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Are there any benefits to being religious that can't be got elsewhere? watch

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    Aimed at both religious and non-religious ppl. Can you think of any benefits that are completely unique to being involved in a particular religion?

    Edit: so far no-one has argued there are unique benefits so pretty one-sided atm (I assume the poll responses must not all be genuine then)

    Edit2: the poll keeps changing sides, I think we'll need at least 100 votes for it to be conclusive

    Some people are getting confused with actual benefits that you can demonstrate, and potential benefits that depend on whether the religion is true or not. This thread is only about actual benefits.
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    Hmm not sure, to be honest. A lot of the benefits you can also get from doing other stuff. I would say that I feel like I am part of an extra community.
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    (Original post by xylas)
    Aimed at both religious and non-religious ppl. Can you think of any benefits that are completely unique to being involved in a particular religion?
    I think they're wasting their time, they can do good deeds without a "God" per se
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    No. Maybe you could argue it benefits your mind set or whatever. But in the end even if you're not religious, then you're no better or worse than someone who has a religion when you look at the context of benefits from one side or another. Same the other way round
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    (Original post by SuperHuman98)
    Hmm not sure, to be honest. A lot of the benefits you can also get from doing other stuff. I would say that I feel like I am part of an extra community...
    (Original post by katherine9609)
    No. Maybe you could argue it benefits your mind set or whatever...
    Are you religious?
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    I can't think of any benefits that are exclusive to religion, no.
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    (Original post by xylas)
    Are you religious?
    No, I see myself as being an average level of religious
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    (Original post by SuperHuman98)
    No, I see myself as being an average level of religious
    Interesting, I would've thought that meant yes.
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    being religious is not about the advanatges or vice versa !
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    The two main benefits of religion are the sense of community and the confidence in an afterlife.

    The sense of community can be replicated by taking up a hobby.

    The confidence in the afterlife translates to not fearing death, but it's probably best not to have this - if you know there's nothing after death, you'll make more of an effort to do everything you can, experience as much as possible.
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    (Original post by Mactotaur)
    The two main benefits of religion are the sense of community and the confidence in an afterlife.

    The sense of community can be replicated by taking up a hobby.

    The confidence in the afterlife translates to not fearing death, but it's probably best not to have this - if you know there's nothing after death, you'll make more of an effort to do everything you can, experience as much as possible.
    So your answer is essentially there are no unique benefits. Are you religious?

    (Original post by theBranicAc)
    being religious is not about the advanatges or vice versa !
    I would've expected many to disagree with this but not so far
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    (Original post by xylas)
    So your answer is essentially there are no unique benefits. Are you religious?
    Yes, that is my answer, and no, I'm not religious, though I am very interested in religious mythologies, especially 'dead' religions (Irish Celtic as of late).
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    Any one believe there are unique benefits?
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    An eternity with God as opposed to an eternity separated from God.
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    (Original post by Racoon)
    An eternity with God as opposed to an eternity separated from God.
    Anything else? Preferably with evidence...

    Where are these other people who voted in the poll but didn't give any reasons!!
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    (Original post by xylas)
    Anything else? Preferably with evidence...

    Where are these other people who voted in the poll but didn't give any reasons!!

    I don't know about the others, scared off perhaps


    Lets put it this way, even if there were no eternity, if this was all there is, knowing God in your life now makes everything better and everything makes more sense.
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    There are certain tax exemptions, but they're for the organisation, not the individual.

    So if you set up a church, you're fine. If you just follow one, not so much.
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    Yes. Salvation.
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    (Original post by Racoon)
    Lets put it this way, even if there were no eternity, if this was all there is, putting your faith in God in your life now makes everything better and everything makes more sense.
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    I dunno. I feel religion (and associated beliefs) are just a form of lying to yourself to make you feel better (sorry!). So in that sense, any other lies that you could tell yourselves as part of a group with themes of morality and mortality would come to the same effect
 
 
 
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