "creed" could be a kind of disclaimer? I mean, "We believe... such and so." Which should give people a sense of what they're getting into. But that kind of is the case already and why governments often don't interfere: people can choose what they want to believe. The government can't... and shouldn't... try to control that.
I don't know about other parts of the country, but the churches around here are heavily involved in charitable endeavors. Even if someone does not believe in God, association with a church that focuses on community and altruistic acts rather than burdensome doctrine is rewarding.
Yes, but what if a religion doesn't "believe" in charitable works? What if their particular belief system is that each one must provide for himself/herself? Or that "God helps those who help themselves"? Or "Good, let 'em all die off; more for us"? I can see where to qualify as a particular TYPE of religion... that claims to adhere to a certain set of beliefs (i.e., following Christ), might be monitored as to whether their activities actually replicate his teachings. But I am sure that someone will find a way around that. Heck, that's what corporate legal departments are for: to find ways for their employers to circumvent laws, codes, regulations, ordinances, statutes, etc.
One in particular has a huge sign out front that reads, Free Produce for the Needy. They distribute fresh veggies and fruit and if you have a surplus from your garden, you can drop it off there and they will make sure someone in need will get it.
What a wonderful thing! But that's what they believe is "right." Another religion (and I know of at least one - LOL!)... maybe not so much.
Even so, though, my question is, if there is NO God/god... what's the problem? How are they different from other industries that scam people out of their money, homes, lives... minds?
Again, peace to you all... and thank you for responding!
YOUR servant and a slave of Christ,