Two (or three, or four, or five ...) wrongs don't make a right, Shelby.
No, of course not, dear Nick (peace to you, dear one!). That wasn't my point. My point is... if there is NO God... why isn't religion just another "service" that some provide for those who WANT it? You may not LIKE what they provide... any more than I like, say, designer drugs, etc. But if people WANT them... and they're LEGAL... why place more blame on "them" for selling their "product"... which, admittedly, can be quite harmful... than the others?
Comparing rapacious industries is irrelevant. Religion? Consider the obscene riches of the Roman Catholic church juxtaposed against the poverty of most Cathoic countries.
I could make the same argument for the oil industry today. Including the terror and fear these wreak in Africa. Incluidng pitting tribes against one another, to the annihilation of one or both... so that land they occupy can be cleared for drilling. Or the little children who play near... and sometime get consumed by open, burning wells. While, you know, realizing 65% increases in profits during ONE quarter. Most of still buy that oil, though...
Consider the centuries of oppression of the ignorant by the elite priesthood. Consider the crusades, the inquisitions, the burning of New World libraries, the pedophilia, the modern-day deaths from AIDS in Africa because of religious dogma about contraception and how it offends God.
Yes, yes, yes. But that is the RCC, is it not... and not, say, Shintoism?
Consider the billions raked in by the all time favourite religion to hate in this forum. Consider the people whose lives have been ruined because they waited for an Armageddon that would never come, because they refused vaccinations or organ transplants or blood transfusions.
Yes. And consider the billions raked in by the tobacco industry... for far, far longer... and the people whose lives have not only been ruined... but taken, literally. Yet, we consider them a legit industry. If there is no God, and religion is only selling illusions to make, I dunno, profit... or to have power... why are they "bad"... and these others not so much?
Consider all this and know that the time has come for religion to be cast into the scrap heap on which intelligent humans have thrown black magic and superstition.
ALLreligion, dear one? What if a religion DOESN'T do such things, but do "good" works, as some have suggested? If there is no God/god... would it be "okay" for such institutions to exist? I'm thinking that it would... so long as "GOD" is not involved. Yes? And so, I'm asking... if there IS no God/god... what is the big deal?
What is it about that word "God"... or god? Because I'm thinking it was more to do with THAT... getting rid of GOD... or the THOUGHT of God... or a belief in God... than it is about getting rid of "religion." I'm thinking that if religion did all of the "good" that it does... but does not mention "God"... it would be considered "good." However, if it got rid of ALL of its "bad"... kept ALL of the "good"... but still professed a believe in "God"... that would be a problem for some.
I am just trying to understand why, if there IS no God... why they aren't just considered another kind of "service" industry. One that provides counseling services, rehab, necessities, health care, child/youth care, etc., etc., etc., etc. One that perhaps uses "God" to sell its products. You know, like the others use celebrities.
Get what I'm asking? If not, dear one, no worries. I said at the outset that I don't think like most folks... and this could be evidence of that. But since some get what I'm asking, I think it was a fair question.
BUT... thank YOU, dear one, for your comments and, as always, peace to you!
YOUR servant and a slave of Christ,