Losing Our Religion? - Boston Arts Academy, Humanities 4 - Response Paper

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Will Humans Ever Reject Free Will and Create Their Morality?
Humans are a needy species. They crave attention, they crave pity, and they desire direction. One mechanism they turn to for that direction is religion. An artificial construct that acts as a guide that will connect them to a higher, divine being. The problem, however, does not lie in the fact that people want to communicate with a higher being; the problem is that people have let a book written by man determine their every action. They claim that their “God” gives them free will but rejects natural human desire and punishes them for acting out on that and using their free will. Society believes that it is God handing out these rules, but in actuality, they are letting man tell them what to do because, as described in Nietzsche’s Parable of the Madman, “God is dead!” (Nietzsche 1). Society needs to realize that they are stopping their moral progression by allowing old artificial rules to dictate every aspect of their lives.
There is a significant difference between being spiritual and being religious. One may find comfort in talking to God or even believing there could be or could have been a God. Meanwhile, religious folk not only find comfort in speaking with their God but by reading their sacred texts and worshipping. Sadly, both groups have it wrong because, in actuality, neither group can speak to God because He is dead, and even more ironically, Religious people killed him. God existed for spiritual people, but then, man created religion and used it as a tool to punish, guilt, and manipulate others. Many believe God has gifted the human race with “free will,” but artificial religion does not allow much room for that freedom. Religious people turned God into something spiteful and mean. They killed His image. Therefore, kill...

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