The Concept of God and Freedom
22 Jun 11
Just to have a concept of God and to be able to express one's own belief is an exercise of individual freedom and free expression in themselves. People who have a profound understanding of God and apply their belief in their day to day daily existence are the most "free people" having freed themselves from ignorance and shackles of unbelief. Nothing is more liberating. Unless of course, destroying freedom refers to the prohibitions many religions impose to their adherents. This is entirely a different matter. The concept of God trancends religious boundaries.
22 Jun 11
I don't think so. I would suggest that most of us have the option not of be conned into believing some invented myth. Particularly in this day and age when we can explain lot of the incidents and events that our ancestors could not explain leaving them vulnerable to exploitation
21 Jun 11
Its not the concept of God, or a Supreme Being that has been damaging, but the concepts of Organized Religions. The fact is, Organized Religion is a Scam that has been collecting money for the Religious Heirachy for more than a thousand years. Religious Wars and Murders done in the name of God have killed millions, to say nothing of Religious Pedophiles who molest and sexually abuse children in the name of Jesus Christ!
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24 Jun 11
barehugs you make the classic mistake of generalization, I'm a Muslim and while I belong to an Organized Religion, there is no priesthood in Islam and there is no Religious hierarchy in my religion. in case of money this link explains: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakat the amount of Zakat is given by you directly to the poor, it is highly recommended that you give the poor among your relatives first, then the poor among your neighbors, then the poor in your city and it is highly recommended that you give it secretly, How can you consider this a scam?
24 Jun 11
The Organized Religions I was referring to are Organized Christian religions ( of which there are many hundreds). I'm sorry I did not make this clear! The old saying,"Money is the root of all Evil," certainly fits! The wealth stolen, and otherwise collected by The 'Holy Roman Church,' is beyond belief, so much so that no one alive today can even begin to estimate its value, and the Pope is by far the richest man who has ever walked this earth! How could you not consider this a Christian Religious Scam?
25 Jun 11
Hi bestboy, It depends on one's interpretation of a supreme being. In some religious teachings individual freedom and free expression has most certainly been destroyed, but not in all. When we realize that we are creating every experience that we have, we will know real freedom. Blessings.