Organized Religion Ever since man has chosen to write down his history, organized religion has been a prominent topic and has influenced and shaped all people's lives. There have always been believers and non-believers. Since the beginning, non-believers have been persecuted by inquisitions, prosecuted by witch trials, and murdered by stoning and crucifying for even questioning the "truth" about a supreme being and supposed crimes against that being. Religion had a purpose in earlier times to explain life, but today science provides more concrete answers. Religious beliefs are old and outdated and people should trust the scientific facts that have been proven, not what has been indoctrinated into their heads since childhood. Quarrels about organized religion have been the root of many problems in society.
Non-believers of early religions were often killed because of their disbelief. The lucky ones lived through the torture or were exiled. Some groups went on crusades and killed other groups because they believed they were wrong. The followers of each believed their group was "right". These problems have extended through the ages and into modern society. Religious crusades still exist, but the world looks at them differently.
They are considered terrorist attacks or gang-related activity, but with the twist of religious freedom to justify the killing. The core of religion is based on mysticism, faith as it is called. Believers want this faith to remain without need of proof. They trust their faith because "The Bible Tells Me So".
The books of each religion explain why everything is the way it is and each religion teaches at very young ages, so how could it be wrong? It has "always been" so it must be the truth. When I was younger I would come home from school complaining to my mom about science class. "Why don't they leave everything alone and just say it is that way because God made it that way?
The grass is green because God wanted it to be. Recently, education appeared as the truth. Perhaps people in the science field and I wanted facts, proof for the truth. Charles Darwin had come up with the idea of natural selection and the theory of evolution in the 1800's.
The questions and answers offered by science are more plausible. Scientists struggle with these questions every modern day. Open-minded people question and look for answers. Science suggests that religious ideas are incorrect. Today's religions have aided both personal and international peace.
It has given hope to people and has helped some deal with difficult situations. Religions give some people purpose to life, and an explanation as to why things are the way they are. Praying can give some peace of mind to those who are dealing with problems in life. Throughout history people have taken their religious beliefs too serious. Religions are hypocritical in their values, morals, and beliefs. They teach equal treatment of people and that killing is wrong, yet they have condoned persecution, prosecution, and murder.
In modern times we are more scientific but still, in some ways, religious. Further scientific and technological advancements are hindering religious beliefs. Religious explanations of life are being replaced with more concrete scientific explanations. Science is more trustworthy and credible than stories that differ between religions or religious books that contradict themselves.
People need to open their eyes and see that their religions are old and outdated and that they should trust the scientific facts that have been proven, not what has been indoctrinated into their heads since childhood.