The debate "Religion is a scam to control the masses" was started by
October 26, 2018, 3:50 am.
34 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 38 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
It looks like most people are against to this statement.
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Big_Tuna, MajorGeneralX, Brynn, Runtz, kh2g12p, astatine, US7, rainbowsocked, Juju, Charlie, mtbtheboss and 23 visitors agree.
TheExistentialist, NitinTher, crispsandchips, tenyiyi, Matt, wilsoergel76, InfinityMachine, addictedfromyouth, Happybadgal, DestinySub, District9, happy and 26 visitors disagree.
Im an atheist and mostly hate the message of religion but I think that religion for the most part is just something for people to believe in, whats so wrong for wanting to believe that there is a better place after death that we can get to if we are good? I think that that is the inherent message of religion.
Everyone forgets that the separation of church and state is a recent innovation on the scale of time. Religion's central purpose is not political control however. It's simply a system for interpreting life and getting along in a cooperative society.
sure; but you're simply pointing to one religion at one moment in time. It would be really hard to make this argument about all religions. Considering the fact that the majority of the religions in human history are polytheistic with each God having their own sects, their own rituals, their own followers, their own season, etc... even within a given believe system, it would be hard to derive a power structure that could be used to control the masses from those types of systems. So when we're talking about Religions capable of controlling a populous, you can really only be talking about a handful of monotheistic religions or (as is the case with Hinduism; where multiple gods are simply part of a single God) certain hybrid religions.
I mean but you have to remember that the church used to almost be just like a government.
I actually disagree here slightly. I think religion was invented as a way to answer questions about the nature of the universe and our place in it. While it has been used for malicious purposes in the past, to claim that this was the reason we invented religion is obviously false as many of the older religions didn't lend themselves to the kind of exploitation we've seen in more modern religions.