Religion : The unhealthy lifestyle choice
In a world full of human egos and greed, it is clear that the last thing humans need is another deterrent from living a healthy life.
Americans count themselves lucky to live in a country that gives them opportunity to succeed financially. At one point in history, the United States was even know as a country of personal freedoms and the concept of liberty. Many of those liberties have all but vanished and there is one visible culprit to the change in attitude and loss of freedoms in the United States…..RELIGION.
Three irrefutable examples:
Religion : Islam : Source of suicide bombers directed by leaders of the faith.
Religion : Christianity: Source of middle east policy and wars by leaders of the faith
Religion : Latter Day Saints : Source of exclusionary societies within the country
All the wars, massive loss of life by violence, and the majority of hate crimes in our generation can be traced back to the commonality of religious interference.
Now there is scientific proof that religion is not only bad for our society, but also bad for the individual. A recent study by Northwest University shows that humans who regularly attend church functions are 50% more likely to become morbidly obese.
Christians, Muslims, and other religions will tell you that their lifestyles are healthy. That the add to the human condition rather than take away from a person’s life. Now that claim has been scientifically disproved. Religion is not healthy for humans. In fact it is VERY unhealthy.
Here are the top 5 bad things that religion does to the human mind and body.
1) Human loses focus on the importance of their life. (Focus is on imaginary afterlife)
2) Human loses responsibility for their actions (Instant forgiveness from god and forgiveness from other humans is not important)
3) Teaches that women are property of men. (Marriage is a bond of slavery where women “serve and obey” their men)
4) Takes power away from the individual. (Church is “word of god” and is to be obeyed, even if their demands are to kill others)
5) Takes away self worth (All humans are considered trash by religion…see verses below)
Here are some great examples of verses from Bible that show how religion promotes the 5 damaging lifestyles above.
We should not live for things on this earth – even those things closest to us. 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
The earth is worthless, god will destroy it : The hills will melt. He will make an utter end of this place. Nahum 1:3-8
God will sweep everything away from the face of the earth. Zeph 1:1-3
Do not be part of this earth: Rom 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Special words of slavery and condemnation to women.
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Titus 2 : 5 [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Job 25: 4 How then can man be justified with God? or , how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?
Special words allowing murder against those who are different:
“If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.” (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
Lastly comes the realization of every Christian that they are completely worthless.
Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
So is it not obvious why those who participate in church activities become obese? They end up hating themselves and it shows by their obesity after years of church. During these years they forget about their responsibilities here on earth.
Still need more proof? Take a look at the Christian divorce rate.
The Barna Research Group, an evangelical Christian organization that does surveys and research to better understand what Christians believe and how they behave, studied divorce rates in America in 1999 and found surprising evidence that divorce is far lower among atheists than among conservative Christians — exactly the opposite of what they were probably expecting.
11% of all American adults are divorced
25% of all American adults have had at least one divorce
27% of born-again Christians have had at least one divorce
24% of all non-born-again Christians have been divorced
21% of atheists have been divorced
21% of Catholics and Lutherans have been divorced
24% of Mormons have been divorced
25% of mainstream Protestants have been divorced
29% of Baptists have been divorced
24% of nondenominational, independent Protestants have been divorced
27% of people in the South and Midwest have been divorced
26% of people in the West have been divorced
19% of people in the Northwest and Northeast have been divorced
The highest divorce rates are in the Bible Belt: “Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma round out the Top Five in frequency of divorce…the divorce rates in these conservative states are roughly 50 percent above the national average” of 4.2/1000 people. Nine states in the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Maryland) have the lowest divorce rates, averaging just 3.5/1000 people.
Bottom line: Religion is an UNHEALTHY lifestyle. Think hard before you enter into it.