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I've been wondering something - how come religion or atheism isn't viewed as a mental illness?
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sena3927 wrote:I'm not saying that religious people haven't done good things. But overall, the religions of the world have had literally centuries do make humans better and improve society and they have utterly failed. Mostly, religion is used to divide, control, and justify the worst atrocities that humans have perpetrated upon each other. Maybe it's time to try thinking for ourselves.


And FOOD has been the cause of every eating disorder since the beginning of time! It needs to be banned!

(Translation: The evil, not to mention the greedy jerkdom, that men do is entirely their own.)
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Yo Ejanss, I never said religion should be banned. I simply suggested that society would be better served if people started thinking for themselves. Yes, without religion, it would be a saner world.

If religion somehow helps you deal with reality, fine. Be that thing, think that way. No one's saying you shouldn't be free to believe what you want to believe.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
In short, religion and mental illnesses have nothing in common?
yes and no, religion does not have much with mental illness to do, execpt mentally ill people could seek for it and abuse it (churches, preaching etc) so neither would be a mental illness while religion can create it by strong faith/belif that will go too far. like he said^

society would be better served if people started thinking for themselves. Yes, without religion, it would be a saner world.
If religion somehow helps you deal with reality, fine.

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Fucking hell Neo-nazis allowed to express themselves, atheists allowed to bash away and I can't even call anyone an idiot for being an idiot.
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Have none of you see and observed?

God is God, he is not a religion, in a sense Religion is man made but God made man.
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Its human nature to believe in a higher power be it for religious control or to give a since of security. so as it being a illness it is not because it does not fit that classification. God is God, God does not define a religion but what the Religion worships as a deity. throughout humanity there have been thousands of religions and Gods that they worshiped. its all Human Nature
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It really is simple to look at both sides. Neither one is wrong, or right.
Its a very personal thing.
Religion has been around for over 10,000 years in one form or another.
Humans have killed each other over religion and religious beliefs for about the same time.
And is still going on today.
Whatever you choose to believe in is ok.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

We have all these mental illnesses how come some professional people don't view believing in religion or god as one of them. Pretty much some people view believing in god and religion as a form of an mental illness. The person is distant from reality and believes in something that is just a figment of their imagination. People often tell you that isn't healthy to live such a lifestyle.

Yet it is strange because some people view atheism as a mental illness as well. In other words, humanity knows nothihng once again. Even the sanest atheist looks mentally healthy but not believing in a god makes them come off as insane to some people. Why is that?

1) What makes believing in god different from having an imaginary friend?

2) Is there difference between religion and mental illness?

3) Why would not believing in god or religion make you mentally ill?



Why isn't being religious considered a mental illness?... Well, as a matter of fact... it IS.
At least in the case for people who are deeply religious/fundamentalists.
http://www.thenewsnerd.com/health/apa-to-classify-belief-in-god-as-a-mental-illness/

As for atheism -- well if anyone would consider atheism to be insanity, then it just indicates that they're most likely part of said group of mentally ill.
There is nothing insane about rejecting the belief in the unproven. No more so with God than with unicorns, Santa Clause, gnomes, goblins, dragons, and whatever else.
Not to mention that it is the default state for all human beings. We are all born atheists.

As for your questions:

1) Nothing, really... The only difference is that several other people share your delusion.

2) Speaking overall -- yes. You're not inherently ill just because you are religious.
However, can religion cause mental illness? According to TAPA -- yes.

3) It wouldn't.
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ERZAxOPHELIA wrote:

Its human nature to believe in a higher power be it for religious control or to give a since of security.
so as it being a illness it is not because it does not fit that classification. God is God, God does not define a religion but what the Religion worships as a deity. throughout humanity there have been thousands of religions and Gods that they worshiped. its all Human Nature


Not quite.
It is human nature to be curious and seek answers.
It's just that so often that "answer" comes in the form of religion, because sadly, we also have a myriad of various psychological flaws and shortcomings that makes us prone to laziness and to latch on to the first remotely (perceptionally) plausible explanation we can find.

And since superstition often arrives before science -- because science is hard and beliefs in superstition takes no effort what so ever -- superstition gets perpetuated, even in times when we know better.
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why would atheism be a mental illness? everyone and all animals are born as atheists, not knowing what god or religion is and most stay that way regardless of acknowledgment that the ideas exist
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AzuroHeart wrote:

Have none of you see and observed?

God is God, he is not a religion, in a sense Religion is man made but God made man.
Wow that was certainly stated very matter-of-factly. I've seen and observed a lot and what I've seen makes me suspect that man MADE God. Who am I to say so? Of course just a normal human being with an opinion, but so are you.

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why would atheism be a mental illness? everyone and all animals are born as atheists, not knowing what god or religion is and most stay that way regardless of acknowledgment that the ideas exist


Some religious people would think that.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.



The "What if God does not Exist" threas brought something to my attention. I know this is a stupid question but it's something I have to ask because it keeps staying on my mind.

Ever since I was young I always had the trouble in whether I should believe in God or not. But as I grew older I tried not to care about whether god exist or not. Yeat I can't help but question for the longest time about people's reasoning for believing in god or not. Then it hit me when I was place in a mental institution. We have all these mental illnesses how come some professional people don't view believing in religion or god as one of them. Pretty much some people view believing in god and religion as a form of an mental illness. The person is distant from reality and believes in something that is just a figment of their imagination. People often tell you that isn't healthy to live such a lifestyle.

Yet it is strange because some people view atheism as a mental illness as well. In other words, humanity knows nothihng once again. Even the sanest atheist looks mentally healthy but not believing in a god makes them come off as insane to some people. Why is that?

But it's so weird because the sanest person who looks mentally healthy is religious. So it really makes you wonder about some people and religion itself. So my question to everyone is, how come religion or atheism isn't viewed as a mental illness?


I take all unpopular opinions right here right now.

Bonus Questions:

1) What makes believing in god different from having an imaginary friend?

2) Is there difference between religion and mental illness?

3) Why would not believing in god or religion make you mentally ill?


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Mental Illness isn't just viewing the world differently. There's biology behind mental illness. The majority of mental disorders come from a chemical imbalance in the brain.
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Huh?
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