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I was feeling little bit adventurous. Instead of just visiting stack overflow and developers website for my daily doubts in android, I used google.

This time to ask Google ajja about religion. I just asked why religion. There were hundred of pages from both sides. Telling me why religion is good for us and why it is bad for us.

Like all of us, I only selected some pages who supported my already biased viewpoint. viz why religion does more harm than good.

Can you guess the first page with that argument? Beleifnet! And then there were others.




 I wondered why are there no religious texts where God convinces the bad person or rather a person doing bad deeds to become a better person, thus ending evil. Why should it always be that God will punish the bad people by death sentence?

According to religion, the remote control of all our actions and feelings lies with HIM. Why does he not nip these bad plans in the bud rather than starting a war later?

Our children when young, do eat everything possible, hit us, bite us and throw a tantrum when we say no to anything. How do we punish them? We tell them what is wrong with their action, why, and cajole them and if necessary hit them making sure not to hurt them.

 According to all religions, God is our father. Why does he not do that? At least in the sacred books?

When child asks us some question, some doubt, we try to answer him/her to the best of our knowledge. Do we tell him/her not question, just obey?

Do not add atheist to the long list of my labels? I am not yet sure whether I believe in God. But I certainly believe that religions in the current form are not good for any of us. 


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