Top Ten Reasons to Not Be Religious

The Top Ten
1 Religious beliefs hold back education and science

We have actually the knowledge to create life or even cloning ( using cells to create life ). If that science has so many critics it's because religious institutions think that we are messing with god's creation. And I'm talking about one thing here. Theories about how life started ( there are many plausible theories, not only the big bang ) are also getting critics by religion. In other words ; Religion is certainly holding back or at least slowing down progressions made by science and therefore the teaching or education about those progressions.

Atheists believes not only in the big bang theory. There are lot of other theories who are equally plausible as the big bang theory. If this other theories are less popular it's just because a priest proposed the big bang theory and they won't accept other more scientefic theories. So, yes, religion is trying to hold back science and the education.

2 Christianity caused the dark ages

Actually, Christianity started in Rome, while the Dark Ages occurred a few hundred years prior, for completely different reasons. I'm an atheist, but I'm a nerd in general and just wanted to do some editing. Hope that clears things up.

No science, no peace, no critical thinking. And some people want to bring the dark ages back!

Let's not let history repeat itself.

3 Religions are another series of groups which evoke genocide

Neither Mao, nor Stalin, nor Hitler were atheists. Mao started a religion called Maoism; Hitler died a Catholic; and Stalin studied at an Orthodox seminary, and is a Saint in Russian and Georgian Orthodox Churches (quite the feat for an atheist, don't you think?).

However, even if, for the sake of the argument, all 3 were atheists, did they commit their atrocities in the name of atheism, or did they commit their atrocities in the name of Nazism or Communism? And we all know that Islam is same as Nazism (Hitler argues for this in Mein Kampf), and Christianity is the same as Communism (Thomas More's "Utopia" was a blueprint for a Communist society - and that guy is a Catholic Saint of politicians, despite burning alive people for daring to own the Bible in English).

Incorrect, the Holocaust was not committed in the name of religion, it was committed ON religion.
Although born a Catholic, Hitler was an avowed Atheist.
The biggest genocide of the past 1,000 years [probably ever, really] was committed in China 1966-1976 by Mao Zedong, another avowed Atheist.
Our old pal Stalin also killed multi-millions in the 20th century, and was again an Atheist.

4 The stories about the religions are far-fetched and false

With all the religions in the world, there can only be one right one if they are all very intricate. The most likely religion to be true is atheism, which isn't a religion at all.

Religion is faith! Look, I respect your beliefs and everything, but this list is taking religion too far.

Nobody has proof. We mustn't argue simply.

5 You have to pray

You do not HAVE to pray, it's a choice you make. I'm a Christian, pentecostal, I don't pray everyday, I don't read my bible everyday. Sure, we have to go to church a few times a week, but what's so big about that?

Maybe you don't have to pray in some religions ( buddhism, taoism ) and some where it's a choise ( Christianity ) but in the Islam you have to pray 5 times a day. And it seems that this is also the most ridiculous of all religions.

My friend MADE me pray and I hated it and she was all like "you're doing it wrong. If you don't pray to god satan will get you. Satan is trying to get to you"

6 Most Christian groups practice and promote the hatred of homosexuals

What ever happened to "thou shalt not kill"?

7 Scientific arguments are unlike religious arguments, in that they are based on evidence and peer reviewed support

Faith without evidence of proof is blind faith and a very stupid way of life. How could you living reasonless with faith?

I have faith that science is true and that religion is not.

We don't need proof, all we need is faith.

8 Most people use religion as an excuse to do whatever they want

And they say that god give them free will and whenever they do something wrong with their free will they say that god will forgive ( fancy ethic to clear their conscience ). Religion is the most hypocrit way of living!

9 Most religious people are not open-minded to other people's beliefs

Not saying ALL are. Just some people that I know in real life. Like my teacher is a Hindu and some of the students in the class who were Christians were against that and started complaining.

The Islam will tell you that it is a religion of love and understanding but behind your back they despize you. It's the most hypocrit religion in the world.

10 Nobody knows who "God" actually is

This is true no religion can prove if their god they believe in is true but nobody can prove that their god is fake even science can't prove it.

The Contenders
11 Religion has led to most extremist groups
12 Religious abuse
13 Religion hurts people sometimes
14 Most religious people have been paranoid that the Devil will take control of their lives
15 Most religious people have wasted their lives by rushing into getting into Heaven
16 Most people have taken religion to the extreme
17 Religion brainwashes you permanently
18 People kill over it
19 If there is the "right" religion, no other religions would exist
20 Science is disproving religion more and more
21 Your parents and you have different views on them

My parents (especially my mom) is religious and I'm not. I asked a question about it once and my mom thinks that I'm insulting her religion. SERIOUSLY? >:(

22 Religion has been harmful to most individuals
23 Religion is cowardly
24 The rules for religion are contradictory
25 People select only the rules they want to follow
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