True or False: We invent religions to comfort our fear of death and create a greater purpose?
I ask this namely to those who are religious but anyone is free to answer.
If false I have another question for you: So what reason do you think other religions originated?
I can't lie, death crosses my mind once in awhile, I feel like that's a normal occurrence for anyone. I can't bring myself to believe in a religion but that doesn't mean I don't understand why others may be spiritual for this reason.
- 7 years ago
I don't believe
- GalenaLv 47 years ago
I believe in God and still fear death. Its the unknown that scares us.
- ?Lv 67 years ago
People also need a "father figure", a master, someone in charge. It's comforting that there may be this omnipotent "someone" who has control over us, so then we are absolved of the responsibility of controlling ourselves. The weak minded are like orphans without parents, lost and wandering, unloved and uncared for, so they turn to "God" for guidance and comfort.
- 7 years ago
What do you think a religious person is going to answer with?
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- wyomugsLv 77 years ago
False. Other religions originated through the power/influence of satan for the purpose of drawing people away from God.
Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate! (Amos 5:15)
MARANATHA! Come, Lord Jesus, COME!
- 7 years ago
People created religion but People did not make God, he made us.
- BobLv 47 years ago
First, the universe had a beginning of some sort. Second, there is no observable, repeatable method of creation or evolution. Some hear of an all-powerful being creating the universe and deem it (along with any associations with death and what follows) to be implausible. Others hear of a mysterious explosion (cause unknown) which through an unknown method created a universe and through an unknown process created simple life forms (which through an undefined process proceeds to become more advanced).
Both sides examine the issues and claim that the other is ridiculous. This extends to views of life after death. I personally believe that God created the universe and that there is life after death. However, despite my assurance of eternity, that does not mean that I am fine with the idea of death. To clarify, I do not live in fear of death, but I do not welcome it either. I believe that "religion" was established in early days as a means of studying the works which God has performed and His will for our lives.
You don't have to agree with me, nor could I make you do anything of the sort if I so wished. However, if this has gotten you to consider the existence of God in a new light, then I will consider my writing this to have been a success.
- jotacarLv 77 years ago
I suspect that the major reason that religions of all kinds have remained wonderfully popular into the 21st century is that (with a few exceptions) they put forward the notion that death is nothing but a step towards eternal life "on the other side".
The truth about death is clear to any rational, clear-thinking person.
It is followed immediately by oblivion...nothingness. No eternal soul, no heaven or hell...just a final sleep from which one never awakens.
Polls tell us that one person in five has the integrity and courage to face that truth, but that four out of five cannot handle it.
Most of the human race lack the character they need to look at death honestly. Religions support them in their escape from reality.
It can be argued of course that if people lack the courage to face death honestly, the church, temple or mosque are doing them a favor by providing them with a comfort that they cannot do without.
- anonLv 77 years ago
40 men through 1500 years on three continents conspired together to write 66 books which have a common theme to comfort themselves and feel important
- 7 years ago
That's part of it. People also created it to control the masses.