yes, like all the belief systems...Do you believe religions are a way of population control?
What I mean is that most of the famous religions are based on helpful principles, for the most part. The problem is, how to actually apply those in regards to one situation and how "think" within them.Can you give some examples of each? (and maybe their definition)
If it was not for religion people would find another reason to hate each other. Color of their skin, color of their hair, their culture. Whatever. Religion just makes it easy because it's so popular. A small example is sports. Extreme fans will often hate fans of other teams for no more reason than that they're a fan of another club. Same thing, smaller radius.Yes, it's also the number 1 reason why people are divided. One will hate another mans religion but not the billionaire that's dumping radioactive waste in their backyard.
Well, by that logic believing in most societal constructs (for instance, laws - which are just ideas that people agreed upon) is a mental illnessI hope I didn't offend anyone, but choosing to believe in something or someone that only exist in your mind is a type of mental illness
The topic is pretty weird. OP might as well ask if people believe 2x2 = 4. These days even kids understand that religion is a form of control. What makes religion tempting despite that realization is simply fear of death/desire to have a higher entity that would make things right, like our parents used to do for us when we were kids. Religions are simply stories we as humanity tell ourselves to cope with reality, if we weren't naturally predisposed to desire those stories, they wouldn't have existed. But once those stories emerged, of course, people figured out they are too good of a tool to ignore and not to co-optIt's amazing how you guys can get off topic on a simple question. Religion's for obvious reasons will be a endless topic but the power to control a population via a belief can alter the politics of cities or even nations. You could also argue this is one way to conquer over generations without the need to fight. I would argue our world is driven by power and money.