Do you think that religion is the most powerful force in the world?

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
June 17, 2010 4:29pm CST
Do you think that religion is the most powerful force in the world and is that good or bad? I know that things are changing, especially in the western world, but religion everywhere still has a great deal of power, many would say too much, others not enough but what is your take on it?
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@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
I don't think religion has that great effects. But the faith itself. Religion are just mere group. But faith is the driving force. The differences in faith is the ultimate cause why we have different religions. So no matter your religion is, it is your faith that matter most.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi izathewzia, Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@edorms36 (267)
• United Arab Emirates
18 Jun 10
Religion can influence people but it is not something as the most powerful force in the world. Religion directs and guide people towards salvation but it is faith that will lift us all up to salvation and that I belive is even more important, for faith will save us not religion.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi edorms, Thank you for commenting. I feel that organized religion is very powerful. Blessings.
• India
18 Jun 10
To me, religion is THE most powerful evil force on earth…while it has had its utility in maintaining civilized society, the evils perpetrated in its name, far outweigh the good factors. Even now, most of the shackles carried by humanity have their roots in religion. Not only that, religion is the most divisive of all factors, pushing people apart and inciting us against each other to such an extent that not even a modicum of civility and humanity is left. Religious fervor turns man into unthinking robots ready to kill just to protect some man-made rites and rituals. On the other hand, humanity…if given a proper chance, can become THE most powerful positive force on earth.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi sudiptacallingu, Thank you for commenting and we agree that religion is a very powerful force. Some will say it's good others that it's evil depending on how we look at things. In the western world at least, I feel that it's beginning to lose some of it's power. I think the world would be a better place without organized religion, but only if people understood the truth that we are all one and lived the golden rule. Blessings.
• India
18 Jun 10
Religion is Nothing it is just a way to made the people to go on a good way... if we have any problem in real and we are thinking that any religion god will come and help us then we are thinking wrong we have to overcome by ourself so, believe in ourself is the greatest power you have........... but the religion will do one good thing that through the references of the past people we afraid to do wrong and by scared from the results of the bad do'ers we go again on the good way........
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi Prashant, Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@lendmhe (372)
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
Yes pose123, as we can see at present time, some religious leader are very powerful, example the roman catholic, did you know that the pope can travel around the world without passport? See how powerful he is? If we consult what the bible says, it's wrong, in fact saint paul wrote in romans 13:1 let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.(government) for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Now, if we can see this (religious leaders) manners, it is a manifestation that they were obey not god's commandment, in short they are not of god if they are not following. sorry to say this. true christian must follow christ works.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi lendmhe, Thank you for commenting but I feel that most religions have a lot of power. However except in certain parts of the world, no Christian church has the power that it once did. I agree with your last statement Christians must follow the works of Christ. Blessings.
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
First of all I don't believe in Religions and I don't believe that Religions are the one who is going to save me. The only one who can save me is God or Jesus Christ. You are correct some Religions taking it too much what I mean is they are overpower and using it too much which is not good. What they need to do is to teach us the Lessons that Jesus teach and also the Bible now it's up to the person if he/she will going to obey it or not because we have freedom. There are so many Religions today and they teach us only one thing "Golden Values" except for the Religion SATANISM haha lol xD
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• Mexico
18 Jun 10
Hi papa bear: Even if I am a Catholic that beleives in his religion I can understand and respect your position on religions. Religions have made so many mistakes and they have abuse of their powers that I also see their empower as something negative. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
Even if you don't agree that Religion is the most powerful force in this world, the reality is, it is the most powerful force, and there's nothing we can do about the truth but to accept the truth. The reason for its being powerful, most of the leaders of the nations in this world believe in a religion and they obey religion. The most powerful religious organization I know is the Catholic Church. For centuries, they have placed and removed kings and queens, and even at present, they are still capable of doing it. They can also influence the most powerful nations on Earth like the USA to wage war against its enemies, using a banner of "Crusade Against Terrorism".
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
18 Jun 10
Hi papabear, It's not about believing in religion but whether it's the most powerful force in the world or not. I think it has been over the centuries and still is today in much of the world. Politicians have to at least show respect for religion and in some places can only get elected by at least claiming to follow a certain belief. Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@Makro74 (591)
18 Jun 10
I suppose this depends on what your definition of religion is, how wide the remit, and the scope and depth of faith in as much of its pure true form as oppose to the politicisation of religous faith. But I would put it like this. You would have to believe that God is above all religions and most religions adhere to the worship of One God which is above the religion. Thus, God would be the most powerful force in the universe. Again, this would depend on the depth and scope of believing into the entity of God. If this isn't there, then religion is without meaning, becomes a cult, and is supsceptable to the weaknesses of man and the world we live in. Second point is, religion and politics are two very different entities and should never be mixed ie a separation of the religion and the nation is essential for good governance and religous practices. A religious faith must adhere to and respect the laws and values of a nation, and a nation should respect and value the religion. Belief however, is personal, the strength of which is determined by the individual. In this respect, the political nation can amass the greatest material power on earth and will be a formiddable force. This for the unbeleiver in religions will be the most powerful force. However, religion, if seperated and purified, adds a complete new dimension which is spritual and delves into the unseen and searches your soul. This belief, if polarised towards God, and a collective human unity in this respect may lead to a force which is far greater than man has ever known. But again this depends on faith in religion which varies amongst individuals or is non-existent.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
18 Jun 10
Hi Makro, Thank you for taking the time to response to this discussion. By religion I mean the power behind the religions. Many people will follow whatever their religious leaders tell them to do.It is clear from history that such leaders have always exerted a great deal of power over their follows. In some parts of the world today their authority has been questioned and they no longer have the control that they once did. I agree that religion and politics should not be mixed but there are still some churches who tell their followers how they should vote. There are also many people who won't vote foe a politician unless he/she is of the same religion as themselves. In many parts of the world, religion still has the power to make or break a politician or even to bring down a government. Blessings.
@Makro74 (591)
19 Jun 10
I could not agree with you more Pose. This is why politicisation of religion is wrong and distorts the value of the religion. But then again, religion of God does not really entertain such powers, but a religion by man does. Human nature is such that power and office often make or break people, and democratically politicians tend to deal with these issues. Governance of countries, states or counties are provided for by institutional systems which create a system of civil conduct. They run, or should be run by elected officials suitable for that role. Religion and their scholars need to be independant of this, but inevitably the moral code of conduct and laws in a religion tend to have a bearing on national law. These are dealt with via arbitary councils, but the administration is largely independant. But like I said, if religion is of deep affinity to God worship and less of worldly powers, is pure and has no ill feeling, it tends to be a much greater force than all the world powers put together - except it is a very deep concept which may not be physically apparent as is a worldy obvious power. And it does depend on the invidual of their belief and faith.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi again Makro, I am not religious but I am spiritual and agree that one who has found God within themselves has great power and is not a threat to anyone. Blessings.
• India
18 Jun 10
Yup, I guess religion is the most powerful force in the world everywhere even in developed as well as developing countries. Some blindly believe in religion and follow it without questioning the beliefs, even if it hurts others. Religion has mixed with politics and is now ready to rule the political world too.
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• China
18 Jun 10
really?So serious?
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi keep_onwatch, Thank you for your response. Blessings.
@Bogdan22 (400)
• Romania
26 Jun 10
It has surely been the most powerful and in some places, like the Muslim world still is. But people tend to realize that almost all religions are just a bunch of non senses.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
26 Jun 10
Hi Bogdan, Thanks for your comment. Blessings.
@camomile07 (1422)
• Germany
20 Jun 10
Religion was powerfull force in the past and got his most force in the medieval times. Nowadays, it still has got some force, but it's not so powerfull than it was years ago. Capitalism and egoism has changed times, as well as many people are not believing in God or in religion any more. So I think that religion has lost most part of its power.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Jun 10
Hi camomile, Thank you for sharing your thoughts but I feel that in the Muslim world, religion is still very powerful. There are still some areas where Christianity has a lot of power but certainly not to the extent that it once did. Blessings.
@altaircho (130)
• Bulgaria
19 Jun 10
Hey Pose Religion certainly has had its great moments in history.In the middle ages it was the greatest force.However in my opinion religion has lost most of it's power.People don't believe in something higher than themselves and i totally agree with them.Everyone has his own believes now :). The most powerful force in the world is the media.The best way to control people is by the media.Most people watch the news,listen to the radio and they believe what they hear. Another good way to control people's minds is trough the education.We've all been to school and we all have believed in what the teachers told us.However,have you ever asked yourself the question if it's really true?
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
20 Jun 10
Hi altaircho, I like a questioning mind and you seem to have one. Question everything, until you are satisfied yourself, and that includes the idea that there may be power greater than ourselves.Don't accept the opinion of others on either side of the argument. While it's true that Christianity has lost much of it's power, there are still pockets where people put their total faith in the Bible and clergy. I feel that Islam still has great power over people in the Muslim world. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Blessings.
• United States
19 Jun 10
There was a time when religion was the most powerful force, but those days are long gone. Yes, there are some people who are very passionate about their beliefs, and will take extreme measures to force their beliefs on others; but the world, as a whole, doesn't particularly care about anyone's religious beliefs and are not going to put up with anyone trying to force their beliefs on them. I'd say the ability to sway the thinking of the populace with shrewd manipulations of words so that what you say fits what people want to hear is the most powerful force in the world.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi 6precious, Thank you for commenting. The day may be gone in some parts of the world, but certainly not in all. I feel however that in the Christian world, it's power has diminished. Blessings.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Religion is very powerful but, unfortunately, not in a good way. Religion probably started out as something that was supposed to be positive but all I see with religion is hatred from certain people in other religions, corruption and even murder all being caused by religion.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi angemac, Thank you for commenting and your point is well taken. Blessings.
@airasheila (5458)
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
Good day to you. With reference to that, you are right. However, let me add to what you have said, for me, it is not the religion itself. It is the faith that we have. The faith which drives us to do the things. The faith that lead us to believe in God. That is a more powerful force. Thank you and have a nice day.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi airasheila, Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
18 Jun 10
Yes, Religion is very powerful specially in the Muslim World where most people follow every single thing religion dictates them to do without thinking whether is the right thing to do or not. Religion can be very positive to some people since it offers them faith and guidance ,but at the same time it can be very destructive. It really depends on how we apply religion to our lives.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi Mirita, Thank you for commenting and I agree, at the moment it's power is the greatest in the Muslim world. I'm sure too that a lot of Christian churches would love to have the power it had, even one hundred years ago. I feel however that all religions must change or eventually face extinction. Blessings.
@kavith (3)
18 Jun 10
Yes i think it is true in my life
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi kavith, Thanks for your comment. Blessings.
@xcel0684 (76)
• Philippines
18 Jun 10
I do believe that religions are organizations that helps us learn more about God and our salvation, that's how I understood it. Their main role is to nurture our spiritual aspect of life. Nonetheless religions have great influence as to leading people. In Philippines during EDSA revolution, Catholic had played great role in leading Filipinos to a successful and peaceful revolution. That scenario was a proof that religions can be powerful force.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi xcel, Thank you for commenting. Blessings.
• India
18 Jun 10
Religion is nothing but belief in ones ownself.Although people think of God to be the ultimate power in the world it is indeed the truth that there may not be any such God.As said by great men"God resides in you" , it is seriously true. When you are troubled and you call upon God, it is nothing but a way of boosting up your confidence.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi mesmerizer, Thank you for responding yet regardless of how we view religion, I believe it still has a powerful influence on the way many people think. Blessings.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
18 Jun 10
No I think power is, if you look at most of the forces that rule our lives you will find that someone somehow gains power from it. For children it's parents, teachers, older children and so forth. Everyone gets power over children. As adults, our governments, our large companies, bosses, spouses, and strange but true our children and pets. Basic to almost all actions is the need for power, even if it is only in our perception. Because all of this power is only an illusion, the real you is the only true power in life. This is because it is life.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi savypat, Very well put and thank you for this. Blessings.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
18 Jun 10
They say that faith can move mountains. I guess that would make religion a powerful force in deed. I am not sure that i would call ir the most powerful force in the world though. I would make way for love to top that list.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
19 Jun 10
Hi sender, Thank you for commenting and you make a good point, love in it's purest form conquers all. Blessings.