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  1. And what has happened to humanity so radically over the 6,000 years of its existence that it has disappeared? Religion grew out of funerary rites and only then did it grow into theogony and cosmogony. At first, people thought about what would happen after death, and only then began to create ideas about what is “on the other side”. Religion has given them hope that death is not the end. Have people stopped dying now? No. Well, religion is still in demand by the overwhelming majority of people as a bulwark of hope that this is not the end. Surveys give contradictory data: up to 60-70% of people in the civilized world are ready to disbelieve in the supernatural (this includes the concepts of religion and metaphysics), but only 15-20% are ready to die completely and decompose into atoms.

  2. when we talk about the negative aspects of religion, we are referring primarily to monotheistic doctrines that claim that their God is the only and best. There has always been a belief in the eternal human soul, and it differs in nuances in different regions, but the general scheme of the heroic myth, the afterlife, and the pantheon of deities is the same for everyone, from the Maya to the Celts, from the Slavs to the Chinese (from Carl Jung's research). These myths live in us as psychological atavisms (archetypes). Human consciousness is too fragile a substance, and archetypes of the subconscious help us live in this often unintelligent world. But another thing is that every culture has rights to its own deities, it is stupid for a person living in the desert to prove that the most important deity is Santa Claus.

  3. There is one saying that sounds radical, but the essence is correct-Civilization will begin its true development when the last stone of the church falls on the head of the last priest!

  4. Those who say that the religion of Islam is a lie, there were countless people like you in this world, but the question always arises, what will happen after death, fools you did not think about it, your dislike and rejection will be revealed when you appear before the Lord of the Worlds, who created you and gave you life, ungrateful!!!!!

  5. A popular question.

    If a person is not able to fantasize, invent a new world, believe in something that has not been encountered and that cannot be verified, then, yes, he is not able to have faith in the supernatural.

    Imagine for yourself. Here you flew to an alien planet and met aliens. And it turns out in communication with them that they can not invent something that does not exist.�

    You offer them to read books, watch films of earthlings. And they just don't understand what you're showing them. Their brains perceive only what is proven by experience. You bang your head against the wall explaining what Carlson and Winnie-the-Pooh are, and they just don't see them, the brain doesn't assimilate them, just as we can't imagine infinity or the fact that a photon in a vacuum can't outrun.�

    Try to explain to a person whose brain is not able to fantasize, why Tolkien wrote on the tombstone of him and his wife:

    He will sing you a sad song: What are Beren and Luthien like? There are no such names. There are no such creatures. It was all because he was afraid of thunder and didn't know how to explain it. It was run by some religious people, to control people.�

    Well, of course, we are free people, our minds are clear, no one controls us, we are not afraid of anything. But Pushkin, Lermontov, Brodsky-they were afraid to think independently and were ” religion is a mechanism for controlling people.”�

    In the cold season, in a region more accustomed to heat
    than to cold,to a flat surface more than to a mountain,
    A baby was born in a cave to save the world:
    Melo, as soon as the desert can take revenge in winter.
    Everything seemed huge to him: his mother's breast, the yellow steam
    from the oxen's nostrils, the magi-Balthazar, Gaspard,
    Melchior; their gifts dragged in here.
    He was just a dot. And the dot was a star.
    Carefully, without blinking, through the sparse clouds,
    at the Child lying in the manger from afar,
    from the depths of the Universe, from the other end of it,
    the star looked into the cave. And that was my Father's look.

    If people can't write such poems, then this is the future of biorobots.

  6. I'm afraid that will never happen. We can see from the success of Harry Potter that people are always looking for lies and find great pleasure in them. If they are deprived of faith in Jesus Christ or Jehovah, they will run to believe in something else, other nonsense. Faith cannot be weeded out like a carrot, it can only be squeezed out by the amount of knowledge, the idea of the constructions of this world. There is such a hypothesis about God, it is no better or worse than other hypotheses, I myself have nothing against it, but no one proves it to us, does not provide facts, only the words of lice-covered old men.�

    But on the side of religion is culture, and its influence is enormous. And being a lie in its purest form, it will provoke a person to look for a lie, to revel in this lie, especially a flattering lie. A person will always look for confirmation that he is a special being and accept that science has assigned him the role of a being with a limited set of capabilities and a rather shitty brain, which was made for the needs of the pithecanthropus very clumsily, and came off the assembly line. After all, when we talk about our amazing achievements as a quantum theory, the only indicator of complexity is how long it took us to come up with it. Well, I used to know a Chukchi who opened a beer can for two weeks. That is, the complexity of the issue for us is not at all a confirmation of their real complexity, perhaps these are quite obvious things.

    There are many limiting factors that a person will try never to recognize. Moreover, there is a culture that calls it unique, the crown of creation. A person will always look for loopholes for lying.

  7. Religion, or rather spiritual life, is what distinguishes man from the animal. This word is translated from Greek (re-again; league-union, unification) – restoration of relations with God.

    There are many projects where monkeys were taught sign language, but not one such monkey has not asked a single question. Animals do not think about such questions: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Why am I suffering? Animals and I have four common needs in which we are not very different from animals: food, sleep, copulation, and defense. And only a person is inclined to move towards the highest ideals, is inclined to personal and spiritual growth. When a nation completely destroys spiritual life and religion in its society, it leads itself to destruction, because the highest ideal of an egoist is my personal “happiness”, satisfaction, at any COST. And there will definitely be a “strong” person who, together with his people, will destroy competitors, and this is usually 90% of the total number of people. Man in his egoism surpasses the animal in his cruelty. In most cases, an animal kills only for food, and a person kills because he “can”. And such a person will find many reasons to destroy the objectionable and leave only slaves.

    Religion is an opportunity to change yourself for the better. God is like the sun, he is alone, and the further away from him the more clothes and heaters you need:) If you do not have enough knowledge in one religion, you can go to the second class, that is, to a religion where knowledge is presented in a more complete form. By the fruit we know the tree and we know the real religion. And only a human can answer three questions: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? What do you need to do to achieve it? When one finds true knowledge, then one becomes happy. He re-establishes a relationship with God, he finds his Part, the Complete Whole and shares a loving relationship with the Part, he is happy.

    The soul is made up of three elements – eternity, knowledge, and bliss. Therefore, a person will never be satisfied with the theory of a one-time life, second-rate knowledge and limited joy. The joy that ends is grief. The mind is made up of thoughts, so it is constantly occupied with thinking. The mind is made up of ideas, so a person always needs ideals. And the soul wants eternal life, full of knowledge and full of bliss. A person has two needs: to love and to be loved. When there are opportunities to realize this, then a person can live, and not exist.

    The desire for self-improvement, for religion is inherent in us by nature. Religion may be hidden for some time, but faith in God is eternal.

  8. No, because religion is not a monosyllabic mechanism, as Nevzorov writes, responsible only for fooling stupid and naive people and turning them into an obedient herd. Religion is a social regulator that allows society not to fall into chaos and anarchy – we see this in the example of today, when Orthodoxy is no longer like the canonical denomination of Christianity, but rather like private business-along with the decline of the church, various kinds of radicals appear, both from the church itself (Enteo, Milonov) and from people opposing it (the same Nevzorov, Sokolovsky, various non-traditional confessions and neo-pagans). We see the same process in the case of the Reformation in Europe, when the Catholic Church was mired in sin and indemnity, and Martin Luther, Jean Calvin, and others opposed it, and the Holy See established the Inquisition. This split led to the Thirty Years ' War. Conclusion: a strong, normal, adequate church that follows its precepts, even in a secular state, leads to the unification of society and the prevention of serious social upheavals.�

    If we go even deeper, then religion also acts as a moral and moral reference point for a person, his inner core and the core of the society in which he lives. Whether we like it or not, all universal values, all international legal acts and national laws of many countries, even the most progressive ones, are based on Christian morality. The commandments and rules of conduct between people recorded in the Bible are the basis of all modern Western civilization.�

    Therefore, I believe that religion, in one form or another, will always be in demand in society.

  9. Religiosity is the highest part of human nature, the breath of our spirit, the desire for the absolute, it will always be there. Just as there will always be those for whom this dimension of reality is inaccessible: such people can be likened to blind people who do not see spring. But, meanwhile, the processes of our civilization's retreat from its Christian heritage over the past century are objective. And we are all witnessing this crisis: the flywheel of entropy is spinning more and more, moving humanity away from God and His plan for us. Life, honor, freedom, family-all this is being trampled on today. But we are not surprised by this, because God explicitly warns in the Bible that at the end of history we will face a global decline in faith: “The Son of Man has come, will he find faith on earth” (Luke 18: 8).

    But a holy place is never empty. Faith — the belief that something is true or morally justified — is a psychological phenomenon that is inherent in every person, regardless of their religious views, and the modern secular worldview is also a belief, only dead. In the twentieth century, religious faith declined, at least in the industrial countries of the West, that is, in the political center of the world. Christianity was steadily losing ground. Transcendental beliefs have left a religious and metaphysical vacuum in their wake. This void was filled by various ideologies of this historical type. Faith in an Omnipotent God has been replaced by faith in an omnipotent state, whose priests know better than the citizens themselves how to live, work, treat morals, manage their property, and raise their children. Strong enough to give everything and take everything away. Not wanting to be children of God, we became slaves of the state, which, like Leviathan, devours more and more layers of civil society, justifying totalitarianism with mantras about social justice. Before the First World War, government spending rarely exceeded 5 percent of gross domestic product. Today, they are at a level close to 60 percent. Never in the history of the Western world has there been anything like this, no king or dictator of the past could even dream of such power.

    What this monstrous experiment led to, we all know. Socialism in the interpretations of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao claimed more than a hundred million human lives. The twentieth century is a century of world wars unprecedented in the history of mankind and acts of tyranny unprecedented in their scale. In my opinion, all this is not accidental.

    What's next for us? I hope that when people realize the depth of what has happened over the past hundred years, they will understand that if they lose their religious identity, they also lose their freedom. And this will be the beginning of a spiritual renaissance, the beginning of the revival of Christian civilization. After all, the idea that man is a creation of God, that he is independent, endowed with rights, he has a soul, that there are restrictions on the power of the state; the idea of the family, the values of children, the idea of personal dignity and freedom – these are ideas that came from Christianity to the Roman Empire and after its fall became the basis of what we call Western civilization, the greatest civilization on earth. The greatest art, architecture, and literature came from Christianity. And it is absolutely correct to say that if faith dies, culture and civilization perish. If we forget God and His Law, we have no future.

  10. Modification yes, but not complete disappearance.And here is(in my very humble opinion) why: human societies cannot exist without such irrational things as compassion, love for one's neighbor,and even self-sacrifice. These irrational phenomena require an irrational explanation. Therefore, religion will exist as long as societies are at least somewhat civilized. If humanity goes back to savagery ,religions will not be needed. The strongest or meanest will survive,but not for long.

  11. It is worth starting with the fact that a person is not able to find out or check whether there are any higher forces, so he can only take it on faith. Therefore, the question of the existence of religion leads to some other plane. The fact is that it is pathologically difficult for a person to take responsibility for everything that happens in his life. Responsibility for a person is a heavy burden, a forced sacrifice, for him it is beyond the bounds of possibility to be responsible for absolutely everything that happens in his life. Therefore, throughout the entire existence of mankind, it has always been necessary for him to have some “third person” who, in the case of something that goes beyond the competence of a person, would be able to take on this responsibility (in this case, these are higher forces). As an example, we can cite the situation when in the event of any difficult circumstances, troubles, misfortunes etc. even the most ardent atheists begin to pray.
    Thus, if religion disappears, some other institution will definitely appear, on which in such situations a person will be able to shift his responsibility.

  12. As for me, there is a high probability that religion will eventually disappear from people's heads. You should look back and see the fact that there were no atheists at all before. Everyone believed in something, and even heretics who were burned at the stake, hanged, believed in supernatural powers. Now we can see such types as agnostics or the same atheists, whose direction is now becoming very popular due to the fact that there is a rumor in everyday life that atheists are more intellectually developed or have greater intellectual potential than believers, whose development is slowed down by religious prejudices. So regarding this question, I can assume that sooner or later (most likely that late)religion will decline.

  13. Humanity always needs to believe in something: in God, in human rights, in a bright future, and so on… The most important thing is that the planet does not turn into a global monastery.

  14. It seems to me that the harmfulness of religion has recently been exaggerated. It is still a mainstay for many people. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. But, on the other hand, its influence, which is supported by the authorities, is harmful. And painfully forced planting. Such a religion must be eradicated. I assume that such a religion is given a little time.�
    But when these conflicts subside, and religion continues to exist as a separate institution attended by volunteers, then it will last quite a long time. This depends mainly on two components::
    1) Traditions of peoples whose religion is firmly embedded in their culture. I often meet people who are not stupid and far from religion, but they baptize their children. The answer to the question “why?” is “traditions”. In doing so, they say, they pay homage to the history of their people.�
    2) Science. Frankly, despite the vast amount of knowledge that gives an idea of the world in which we live, and about ourselves, science can not give a complete picture of the structure of everything. There are still big holes that are being fought over for decades, and sometimes even centuries. These holes can serve as a support for an impatient and weak consciousness that needs answers. And it will find them in the inexplicable, but understandable. And, believe me, not only a stupid person turns to something higher. After all, this is also one of the ways to find the answer.�
    But if we talk about the possibility of complete eradication of religion, then we should first answer the question: “Why is it necessary?”. In moderate doses, it will not harm anyone. And its absence is unlikely to raise the level of education. And they will always believe in the inexplicable, because it is impossible to explain everything. On the contrary, each explanation exposes a new, broader area of what needs to be explained.�
    Anyone who wants to know reliable answers will be engaged in science. Others will be content with the inexplicable.

  15. In general, no, purely at least because religion exists approximately as long as the person himself. Only earlier, with the help of religion, they explained everything that they could not explain, now in principle, too,but now it is more like just faith. And it turns out that religions, according to various assumptions, are from several million to several thousand years old. During this time, there were dawns and sunsets of religion. There were times when religion was persecuted by the law in the flesh to death, and when, on the contrary, it dictated the rules and was the highest legislative body( Crusades ) moreover, as practice shows, in the moments of the greatest oppression and persecution, faith and desire for this very religion, on the contrary, increased, and the number of followers grew exponentially. For when all is against you, there is no one else to complain, only God, to each his own. Just as they said that there are no atheists in a falling plane, so now in the worst problems, people always remember about God.

    And vice versa, when everything is good, they tend to forget about it. But in order to completely forget this, something very global must happen, and again, well, so that all religions simply come to naught, this is impossible. After all, there are Jedi, descendants of the Jedi, and there are guys who believe in the macaroni monster.

    So sunset, of course, throughout history, like everything else, religion has met sunsets and sunrises. But it's probably never sold.

  16. You know, I'm a bit of a skeptic myself, but I recently got to know this gorgeous, post-apocalyptic movie, ” The Book of Eli.” And in this film, 2 characters were clearly expressed, one of which was “Good” and the second “Evil”. The essence of the film was that there were very few people left on earth, people were weak and aggressive, they attacked each other for the sake of survival. Our “Good” character had a book with him, and that book was the Bible that the “Evil” Character was after. And here were the following words from the “Evil” character: “I need this book so that all weak people will follow me, because my word will be red and convincing. This book is a weapon, a weapon that allows you to control helpless and feeble-minded cattle.” It seems to me that the truth lies somewhere inside these words, and to be honest, although I am a skeptic and not an atheist, the truth is on the surface. I expect many disadvantages from believers, but remember, everyone has the right to speak.

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