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Religion has been a strong force in humanity since the first cavemen Man has always and will always look at the world and ask why Why does lightning happen or crops fail Nobody knew and so religion was born If humanity did not cause it then something did so we created the gods or the gods created us IT all depends on your point of view Religion has many benefits and many flaws One benefit of religion over atheism is it can act as a unifying force Through out most of history when people have lost everything but their lives they have had fate in something The early Jews where conquered and enslaved Yet they had such faith in Yahweh they survived it as a culture and people Later when the early Christians where hunted persecuted and fed to lions Most did not give up their belief in Jesus Instead they continued on believing in Christ Knowing that if they were caught what awaited them Thousands died gory painful deaths that robbed many of their dignity but they stuck with it because they believed in goodness and compassion that the Old World lacked A second benefit of religion is that it can be a moral guideline to raise the next generation People hate to be told what they cannot do and need a reason Religion which has the ability to punish someone even after death Religion acts like guideposts so we can judge how well we have lived our lives The faith in an almighty being fills a void that all people have The are many things that can fill that void such as friends a hobby alcohol drugs or other things to numerous to name Unfortunately like all things in life religion has its other half This half is dark and can potentially destroy a person or a whole group One example can be overly religious people or groups that have
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