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Do you feel like religion is a good thing for someone individually, and for society in general? 

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95 deviants said I feel like religion is good for individuals themselves, but not society as a whole.
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33 deviants said I feel like religion is good for individuals themselves, and society as a whole!
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24 deviants said I don't know.
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20 deviants said I don't feel like religion is good for individuals or society at all.
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4 deviants said I don't feel like religion is a good thing for individuals themselves, but it is for society as a whole.

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Roxalew Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For people individually it works wonders :aww: But bringing so many beliefs out in society (and in most cases fighting over "who is right") is not.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true!
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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FlaranTheFlareon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Religion mainly works better individually. Have religion around the whole society, it would probably cause issues and chaos as not everyone would agree with the ideals or morals of a specific religion. (I'm pretty sure past European societies had religion as the main law and moral of the society and it really limited certain freedoms of individuals, which eventually lead to problems.) 

But then again, this is coming from a Christian, but whether really religion works with society, it really depends on the society. But most times there are usually some individuals that display oppression and disagreements about the religion which impacts society negatively.  
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm, I see D:
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PRsOwnGlaceon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
I may sound evil for this, but I feel religion is obsolete. I wont stop anyone from having it, though. Just dont combine it with alcohol. Its a terrifying combo, trust me... Some drunk lady tried to bless me on the street the other day.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, drunk people sure can be scary...
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PRsOwnGlaceon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
yeah. and they say pot fucks with your mind. >.>
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MillenniaTrishadow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Faith is for yourself. Not for everyone. We need separation of church and state.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly.
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Lokibuns Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it is good for both, but it can be acted up wrongly. Science is every a good example of this. It is a good way for us to discover information about our world and help to cure it and understand it, but can also be used to invent weapons and diseases to destroy so much and affect how society thinks.

Religion is amoral, the people aren't, just as Science is.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Edited Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why you just brought science up in a topic about religion? I don't think you can compare religion to science like that. Religion are rules that, no matter what, were still written down by people, and those rules (sadly, maybe) remain unchanged over thousands of years. Science is constant research on nature and its laws, and can change drastically whenever something new is discovered.
Also, science doesn't always have to be the big enemy of religion. It's possible to combine the two in certain ways. I don't know, they're different things that work different ways, and you can't just say that science is trying to take the place religion has, because it isn't. Science is what we use to cure our illnesses and build our construction with. Religion is something for ourselves, within us.
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Lokibuns Featured By Owner Edited Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll reply to this after the movie I'm watching spits :)
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, it just made no sense in my opinion so I was all huh :XD:
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Lokibuns Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
(Not sure if you saw my edited post or not so I'll just say it again)
I was just trying to compare it to something you understood :) which you seem to. I understand that Science has its differences to religion (and many of them, one of which is that is changes so drastically constantly, whereas religion only adapts when needed- if it responds to that need at all) but doesn't mean it can't be compared similarly.

and you are right, religion is to do with the human soul :) and that decision affects the individual and those in society that that person connects with. Take a writer of a newspaper, their personal religous views (whether against or for) affects the people who read it. I don't think that that's a bad thing, though bad things can come from it :/ and good things.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I see ^^
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wynds Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
religion can be incredibly beneficial to some people and that's good for them!! but their beliefs should not dictate everyone else's lives. (i.e. crazy catholics getting in the way of lgbt+ rights, or not letting people get abortions, etc) 
also, i feel like it's kind of heavy with the people who do bad shit in the name of religion - like 'islamic' terrorist groups who are giving all muslims a bad name because of the shit they do in the name of allah. 
so basically it's not a good choice for everyone but it might fit right in for some. idk if any of that made sense, but that's just my thoughts 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The extremists always give the rest a bad name... It's sad that it works like that.
And yea!
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scrungo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student
not everyone is gonna agree with a society based around religion
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true. I know I wouldn't.
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MewStudios Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like religion and government don't mix well and it usually/always cause alot of problems within the society. Along with the fact that it may or may not even be real so its kinda just like ????
And religion is kinda like a barrier in between people... yknow? Like when I meet people and the first thing I get asked alot is "what religion are you?" and I'm actually not sure. Like I was raised a Christian but I'm not sure if I actually beleive in that stuff or not?? So if these people are like most people and are narrow minded I end up not being able to be their friend because my answer is usually "I dont know" and they always flip like "what do you mean you don't know? you have to know!!" its just really weird... How some people won't even have anything to do with you because you're a certain religion or even want you dead because yours says soemthing different than theirs. I used to have a friend who was catholic, like strict catholic... and everytime i had an opinion, to her, it was invalid because how could someone who didnt beleive in her god have the right opinion... jeez. I think if we didn'thave religion it would be better in some cases.... but on the other hand some religions teach morals and such but can't we just do that in school? or at home (pfft... that probably won't work)... I don't know religion just seems kinda unnessesary to me??? I guess its there so you can beleive you'll go somewhere in the afterlife, i mean everyone wants to know what happens after they die right...
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? That's super weird and a bit scary D: In here people never ask that and it's rarely ever brought up in conversation, actually...
It's so childish though. What other people believe shouldn't be your business (unless, of course, it affects the way they act towards you). Your friend sounds super ignorant. Fact is that none of us know for sure, and it's probably a bit arrogant to act all superior because you "know what's going on and the rest doesn't".
I guess we all want to know... but I don't think we ever will! Until we die, of course.
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Kaichiiro Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends I guess
Like, people seem to ignore large parts of the teachings and choose what they go by, and sometimes they choose the wrong things to go by, you know?
I feel like believing in something that'll give you hope and help you get over certain things (death etc.) could be a good thing but when people start using it as an excuse to attack people, or discriminate because "their religion says it's wrong" (when in a lot of cases it doesn't) that's when there's a problem
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, that sure is a wrong thing!
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KittyKatWarrior Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think religion is good for society. Controversy. Arguments. Riots. Protests.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see...
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ZombieRaccoon5 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It all depends... :p
If "religion" means guidelines to living a moral life, (the way i see and do it) then i think it's fine, but if religion means treating others wrong or killing others then no way...
Like with all things there is a MASSIVE grey area... ^^;
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, true...
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vintage-meow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
There's always a common string when a society falls, lack of morals. And yet ironically, a theological society - such as the puritans can become more corrupt than hell today's societies. I believe it's great for an individual to have their own beliefs but in a societial stand point everyone should have a basis of morals such as love each other as yourself yanno? But having seperate religions which preach the same thing always cause wars and debates in society. So yes an individual should follow a religion if they choose to but societally there should be basic morals that you even learn in preschool to maintain a nice balance and to push corruption away a bit, as if it'd happen fml
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea... You're right though!
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vintage-meow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
thanks ^^; sorry if it seemed repetitive/confusing, writing isn't my strongest point haha
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, and it's fine! I understood you well :)
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vintage-meow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
that's good! (: 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep :)
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zooIogy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it can be good for individuals (depending on who they are) since it can give them guidelines for their life so that they're a better person, but I think the blind faith/dogma part is bad for society as a whole.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True!
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LightMistOcean Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like it's good for an individual person if it helps them and guides them. As long as it's in a good way. As long as they respect others and their religion.

when looking back at history and even now, I can't say I think it's good on society level. There have been and are a lot of religion war just because people couldn't agree. Many people died for it and there's no way we can erase that. On some way, it's good because it has brought people together, but that hasn't always been in a good way. Mqny people abused from it and used it as a control mean. I don't think it has been good to humanity in general. It would be if there was a way to stop the fighting and if everyone could respect each other.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I agree there!
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LightMistOcean Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this poll is kinda old, but I felt like saying something else. Especially with what happened today in Paris. Some people use religions as means to do things, but they sometimes believe it's right. I'm not saying it's an excuse. It makes it even worse. This is why some people disrespect religions, it's because of individuals that do wrong things in the name of that religion while others would have never done that. I just wish people would stop fighting. This is too extreme. I mean, to go as far as killing people. Adults always tell us to ignore people. I think everyone should do that. You don't kill people because of a "small offense". You let it go by or try to talk to them. Sometimes, I think this world is really messed up.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, I saw... it's awful.
Extremism is what gives every religion a bad name. It's no reason to kill anyone, at all. Ever.
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wrightwings Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally believe it isn't good for anyone.

In the case of society, a powerful enough religion can shape and morph the system around them, excluding other religions in the process.

Individually, it can lead some to bully or harass people who do not conform to their beliefs.

While not all religions set out to change the government or have people who harass others, a few bad apples and one HUGE rotten apple spoil the bunch. I hate to point fingers, but Christianity just ruins the image of religion for everyone.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's the dominant religion in the countries where most of us live! Though, the Islam also gets a bad name in the media.
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wrightwings Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True.
I don't blame the Islam because not all of them are like that.

The same should go for Christianity, but in my view, they're pretty much ruined their entire image at this point. There are just those people who represent most (not all of them )
who do things that you just can't forgive.
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They aren't indeed.

I've had... some weird encounters with them. Especially the ones that just won't accept that some people do things that are against "their rules". And yet they seem to sin against some of their rules... hm.
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wrightwings Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friend told me a story about a year ago along those lines. (Note, he's an atheist) He was sitting in class and someone sneezed, so he called out "Bless you.", and someone in his classroom responded, "You can't say that, you're an atheist."
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's like "you can't celebrate Christmas, you're an atheist."
Well, it was a pagan holiday before, sooo... :B
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wrightwings Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are the kind of people that spoil the image. They're so ignorant they believe that just because you aren't a part of their religion you don't have the same privileges or rights as they do. It's ridiculous. 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed it is.
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Skkon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
There's the tendency for religion to sort of take over here in the U.S. Christian beliefs (that aren't even shared by all Christians) are put into laws against homosexuals, etc. And then there's the bill they passed for Kansas (and other states), stating that a person (waitress to policeman) could deny service to a homosexual person in order to defend their religious beliefs. ??? Your beliefs aren't at risk by breathing next to a person you don't like! AAuGH. And then you factor in the whole thing about Jesus believing that religion should be a private practice and never be brought out to the public... Just a lot of little things, but they really do add up. Though I can't say it's all 100% bad; church youth groups and community service are always fantastic ways for a person to meet new people and do some good for the community. Like, I'm agnostic and I really really enjoy my Christian youth group (I got invited to it by a friend when I was questioning my beliefs. Now I've decided, but the community is so amazing; I feel like I'm part of the family now! |D) . Idk, I guess it just depends!
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really, they have such a law? That's just awful...
But those groups sound like fun!
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