What is about religion to say?
For it is merely a matter of time before their ideas are updated, changed or eradicated. And this tendency to blindly hold on to a belief system, sheltering it from new possibly transforming information, is nothing less than a forum intellectual materials. The monetary system perpetuates this materialism.
Not only by its self-preserving structures but also through the countless number of people who have been conditioned into blindly and thoughtlessly upholding these structures, therefore becoming self-appointed guardians of the status quo. Sheep, which no longer need a sheepdog to control them, for they control each other by ostracising those who step out of the norm.
This tendency to resist change and uphold existing institutions for the sake of identity, comfort, power and profit is completely unsustainable and will only produce further imbalance, fragmentation, distortion and invariably destruction.
It’s time to change. From hunters and gatherers to the Agricultural Revolution, to the Industrial Revolution. The pattern is clear: it is time for a new social system, which reflects the understandings we have today. The monetary system is a product of a period of time, where scarcity was a reality. Now, with the age of technology, it is no longer relevant to society. Gone with the aberrant behaviour it manifests. Likewise, dominant worldviews, such as theistic religion, operate with the same social irrelevancy. Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and all of the others, exist as barriers to personal and social growth, for each group perpetuates a closed worldview. And this finite understanding that they acknowledge, is simply not possible in an emergent universe.
Yet, religion has succeeded in shutting down the awareness of this emergence by instilling the psychological distortion of faith upon its followers. Where logic and new information is rejected in favour of traditionalized outdated beliefs.
The concept of God is really a method of accounting for the nature of things. In the early days, people didn’t know enough about how things formed, how nature worked. So they invented their own little stories and they made God in their own image: a guy that gets angry when people don’t behave right. He creates floods and earthquakes. They say it’s an act of God.
A cursory glance at the suppressed history of religion reveals that even the foundational myths themselves are emergent culminations, developed through influence over time. For example, a cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith is the death and resurrection of Christ. This notion is so important that the Bible itself states:
…and if Christ be not risen then is our preaching vain and your faith is also vain.
Yet, it is very difficult to take this account literally for not only is there no primary source denoting the supernatural event in secular history. Awareness of the enormous number of pre-Christian saviours, who also died and were resurrected, immediately puts the story in the mythological territory by association.
Early church figures, such as Tertullian (155-222AD), went to great lengths to break these associations even claiming that the devil caused the similarities to occur. Stating in the second century:
The devil whose business is to pervert the truth, mimics the exact circumstance of the Divine sacraments. He baptizes his believers and promises forgiveness of sins… he celebrates the ablation of bread, and brings in a symbol of the resurrection. Let us therefore acknowledge the craftiness of the devil, who copied certain things of those that be divine.
What is truly sad however is, that when we cease the idea that the stories from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and all the others are literal history. And accept them for what they really are, which are purely allegorical expressions, derived from many faiths.
We see that all religions share a common thread, and it is this unifying imperative that needs to be recognized and appreciated. Religious belief has caused more fragmentation and conflict than any other ideology.
Christianity alone has 34’000 different subgroups. The Bible is subject to interpretation. When you read it, you say, I think Jesus meant this, I think Joad meant that. Oh, no, he meant this so. You have the Lutheran, the seventh-day Adventist, the Catholic – and a church divided, is no church at all.
Numbers of death, caused by religion
Here’s a list of religiously motivated wars and genocides and their death tolls.
- The Crusades: 6,000,000
- Thirty Years War: 11,500,000
- French Wars of Religion: 4,000,000
- Second Sudanese Civil War: 2,000,000
- Lebanese Civil War: 250,000
- Muslim Conquests of India: 80,000,000
- Congolese Genocide (King Leopold II): 13,000,000
- Armenian Genocide: 1,500,000
- Rwandan Genocide: 800,000
- Eighty Years’ War: 1,000,000
- Nigerian Civil War: 1,000,000
- Great Peasants’ Revolt: 250,000
- First Sudanese Civil War: 1,000,000
- Jewish Diaspora (Not Including the Holocaust): 1,000,000
- The Holocaust (Jewish and Homosexual Deaths): 6,500,000
- Islamic Terrorism Since 2000: 150,000
- Iraq War: 500,000
- US Western Expansion (Justified by “Manifest Destiny”):20,000,000
- Atlantic Slave Trade (Justified by Christianity): 14,000,000
- Aztec Human Sacrifice: 80,000
- AIDS deaths in Africa largely due to opposition to condoms: 30,000,000
- Spanish Inquisition: 5,000
TOTAL: 195,035,000 deaths in the name of religion.