can knowledge kill religion

United States
January 27, 2011 11:43pm CST
I found myself a few years ago in search for answers to my many questions. God, the bible and everything I was taught as a child just didn't seem to be answering them for me. Every time I dive deeper into science, into the research and things they are finding out the reality of god seems that much further away. With the studies on evolution and genetics and all types of other sciences, nothing in the bible any longer makes sense. Unless it's some poetic code to our future. Like our genes are starting to seem to be some poetic code to our past. I don't understand how people who can say he is certainly there..say they believe in a man of many miracles, a man that they cant see...can dismiss the facts and the possibility that there may be no such thing. I guess some things in life we can't control. I think the overall idea of religion was good, good intentions to keep people more in line. But I think the system is failing and in some areas causing more problems then good. Making people separated...when we are all human..we are all the same. Why have another label another thing to make war over? What are your views on this? Can you still believe in god after learning about science like this?
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@1hopefulman (22667)
• Canada
29 Jan 11
Hi natnickeep! That is a good question you raise. I would say that knowledge can kill a religion or it can solidify it. If the religion is based on whims, prejudices, lies, superstitions, and so on, then knowledge and truth will eventually kill it. However if the religion is based on truths, facts, evidence, and reason then knowledge will only make it more solid and strong. Would this not be reasonable? The problem is that most religion has nothing or very little to back it up. In fact most religions have only made life more miserable for mankind and that's why people are confused and have weak faith. Therefore sooner or later these religions will crumble and fall. However the religion that is based on facts, knowledge can only show more evidence of its solidity. Let's take the Bible as an example. Is the morality of the Bible valid today with all the knowledge that we have. Jesus said to "love our neighbor as ourselves." Is that not the solution to most of our problems. If we did that, would we have wars, famine, and other ills? The application of just that would unite mankind into a loving family where we would all help to look after one another and we would all be better off. Do you not think so?
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@dollar3235 (2063)
• India
30 Jan 11
Hi natnickeep, Have you ever noticed, in our families, elders used to describe some scary things to the children so that they themselves don't do what they are not supposed to do. However, after some time, when the child grows up and become mature, S/he her/himself doesn't do that mistake because S/he understands the reason and the consequences. Similarly, in ancient times, only a few wise people were there and they used the same idea by implementing "religion", "devil", "god" etc to control the society at that time. However, even they didn't have the idea that one day mankind will communicate with each other all around the globe. So it might have happened like this, all around the globe small tribes implemented same idea and after 1000 of years later, in todays world, when all of us can communicate we (at least a few of us) are finding it hard to believe that such things really exist. Like a 7-15 years old child has dilemma about the false scars which were used by his/her parents, mankind is also in same kind of dilemma. Don't you think existence of multiple religions itself proves that its just a thought process that was implemented by ancient people who did not have understanding of life and technology and we are still following it? Top level governments and scientists know this fact very well and they are communicating with the outer space civilization (That is why there was a push in all technological areas after 1900). Truth is spread all over the world, however, we are just ignoring it. E.g. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/11/061129-ancient-greece.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvWkMxrWXMA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcrzD0PfyPs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgJ7-R4Zpbk We are taught that we built pyramids and then the wheel, isn't it ignorance?building a pyramid is okay, building something that will last so long and that is geometrically so precise is next to impossible for even today's technology, pyramid is not the only one structure, Machu pichhu and puma punku are also similar proofs on earth and I am sure there will be so many others that we are not aware of.. we built everything and then we decided to invent wheel, it's like opening the CPU cabinet and then searching for a screw driver
• India
30 Jan 11
Forgot to mention this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6QNzH4x1rY This is the full version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vyVe-6YdUk I don't think these people are just wasting their time for filming a video, I feel, they want to communicate the truth and their experiences to us but are we ready to listen to them?
@advokatku (4039)
• Indonesia
28 Jan 11
As someone who has a religion, should you keep believe in the existence of God. Do not use your logic to find god, but use heart or your conviction. If you learn a lot of knowledge, Please look how the sky can be created, how from the seed can became a plant and how water vapor became a cloud and so forth. Perhaps, science can describe the answer, but whether the scientists can create clouds, sky, plants and everything in this world?
@1hopefulman (22667)
• Canada
29 Jan 11
Hi stine1, where did you get the information that science can create life? Could you give us an example or a reference? Thanks!
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
8 Feb 11
hi, i think there are people who believe on science and lessen there beliefs on religion. because science always have there explanations in every thing of it, while religion always depends on bible and God. for me i believe both of them. in Religion and science too.
@dorannmwin (36695)
• United States
31 Jan 11
I am a scientist, but I am also a person that doesn't question the fact that God and religion exist. The reason that I am able to believe in both is that I am able to keep my mind and my heart apart in these kinds of situations. If I wasn't a person that was able to keep my mind and my heart separate then I think that knowledge would be something that could mean the end of religion. However, I think that most people are able to keep these two things apart.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
29 Jan 11
I don't think that knowledge kills religion. In fact, knowledge may help us to be stronger in our faith and beliefs. We are all human but we practice different religions. It can be what will bring us all together.
@bird123 (10448)
• United States
29 Jan 11
Assumptions can be a road block to discovery. Aren't you assuming God is like what religion teaches???? When you run into the rationality of science, do you now assume God does not exist based on religion??? Let's take a few steps back and see what actually is. Knowledge is not given. It must be discovered. When one discovers the real truth, it will always add up. Has religion discovered knowledge about God?? Perhaps but everything about religion does not add up. This is because they do not have the real truth. What is their flaw?? They value and rely on beliefs. They do not correct for errors. It's no wonder they do not have the truth. Science, on the other hand strives for only the truth. Yes, they will correct their errors. Who do you think will discover God sooner??? My bet is science. Wait, science does not believe in God. When one searches for the truth, that is what one tends to find. Science is walking toward God and do not even know it. Do you assume that God can't be found????? If God exists then He can be found, perhaps you should not give up the search just yet. God can be found. God does not have to be a belief. Hmmm??? Where to look???? It's like with all knowledge. It's a test of intelligence. All the secrets of the universe stare us in the face. Can you see??
• United States
28 Jan 11
I feel the same exact way. As a kid i was told to not question God and believe in him. As i got older i saw that science could explain a lot of the occurences in the bible. Although i was pushed further away from the bible i still believe in its message. if you read the bible as a story and not religious text, you can see that it carries a very important message.