Ahhh… this is going to be controversial topic. To start with, I m not all against any religion. Religions have been existed since civilizations came into existence, and probably religion/faith was the root and foundation of these civilizations. That was then… thousands of years ago Before Christ (BC), when religion actually played a role in building the society & civilizations. But for the last 2000 years, religion is the cause of more bloodshed than any other reason. If that is the case then how can religion be good?
People have long forgotten the original principles of their religion. Most of them may not even know the origin of their religion. Islam may probably be the most misunderstood religion of the world. In the name of religion, it is the politics that is the cause of all evil. The fact is that the roots of politics are too deep in the religion. That is why I say that we don’t need religion in its current form.
Take an example of Hinduism. How many of you know that the word ‘Hindu’ is not there in Sanskrit or any other language or dialect spoken in India. The origin of the word Hindu is the result of mispronunciation of the word Sindhu. Ancient Persians could not pronounce ‘S’ correctly, and thus it was replaced by ‘H’, which resulted in ‘Sindhu’ becoming ‘Hindu’. So Hindu was not referred to a follower of a religion, but rather someone living in the geographic area around Sindhu (Indus) river. If you still go by this logic, then half of the population in Pakistan will be Hindus, as major part of the Indus not flows thru Pakistan.
I will leave this point here, but will iterate again that we don’t need religion in their current forms. We need to understand the origin ad true meaning of our respective religions and then follow them.
PS. Thanks Vishal for bringing up this point during our drinks, I got something to write. ;-)