Do We Need Religion?
Certainly, the Creation that is Earth and life on it, is one of beauty and awesomeness. As to who or what created it, or whether some higher power exists, or which of the world’s religions is the “true” religion, we’ll leave to others to never-endingly debate.
However, the conscious need for religion, the need for some greater power to worship, a God or gods who can do what no human can, is uniquely human. Like the rest of life on Earth, we humans had no conscious need for religion during most of our 3+ million year history. The conscious need for religion came into play about 17-40,000 years ago when humans became self-aware.
The conscious need for religion is an offset – its purpose is to balance something. What it balances is the loss of our freedom, passion and purpose, which we have turned over to other humans. Giving up freedom is frustrating (observe animals in a zoo), and frustrated animals are angry, restless, discontented – and rightly so. They are restrained from living their lives naturally, 100% free. Religion attempts to compensate for this loss. “Unfortunately you can’t have the 100% natural, free life you want and were designed for and had for over 3 million years, but there is some greater power that metes out some form of higher justice.”
What we need to do is to take our lives back; live free lives in groups and communities globally. Then we won’t need religion to offset our frustration. Does that mean we won’t want and continue to benefit from religion and God? Absolutely not. I heard someone say that God (our Creator) is not an added thing (some have it, some don’t). God, Creation is the reality of life. If there is a fallacy, it is the human ego’s childish notion that we can do our lives independently, on our own, without the connection to other humans and to Earth and the rest of life on it (all of this together being called Creation). That may work for young teenagers, but not for mature adults.