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Is religion a man made concept to keep people in check?




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18yes
12no
9not all religions
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Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber Happy Birthday to Me
posted 18-Jan-2005 8:00pm  
I think it's a man-made concept, but not to keep people in check. At least not originally. I think its original purpose was to answer questions people had about why things happened in the world around them without any visible cause. It was early science.
Biggles Survey Qualifier
posted 18-Jan-2005 9:29pm  
I don't think it's intentional exactly - but I do think they're generally about brainwashing.
Amanda
posted 18-Jan-2005 10:09pm  
In general, no.
Iseult Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 18-Jan-2005 11:44pm  
Of course they are. You can trace how religion changed in order to appeal to our fears.

Why are deamons and Satan so scary? Because they were created so they will scare the most people most effectivelly.
thevelvetcure
posted 19-Jan-2005 12:47am  
Absolutely however I do have a belief that people have an innate connection with the 'other world' of sorts.
thevelvetcure
posted 19-Jan-2005 12:50am  
Why else could I pray to God at night thanking him, but I have to go to a priest to ask for forgiveness....for INTIMIDATION.

Hell has always been what we fear...haven't you read Sandman? Memnoch the Devil? Ok, so you don't read... ever watch What Dreams May Come

Damn, I have to replace that, I haven't seen it in years because my VHS was eaten  * frown *
they This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago)
posted 19-Jan-2005 1:10am  
No.. but I do think it was made to answer questions.
they This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago)
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 19-Jan-2005 1:11am  
jinx!
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 19-Jan-2005 1:21am  
Absolutely! And religion has also been the main cause for bloodshed through the years...

HELP STOP WAR!!
Abolish all religions!!

All religions were good ideas from the onset but.... Their evolution is an irony now.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 19-Jan-2005 1:34am  
> I think it's a man-made concept, but not to keep people in check.
> At least not originally. I think its original purpose was to answer
> questions people had about why things happened in the world around
> them without any visible cause. It was early science.

You give ancient people too much credit...
We now live in societies that demand that everyone gets an education and we even supply them with the tools to get one; yet, there are still so many clueless morons walking around. Now, go back in time when the basis of many religions was burgeoning; the majority of the people were ignorant and uneducated. Whatever the "learned man" said was the truth and they were not necessarily giving them the answers to questions people were asking themselves.
I believe that all basic religions began with the best intentions for the people but was rapidly recognized as a source of power over the people...
I think religion would have been a wonderful thing if it hadn't been left in the hands of mere mortals...
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
posted 19-Jan-2005 7:29am  
religion yes, faith no.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 19-Jan-2005 8:14am  
> Is religion
which one?  * wink *
> a man made concept
surely (Shirley?)
> to keep people in check?
Not exactly, though I think there were times when giving people religion did civilize them.
Updown
posted 19-Jan-2005 11:15am  
It's designed to define the universe/creation/etc. I don't think it is limited to "keeping people in check," but some religions certainly attempt to do that.
Updown
(reply to Irene007) posted 19-Jan-2005 11:25am  
I think you may be giving modern humans too much credit. Ignorance and compliance in the face of a "wiser" individual is still rampant today. It just takes a different form.
judgescratch
posted 19-Jan-2005 12:33pm  
yes & no
cerealkiller Survey Qualifier
posted 19-Jan-2005 12:39pm  
Yes. Religion is a man-made concept. Spirituality and believing in a higher being is not the same.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber Happy Birthday to Me
(reply to Irene007) posted 19-Jan-2005 1:52pm  
I'm talking about the stage of religion way before there was writing or any kind of institutionalization about it. If you look at the qualities that early pagan deities have, they are all qualities of nature: rain, storms, wind, trees, fertility of plants and animals. People didn't understand how those things worked, and so they came up with deities--unseen forces which drove those things. It wasn't until much later that religion became something which legislated how you were supposed to behave. Even in ancient Mesopotamia, laws were separate from religion. The Hebrew Bible (and hence Judaism and, later, Christianity) is very innovative in the way that it envisions God's relationship to people.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber Happy Birthday to Me
(reply to they) posted 19-Jan-2005 1:53pm  
 * laughing out loud *
caviartaste
posted 19-Jan-2005 6:19pm  
The word itself is a construct. The idea of faith in God is not.
Jemmy
posted 20-Jan-2005 12:06am  
To some extent.
winterknight
posted 20-Jan-2005 7:06am  
I feel religion is the possibly the worst thing man has ever created. It is one of the main reasons for all the things that are wrong in this world. Its just sad to see all the people, that let it rule their lives and great to see more and more people waking up to it.
autumnlight
posted 20-Jan-2005 10:36am  
Not all religions. Ones that impose rules upon its followers are usually to keep people in check.
autumnlight
(reply to winterknight) posted 20-Jan-2005 10:38am  
Do I know you?  * wink *
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 20-Jan-2005 9:14pm  
> I'm talking about the stage of religion way before there was writing
> or any kind of institutionalization about it. If you look at the
> qualities that early pagan deities have, they are all qualities of
> nature: rain, storms, wind, trees, fertility of plants and animals.
> People didn't understand how those things worked, and so they came
> up with deities--unseen forces which drove those things. It wasn't
> until much later that religion became something which legislated how
> you were supposed to behave. Even in ancient Mesopotamia, laws were
> separate from religion. The Hebrew Bible (and hence Judaism and,
> later, Christianity) is very innovative in the way that it envisions
> God's relationship to people.

You're more or less saying the same thing I am... I always liked the way our native Indians related to the "spirits" around them and the Europeans came along and took it all away from them. That's what I was referring too when I said that religion would have done better not in the hands of mortals... It was used to distort minds.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Updown) posted 20-Jan-2005 9:16pm  
> I think you may be giving modern humans too much credit. Ignorance
> and compliance in the face of a "wiser" individual is still rampant
> today. It just takes a different form.

Don't get me wrong! I give modern humans the least amount of credit - ignorance should not be an excuse anymore.
southernyankee
posted 21-Jan-2005 12:24am  
It certainly started out this way but I am not sure thats the case anymore. I think that over the years, religion watered down itself to the point where its only abused like that in isolated places. Well intentioned people today practice it ignorant of how people were killed and tortourered in the name of their religion. To make an analogy, its sort of like the non-bad-intentioned non-super-racist redn-- um, people who still walk around and drive with a rebel-flag bumpersticker on their trucks whose not harming anyone. For the most part, most (I stress most) religious people today have absolutly no intention of keeping anyone in check or down and are ok with me.

Anyhow, this whole religion thing really isnt for me, opressive or not. For the people that religion works for (and who arent oppressive ultra-right-winged butt-holes who hijacked the republican party who are trying to ram religion down everybodys throths) more power to them and I am glad things worked out.
southernyankee
(reply to Irene007) posted 21-Jan-2005 12:25am  
actually money and power are the main causes of war.
Maarten
posted 21-Jan-2005 7:58pm  
Yes, I absolutely believe this. People had a hard life in the Middle Ages (and also the centuries before) so what would be better to think about a better life after death??!!

Would a powerful god would allow the 12-26 tsunami?
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to southernyankee) posted 22-Jan-2005 2:14am  
One begets the other and religion traditionally had the power.
southernyankee
(reply to Irene007) posted 22-Jan-2005 12:54pm  
well, sort of. It HAD power. Now, if you're talking about the Middle Ages, yes religion caused a lot of wars. If you're talking about all the wars after that, no, religion did not cause most of them. Are you telling me religion was the cause of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Spanish Armada, the Civil War, WW1, WW2, and the Cold War?
LuridHope
posted 22-Jan-2005 1:02pm  
Religion is an expresion of the likeness of God in every human heart being expressed through a social and political structure.
juliw
posted 23-Jan-2005 4:34pm  
No, I think religions are different views and interpretations on such topics as creation, the afterlife, etc.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to southernyankee) posted 24-Jan-2005 7:29am  
No but some beliefs or laws are often questioned when wars come up - and lots of ethnic cleansing occurs. Some of the wars you mention had religion as its basis; the Spanish Armada was about power and wealth but also about regaining for the Catholic Church the power it once had in England before King Henry VIII created the Church of England excluding the all powerful Pope - The Inquisition was all about religion - Ireland - Croatia and WW2 had lots of religious issues. The Civil War may not have had religion at its base but differing beliefs (often based on religion) caused more conflict - Quakers did not believe in slavery so were quite unpopular with the people in the South etc... War is too often a good opportunity for ethnic cleansing... I think that oo much blood has flowed in the name of religion.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to southernyankee) posted 24-Jan-2005 7:30am  
BTW Happy birthday!  * smile *
Updown
(reply to Irene007) posted 24-Jan-2005 1:04pm  
I am forced to agree with that last statement.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Updown) posted 24-Jan-2005 11:07pm  
Hey... Did I ever tell you that I really like your nick? I keep reading it as "UpTown". Kind of classy huh?
Updown
(reply to Irene007) posted 25-Jan-2005 5:41pm  
I am definitely not UpTown. I am loitering around DownTown and considering getting on the bus. I just don't have any bus tokens. The name was actually a whim. I could claim that it is an expression of the duality of mankind, but I would be lying.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Updown) posted 25-Jan-2005 8:56pm  
Top... Bottom... Strange... Charm.... Up.... Down... Sounds "quarky" to me!  * wink *
Matty
posted 9-Feb-2005 2:22pm  
Rleigions were not made to keep people in check, instead they are an attempts to explain creation and life. However, that doesn't mean that religions have not been used to keep people in check by corrupt politicians and clergy. The most salient religion used for illicit purposes is obviously the Catholic Church.
Biggles Survey Qualifier
(reply to Matty) posted 9-Feb-2005 6:57pm  
Especially in Africa in recent years.
Matty
(reply to Biggles) posted 9-Feb-2005 7:39pm  
don't forget the Balkans
dilfreak
posted 21-Feb-2005 3:06pm  
True religion isn't, it's a concept created by god to help further his effort of bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
LindaH Silver Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 21-Feb-2005 7:46pm  
Some religions are an attempt to get people to write big checks.
Starfish
posted 31-Mar-2005 1:51pm  
Not all religions, no.
patarnone
posted 12-Apr-2005 9:53pm  
Well, in a way... there's free will to consider

What I believe is God lets everybody worship how they want. He doesn't care HOW they do it as long as they DO it. Anything works. They all lead to Him, anyway. (Mitchner's "The Source" is one of my favorite books.)

Oh wait, I think you're referring to a political connection. Well, duh... it's like, religion is the opium of the masses.
CGTREE
posted 15-Apr-2005 4:37pm  
Most definitely..........way back around 3 or 400 B.C the church was in charge of everything and no one was allowed to challenge the church and say hey that should change, or does god exist. A little while later people started to rebel against the church. Normally they would have gotten killed if they didn't listen to the church but there were too many of them after a while. So I think way back before 400 B.C a group of people wanted to control other people so they came up with the god and religion idea. Which explains why the bible says your going to go to hell if you don't follow the churches ways.
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