If you have health, wealth and happiness; what do you need religion for?
Religion is ‘s main social function appears to be to make the poor people stay poor and not rise up at night to slaughter the rich for a social revolution and reward now on the promise of a reward after death. And for extra incentive, we through in social niceties like being poor is noble and honest as well as resulting into an easier pass through the heavenly gates.
We’re not supposed to notice that the very rich are not exactly sharing the ignoble wealth to grease their own way in, I suppose we should be greatful that they hoard the wealth now, to make it easier for the rest of us.
Aside: Which is difficult to say, since merely living in a secular democratic nation means you’re in the top 10% of wealth people globally speaking.
In addition to religion keeping the poor poor on the promise of the afterlife reward, there’s also the brainwashing to think that the poor have somehow earned or deserve this low status from their previous life or actions/thoughts in this – depending on if the religion is reincarnation based or not.
Religion is a veneer that claims to provide proof of balance and fairness in the universe; but that veneer is spotty and worn very thin, given the amount of imbalance an unfairness that religion represents.
To claim that membership in a group means that your group is chosen or better than all other groups is not balance and is patently unfair – since religions are regionally based – so if there was a true religion, the chances of being born in a region where it is practised so that you can be exposed to it and join are fairly stacked against everyone.
You probably have a better chance of winning a lottery than being born to the correct religion – and if religion has any merit, there’s a lot more riding on the religion than the ticket.
What if the one true religion is one of the handful that you have to be born to to be included in?
Seriously, I don’t know how believers can live with the uncertainty of their certainty.