Religion

Religions can be compared and analyzed from a number of standpoints. Perhaps the most interesting approach is to compare them along a Love/Hate spectrum. The Love/Hate spectrum looks something like this:

Good deeds - sympathy - indifference - rudeness - taking advantage - oppression - violence - cruelty - murder - genicide - infanticide

Some religions offer a culture of hatred and death. Worshippers seek out and revel in death and dead things. Physical and personal violence. Murder. Warfare and terror. All in the name of religion. But even if these religions try to offer some hope for the next life, they offer no purpose for this life. (Read about Satanism. Read quotes from the Islamic book, the Koran.)

Can there be such a thing as an immoral religion?

Some religions promote elitism. Exalting some over others because of educational differences. Giving power to some because of socioeconomic differences. These religions usually result in oppression, to varying degrees, of everybody else in the religion. (Read about Catholicism. Read about Protestant denominations.)

Some religions prey on people's good intentions. Some televangelists say stuff like, "Got money problems? Send me money, and I'll give you a prayer cover for your finances." They're taking advantage of the poor and kind-hearted with empty promises.

Can there be such a thing as a hopeless religion?

Some religions offer only a physical hope for the future (Read about the Jehovah's Witnesses. Read about Judaism.)

Only Christianity offers the right alternative: true (divine) love, God's version of morality, purpose for our lives now (e.g., "that they may have life and have it more abundantly"), and hope for the future beyond this life. "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but should have everlasting life." John 3:16)

(Sidebar) The religion of Jesus has been hijacked by various groups. Historically, and recently as well, some people have used the cover and pretense of Jesus' religion for their own means. Wars have been fought in the name of Jesus, even though he said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here." John 18:36 (End of sidebar)


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