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Abolish religion in general

Abolish religion in general
Let's take a minute to consider religions: plural, because I'm talking about all of them, from the "mainstream" one that are developed in many places in the world, to the less known one, maybe some ancient religion that few people still follow today. The majority of people today follow a religion, for whatever reason: maybe they grew up in a very religious environment, maybe it's their own choice or maybe they didn't even consider atheism or something like that. We are not here to judge those people, but religions and their consequences in general. It's hard to deny that with religions come a lot of trouble and problems in the world, as the news in recent years have proven: most time tragic news, other maybe a bit less, but still nothing particular good. It's not something recent or related to just one religion, you just need to read a history book and you'll see how many wars, battles and deaths came from religion. The Crusades themselves started from religion debates, and the results were millions of deaths. However, religions are still there. Sure, maybe in some cases they bring something good in our life, but the bad stuff is way worse than the good one.

A solution that some people hope for, even if it can literally be considered a utopia, is abolish, banning all the religions, at once, without any of them surviving. Atheists and people who just don't like religion might be happy with that: after all for them a religion is believing is something that, from their point of view, is non existing. However you also have to take in consideration people who actually follow religions: they might not be happy with that, and some people who goes through difficult times in life might need something to believe in, some kind of entity where they kind direct all their hopes. And without religions it might be hard. Besides, abolishing religion is indeed a utopia and it's not as easy as it sounds by just writing it: most people just won't accept it, and the power that many religions have today can be hard to contrast. Maybe abolishing religions would lead to way worse situations, since becoming basically illegal could create situations that we can hardly imagine today. But, let's imagine instead of those situations that abolishing religions, the act in itself, actually worked, and there were no more Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, etc... People won't argue anymore about the afterlife, about gods, about all religion-related stuff. Maybe they would argue about something else, about nations and territory, but without relying their faith in something that no one is truly sure about. It's a crazy utopia that many people dream it would be a reality, and like many utopia it have a huge change of become a dystopia.

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Pros
  • Atheists and people who just don't follow religions would appreciate
  • It would hopefully eliminate all religion warfares
  • No one would be right or wrong anymore

Cons
  • Could be pretty hard to achieve
  • People might need something to put their faith and hopes in
  • Not everyone would be really happy
  • Religion will become basically illegal, and this won't stop peoplpe to follow them
  • It would eliminate also the good that come from religions

Supporters

kingcool52

Abolish rather than merge

If I had to choose from one of these options, I think the better option would be to abolish religion rather than merge all religions into one. I think trying to merge religions into one would just create way too many problems and who would decide which parts of each religion to put into the merged religion?
Posted by kingcool52 on 01-02-2018
iamawriter

Religion is the cause of blood shed

If you look at what is going on in the world today, while people are friendly with each other no matter what religion but when one fights for a religious cause there is hatred and blood shed. I therefore feel there should be no religion but common codes of conduct for peace and tranquility
Posted by iamawriter on 01-04-2018
overcast

Abolishing is Hard

People get hopes from the religion. Abolishing does sound good but it's not good in benefit for the people. I guess we have to understand that abolishing some of the time can be really hard and bad too. It's just not something we can do i practical terms as well. So that being said we have to understanding as well.
Posted by overcast on 01-02-2018
Wubwub

better none than one

I am starting to understand more that religion is not the problem but mostly it's that people misuse and misinterpret it. I am mostly an atheist but am slowly figuring out that there can be some interpretations of what god is supposed to be rather than what we have been fed for centuries and I think that type of misinterpretation is what's mostly wrong with religions. I am starting to think that the words in the ancient texts do have some importance so I don't think abolishing them completely would be all that helpful or useful but I think the way people have been misusing them it would be dangerous to merge them all into one so it's better to just abolish everything in my opinion and let people just interpret god in their own way instead of having people in charge force it on us.
Posted by Wubwub on 01-11-2018
Martinsx

Practically Impossible

Religion is regarded as opium of the masses for reason and it's not something to be joked about because I have seen crises gone to horrible as a result of religion misunderstanding.

There is no way abolishing a religion in any part of the world can be possible. Instead of it getting abolished, more would come into existence. What I would recommend is to find a way to mitigate religious violence because it causes loss of lives and properties.

Posted by Martinsx on 01-02-2018
ivandelrey

Abolish but both impossible

I've seen what religion can do to society. Most especially Christianity. Everytime people say they're against homosexuals or same sex marriage, it's because of religion. I really don't have a problem with people who believe in the existence of a God, I totally respect them but just don't use religion to invalidate or discriminate homosexuals. Not everyone is religious and they should respect that if they want us atheist to respect them.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-07-2018

45%

Merge all religions into one

Merge all religions into one
A few years ago a movie came out, based on a book, with a protagonist called Pi (the name of the movie and book was indeed Life of Pi) who followed a very particular "religion": he followed the concepts of Hinduism, Islam and Catholicism. This allow me to introduce to another solution, another drastic one as well, to solve all the religion warfares and problems going on in the world: merging all of them into just one, big, unique religion, maybe without a name, with a single or multiple gods to follow and a unique message and way of life and behavior. The latter point is indeed important, since the message of many stories about religions is that the main focus of those shouldn't be which god to follow, who is right or who isn't.. but the message, a message of love and life, to respect each other, and in general to live well. After all if you examine religions, except for some minor differences in something that someone can't do and others can, the message is always the same, and in general is a good message if it's not distorted into saying what you want it to say, to your own advantage. Live well with each other, love and respect each other.... the concept is always the same, and since it sounds actually reasonable and right, this is a idea that isn't totally new. It's something called syncretism, a term not just related to religion. As you can easily imagine, it refers to when two or more different schools of thought blend together into once, like the whole idea of this side of the versus is about. It can be found in politics, in various cultures and indeed in religion, which is the part that interest us. There are some religions that have indeed influence from some other religions, and viceversa, and some religions were born merging two different existing one.

Of course since I've talked about the differences between two religions, merging all of them might become difficult since from time to time there are some rules that aren't in the other one, and merging each other might either cancel that rule, or bring it into the other one. And who can judge what it's right, cancelling it or accepting it? Also, all the original religions would be more from a certain point of view, and accepting a new major massive religion as their new way of life and belief might feel like betraying their original one to some people. It sounded good as a idea for the most part of the versus, but as you can see even the best ideas (apparently best) have their problems, and this is not an exception. But maybe the problem is just that the world is not ready.

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Pros
  • It's not about the religion, it's about the message
  • All people might finally agree with each other
  • With such a major change something good might come
  • Some of the most popular religions today originated from merging two older ones, so it might work

Cons
  • Some rules of various religions might be contradictory
  • It can be feel as a betrayal to some people
  • The new religion might resemble too much one of the original ones, making the whole merging almost pointless
  • It might ruin cultures

Supporters

blank629

United as one!

Religion is very important to us. Even though we have different religions, we have something in common. For me, instead of abolishing religion, I think it would be better if all religions will be merge as one. In my opinion, all of our religion are the same. The only difference is the way we say it in words but with the same meaning.
Posted by blank629 on 01-02-2018
gavinci13

Impossible

I know this option is impossible but I will go on this one. Religion is very important to keep balance in humanity, people need a religion or belief and fear that there's a might creature above. God is real! the problem is there's a lot of people who benefits on this, religion is untouchable, this is the only business that doesn't require tax and any government can not put any regulations to it. This is impossible but people should understand that there's a mighty creature above don't be confuse with so many religions out there. If you can't choose one yet just don't stop on believing that there's some up there watching us all the time.
Posted by gavinci13 on 02-22-2018
stbrians

confused

Abolish or merge? Am neither. Jesus gave a parable where a man planted wheat but the evil one went and planted weeds(tares). The servants wanted the weeds pulled out. The owner however, had a different option. Let all of them grow and during the harvest time put the harvested wheat in the barn but burn the weeds.

Let all religions thrive and during the endtime store the good and burn the bad. The time is not yet but is near.

Posted by stbrians on 09-23-2018
jpk0007

Merge all religions into one single religion

I think this would be the most intelligent decision that the whole mankind would take collectively if it abolishes all different religions and starts following a single religion of Humanity. I think the creation of various religion has created insurmountable differences between people and has divided the world on a permanent basis. god or the almighty has created each and everyone as equals, then why create these superficial divisions between each other. if we are able to unite together and follow a single religion of humanity we would be able to assure peace and harmony in the world.
Posted by jpk0007 on 10-18-2018
LuckyKing

Unite AS One

Better unite every one, cause religion is one of the cause of major wars in history. By uniting all religion into in one, then there will be no more conflict.
Posted by LuckyKing on 12-01-2018

Comments

Barida
We should have respect for each religion and that's the reason I'm not taking any of the options given above. There is no need to abolish all religion and I don't see sense in merging all religions into one as well. We have to understand the need for these religions to be at peace with one another.
Posted by Barida on 01-01-2018
Corzhens
I wonder how religion can be abolished when we say that religion is the opium of the masses. Take away the opium and the people will surely revolt. Religion is belief and it is founded on kindness and righteousness. However we cannot merge all religions because there are differences in the details of the belief. What we can do is mostly the understanding and the cooperation of the religious leaders among themselves.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-16-2018
kgord
This is never going to happen. People have religious traditions going back for centuries. It isn't like someone can just wave a wand and say now we are all going to follow one religion! I mean which one would it be and what would the rules be? Who decides? The idea of this is crazy.
Posted by kgord on 01-01-2018
JoeMilford
I did not vote because I am not so sure that either of these offers a good final option. Religion is such a personal choice, and every human should have the right to pursue whatever religion he or she pleases, just so long as this pursuit or its practices does not hurt or harm others. If a person chooses not to have a religion or to believe in ALL religions, then that is his or her individual choice, but to impose absolutes like the two mentioned above would be unfair to people.
Posted by JoeMilford on 01-01-2018
vhinz
Both options are not going to happen and I think it will just create more conflicts. Abolishing religion will go against religious people who found religion was a way of understanding their existence and it brought them closer to God. Different religions have its own doctrines that contradict from one another. What a particular religion believes could be the opposite of the other. Islan have the basis of faith from Quran while Christians faith is based on the bible. What I suggest, If a person is needing for spiritual needs, he/she must seek thoroughly from different religions, understand and analyze carefully the teachings if the practices are really based on the holy scriptures.
Posted by vhinz on 01-01-2018
overcast
I think both the options are pretty much hard. And you have to be pretty much understanding about the same. You can see that some religions can be merged. And some can't be merged at all. And it'd be really bad idea to get rid of the religion. I think it'd be reasonable to make use of the religion concept whenever possible. Not a good idea to rely on the same but it's just good enough for time being sometimes.
Posted by overcast on 01-02-2018
anna
Neither option is realistic or appropriate. The global goal shouldn't be to eliminate all religion because some religions have caused or continue to cause conflict. The goal should be to increase tolerance and respect and to reduce violence. And while there are some violent members of a lot of religions, there are so many religious people and leaders working to improve the world instead of destroy. The best solution is not to target the idea of having a religion but to work on factors that reduce violence.
Posted by anna on 01-02-2018
JoeMilford
I love your response here. Tolerance and acceptance would be nice. It kills me that people can not just live and let live. Let's focus on taking the massive energy that our faiths create and harnessing that to make the world a better place. Why is that so hard? I know that a lot of people would lose money and power if this happened, but I also wonder if the human species will ever evolve to a point where it demonstrates a group of beings who uniformly demonstrate compassion for others.
Posted by JoeMilford on 01-02-2018
lovely
Tolerance can't be achieved with multiple religion, if the religions are merged and we all answer one name and worship same God then can we talked about tolerance.I can't be talking A and you talking B and I expect us to tolerate one another, sooner or later it will still boil down to war and chaos.Merging these religions would just be the right way to go for peace sake.
Posted by lovely on 01-02-2018
vhinz
Every religion has its own faith, doctrine, and beliefs about God. One religion could not accept other religion's beliefs. And I think no religion would say that they're willing to be merged with other religion and wholeheartedly accept what will be agreed upon as the basis of religious beliefs of all the humanity. Just like a bill being passed by a lawmaker. The lawmaker pushing the bill believes that it is for the goodness of the people but other lawmakers would go against it.
Posted by vhinz on 01-03-2018
babyright
To merge all religion to one would have been good but it might still have some problems so the best thing is for all the religion to live at peace with one another with love.
Posted by babyright on 01-02-2018
Clprice
You cannot abolish something like religion is that a real statement? So many reasons and probly a lot of good points here made
Posted by Clprice on 01-02-2018
jaymish
I don't think we should dictate what happens to religion. Some of the religions have been around since the begging of time. Good luck with that! However if I had to make a choice, I would merge them into one. Religion should still exist. It is very comforting to some people. Some people actually like to follow a bunch of rules. Basically if you study all religions you will find, they are all the same.
Posted by jaymish on 01-02-2018
Mehano
I think that both options are completely unrealistic and impossible. If anybody would attempt this, there would be an immediate war.

I have always let people just believe in whatever they want. If they believe in God just let them? Who cares, it is their life and if it makes them feel better and more secure than even better.
Posted by Mehano on 01-02-2018
lovely
I wish this can come true whereby all religious are merge into one because this religious difference is causing more harm than good, especially in my country.The Muslims feels the Christians are not worshipping the true God and are against their God as infidels while Christians feel the Muslims are worshipping a nonexistence God and this brings so much chaos and rancor in the world.This is just my country not to talk of all the other religion in the world.Please, there should all be merged and peace will reign.
Posted by lovely on 01-02-2018
vinaya
You can neither abolish any religions nor merge any religions. In China, there is no religious freedom, yet this has not stopped the Chinese to follow religions. However, if I have to choose one of these concepts, I will rather merge all religions into one. religion gives hope and it is very necessary to the humanity.
Posted by vinaya on 01-02-2018
mildredtabitha
You mean each symbol on the photo you shared each stands for a religion? I won't go with either abolishing or merging because I myself am not sure why there are religions in the first place. I mean the world is divided. Each religion thinks they are perfect and so it is hard to come to an agreement.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 01-02-2018
vinaya
That's true. Religion divided people. The human race is divided into Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jewish, Hindus and many more cults and faiths. If there had been no religion or at least one religion, the world population would be united.
Posted by vinaya on 01-03-2018
Alexa
It can never happen because you cannot enforce people to have beliefs. Even within the same religion there are differences if you take the Puritans of New England, there were different types of Puritanism and hence that's why there were break off groups that moved away and formed new colonies.
Posted by Alexa on 01-03-2018
hermessantos
I could easily choose either one of the two options or simply one of them, but I believe that people should seek more self-knowledge. Study, seek to know what has already been proven and then choose what you want to follow. The great problem of religion today is in its believers. The vast majority do not know why they follow a God and do not believe that God is unique to all. The problem is not in religions, but in people who build religions.
Posted by hermessantos on 01-04-2018
Corzhens
I don’t think there is a way to have only 1 religion unless something impossible happens like the coming of the messiah who will show that He is indeed the son of God in this modern times. People have the tendency to think otherwise that’s why religion has a variety, thousands if not millions. I would prefer having only 1 religion in order to achieve world peace and that is not the merging because merging the religions will only bring about more issues and problems. If it can be done, an authority will force everyone to follow just 1 religion.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-04-2018
narutos3nn1n
Abolishing or merging them, I really don't care at all as I believe what I want to believe in with myself. Its my right as a normally sane human being. I do things that I don't want to regret in the future. I cherish the things that I love the most and care for those people who care for me too. I don't discriminate on other people regardless of their age, ethnicity, religion or things that divides and separates each one of us.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 01-05-2018
chatbox
Abolishing religion is not an assurance that there will be world peace and that people will not enter into arguments. If you'll just think about it, there are people within the same religion that are fighting each other. It's because a human being is a complex creature with different wants, needs, and motivations. Even family members may have varying opinions and beliefs on different topics. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to impose a single system of belief for the entire world because not all aspects of religion can be compromised. In fact, who will administer such merger?
Posted by chatbox on 01-05-2018
Anonymous
If you stop and THINK then you'd see just how silly this is. Of course an atheist (SOME not ALL)would think that abolishing religion would bring peace on earth. But that's a biased opinion. Yes, I am a PROUD Christian man, but I can be objective. Here's something I have been using to show how silly racism is since I first got online back in 1995. It should work with this as well. Imagine you have the power to get rid of whatever group of people you blame for the ills of society. Black people, whites, Muslims, Hispanics, gays ,etc. You could wish them out of existence but you'd still have the MEMORY of what the world was like when they were here. I guarantee you, you would have the same problems. Because people tend to divide themselves into groups. You could have blond/red hair, blue/green vs black/hair, brown/hazel eyed people. It's HUMAN NATURE not RELIGION. Also as for religion "starting wars", yes, religion has started and continues to be one of MANY reasons for wars. But, was World War I over religion? How about Vietnam? World War II? Mexican-American War? How about what our " POTUS" wants to do to North Korea? Nearly every other president IGNORED NK! But all of a sudden they're the most "dangerous" threat to the US? You'd still have racial hatred. What part did religion play when Dylan Roof decided to become a mass murder? Other than it taking place in a church with people PRAYING. People who were kind to him and posed no threat? Now of course there are people who take their religion to the EXTREME! Do you think a suicide bomber is REALLY going to stop because you say his religion is abolished? Do you think the practitioner of Christian Identity is going stop thinking I'm a "beast of the field", that I have no soul and will accept me as a brother, even though I'm Black? As for combining them, I don't think people understand the way religion works. It's NOT a gumbo. Most, if not ALL are not compatible with each other. As I've said I am a CHRISTIAN, but I am also OBJECTIVE. I say that to say this: Religion is the sum total of the cultures that spawned it. Shinto, Buddhism and Confucianism are all Asian in origin and share certain traits. Catholicism would not " fit" with those three. Also religion (to some, I include myself) is a persons absolute TRUTH. I RESPECT everyone and I NEVER force my religious views on others. I rarely talk about it unless I am ASKED. But I believe Christ died for me. It's okay if others don't. My older sister is extremely antichristian, she's into ancient Afrikan spirituality. Yet we respect each others beliefs. I will be the FIRST to say I don't understand everything in the Bible. I don't understand at times why God seemed to be so cruel. I admit it. But at the same time that does not nullify the situations I've found myself in. Especially Iraq. I should be DEAD. But that's just my two cents! God bless!
Posted by Anonymous on 01-06-2018
JMS
Neither! We live in a diverse world and we all come from different religious backgrounds. The one religion idea is part of the New World Order and that scares the life out of me. At the same time, it is very unfair to abolish religion completely, even a little bit. Let every person make their own choices about their God. All that is really needed is that we accept each other and not try to tell another how to think or what to believe.
Posted by JMS on 01-11-2018
Pixie
Nowadays we can see people fighting against each other due to their religious differences. I think abolishing all the religions will make the world a peaceful place to live. I feel sad when I see women, children and old people suffering and dying when they are innocent. However, in reality, it will not be easy to abolish all the religions. Many people will be against this and this may cause more fightings and killings.
Posted by Pixie on 01-17-2018
NickJ
Not sure abolishing religion entirely is a good idea. I think a better move, would be to ban religious preaching in public. Religion should be practiced in private, instead of having people placed on the streets yelling and screaming about how their religion is superior to other ones.
Posted by NickJ on 01-17-2018
vivalavanda
Neither of the two would do something. Abolishing religion would be the end of the world, every one of us should have something to believe in, in the first place. That makes the world go round. Merging all religions into one would be a chaos, every one of us has different beliefs and opinions, it will not lasts.

The thing that we should do right now is to respect each other's religions and beliefs. Because most of us are humans, and that humans make this connection without mentioning their religion.
Posted by vivalavanda on 02-03-2018
Denis_P
I don't really think that either of these are smart decisions and will serve any purpose. A lot of people, atheists in particular, like to argue the idea that religion is the main source of much of the violence which has occurred throughout history. In my opinion, you do not need religion to provoke people to committing atrocious acts. Religion was simply a tool, a means of defining "them" as the enemy and "us" as the righteous defenders. Religion doesn't cause violence, political and cultural manipulation does.
Posted by Denis_P on 02-20-2018
MomoStarr16
For me I was not the ideal option to vote for that kind of choices. They both negative and will lead you to nothing. I do believe in God and why do you have to abolish it? Serve God but not the religion. And merging all religion? It was a crap idea. We all have different belief so it can't be merge.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-12-2018
ion
That two options is really hard to implement. But there's one thing that we need to have and much more important to that religion. The respect. I believe that that religion just invented to make this world become united. But I don't think we need that. all we need is respect. respect all the human beings even with or without religion.
Posted by ion on 03-15-2018
albino
Merging all religions is not a good idea because each of them has their own opinion and story to tell so it is not possible. It will only cause chaos in most religious people. Abolish religion in general I think can be possible if the government will have his words to make fair orders and judgement to people because some religions nowadays is also used in politics so making it clear that they are not spiritual kind of group but they are related to money and have personal intentions unlike other religion who remain peaceful and living the orders of their God. The poor disciples remain poor and the church leaders became very rich so is there any justice in it? Are they living in accordance with the orders of God or just using the church to earn money? If not its better to abolish religions so that poor people can save money as well.
Posted by albino on 04-22-2018
nrnlss
For me I'll choose the abolish side since I am an agnostic, however it is so hard to achieve since in some country the religions became part of their culture. Also, there are plenty of religion world wide, it is very hard to convince people to abolish it.
Posted by nrnlss on 10-18-2018
bee.rthooyah
Merging all the religions in the world is an impossible undertaking much more the abolishing of it. Doing so only causes more trouble and hatred among people. There must be a reason why there are so many religions in the world today. We must understand and get to the bottom of this in order for us humans to get a better understanding among other humans.
Posted by bee.rthooyah on 10-22-2018
jaymish
I think that religion is a personal choice. It is not something that should be allowed or agreed to. It is everyone's right to practice religion even if it is to worship the devil. I don't think that combining all religions would help. All religions kind of believe different things, I also think that most if not all have different traditions and processes, combining all of them will deny some people their political and civil right to practice religion.
Posted by jaymish on 11-22-2018
jessie271
No! This is Impossible! You just cannot abolish religion in general and merge religion into one for the reason that each religion believes in its own god. The God of the Christians who is Jesus Christ is different from the god of the Muslims. They are not the same. If you believe in Jesus Christ, you believe in Jesus Christ. If you believe in Allah, you believe in Allah. They are different persons. Salvation is in Jesus Christ alone and nobody else. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man will come or reach the Father in heaven but by Him alone.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name (Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Posted by jessie271 on 12-12-2018
Osamah7
I do not think either should occur. Most religions do not teach fighting between religions, and instead encourage their followers to respect all other religions. The reason for disunity and conflict is due to ignorance of the teachings of most religions, and therefore, even if religions are abolished or merged into one, conflicts will still occur due to human nature.
Posted by Osamah7 on 12-16-2018