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Primitive man's Ignorance.
Emotionally damaged people that need emotional comfort no matter how ridiculous their solution is.
Control.
To stroke the wishful thoughts of people.
To lessen people's fear.
Many, many more........

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Godisone
TheTrustyLepp: Jesus is not a religion and he loves you...
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Christianity is a religion and the belief in jesus is at it's very core. I didn't say anything about "jesus" alone being a religion. I don't know why you guys keep saying "god loves you" when I have made it very clear that I think the character in the bible that you call god is one of the most abominable and vile things to have ever been taken seriously. Saying "he loves you" is just annoying and makes things even worse because of the fact that you and so many others ignore everything in your "holy" book that shows the disgusting nature of the god in it. Telling me "he hates you" would actually be better. At least you wouldn't be lying to me then.
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Respectfully, I do not agree that having a religion makes someone ignorant. Being so narrow minded that you can not accept other people's beliefs without criticizing them makes people ignorant. And Jesus does love you.
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You read it wrong. Primitive man's ignorance. They used it to explain things like earthquakes, rain, etc. Sometimes it's people's ignorance that plays a part in driving them to a religion. Sometimes it's the other way around. Rarely the person is not genuinely ignorant. I don't know where you get the narrow mindedness part. That made no sense.
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now you have gone to far. we are the ones who will go to heaven when you wont.
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God is one! But the followers are different. Why the followers are different? 'Cause their beliefs and thoughts are different

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For life...a lottttt to explain

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Because we have thought.

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Religion stands for religare that means reconnect, bind the link between God and the human.

Why do I have religion? Because God restablished this connection between Him and me, and if I go through that way that He created, I'll certainly find Him in the best way.

If I don't go through that path, I'm not sure how good my view, understand, and my knowledge about Him will be.

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I believe that we don't absolutely need religion, as far too many religions have been perverted into cults. However, we do need a relationship with the real God, which is certainly not the same thing.

We need religion for salvation. If you have no faith you have no hope and after death all you're going to end up with (if you're lucky) is death but most religions agree you'll end up with torture in hell. The Bible explains the need further.

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People can't quit making the mistake of buying into them. They are addicted to the culture of conflict and agree that if we can think of a good reason to kill, oppress or subjugate others that we should do that. The proof is in the pudding.

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Religion must be true because most things go AWAY in a few years and are forgotten.
But religion does NOT go away. It is here to stay.
In christianity .. It gives us knowledge of who made us.. Where.. When and why.
It tells us how to live a good life & to love God and people. Thats the formula for happiness.
It is mankind that has caused problems by not following the guidelines.

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So Hinduism is the true religion?
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If YOU want it to be.. But not me !!
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Many religions are a trick of Satan. God, the Creator of the universe, desiring a relationship with humanity has Satan as his enemy. Since Satan cannot get rid of God, he complicates our minds with various religious beliefs which have drawn a vast multitude away from God. The Bible explains religion like this; James 1:27 KJV Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

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To control people.

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it was actually made by humans to bring them closer its doing the opposite now. no god made any religeon not jesus, allah, hindu gods etc. atleast thats wat i think.

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To explain what was happening in the sky.
To control people in a group.
To explain what happens after death.
To identify 'us' vs. 'others'.
To form community with rules.
To get money from less educated people to support the leaders.

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I think religions started off as explanations of why things happened. These explanations were formed into doctrines and became known as religion. The explanations that couldn't fit anywhere are now called superstitions.

Science provided an alternative explanation to why things happen and has, for the most part, replaced religion. But because religion alleges to explain more then science does, it hasn't been eradicated by science.

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There are different people with different ideas about what the bible says. Some completely ignore the bible and make up their own rules. I chose non denomination for a reason.

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It's like a story being told over and over through time. The story continues to change. (My opinion, anyway.)

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I think we have to look at why there is religion, meaning any and all. There has always been a need for explanations to larger questions and ancient peoples did the best they could. Too often however, these 'answers' became a cause to indoctrinate simple folk into a fold of control. Often cradle to grave. Few if any religions update their message to absorb what man has learned in the millennia since the ancients scrawled their initial hypotheses. So much of what supported ancient faiths was wallpapered over by subsequent religions to the point that now precious little has any basis in fact. It's about what people allow themselves to believe, and for many the simple outweighs the logical. Religion arose in the absence of better knowledge, and exists today in spite of it.

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For comfort. We want to believe there is something after death, that we have not really lost our loved ones. To explain how we came to be, to explain our nature and the nature of other creatures around us.

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