There is no doubt that religion has left a sizable mark on the world. And whether you perceive this mark as good or bad, religion will most likely continue to grow.
Even so, I am firm in the belief that there will also always be a sizable opposition to religion. This opposition is characterized largely by a demand for an explanation for our universe that is more sufficient than the one that religions have to offer.
Recently I saw a post online that exemplified a reason to question (if not fear) the religious stance. This post claimed that someone’s actions — whether it be their stance on murder, abortion, or killing animals — is outside of the realm of social scrutiny, and that you should let God worry about judgement.
It is statements and remarks like these that take society backwards. I don’t believe that anyone in their right mind would agree that we should allow murderer’s to walk the streets. I don’t even believe that the people who make these statements believe this.
The issue arises when seemingly intelligent people believe in a court in the afterlife that will make all things right again. If you accept this, it is only natural that a wave of inaction follows.
A weight has been lifted off of their shoulders, and things before deemed unacceptable become things that God will handle. Opinions, debate, and even actions are no longer truly necessary when presented with a God who makes all things right.