Science (or rather the findings of science) and religion can both lead to bad consequences if misapplied. The difference is the necessity of each.
of course they can, but the reason you underestimate the impact of religion this much is first because you take Jesus teachings for granted/common sense and do not realize the impact they had/have in the world, and second because you as an individual do not need it (I was actually atheist until the age of 25!), religion is the strongest long-term mental help one can have - if done right of course - and scientific studies prove just that!! less religious West Europe countries have higher depression rates than more religious East Europe countries even though they are richer!
Science leads to incredibly positive changes for society (vaccines, antiseptics, psychological breakthroughs, food production, etc.) that cannot be gained through other means. Sacrificing all of the benefits to eliminate the potential harms would be a devastating loss for society.
of course!! there wouldn't be video games without scientific progress :P the point is that science does not disprove Christianity, therefore there is no damn reason to compare the two, and second, science can cure the body in most cases, but not the mind!! Christianity in its true and pure form can heal the soul
While religion can also lead to benefits (community, charity), these are benefits that we can have without religion. Studies done on religiosity and quality of life indicate that we can abandon religion without losing very much, and doing so would rid of a lot harm.
without losing much? findings show that religious people are happier and more satisfied with their quality of life than atheists (research done in Christian countries) why on earth would you want to abolish something that is proved to make people happier?
and as I said above, Christianity collapses, values and common sense things that go with it will start to loosen in the decades as it is happening now, people who need religion will move to Islam which will make things very very bad
did you know that there is a 40% increase in cheating related murders since the 90s? this is because as people get less religious, the 6th commandment that forbids cheating is violated!! more divorces, more kids growing up not in a normal family, more mental problems... this is just one example of how the collapse of Christianity will vanish values, and lead to a more 'anything goes' society of mental problems, no thanks :/
I'd also say there is an important distinction between side effects and primary effects.
If we take for instance Christianity, misogyny, prejudice against homosexuality, support of slavery, and so on are not side effects of religion. They are accurate interpretations of the source material itself. For example, there is a specific commandment to kill a man who lies with another man. This isn't a side effect, it's a primary effect.
in which source material does Christianity support misogyny and slavery? this is very wrong... homosexuality issue is only 5% of the population, so it is a side effect, I need to do more research on it to be fair, but it is not mentioned in the ten commandments, therefore LGBT is not a big sin at all... cheating on your wife/husband is much much worse
there is no commandment in Christianity to kill anyone for Christ's sake! if there is in Islam or smth, yes of course this is unacceptable by all means
On the other hand, science is just a method of finding the most accurate model of reality. Science for instance finds that we can split atoms and create huge amounts of energy by doing so. However, there is nothing about the scientific method that commands us to use this knowledge to create bombs and kill people.
very true!! there is nothing in Christianity that orders anyone to do anything bad either, the opposite, it is asking us to not bear a grudge and forgive as much as we can, what a great way to relief your mind from pointless hate and trouble
In other words, science only tells us what we can do. We can then decide to do evil things. Religion on the other hand (at least certain ones) actually tells us to do evil things.
which is why I am against Islam spreading in Christian countries
and as a side note, the current generation has grown up being told that previous generations were being brainwashed to believe in Jesus, and now they think they are special and rebels by not doing so
this is laughable, cause they have grown up being fed with propaganda, see the good in everything except Christianity which they attack brutally but defend Muslims like there is no tomorrow, wtf is wrong with people
things have changed, the real rebels now are those who keep their faith and values against all the useless crap being forced onto us 24/7, see the good in everything and appreciate that we live in Jesus inspired countries above all
there is statistically increasing depression in young people, even though they have all they need to be happy, they have science and technology but it's never enough