(Original post by Sheep)
I've always thought this
it is one of the reasons why I think this issue of religion needs to be resolved already
lets say hypothetically some advanced, highly intelligence species aliens land on Earth and wishes to make 'first contact' . They happen to land in the middle east , what are they greeted by? a bunch of turban wearing men and some other thing which seems to be completely concealed by cloth (women), the men are all spouting crap like "DO YOU RECOGNIZE MUHAMMED AS THE FINAL PROPHET? WHY IS YOUR FEMALE SHOWING HER FACE?" and the un-identified cloth figures just run away when you approach them, later they are executed for talking to you, eventually after some attempts at intelligent conversation there will be turban people sneaking onto the alien spaceship loaded with explosives screaming about something called Allah
after some confusion the aliens begin to realize that the humans all seem to have a major flaw in the way their brains are designed and decide to leave and check back a few thousand years later when we're more evolved
that is obviously an extreme case but all religions are the same, is just people thinking they have all the answers when they don't. I would just find it embarrassing to be part of this race if some other intelligent species visited us
and people were like:
"oh by the way, the creator of the universe has been sending messengers to our planet",
alien: "oh really, what were the messages that he sent",
human "well we all thought life was pointless at first but it turns out there is a point! the messengers say we must all love our neighbours and lock our wives in cupboards and we will go to heaven! otherwise, if you - kill , steal, are gay, like to masturbate, wear tattoos, etc - you spend eternity in hell."
alien: "um ok that doesn't really explain anything, and it sounds kind of silly, what makes you think that these people are really messengers of the creator of the universe?",
human: "well, I have this book that says they were, and it also says they could do some neat tricks like turn water into wine or pulling lots of fish out of a bucket",
alien: "that doesn't really prove anything though...",
human "BLASPHEMY! YOU WILL BURN IN HELL FOREVER!"