RELIGION IS A CANCER

RELIGION IS A CANCER

God is a coping mechanism for people that cannot deal with the harsh realities.

To begin with, let’s take a look at how people including you and I perceive religion. According to some folks it shelters the world from extreme chaos and without it the world will be more disastrous than it is now and it is the only hope and light at the end of the tunnel for the world. These people belong to the bracket of believers or followers of a savior. On the other side of the coin, Steven Pinker, a famous Canadian psychologist once said “The theory that religion is a force for peace does not fit the facts of its history”. From this quote, one can almost smell his atheism. He believes in or follows no religion. Among the two categories above, I count as an atheist. This write up is my candid unpopular opinion I have about religion and I hope you can read it objectively.

No matter which of the many fingers of religion you belong to, the first and basic rule which in my opinion is legitimate and needs no Newtonian or Einsteinian brain to understand is that, your belief is not the ultimate. For instance when a child is born, he or she is synonymous to an empty compact disc. The only side she belongs to automatically is due to the DNA S(he) shares with the parents. Just as the content of a CD is often determined by what the computer offers, so is a child shaped by the society. So if you for example, who identifies yourself as a devout Christian was born in Saudi Arabia, would you have turned up a Christian? The answer, which you know already is a big NO! This means your belief is often a result of where you were raised, so why do you think yours is the original or the best? This idea is nothing but an act of loyalty and nothing more. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and every other type out there is not the ultimate but rather their various doctrines are set up to make the followers feel and think like they are.

This very point may sound controversial to you but from an objective point of view nothing is truer. Your so called holy book is not holy and cannot be the measurement of morality. First reason for this assumption that the world is a  work in progress and each passing day it changes. You can bear witness that Ghana has undergone a lot of changes since the second half of the 20th century. That is one constant characteristic of the world and nothing can be done about it. Meanwhile your book which was written thousands of years ago, is against change so it’s content is only reprinted, goes further to preach misogyny, encourages genocide, slavery, stands up against gay rights and condones many other extreme acts of violence, and claims it is the blueprint for peace and life without blemish? Interesting! The height the world is at the moment is that it is seeking to free women from the archaic bondage, giving people the freedom to speak and associate and make their own decisions. Ask yourself if your “holy book” allows any of these things, read your book  again with an open mind and search for an answer to this question.

It is true that nobody knows tomorrow but the false aspect is that God does. The happenings of tomorrow is determined by our actions today. The actions of mankind is not already written down or controlled by any greater being. If it actually is then you may agree with me that humans are just puppets or actors following a script but in reality it is what you do today that will determine what may happen to you tomorrow. If God or however your association calls him knows the future then he knows each and every occurrences in your life till your death so what then is the point in praying? Do you pray for the script to be changed in your favor or the original general plan for the world to be tempered with? If you don’t agree with this point, I urge you to put your books away for the semester and then fast and pray everyday to pass your exams, or you can decide to not work and make money but rather pray and let’s see the outcome. If God exists, he knows nothing about tomorrow and it’s the same with you, you better start doing the things that will lead you to your dreams and don’t give up.

Religion they say is like internet explorer, you either use it because:

•You’re not smart enough to change it.

•You’re afraid to download anything new

•It was there when you started.

Your questions are welcome.

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  • Jahseed
    10th April 2019, 4:16 am

    Growing up I believed in whatever religion taught me. Some few years back I dawned to certain realities. Like you said religion has never stood for what it preaches, segregation in place of togetherness, conflict rather than peace…… I only hope we all will one day be able to point out the line dividing religion and spirituality and from there maybe the burden of religion will flee us.

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  • Jasper
    10th April 2019, 11:56 am

    Argument

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  • Thyword
    14th April 2019, 12:46 am

    First of Christianity is not a religion.
    Religion and Christianity are antonyms.

    You may understand it as those who ģo to church and mention Jesus r Christians, wrong!

    Over 90% of people practice religion in church and call it Christianity. ..spot do difference. And if u unfortunately grow up in a religious home ,you may likely think what they do is Christianity.

    Just to emphasise , Christianity is not a religion.

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    • Anonymous@Thyword
      14th April 2019, 2:50 am

      If you are a believer it is expected to hear you elevate the level of Christianity past the level of a religion but in reality it is a religion. Going to church is one of the many signs of being a Christian, though it doesn’t
      necessarily make you a good one. Can you go further on your point so others like myself can understand you better?

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  • Andy
    22nd April 2019, 9:49 pm

    This is an amazing write up and I’m happy. Lets address some few questions over your option coming
    from a Christian POV, fortunately, I can’t speak other religions.You strike me as an one within the spectrum of atheism and agnosticism. In one of the early paragraphs you make it look as though you are one because of where you born or how you were raised. That means that if the tables where somehow altered you would have been a christian posting christian values on here. It goes both ways but it does make room or explain the millions of people who have found their way into Christianity not because of how they were raised but a certain kind of realization. And it doesn’t also make room for the people who have moved out of christianity.

    Now to your second point about dynamism and the Bible. In my personal view, I propose that the Bible is as relevant to day as it was yesterday, 2000yrs ago or a million years to come. This is true for any other book written about life (because life is a mystery and everyone seeks to understand it). Say a motivational book about becoming a "better version of you" : exercises, financial mastery, a thirst for knowledge and all of that written in the book will guarantee you, a better version irrespective of time..it will be true. What you do not realise about the Bible is that even though it too shares the likes of life Book, it is also a history book. It tells of a story of a nation, it places focuses around that era and tells the story as it is: wars, injustice, misogynism. So if you take facts like wars, killings and make it rather the contemporary way of life as though the Bible preaches it, then you don’t fully understand history. Because in history, kingdoms showed their power not by democracy but by wars, large armies consumed weaker armies, it was their way of life and that is true for as Ghanaians some years back with our Kingdoms..So If i do not want to an ashanti or an ewe or dagomba,etc because of my ghanaian history they used wars to settle matters and they didnt have a blueprint for peace and it was life with blemishes, that’s truly interesting. I can’t speak for others but Jesus released a woman about to be stoned to death because of an injustice (that’s no misogynist), education thanks to religion is not for the privileged royals and from it comes your rights and freedom of speech. "Love your neighbour as yourself" is not a war encouraging quote.

    On the last paragraph, the omniscience of God. God is not a slave-driver neither is he striking people down. However sir, if you a new car, TV set or pressure cooker you must follow the maker’s instruction. You don’t know but you are following a "script". It doesn’t mean you’re not free missuse it, you’re free to do that too. So it is with us, but if you pray and fast to enforce laziness instead of studying or working that equivalent to not following the instructions..the Bible then says ‘if one is unwilling to work, then he should be given no food either".

    We say cancer, when cells go rogue and no longer ply by the rules. Is Christianity a cancer to me, in my opinion, it is a cure, teaching kindness, hope, faith and most importantly love. However, a percentage of people ,like what we see on TV screens, are malignant; a gross mismanagement for what is supposed to be beautiful. Keep up your good work sir

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    • Andy@Andy
      22nd April 2019, 10:00 pm

      This is an amazing write up and I’m happy. Lets address some few questions over your option coming
      from a Christian POV, fortunately, I can’t speak other religions.You strike me as an one within the spectrum of atheism and agnosticism. In one of the early paragraphs you make it look as though you are one, because of where you born or how you were raised. That means that if the tables where somehow altered you would have been a christian posting christian values on here. It goes both ways but it does not make room or explain the millions of people who have found their way into Christianity not because of how they were raised but a certain kind of realization. And it doesn’t also make room for the people who have moved out of christianity.

      Now to your second point about dynamism and the Bible. In my personal view, I propose that the Bible is as relevant to day as it was yesterday, 2000yrs ago or a million years to come. This is true for any other book written about life (because life is a mystery and everyone seeks to understand it). Say a motivational book about becoming a "better version of you" : exercises, financial mastery, a thirst for knowledge and all of that written in the book will guarantee you, a better version irrespective of time..it will be true. What you do not realise about the Bible is that even though it too shares the likes of life Book, it is also a history book. It tells of a story of a nation, it places focuses around that era and tells the story as it is: wars, injustice, misogynism. So if you take facts like wars, killings and make it rather the contemporary way of life as though the Bible preaches it, then you don’t fully understand history. Because in history, kingdoms showed their power not by democracy but by wars, large armies consumed weaker armies, it was their way of life and that is true for as Ghanaians some years back with our Kingdoms..So If i do not want to an ashanti or an ewe or dagomba,etc because of my ghanaian history because they used wars to settle matters and they didnt have a blueprint for peace plus it was life with blemishes, that’s truly interesting. I can’t speak for others but Jesus released a woman about to be stoned to death because of an injustice (that’s no misogynist), education thanks to religion is no more for the privileged royals and from it comes your rights and freedom of speech. "Love your neighbour as yourself" is not a war encouraging quote.

      On the last paragraph, the omniscience of God. God is not a slave-driver neither is he striking people down for disobedience. However sir, if you a new car, TV set or pressure cooker you must follow the maker’s instruction. You use it conscious or unconsciously but you are following a "script". It doesn’t mean you’re not free missuse it, you’re free to do that too. So it is with us, but if you pray and fast to enforce laziness instead of studying or working that’s equivalent to not following the instructions..the Bible (to which you’ll agree to this) then says ‘if one is unwilling to work, then he should be given no food either".

      We say cancer, when cells go rogue and no longer ply by the rules. Is Christianity a cancer? in my opinion, it is a cure, teaching kindness, hope, faith and most importantly love. However, a percentage of people ,like what we see on TV screens, are malignant; a gross mismanagement for what is supposed to be beautiful. Keep up your good work sir

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      • Anonymous@Andy
        23rd April 2019, 8:51 am

        I am happy to read your comment, it is well written and it addresses your concerns beautifully and direct.
        On your first point, I agree with you to an extent but my first point was explaining the fact that people find their religion the ultimate and I used being born into it as one of the major causes. With our society for example, people born into their religion are many than the converts and you may side with me that the tendency to abandon something you were raised with and have known and relied on almost all your life is only second to impossible. So in this case we tend to think that what we are holding on to has no fault and cannot or must not be challenged. The idea we need to adopt is that, the religion we find ourselves in could be challenged and is not free from faults either. This is what my first point tried to portray and if you understand this, you have taken the first step to the direction the whole article is heading.

        Your second concern is interesting. The laws in the Bible is at cake, if not all most of them. The old testament specifically has a whole number of rules or laws which are not applicable today (I’m sure you know a lot). In the new testament, you mentioned a few from Christ which still makes sense today and I couldn’t agree more. What you failed to do is look at the others the new book mentioned which are also the opposite. St. Paul returned Philemon who run away back to his master in the new testament. In your second paragraph, you left something else out. The Bible is not only narrating the occurrences in the past but it is also portraying how God endorsed those activities and commanded some of them into happening. The Bible serves two purposes, it tells the history of a people and it also tells how that history was not only the plan of their maker but also an important part of him being worshiped. I’d the history of the Akans is told by a religious book, it’s doing an extra job more than Prof. Adu Boahen’s book about the Akans. Note the difference.

        On your last paragraph, are you comparing humans to devices? I didn’t understand your comparison well. In Christianity there is nothing like free will. First you are supposedly created by somebody with your consent into a complex and difficult world, and you are only given two options: worship me or burn in hell but everything you do within your lifespan is orchestrated by God. Is there a freewill in this? I’ll wait for your explanation on it.

        Christianity (and other religions) can never be the cure, it is the fuel of hypocrisy, division among humans and delusion of achieving the unattainable height of righteousness. It’s a pleasure sharing ideas with you, thank you for allowing a learning atmosphere free of insults and rudeness.

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