Does religion positively or negatively affect society?
Whether or not you are a religious person, you have acknowledged the fact that religion exists. You may view it negatively or positively, you may believe in a superior being or you may not. The reality is that many people are dedicated to their religions… and some are even willing to die for them.
“Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.”
Many people could argue that religion does more harm than good. After all, it was one of the key factors causing the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. It causes many disagreements between countries, conflict of government, and personal quarrel with others. Studying basic history will lead you to conclude that it is a large contributor to many past and present conflicts. One essential argument is taking into consideration that some people misinterpret their religion and use it to justify their wrongdoings.
“From the beginning men have used God to justify the unjustifiable.” -Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
However, religion is not always a bad thing. Obviously, most religious people aren’t extremists who are willing to die or kill for their faith. It also brings strength and hope for those in times of need, it brings people together with fellowship, and it makes people have a sense of belonging on the earth. When you don’t need to worry about the intimidating topic of the afterlife, you have a lot of weight off of your shoulders. Many faiths also give people closure by guaranteeing forgiveness and acceptance.
Now that you’ve read the pros and cons, let’s reread the question: Does religion positively or negatively impact society? Although it could be a mixture of both, the answer to this question lies within your own opinion. You decide if religion is essential or not. Despite your opinion or religion, I do encourage you to practice tolerance and kindness towards others. With religious-rooted oppression and other worldly problems, it is important to be compassionate to strangers, friends, and family. Spreading happiness signifies one step closer we are to achieving happiness without dependency on religion.