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TheMadScientist February 6th, 2014 12:47pm

Inspired by kanji401: Is the purpose of religion to explain the unknown?

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StilettoMiss SF med law, meme queen
02/06/14 9:35 am

The purpose of religion was (and still is to some degree) to control the masses. Furthermore, one can draw *many* parallels between our nation's primary religion of Christianity with ancient Egyptian religions based upon the sun that pre-date it.

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EarlyBird Portland
02/06/14 6:45 am

I think the bigger purpose was to keep people in order.

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doctalk not all who wander r lost
02/06/14 6:25 am

I do not know.
I have never made up a religion for any reason.
One religion might properly define God.
The many others by default have to be
wrong.
I conclude either humans make up
Religions or God has poor communication skills!

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TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
02/06/14 2:43 pm

What if neither were true, but that God was as individualized as what you see as being the color purple?

doctalk not all who wander r lost
02/06/14 11:24 pm

Interesting twist. Maybe God's language resides outside our hearing. And his image outside our visible Spectrum. That would not be an omnipotent God.

TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
02/07/14 4:24 am

A god that is everywhere I go is omnipotent to me.

doctalk not all who wander r lost
02/07/14 6:46 am

OK, God is either not able or willing to save everyone from suffering. How is that omnipotent?

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
02/06/14 5:52 am

Semantic distinction – I think the purpose of belief in a deity in man-made religions is indeed to explain the unknown. The purpose of Judaism and Christianity is to relate to and warship the God Who has revealed Himself to us.