Can you reconcile humanitarianism and religious tolerance?


A common criticism of religion by atheists is that the practice wastes time and money. Many atheists argue that religion misplaces charitable givings. The argument is the effort that’s spent on superstitious ritual could be spent on social justice. If you don’t believe in God and claim to have humanitarian values you should feel indignant when effort is used to save someone’s non-existent soul as opposed to their life.

This is true for most religions. A man who cares about the welfare of mankind should be upset with any delusion that distracts people from what actually matters. If you’re religious the extremity of this should bother you even more since you believe life continues after death. An atheist is generally concerned with what happens to someone in their mortal life. A religious person is concerned with what happens to someone’s soul (for many this also includes one’s life).

If you are a Christian you believe other religions and atheism lead people away from accepting Christ as their savior. This should be a moral crisis if you believe without accepting Christ one will be condemned to perdition. It should cause you grief to see money circulate through any church that isn’t your own. That money could be spent on any number of things to spread the good word and save souls from damnation.

It’s very simple. If you’re an atheist you see time and money wasted on superstition that could be spent on a practice with an effect in this world. If you’re religious you see time and money spent on encouraging the name of the wrong god(s) and souls being dammed to hell.

Understanding this principle should lead you to question which beliefs are true and which are not. Billions of souls/lives depend on it.



  2 comments for “Can you reconcile humanitarianism and religious tolerance?

  1. April 11, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Every time I drive by a beautifully constructed church (which is often considering I live in the south), I think Wow! So what exactly are they doing with their offerings? Are they donating to charitable causes? Are they giving back to the community, something other than a few drops of water on the head or crackers and grape juice–“bread and wine”?
    It doesn’t seem like it considering they recently remodeled and bought new tech equipment or something.
    This thought makes me sad because people with little to nothing use their religion as a community support. When in reality, there is nothing physically being done for them. It is psychological. They give what little money they may have to a service, when it could be used to improve their life in the present moment.

    All in all, I really liked the post and it deals with topics that I have been considering as well!

  2. July 27, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I think your post certainly reveals a major issue with religion – and that is the role that money plays in the proliferation in advocating for or against certain religious beliefs. Although you do not specifically make this argument, I think your insights can be expanded to make the claim that church-based religion is quickly turning into a business. Like Katie said, when she drives by a beautiful church, it is hard for her to see how the money is actually being used to spread the message of God. Instead, it is used to increase the aesthetic appeal of the church, leaving the substance of the church vulnerable to vapidity. Jesus did not wear Gucci or designer togas in order to attract followers. He did not spend his infancy in a $500 crib…instead, he lived a modest life, surrounded himself with the poorest of the poor, and relied on his words and behaviors to attract the faith of his many followers. Rather than join a church that emphasizes appearances over actions, I would much rather join a church held underneath a bridge that uses the money it generates for mission work and philanthropy rather than for a fancy new building. Worldly materialism does not bring us closer to God – preaching his word and reaching out to those who need it most does.

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