Is religion a hindrance to consciousness?
It seems that religion is the attempt to answer life’s big questions. questions like “why are we here?”, “What is our purpose” etc. To me this seems to be the answer that would come easiest, as if mankind became tired of questions not being answered, so they imagined a answer that was so unbelievably fantastical, that people took to the idea, because it was such a comforting and romantic notion. This idea attempted to explain every question we had about our human existence, If an all-knowing power exists than theres no need to continue wondering, and being frustrated by a lack of answers. But to me this seems extremely counter – productive. If we are to really answer all the questions we have as a society, we can never be satisfied with the answers we have. over and over again, we believe we have a final answer, but with that answer comes even more questions. regardless of how arrogant mankind becomes, we can never truly know everything. Historians don’t know exactly when religion started, but there are thousands of theories as to why religion was born. It very well could be that at the time, people were not advanced enough to understand things that they were witnessing, or didn’t have the technology to really defend, or prove their ideas. But the romantics of religion seem to be that no technology, or tests are needed to have the theory of an “almighty force”. But now that people have become much more persistent in challenging the social norms, more and more alternate theories have been developed and with the technology we have, are becoming more and more valid, and have yet to be proven wrong. but to me the most important part of these religion-opposing theories is that there is proof, there is physical, observable, evidence to back up those ideas. For instance, originally people thought that the heavens were in the clouds of the sky, but now that we have planes, and and even spacecrafts, that take us higher than where people thought “heaven” resided. And to this day there has never been a proven report of seeing a “paradise in the sky”. Better yet, the Greeks believed their gods resided on top of a VERY CLIMBABLE hill and no one ever bothered to check, and prove that theory. We now know of course, that olympus is not actually on the top of the mountain. I have found with religion that for me the concepts are difficult to understand, or support because there is no observable evidence, only speculation, or theories. It seems the debate of science and faith may never end.