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Is religion man made ? If so there must be a purpose? [I Hate Religion]

ArishMell · 70-79, M
Yes, religion is man-made (often literally [i]man[/i]-made), but it's instructive to consider why. Most religions known, extant or extinct, have common threads and purposes.

They developed to:

- Give some sort of purpose or meaning to the natural world, if only as the whim of creative deities,

- Give some meaning to human life and its place in nature,

- Ease the fear of death and comfort the bereaved, usually by offering some form of spiritual "after-life" that in older faiths was expressed by a belief in a physical presence. (That is shown by grave-goods for beliefs pre-dating written records - but traces of linger even in modern funerals by small but significant tokens in the coffin),

- Following the above, focus remembering the dead (sometimes by ancestor-worship / honouring),

- Give a framework for social cohesion and morality - in its broadest sense, not only sexual behaviour,

- Not least, these threads pervade so many religions here or past, in so many societies here or past all over the world, that such beliefs show a universal human yearning for something ineffable far beyond day-to-day, worldly life.


Perhaps the only real difference from the old or aboriginal religions is that the mainstream half-dozen or so now extant, generally set a direct relationship between their gods and mankind. Even then, some still described their gods as cold-hearted dictators demanding not sacrifices perhaps, but a "love" conditional on unquestioningly worshipping them, and obeying laws ascribed to them.

The older ones tended more to have pantheisms with very vague relationships to humans but still needing a one-way system of demands and appeasement re-inforced by confusing correlation and cause. (E.g., if propitiating the being that has taken the Sun away in the evening, results in daylight returning, then "obviously" the propitiating "worked" - with no-one brave enough to test the idea.)


So - yes. Religion is man-made, and despite a wide range of types and expressions of faith, for essentially common purposes.

Konicha605 · 22-25, F
it's not just control, it's because humans want answers, it's in our dna
MasterLee · 56-60, M
@Konicha605 the idea of a god is a mind trap
MasterLee · 56-60, M
@Kungfuartist ty not as much as I have been.
Kungfuartist · 31-35, M
@MasterLee same. I haven't been on for a few years. But nice to see you again nonetheless
MasterofNone · 26-30, M
You should see the TV show like Medici. The things they make people do in the name of God is hilarious.

But religion can be good if it's personal, just like anything else. If you try to make others follow what you do, there's a problem.
Kungfuartist · 31-35, M
Of a different opinion I think it has to do with setting a standard moral standing. Personal control with very different from psychosocial congruency of what out to dictate a norm
Kungfuartist · 31-35, M
@MasterLee how so?
MasterLee · 56-60, M
@Kungfuartist there is no guiding force. Merely a shaming in groups.
@Kungfuartist thats the same thing as being in closed cage, once they find out that the cage is opened, they’ll go back to their old ways.
MasterLee · 56-60, M
Yes. Control.
@MasterLee What if it was created by a philosopher for a better purpose, and later the people who followed it misused and changed it the way they wanted it.
MasterLee · 56-60, M
@LaviBukkuman anything past what if is speculation
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
Yeah control !
Control people and maintain influence in governance.

Either politically or educationally or economically.
@Picklebobble2 most probable cause
@Picklebobble2 it’ amuses me that religions are so mentally racist, with humans are categorized as believers and nonbelievers and that it motivates humans to kill each other.
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
@LaviBukkuman Treating humanity like an exclusive club.
[quote]Believe and do exactly what we tell you and you’ll gain entry to the kingdom of Heaven for eternity ![/quote]

And then promise all manner of Hell for those who show dissent in anything deviating from that !

Like they say, five minutes after the wheel was created somebody was tied to one !
This depends on if you believe in a higher being like God or not. If God exists, then these scriptures we have wouldn't have a man made origin, right? If you don't believe in God, then these scriptures we have would be totally manmade.
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ArishMell · 70-79, M
@iamBen That is certainly one use for it, but one I regard as misuse and abuse of belief.
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