I am showing up late to this debate. Page 1 was interesting but now it is losing its steam. The premise behind Religion is FAITH. It is a weapon for those who try to live a moral life while the immoral around them turn to savagery. They use Faith to tell themselves that they are doing the right thing. It gives them Faith that their dieing parents will be ok. It tells that they aren't worthless even though they can't hold a job while having three mouths to feed. It helps to give them the strength that they couldn't find on their own to go on, to keep pushing forward. Let's put it this way most people who aren't/don't have faith in any religion and are immoral will typically never find religion, they may fake it but they won't have FAITH in what they pretend to believe.
The better question would have been can someone be religious (Truly Believe) and lead an immoral life?
On another note many men use people's Faith in religion as a weapon against the believers. They try and bend the beliefs so that they can get those with Faith to act as they say. They look to blur the lines of morality.
I.E. - Muslim Sheiks declaring holy wars and sending kids to their deaths as suicide bombers or Nancy Pelosi talking about her faith and how it has brought her to realize that it is everyone's civic duty to care for their fellow man, so the rich should be ok with the government seizing their money. Both are perverse uses of the religions that many use as their guiding light. Both feed on the moral believers to give up their rights ("one their right to life", "the other their right to their mind, the right to their wealth") They guilt those with Faith into believing that sacrificing themselves for the greater good is what God wants of them. Though no God would ask someone to sacrifice themselves to someone else who isn't willing to sacrifice anything first.
Edit: This Kid is starting to scratch the surface
Originally Posted by ninjalostboy95
Just adding my 2 cents, I think it's possible for man to live a moral life without religion due to that the fact that religions conflicting with others back then led to numerous amounts of death i.e the crusades. It also led to Martin Luther's thesis(There was a number forgot) which showed the Church was using religion as a profit. I don't know about any countries which contained a majority as atheist.(I don't think there's any.)No offense to religous people.But,then again I dont know cause I'm just 14.
It's not the religion that did the killing or stealing. You can't blame the words. It's those who take advantage of the words to look to reap benefits from it that are to blame.