Sunday, December 09, 2007

Imagine No Religion

Taken from that song by John Lennon

Some want us to imagine it would be a world without violence after all wasn't it religious fanatics who brought down the World Trade Center.

Such a display has been erected.

Yes I can picture a world without religion.

I can picture Hitler's regime. (Hitler was an Atheist who used religion as and when it suited him.)

I can picture Stalin's gulags and purges.

I can picture Mao's Cultural Revolution.

I can picture Pol Pot's Killing Fields

Need I continue?

All of the above were Atheistic regimes. Now you may say I am being unfair because not all Atheists are like that.

Perhaps. Maybe the people who made that monument need to think about that.

Religion has also driven charity. It was religious leaders who opposed slavery, who supported universal suffrage (though not the nonsense supported by modern feminists.) It was religious leadership that fought for civil rights, that spoke for temperance in the use of alcohol. Most western universities were established by religious authorities as were a huge number of hospitals, orphanages and poor houses. It was religious people who first complained about pollution (though again not to the nutty extreme of some modern environmentalists.) In all of these areas Atheists are Johnny-Come-Latelys.

We do not know what the world would be like without religion but a few things are clear. It would be a world of despair and grief as death would be the ultimate reality and the destroyer of all hopes and dreams and in the end . . .

Destroying what he chanced to make in play
The idiot Chaos blew earth's dust away.
H.P. Lovecraft

Even the universe is doomed. Life becomes a pointless line between conception and death, regardless of whether we are talking about an individual, a species, an ecosystem, or a universe.

Yes I can easily imagine a world without religion.

It would be world without faith, hope, or charity. Only the despair of the coming oblivion and the pointlessness of existence.

I am grateful that there is a God and He is the God of Israel and Christianity.


Blogger benning said...

Imagine is a beautiful song, until you pay attention to the lyrics. Then it's an insane song.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

what benning said!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

A world without religion is a world without guidance, without tenets, without limits, without discipline, without consequences, without boundaries, without sacrifice, without love, without the foundation for delineating the differences between Good and Evil.


11:12 AM  
Blogger pete in Midland said...

I can well imagine a world without religion.
It would be a world of peace.
It would be a world of commerce.
It would be a world of common interests.
It would be a world of inventions and progress.

Of course, the religion that it would be without is that cobbled together machinations of a demented old pervert ... called Islam. The "religion" of hate, intolerance, violence, extortion, and everything else attributable to the enemy of Christianity ... hmmm ... sounds like the devil made him do it.

Another think that religion ... as in Christianity .. did, SR, was education. The "govbernments" of the past were more interested in ignorance, or indoctrination, so they could stay in power. At the time, in the west, it was the local religious leaders that provided the means to gain freddom and education.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

What Benning said too plus - I'm not religious but I can't imagine how anyone can live without being in awe of the Creator.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Chris mankey said...

I can picture Hitler's regime. (Hitler was an Atheist who used religion as and when it suited him.)

Actually Hitler was a theist who used religion as and when it suited him. Kind of like you! Osama bin laden is a theist who does the same thing. Do you blow up airliners like him, theist? Unfair? You bet, SUCK IT!

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