When Religion Does More Harm Than Good

A new poll reveals that the religious unaffiliated, the “Nones,” now constitute the majority of all such groups in America, topping even established religions. … THIS POST HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN, AS IT APPEARS IN JOHN ROGER BARRIE’S APRIL 2024 BOOK, “THE DEEPEST SILENCE AND OTHER ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUALITY.”

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  1. This is such an important topic, John! Far too much harm has been done in the name of religion, or of God, and not nearly enough healing done in its place. I tend to think that religion at its best points toward a deeply powerful force which is meant to be used for good, but when misunderstood or misappropriated can be used simply to prop up the ego, often at someone else’s expense. Power will always be seductive, as you point out. It is imperative that we exercise the kind of vigilance you recommend here.

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    • Thank you, Elizabeth! You wrote, “I tend to think that religion at its best points toward a deeply powerful force which is meant to be used for good, but when misunderstood or misappropriated can be used simply to prop up the ego, often at someone else’s expense.” Ah, so true. Jesus taught the Golden Rule, “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:12). We find this principle in all the great religions. But, whether in religions or not, this should be the basic universal standard of courtesy between humans. All war, disharmony, discord, killing, fighting, and so forth, is simply the rampantly out-of-control ego on display in all its ugly grandeur.
      And to address your comment, “Far too much harm has been done in the name of religion,” in the context of the religious marketeers, it seems the one requirement for being a financially successful religious or spiritual teacher in this world is simply to hold an MBA degree. Master the art of selling, and that’s all it takes. Jesus needs to return in order to reform certain elements of his own Church! – John Roger Barrie

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