It is NOT my intention to criticize any RELIGION specifically, and I do not wish to have any person or persons doubt their religious beliefs or feel challenged in any way by my development and promotion of TheCode – A Moral Compass = RRR (Respect before Responsibility before Rights). My research is intended to simplify our lives by developing a logical and (relatively) easily understood MORAL CODE as a guide for our decision making process and for our ability to decide bad from good and right from wrong. Our Religion helps us to make these decisions and to this end serves as the foundation for the development and expansion of civilisations across the world. And these VERY IMPORTANT groups must continue to be RESPECTED and supported. HOWEVER throughout history RELIGION (and this includes EVERY Religion on the planet) has created great suffering and unnecessary division and pain caused by the problems which (or some of which) I list below. TheCode is a vital tool to ensure that any Religion stays within the sacred and beneficial doctrines for which it was (or will be) brought into existence. THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE PLANET IS ANY RELIGION OR COUNTRY THAT DEVELOPS INTO A CULT.
Religion provides much-needed support to many millions of people on this planet. This support is both psychological (eg. spiritual and counseling ) and frequently physical ( eg. companionship, food and counselling). This is the good side of religion and I respect and appreciate the HUGE benefit that this is to the planet. In fact religions are a very essential part of the human culture. Every religion is fundamentally good but they limit their goodness by being distracted by the factors discussed below.
Cults are unfortunately created under the umbrella of “religion” but are a problem from the start because the deviate from TheCode. Most cults also start off with good intentions and to achieve benefits for the group. The driving force of most cult leaders is driven by narcissism (as in self-importance). The ultimate example of this is trump as the ex-president of the USA who has converted the Republican Party of the USA into a cult.
Religions create problems for themselves by :
Justification of actions:
a) Problem 1: Religion is used (mis-used is probably a more realistic term?) to justify so much of the hardships that we are forced to endure on this planet. And this goes back to times immemorial through to present times. Wars, retribution, torture, chastisement, ostracism, penance, victimization, just deserts, judgment, conflicts, fighting, enmity and strife can mostly be attributed to religion at some level or another. Most of these are inflicted on “other people” in the name of religion.
b) Problem 2: There are many, many instances of good being done in the name of Religion and Religion takes many forms. Whenever a level of fanaticism (when the religion starts to believe that it is the ONE and ONLY) creeps into a religion is when the trouble starts. Where RESPECT is no longer the NUMBER-ONE driving force. Cults fall into this realm of influence in the same way. The most prominent example of this mis-use of religion is the imams who preach that all unbelievers must be destroyed and set about actively doing this. 9/11 is probably the most significant example of this practice. And this all stems from the moment at which fanaticism is applied to ANY religion.
Isolation and Self Serving:
c) Problem 3: When any Religion goes into isolation mode. When a Religion becomes so completely all-embracing that they remove themselves from any involvement with society other than their own group they are not a problem as such but what happens here is that too many of people, who could be contributing to the greater good (a higher level-of-responsibility in terms of TheCode), are taken out of the battle to resolve the morte important crises facing the planet. In many instances these groups also become more and more converted to fanaticism as they need to expand their group. This expansion starts off as providing help and support to people who need it, then expanding this support to conversion to the cause, then conviction that it is THE ONLY true cause and then this all gets fueled by the GREED of the elders or leaders. A significant example of this process is Scientology. And unfortunately, I believe that most Religions go down this path at one level or another. It is NOT my intention to say that all Religions should therefore stop what they are doing and disband. But they do need to broaden their outlook and start contributing to solutions for our planet based on TheCode and not limited by their doctrines.
Time to consider the SOLUTIONS.