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  • Yes! it keeps us from being afraid of death.
  • hell no, we dont need it, to me i find it a joke that people use to comfort there insecuritys Science is the where the truth is, not faith... this is just my opinion tho
  • Answering my own question: I have often wondered about this myself. I think this world would've been far more peaceful if there were no religions. I've heard that there had been more wars about Religion than any other reason on this planet. Just think: The Crusades. Persecutions. Islamic terrorism. Hitler's Holocaust. Arguments in Answerbag.
  • It's interesting to note that countries that have the strongest religious influence on their societies also tend to be the most barbaric in their treatment of people. That's all I'll say.
  • People *want* religion. It would be incredibly oppressive to try and suppress religion, and probably wouldn't work. So the world needs religion in the sense that it needs not to try to do without it. Religion is part of the human condition - live with that rather than dream (if it is a dream) of worlds without it.
  • No but i think the world needs Bible teachings, that might sound strange, but i think most religions today who claim to worship the God of the Bible, don't actually follow his word.
  • WE need fiction. We don't need fiction disguised as truth.
  • A part of today's humanity could need a religion, but the world does not need humanity. In the whole universe, we know only a single galaxy with a single star system with a single planet where a single species has developed something like religion. With a high probability, the overwhelming part of the universe, and also the overwhelming part of the living beings on Earth do not seem to need a religion. Moreover, religion did not exist all the time since the apparition of humanity on earth - at least in a similar form as today. It either evolved progressively or was founded by a particular person(Abraham, Jesus, Muhammad etc).
  • No. The world does not need religion. But many people want religion. Whatever your opinion you have to agree with the fact that there would be less wars and conflicts if there was no religion at all. Religion divides people. You might get angry when you hear this but that does not make it less of a fact. Human history and the world's present situation just proves that unless religion ceases to exist, wars will continue to be waged in its name and people will continue to fight. So the real question you need to ask yourself is this: is religion more important than the future of humanity?
  • No. It would probably be a better place without it. Let the DR's roll... +5
  • No. I think there would be less violence and separation of a nation without it.
  • I don't know about 'need'. It seems we need traditions, rituals, community, a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose - these things have traditionally been provided by religions - but I don't think we need the big daddy in the sky...
  • Nope.. The world would be a much better place without it! In fact.. The most religious countries in the world are the most corrupt and the people suffer… The least religious countries are the richest and places where people enjoy the best quality of life – Just saying.
  • Sanity would be a nice alternative wouldn't it?
  • We need something to keep anal sex out of the public eye.
  • Hmmm, I think the schools are a great determination of what happens when you remove "religion". When I was in school we prayed in the morning, if we did something wrong we got paddled, we were held accountable for our actions because most of the people in charge were Christians. Look at todays schools, we took prayer out, we took discipline out and most of the children don't respect authority, they have not been taught to love thy neighbor as thy selves and it SHOWS. The moral decay in our society is appalling. The kids are in charge and that is not God's way...we now have to have police in our schools to monitor what's going on. So YES we really need "religion".
  • The world needs to understand what God wants for us. The world needs to love thy neighbor. The world needs gasoline to sell for 85 cents per gallon
  • It would if people treated it with respect and followed it as it should be followed..but, that will never happen..
  • NO it has too much now. It needs more education, less poverty and more scientific exploration and discovery.
  • As much as we need a fish bone stuck in our throats. I believe with asured certainty that an ethical life can be lived without religion. I know it. I live that kind of life with my well behaved, healthy and intelligent children. I also know--and so do you--that religion has caused innumerable people, not just to conduct themselves no better than others, but to award themselves permission to behave in ways that would make a brothel-keeper or an ethnic cleanser raise an eyebrow. In very recent past, we have seen the Church of Rome befouled by its complicity with the unforgivable sin of child rape. Many priests, whom many young boys rely on for spiritual guidance, needed to be reminded that the government's project of "No Child Left Behind" is not the same thing as "No Child's behind left". And as for comfort and consolation, since many religious people so often claim that "faith" supposedly answers these needs, I'm not going to argue that such a thing may or may not have, at times, painkilling effect, but I would take myself the liberty of warning those people against the placebo and the bottle of colored water.
  • Just as much as it "needs" Heroin.
  • The world doesn't need religion, but we do need God.
  • No. The world needs a lot of things but religion is most certainly not one of them
  • what else would we fight and kill over?
  • No, the world would be a much better, more peaqceful and more technological place without it.
  • It's not like air or water, so I guess a world without it wouldn't fail.
  • Yes. The desire for God is written in the human heart, because each person is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw each person to himself. In response to this desire, most religions are humanity sincerely reaching out for God. In Judaism and Christianity, God is reaching out for humanity and we respond. Religion is a set of beliefs and practices followed by those committed to the service and worship of God. The first commandment requires us to believe in God, to worship and serve him, as the first duty of the virtue of religion. Spirituality is how one lives their religion. This belief is help by almost every person on the planet. The entire world agreed to include freedom of religion in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See Article 2: http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html The citizens of the United States think this freedom is just as important as the freedoms of speech or the press. All are part of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html Even the Catholic Church seeks and supports the freedom of religion for all human beings. In the Vatican II document, Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae (Human Dignity), the Church states: The human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits. For the entire document, see: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651207_dignitatis-humanae_en.html With love in Christ.
  • It's a useful tool for controlling ignorant masses. It's not exactly something we "need", just nice for keeping morons in line.
  • No, religion is one thing this world could do without. Millions have suffered "in the name of God" since the beginning of history. There are thousands of religions on Earth, and they all can't be right. Religion is a tool to influence the ignorant masses to doing the bidding of whoever has power. We may not all believe the same thing, but we all did come from the same place. We have to put aside our differences and realize that we are one.
  • no because, "Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." - Steven Weinberg - ------------------------------------------------------- "Each of us is God, each of us knows all, we need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom. - Buddha -
  • It used to, back in primitive times, then political leaders needed a way to convince people to obey the law and to reproduce faster than the neighboring countries. Not so much any more. We already have enough people. Also, I really really like bacon!
  • Like a hole in the head.
  • I believe so.

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