Are religions harmful or helpful?

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Are religions helpful or harmful?

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Are religions harmful or helpful?

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Please see: https://religions.wiki/index.php/Religi ... to_society I think that not all religions are equal. For example, Jainism is a very nice religion. Jains are the most peaceful group of people I have ever met.

So, I think some religions such as Jainism is helpful while others are harmful. What do you think? Is Christianity helpful or harmful? If we examine the conducts of all Christians across the last 2000 years, we find that some were extremely harmful while others were very helpful. The Bible itself is full of contradictions, cruelties and injustices. Please see: https://www.evilbible.com and http://skepticsannotatedbible.com Thank you.

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Re: Are religions harmful or helpful?

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I treat religions as "languages" for the laws, which can be used for good or abused for harm.

These can be spiritual laws, or natural laws, but the point is to describe relations
between individual and collective levels. Laws can apply to collective truth,
collective society, or collective spirituality. Or the connection between individual
will/responsibility and the environment, humanity, society or the world/universe around us.

The religious systems themselves are more like "tools" that can be used for good.
Or weapons if abused to force or oppress others for power.

Like any other tool in the toolbox, the hammer or saw,
these can be used to build or to injure, threaten or destroy.

The key is how they are used, the SPIRIT of the laws.
If we live by Retributive Justice, by judging punishing and rejecting others,
that tends to promote ill will and negative energy harming or killing relationships.

If we live by Restorative Justice, by forgiving and correcting problems
in order to maintain good faith relations for justice and peace, law and order
in society, that promote good will and positive growth in relations and society.

Thus, the meaning of religious concepts such as "Christ Jesus" representing universal authority
of law for all humanity refers to "Restorative Justice" or "Equal Justice for All"
in order to bring lasting peace by establishing universal truth,
or the "Kingdom of God" on earth to heal and unite humanity in harmony.

All tribal religions can be used for good purpose to "teach the laws"
both spiritual or natural, where Jesus or "universal justice" governs all such authorities.

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Re: Are religions harmful or helpful?

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Compassionist wrote: Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:01 pm Please see: https://religions.wiki/index.php/Religi ... to_society I think that not all religions are equal. For example, Jainism is a very nice religion. Jains are the most peaceful group of people I have ever met.

So, I think some religions such as Jainism is helpful while others are harmful. What do you think? Is Christianity helpful or harmful? If we examine the conducts of all Christians across the last 2000 years, we find that some were extremely harmful while others were very helpful. The Bible itself is full of contradictions, cruelties and injustices. Please see: https://www.evilbible.com and http://skepticsannotatedbible.com Thank you.
All religions have 1 thing in common: believers/followers.
Religion can do nothing without followers. It's the interpretation of each religion by its followers that create good/bad/indifferent actions.
How many times have we seen a paragraph from (whatever religion you want to provide) be interpreted multiple ways by multiple followers? Way too many times if you ask me.

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