(An Atheists View of Religion)
Religion is one of the few remaining barriers to humanity’s advancement at this time. Perhaps it had a purpose once, when we were all closer to apes in mental development, but we're not anymore. We are living the Reign of Man. We’re effectively Gods here now.
Relying on mysticism to define our world is dangerous at best. It blinds us from the reality at hand—that there is nothing to save us from ourselves but ourselves; we are all individually responsible for our world and everyone and everything on it. Where in the past the world was large, and to survive people banded together, today our world is so very small. We have the power to destroy it.
Structured belief systems divide us instead of unite us. Religions preach commonality only with their followers. They promote the differences to set theirs apart from the myriad of others. We can no longer maintain divided clusters running around thinking their way is the only truth, or the only way. We must not only understand, but act on the fact that we are intricately connected with each other and everything else here.
Assimilation isn't a bad thing. It's an absolute necessity for our survival and doesn't have to rob us of our culture or traditions. Ethnicity can and should be passed on, just without the divisive labels of the past. You can celebrate Christmas without calling yourself Christian. You don’t have to be Jewish to promote education and preserving family values. Derisive ideologies must be eliminated. Not all Catholics are against abortion. Jews don't have a corner on being neurotic, nor Muslims on being fanatics.
At this time in humanity’s development, it is imperative we becoming thinkers, innovators, not continue to be followers of a mythological narrative most adopted from their parents without much consideration or independent spiritual investigation. Indoctrinating our young with religion leaves them little chance for thinking outside the box we guide them to join us in. While we all must acknowledge we stand on the shoulders of giants, and never lose site of history, assimilation is integral for our evolution. Without coming together as one race, and very soon at that, we will most likely divide and conquer. War with a bang, or disease with a whisper, if we don’t work together to face the issues of this planet the human race will not survive the fallout of our factioning.
Promoting or proselytizing religion at this point in our history hinders our development and just may hasten our imminent demise. Sending your kids to religious school or raising them with a religious identity may seem innocuous, even righteous, but propagating ideological foundations that fundamentally promotes division must be discarded if we hope to continue our existence on this small, very fragile world we’ve become.