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Not all religions are good for life. Just like not all food is good to eat. There are many religions in the world. However, not all of them are suitable for the development of life.
The more I delve into the world's religions, the more I see that there are two kinds of religion. The first is the religion of death. The second is the religion of life. The religion of death destroys life. The religion of life preserves life. As simple as that.
Developing from the thoughts of Sam Harris, the religion of death has bad teachings. The teachings are defended blindly, and also poorly (held for bad reasons). This will result in the bad behavior of religious people. The whole society will be bad (bad society).
The religion of death is a religion that is fixed on life after death. As a result, they destroy life. They disturb the order of living together. They kill and destroy the lives of other creatures, including other animals, plants, and humans.
There are seven characteristics of the religion of death. First, the religion of death kills the local culture. When entering a place, the adherents of the religion of death forbid traditions and cultures that have existed before. They slaughter local wisdom in the name of narrow and misguided interests.
Two, the religion of death often oppresses the weak, especially women and children. Women's rights are shackled. They are socially imprisoned. The way they dress is strictly regulated, like an object that has no brain.
Three, the religion of death interferes with common interests. His religious rituals destroy the common peace. They only think about the interests of their religion. They do not care about the interests of the wider community.
Fourth, the religion of death breeds violence. They gave birth to many radicals who are ready to commit violence against other creatures. They do not care about the right to life of other religions, or other creatures. For them, the blood of people of other religions may be sacrificed for the sake of their religion of death.
Five, the religion of death likes to cause trouble wherever they are. They often create conflict with other religions. They also often come into conflict with pre-existing values. Wherever this religion is spread, poverty, conflict, and ignorance must also spread.
Sixth, the religion of death fools its people. They kill the common sense and critical attitude of their people. They ask their followers to believe blindly in false and unreasonable teachings. The religious leaders of death live rich from the poverty and ignorance of their people.
Seven, the religion of death is afraid of criticism. His religious views are unreasonable, so they are easily crushed on one small question. As a result, its adherents are unable to make a sound argument. They are very sensitive and ready to use physical violence if criticized.
The religion of life has the opposite characteristic. It preserves life. He is not fixated on life after death. He maintains and develops life to the highest level, namely inner and outer happiness for all beings.
There are seven characteristics of the religion of life. First, the religion of life preserves and develops the existing culture. They are at peace with local wisdom. The religion of life takes local values as an expression of its religiosity.
Two, the religion of life protects and develops the weak. They educate children in a rational way of thinking, and sensitively listen to the voice of conscience. They provide a free space for women to display their personalities. The religion of life empowers people towards enlightenment and does not force people back to the backward era of thousands of years ago.
Three, the religion of life pays attention to common interests. Their rituals and worship are calm, polite, and pleasing to the eye. Religious values can also be learned by people from other religions, without them having to change religions. The religion of life preserves all life, without favoritism.
Fourth, the religion of life rejects violence in all its forms. The religion of life will not retaliate when they are hurt. The religion of life will offer love and kindness to all, unconditionally. The adherents of the religion of life value the life of all beings.
Five, the religion of life trains its people to think critically and to reason. They do not allow their people to live in poverty, ignorance, and suffering. Instead, they want their people to be intelligent, and sensitive to the voice of conscience. The religion of life also sharpens the sense of beauty in its people. The religion of life is the inspiration for art in all its forms.
Sixth, the religion of life develops life wherever it is. The adherents of the religion of life love peace. They will not interfere with other people's lives. Instead, they will help all creatures live. The religion of life is far from terror, conflict, hatred, or revenge.
Seven, the religion of life is open to dialogue. They are not afraid of criticism. They are not afraid of questions. This happens because the religion of life has a strong basis of argument, so it can survive healthily, even though it is criticized from various directions.
My country is filled with the religion of the dead. This is of course very unfortunate. In many places, religious issues have become hard and sensitive. Many people choose silence, and live in injustice, rather than talk about religion.
The religion of death is the source of our nation's problems. The perpetrators of corruption seek justification from the religion of death. Discrimination is carried out in the name of the religion of death. Efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic have also become difficult, due to the presence of the religion of death.
Thus, the religion of death must continue to be resisted. They must continue to be criticized from various quarters. Civilized society is brave and strong in responding to the religion of death. Only by expelling the religion of death, our nation can become a developed nation.
Writing this article, I am ready to be attacked by adherents of the religion of death. That's how they are sensitive. They are unable to think critically and reason well. Hopefully, one day, with the various struggles that exist, the religion of death can be expelled from our homeland.
I am a believer in the religion of life. How about you?