Vastly superior. Less suffering, more agreement, better science, less war, less violence, less threats, less arguments, less hatred, open revision of bad concepts and a grand total of a quantum leap towards better.
The first step starts with people refusing to teach dogma anymore.
Depends. Do you mean if religion had never existed or just not in your own life? For the first one, I'd venture that mankind would either be much further ahead or behind in development. Religion would've either hastened human development because it gave answers to questions, which gave humans more time to technologically advance, or had stunted progress because of all the religious wars, crusades, intolerance, and noncooperation its caused. For the second one I can tell you its not much different. The only difference is that you don't go to church and I'm not preoccupied with praying or thinking of God. I have my own moral compass to guide me, don't need any God. I don't need anything to validate my existence or provide meaning, unlike the people who spew "it'd be empty and meaningless!"
When God had to destroy evil... He said... "And every man did what was right in his own eyes ". Men became barbaric with no care for one another. I think it would go back to that way of life within 50 years.
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If all it is is some cosmic mistake that we are here... It would be devastating. Life would have no purpose but to accumulate stuff. How boring is that. People wouldn't know right from wrong. It would be more chaos. I'm not talking about religion, a life without God. There is a difference between religion and salvation. If people just lived by the sermon on the mount...there would be no poverty, war, stds, and so on. The fact of the matter is that everything bad that happens is our fault. There are many religions, there is only one God. I can name countless "religions" who don't go by what the Bible says. Some follow a guy who was 40 years old when he married his youngest wife. 6 years old. Don't worry though, they didn't consummate the marriage till she was 9. Also responsible for all the trouble in the middle east. Others, think Jesus was the brother of satan. Others use other books besides the Bible, believe they can work to get to Heaven. I can go on, I can do without religion. Just wish everyone read the Bible and lived it, world would be a better place. It's when we start decide ourselves what's right and wrong, everything gets turned upside down.
At first, difficult - did you want to give up your belief in Santa Claus? Also you would have to deal with the fact that you are responsible for your own miss-deeds - you can't cast them onto a "savior" - through a vicarious redemption. But as time passed, you might begin to appreciate more, this life you currently have - and not want to waste colossal amounts of your time embroiled in wishing through "magical thinking". You might even discover that you can be a moral and ethical person all on your own, and not told what is moral or ethical by your old religion - you may find yourself more fulfilled and not constantly worried about a fictional after-life that you have used to comfort yourself - that comfort, replaced by reality, could lead to humans truly appreciative of the life they have here and now - and much more willing to invest in anything that leads to human thriving. You might even enjoy the freedom you get from not having to answer to an invisible dictator who insists you worship him while he let's humanity suffer, despite their attempts to do as he demands. You might be relieved at finally not having to constantly lie to yourself. You might find that thinking based on rationality and not superstition leads to a healthier mindset - and that all of the preachers of all kinds would now have to get real jobs.
Who can determine if religion has been more detrimental or beneficial throughout human history? We know the death toll from religious warfare has been staggering, but how can one count the everyday acts of kindess, the billions of charitable dollars, etc handed out to the poor and unfortunate by the untold number of faithful throughout the world? (Only 16% of the world's population consider themselves non-religious). Who's to say how many people have been helped or given hope by a person of faith since religion existed? To answer your question, in my opinion, more people would go without food, clothing, shelter, and hope without religion
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Religion? What religion? Different people take religion in different ways. For example, some people think christianity a religion while others don't. Assuming you count christianity a religion, this is my answer: We would think life easier and simper if there was no religion. However, it would not be so. We would be lost from truth, and the world would probably be a lot worse than it already is. Keep in mind, this is only MY answer, and I'm aware that, and respect that many people will disagree with me. God bless, and have a great day! I hope you find faith.
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Without religion we would not have the Devil, Witches and blood sacrifice. Thousands unemployed in Hollywood, is a bad thing. I vote for religion. Also I like religion because my favorite breakfast restaurant is not very busy @ 10AM Sunday (its CRAZY at like 11:15 with suit-people).
Not better. God is the only reason some people are still living, I know that's the reason I am. He created us all and took the Cross so we don't have to. All those people who say things like they hate God or say that they don't believe in him are lost. But they can be found. All these fools on the Internet that are stubborn jerks telling random strangers that God ain't real are making it worse for people who are having a hard time or unsure about their religion. So stop.
Many live this way on a daily basis, but we often overlook, we take for granted the benefits of religion. The good done by religious charities, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities, is often overlooked. The work of religious hospitals and schools, the child care and counseling centers, the job centers and choral societies and ladies sewing circles may exist apart from religion, but I don't know if they would have the same measure or have the same effect. I suppose we won't really know what it would be like, until it is removed, but if I read my Bible right, that day will come.
Which religion are you talking about? Since God created us and everything that exists, leaving him out is not smart. We will suffer much in chastisement to say the least if we continue to ignore God and his word. Read the New Testament and meditate on all the key verses. Get going!
To quote another "Imagine theres no Heaven. Its easy if you try. No Hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today.... Imagine theres no countries. It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And No religion to.Imagine all the people living life in peace..... You may say Im a dreamer. But im not the only one. I hope some day you will join us. And the world will be as one.
Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people. Sharing all the world.....
I heard the Christian religion in america took that song and made it And ONE religion to.
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Define "religion". It might be great. But purely hypothetical and impossible, since man was created to worship someone or something, even if it is himself, his work, his family, his money, his possessions, his sports.....
It might be horrific, since Christianity helped to spark the age of scientific discovery and includes some of the greatest scientists in most of the major fields--because they believed in a God of order rather than randomness. Christianity's positive contribution toward science, the arts, and humanities is well documented.