I believe that religion is the root of all evil. The population of the 21st century grants more control over their lives to religion than any government would ever be allowed to obtain. A religion based on events that we can by no means prove actually took place. It’s ironic that the leaders of our world regard people that blindly follow others with disdain when they themselves are basing their entire lives upon the beliefs of a higher power that may not even exist.
I have been taught since I was a child that I enjoy the life I live today because Jesus died on the cross for me. It is only natural for me to believe this; after all it’s the only explanation I’ve ever known. The guy next to me, however, believes that life is a never ending cycle that he will not be permitted to exit until he achieves enlightenment. And the guy next to him believes that there is no greater privilege or pleasure than sacrificing his own life in the name of Allah. Neither of us knows anything other than what we believe. But who is right? I do hope I’m right. Oh no, what if I’m wrong and don’t achieve enlightenment? Am I going to go to hell because I won’t sacrifice my life for Allah?
Who is right? That one question can strike down the greatest philosophers and bring about a battle of the ages. All this for what? Are we wasting our lives following stories written by men ages ago in order to bend people to their will? If there is a higher power would not he/she take a second or two to tell the world what to believe? Sure would be a nice thing to do.
Aside from being a cruel dictator religion also creates bias opinions. Bias opinions are dishonest opinions and dishonest opinions have the power to withhold an idea. An idea is that base for anything in history that was great. What would the world be today if religion had not come about. Perhaps the technology to clean the earth would have been discovered. Perhaps I would be typing a completely different essay from my home on Mars. There are endless possibilities. However, the idea that would have been the base for these things was not pursued because someone was bias. Someone was bias because their religion led them to be that way.
Religion has shaped the world to be what it is today. Although religion teaches us good things it also keeps us from truly being us, thus religion is the root of all evil.
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