The majority of religions claim to be descended directly from a morally superior being, especially religions common in modern times. And no atheism does not leave very many possibilities for war and violence. Most atheists are not militant. But Christians or Muslims? They are (sometimes) the most militant of anyone. In some aspets they have literally declared war on those who stray away from their god and religion.
... You can't seriously believe that? The atheists being less militant, I mean. Like, you do realize that the wast majority of wars fought in history were not religious, right?
Lol man. Here is the definition of religion, courtesy of Google: religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
Now belief is basically the trust/acceptance that something is true. And there is evidence that a God exists. So, we know for a fact that They think something is completely true without any supporting evidence. Religion is this principle just incorporated with worship.
Science involves the scientific method. The scientific method is essentially systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification Guess what? If religion was held up to the light of the scientific method, it would melt away.
Again, religion involves belief in a god. Belief in a god is unsupported by any evidence. Things unsupported by evidence are unscientific. So, religion is unscientific.
That's great, except it has literally nothing to do with my point. Religion deals with what cannot be scientifically tested. If you apply science to religion, yes, it melts, but you can't do that because the two fields do no intersect in any way. Religion is not a rejection of science and science is not a rejection of religion, and frankly I'm tired of people claiming one or the other like they've stumbled onto some big truth in the world.
For your information those monks might have developed the scientific method, but that does not mean that they applied it to their religion. If they did apply the scientific method to their religion they would no longer be monks. The fact that scientists are deeply religious means nothing. It only proves that those scientists keep their work completely separate from their religion.
Again religious people hold their religion far away from science lol :D. -MB
The point is that those scientists, those men who literally built the modern world, didn't see any problem with their religion while staying true to the scientific principles. What you're criticizing them for isn't a bug, it's a feature. It's supposed to be like that and it doesn't make them any less scientists or any less believers.
That is... amazingly wrong. Literally no Christian actually believes that. It is one of the cornerstones of Christianity and Judaism before it is that we are all sinners. That sin cannot be avoided and that everyone will sin at some point in their lives. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone and all that... They all offer numerous avenues for redemption and salvation. They would be completely theologically bankrupt otherwise. Never in history has it ever been a practice that any violation of a religious law was punishable by death. That just doesn't happen.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
James 2:10 says: "For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws.
Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned
I was not speaking of Bible as a whole either. But if you want to discuss the Book, it's important to know the context and interpretation of what the passage says. For example, Romans 5:12 clearly speaks of the original sin and explains why people die in the first place. It has nothing to do with sinning in general or breaking God's law. Proverbs 11:9 likewise has nothing to do with punishment, but is a simple observation that bad people will come to a bad end. Both of these interpretations are right in the links you've provided, and you can find such on literally every passage in the Bible. It is said that one should not even attempt to read the Bible without either commentary or an actual theologian to provide context and explanation of what you've read, because doing so can lead to terrible misunderstandings, or even worse, creationism.
That's cool. My personal opinion is that religion cannot really be forced. Either it makes sense to you, personally, and provides you with comfort and the desire to improve yourself, or it doesn't, in which case f@$k all that noise. :)