Most people do not choose their religion, but are born into it. I am one of the lucky ones who had a choice. Therefore, I, for one, did actually spend time reading about religion and spiritual enlightenment and all sort of other things through meditation and other means and anything that could give some meaning to this life and our existence. At the end, I came to the conclusion that there is no god and religion is man made in order to control the masses and it is one of the best ways to make money, e.g., Vatican is one of the richest institutions in the world, so much money is made out of Hadj, the shrines are filled with money. Not even mafia collectively has made as much money as religion nor has killed as many as religion. Basically, all of south America was wiped out by religion. Missionaries in Africa did very well too; in Africa they used to say, we had the land and they had the bible and now we have the bible and they have the land. In Hawaii, the do-gooders ended up doing really well.

I believe, the philosophy of those who believe in god is that they were born for a purpose and this purpose cannot end with death. Therefore, the afterlife stage enters into the equation, since our creator would not simply let us vanish. Now here we have someone that we owe our existence to and there is a purpose in all of this, therefore, we must obey whatever he says in order to be on his good side and make a reservation for a good seat for afterlife. So, I think religion is based on fear of a gentle and kind god that better not get angry. The focal point of religion is therefore the belief in afterlife.

Atheists, do not have an obligation to fulfill god’s wishes – also since they are not believers, they take matters into their own hands, think and define themselves rather than depend on some authority to define them. Usually we find strong personalities amongst atheists. Also, the atheists that I know are more moral than any religious person I have known, of course this is an over-generalization, but the point I am trying to make is that you can be atheist and have the so called moral values. I am saying so called because I believe morality is subjective and depends on the circumstances of the situation.

There is this theory that since believers rely on the afterlife, they can probably endure suffering more than non-believers as they look forward to reward and a better life after they die. Therefore, psychologically, they may be better suited to accept failures and disappointments in life. However, most noticeably in the western society, even though they believe they are going to a better place after they die, they want to delay this event as much as possible. In particular, in the US, religious people cling to life more than others, which is puzzling to me. If I thought I was going to a better place, reason would dictate that I should hurry to get there. But reason and religion don’t necessarily go hand in hand, i.e., it is faith and should be accepted and not questioned. On the other hand, philosophers constantly look for reason and ask the whys.

I don’t know whether or not Socrates was an atheist, but he has the characteristic of one and I believe an atheist is more in line with the belief that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” This is due to taking responsibility for what action we take, we define ourselves and shape ourselves and in a way become our own creator. So, you can think of this as we are the god (our own god).

I think the best we can do is ask ourselves questions. Sometimes we can answer them and sometimes not. By questioning and examining ourselves we are seeking the truth and that is the best we can do and maybe that is our purpose!!!!

The reason why we have so much problem in the middle-east is due to the fact that Moses, Jesus and Mohammad were born there. Next time if someone claims to have spoken to god, I hope his message would be, god told me himself that there is no god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Religion, Mohammad, Crime, Humanity and Messengers of God

Religion is about money, control and power. No institution has made more money than religion in the history of mankind and no institution has killed more people than religion, including the mafia. Examine the history of Africa, Latin America (Incas were wiped out by the conquistadors and disease brought to them and Africans were converted by missionaries who grabbed their lands) and the middle-east, well you know the story which is still ongoing. It is ironic that all these religions claim that they have brought peace to this world but they have caused nothing but death and destruction. No one has spoken to god or anything like that but some con men have made us believe this is the case and if we believe this, then we deserve every misery that religion has brought us.

Look at all religions of the world and their claims. Moses who was a Sheppard parted the red sea, Jesus who was a carpenter cured leprosy and rose from the dead on the 3rd day and became god himself, and Mohammad who was an illiterate man talked to god in a cave. Also, bear in mind that all these so called messengers of god were all alone when this happened, how convenient! Please note that there were and still are plant seeds and tree barks in the middle-east that people used to chew on, which had the same effect of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, and would hallucinate as a result. In a delusional state, you think you have spoken to god and all his relatives, so maybe these poor creatures who claimed they had spoken to god, really thought they actually had, but as wise people, should we believe someone delusional with strange claims such as I am the messenger of god, therefore, I have the right to marry anyone I want from the age of 9 (a child) to whatever? How many people are willing to listen to a child molester or a rapist today? I bet none, unless they are sick and need help. Then, why are we following a child molester from 1400 years ago? For the life of me, I have no idea how people justify it. Also, why women go for a book that encourages wife beating (soureh nesa) unless they are masochists who are married to sadists!

I think if there was a god, he would have found someone with some level of education and intelligence to spread his message and would not leave it to a Sheppard or a carpenter or a lazy man who was feeding off an older rich woman. If you believe any of this, then you believe anything.

I have noticed that quite a few have been ridiculing and complaining about Kamenei’s speech regarding Science and humanity not being compatible with Islamic doctrine. At the same time most people accept religion and do not question it and do not ask for a scientific proof of god or his so called messengers! So, what is the difference between what Khamenei is saying and those who have not followed reason and blindly followed religion? If we did not believe in all these mumbo jumbos that religion has fed us, we would not be in the situation we are in now and to start with we would not have allowed a drug addict and reactionary man like Khamenei become the supreme leader. We should accept some of the blame for our own ignorance.