ABOVE TITLE USED TO LURE YOU INTO THE THREAD SO DON'T BE OFFENDED I just want to know why exactly is it that some people believe so completly and total in there religion yet even in doing so do not adhere to what is said in their own religion books. I am not going to name specifics but religion has created the largest problems humanity has ever had. Wars, pointless slaughter of others who haven't believe in that religion... beliefs taken to far where horrible acts where commited. Ie Salem with the killing of all these women who were thought to be witches or when abortion clinics where bomb. Not only has religion created alot of violence it has given people reasons to believe there actions are absolutly right. How can people believe so highly and speak so proudly of something that has caused so many problems? ...Even if you only consider the supposedly civile present times we live in, religion is still creating dangerous feuds between other. As well as violence, hatred and violation of rights, not to mention wide scale discrimanation and terroism. So Please tell me why is religion considered to be such a good thing when it has clearly done more harm then good ? I have some questions about the inconsistency I believe exist in religion. Weren't religious books continously changed and modifed in the passed, when the most pratical method of communication was verbal and not written. Also don't the level of inequalities between the sexes and races shine thorugh in religion books. Don't religions books basical promote a type of attitude that gives most of the power to men. Doesn't it seem as though religion was modified and changed by people "men" in power to properly equate with the times. Aren't the passages in these religions books written by people and not higher beings. Also why is it that people who are religions will follow some beliefs in these religions books swearing that your going to hell if you don't. Yet they themselves are ignoring a lot of others things within these books. ------------ One more thing I was chiristian until about 13, and then became an athetist, so I need to ask all the christians since the bible is the only one of "the religions books I have real knowledge of" have you ever read and compared passages in the bible and seen just how inconsitent alot of things are. Not to mention that in general alot is basically interatation more so then clear actions that have been written down. Ps Haven;t alot of religion actually originated from other religions.. which in reality then means that some religions are entirely man made and the small link that exist between the profet and God is nullified. DON'T FLAME -I just want to know why human beings are so devoted to religion.