I disagree with that comparison. Religion was created when there was little to no scientific knowledge. Taking the ancient Greeks for example, they beleived in gods who caused weather and other natural occurrence. When there was no other explanation they came up with one that made most sense to them. What could be so powerful as to create a lightning bolt? Why a god of course. So their religion was partly based on observation. They couldn't observe electrical charge differences between the earth and the clouds. So their knowledge was limited by their power of observation.
Originally Posted by Elwell
The problem is that now that we do have the power to observe things as they are, a lot of things we once believed are 'wrong.' I think if ancient peoples would have known what we know now, religion would be a lot different. In the distant future, religion will have a new meaning. I also think that people of the future will look back on us and think "lolz they believed that?" Now with saying all this, I would like to state that I am a Christian and I do still believe in God. Why? Because I just cant not believe in it. Its a personal choice and its what I feel is right. Doesn't mean im not open to new ideas and scientific theory and law.
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