Religion: A mental disorder?

Yesterday I questioned whether liberalism is a mental disorder, and made the claim that it’s obtuse and extremely facetious, but I shall today judge religion by its own standards. God is a delusion and man created the ideas of gods to control the common man, as it’s a useful weapon for the powerful, and the leaders. The Abrahamic religions especially fear their god, and the threat of facing him and not receiving their desired judgement, and through this fear they claim unequalled love for their god, where they put their faith before their own families. A delusion used to be referred to as being fooled, and this is still appropriate, but it’s more commonly known as an idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder, according to Oxford dictionary. Religion is very much contradicted by reality, and rationality, as it takes a very ignorant person to ignore the evidence of known science; ie evolution, and claim that god created everything.

“The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.” – Benjamin Franklin

Is there a difference between religious fervour and mental disorders? Anything that can affect your judgement to make logical decisions is a mental disorder, and people believing that they speak to god, and he speaks back at them is not thinking like a normal person. The American Psychological Association claimed that after doing a five year study that extreme religious behaviour hindered one’s ability to make conscientious decisions about common sense matters. If one claims to have a voice inside their head advising them of what to do, more often than not they are diagnosed as being a sufferer of schizophrenia, which is a form of psychosis, but when a theist claims to be engaging with god, or Jesus, this is perfectly acceptable in society. Take prayer as another example of an unhealthy form of delusion. Does prayer achieve anything, other than making a person look like they’re having a conversation with themselves, and has prayer ever been proven to be effective and give desired results?

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” – Robert M. Pirsig

When people become fundamentalists regarding their religion, it’s a fine line between being obsessive about their faith, and needing to receive mental health care. Religion is about compliance, and religious leaders don’t wish for people to have their own unique individuality, as they want people who wish to obey, and people that are fearful of questioning the will of god. What better way than to control a society through the fear of a god that can become malevolent if you don’t do as he bids. Many Christians argue that their god is in opposition to evil, but if the flood mythology is anything to go by, he’s perfectly capable of mass genocide if he’s unhappy. You’ve got to have some form of psychosis to believe that it’s perfectly acceptable for god to wipe out the majority of life on Earth, just because he’s god, and he can give and take away as he pleases. You’ve also got to suffer from a mental instability to believe that god sent his own son, who’s really him in human form, to die for the sins of humanity.

“Religious fanatics want people to switch off their own minds, ignore the evidence, and blindly follow a holy book based upon private ‘revelation’. – Richard Dawkins

Sigmund Freud described religion as a childlike neurosis, and suggested that it was unhealthy for the mind as it forced you to believe in what isn’t true. But if it makes a person happy, then who are we to judge? The issue here for me is that religious people are unable to keep their beliefs and condemnations to themselves, and have a habit of preaching to people who don’t share their views, and this is what creates the problems, as religion is about a personal relationship with a god, and it should not be forced upon people. Yet society is polluted by religion almost everywhere you go, and just because the majority of people on the planet have some firm of faith, it doesn’t mean that they are correct. Mark Twain once said that when you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time you took a step back and reflected. Whilst religion can offer comfort, and social circles which surround the church, or it can give someone a positive outlook on life, it’s still founded on deception, as none of it can ever be proven to be true. Especially for an extremely sceptical person like myself, who’s got to 46 years old without once ever experiencing a supernatural event, and if I’ve ever told a religious fanatic this, they often say that you must seek god, as he won’t seek you. Is this not just a little too convenient to be taken seriously?

Why America is losing its religion

Americans aren’t happy, and it’s because their overly patriotic nationalists are fearful that Christianity is losing its influence. Since the birth of social media, people are able to debate instantly with other people from all around the world, and with the internet becoming so advanced, it’s made researching a lot simpler. This has led to a surge of people critically thinking and leaving their faith behind, to the distaste of the American Christians who believe it’s the influence of Satan over society. What many Americans fail to recognise is they live in multicultural, cosmopolitan cities, and many people don’t believe in the Christian god, as they have their own faiths. Gone are the days when everyone was a Christian, and they socially gathered at church. One of the biggest things to impact America is the desire for secularism, and many Christians believe that’s it’s a personal attack against their faith, in an attempt to remove Christianity from society, but it’s not. It’s about giving everyone an equal voice, without one religious denomination having priority over another, yet many evangelicals see it as secular atheism, and atheists wishing to remove god from America.

“If Christ were here, there is one thing he would not be—a Christian” – Mark Twain

Over a quarter of Americans now identify as either being non-religious, agnostic, or atheists, which according to the Pew research centre, is a 17% rise in ten years, and this has impacted Christianity with roughly 65% identifying as Christians, but many not practising their faith. Christianity very well may eventually become insignificant to the majority of the American population. If you look through the history of America, which is quite a short life span, it’s undergone some dramatic situations, and atrocities in the name of god. Slavery, persecution of the indigenous population, suffrage, Ku Klux Klan, and the Civil Rights movement, that have all been consequences from the actions of Christianity, and despite many Christians claiming that no true Christian would commit an act of atrocity, history doesn’t lie, and many younger Americans feel like they need to distance themselves from it. Add to that the MAGA crowd, who are often far right nationalists that claim their love of god, and belief in pro life, but are obsessed with the 2nd amendment, and are bigoted towards anything without their alleged Christian values.

One of the reasons that Christianity is losing followers is their disregard to the dignity and rights of the LBGTQ society, and despite many of them growing up with a religious background, they often have no choice but to disaffiliate themselves with their church due to prejudice and discrimination, and whilst some churches are accepting, many are not. Many denominations of Christianity vehemently oppose liberal views, as allowing everyone their own identity is a rebellion against god. Out of the 50 states in America, literally a handful have progressed to attempt to protect the rights of the LBGTQ society. There are no federal laws to protect them against discrimination from employers, housing and social services, and many are outright rejected. America is renowned for being slow when civil rights are involved, and it took over 80 years for women’s suffrage to get them the right to vote, and despite African American men being allowed to vote 50 years prior, it was over 100 years before the black civil rights movement gained momentum, and still to this day racism is prevalent n America. If these examples are anything to go by, it’ll be a while before the archaic opinions of the average right wing MAGA become accepting towards them.

In America right now, the younger generation are much more educated than their parents and grandparents, and don’t prioritise their church activity, as the world is changing, and many feel that the church is out of touch with modern society. The two biggest religious denominations in America are the a Catholic Church, and the Southern Baptists, and both are surrounded with allegations of sexual misconduct from preachers. The church is known to support hospitals, and universities, and accounts for a portion of the economy, but other countries with more secular views find other ways to support the hospitals and universities. In the U.K we have the national health service, where you can visit a medical practitioner and not have to pay, but the universities have fees and students often leave with debts, which they have to repay once they gain employment. The church has no involvement, as a rule, unless it’s a religious school and that’s usually state funded.

Recent polls have discovered that 2/3rds of Americans want to churches to stay out of politics, and claim that it’s unethical for religious leaders to show support for certain candidates based on their religious beliefs, and they should remain neutral. If this trend continues then perhaps one day we may see a homosexual atheist in the White House. Many youths of America see religious leaders endorsing political candidates as suspicious, and full of agenda, and see Christianity as a political weapon for white supremacists. We are currently experiencing the moronic nature of the 45th president, and 43 of them have been white males. Times need to change, and we need to see a rational, uninfluenced, woman in the White House and then perhaps she’ll instil some common sense into the American public, as the men so far have failed.

God of disaster and disease

‪According to the Bible, and as usual I will reference the King James Version, life is predetermined by god, and he knows what you are going to do before you do. I don’t get why Christians trust god to put them on the correct course, or believe that god’s intentions are always fuelled by his love for us when so many bad things happen every day throughout the world. Let’s ignore actions that humans are responsible for, and think for a moment about natural disasters, like hurricanes, typhoons, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, drought and famine. If god is all knowing, and all loving, why does he let natural disasters happen? If he knows that a catastrophic event is forthcoming, and he loves us, why doesn’t he prevent it?‬

‪”In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” – Ephesians 1:11 KJV‬

‪In 2011, Japan, the city of Tōhoku, was hit by a typhoon which was caused by an earthquake of great magnitude. The waves reached up to 40 metres killing nearly 16,000 people, injuring many thousands more, and several thousand were missing. As well as the human harm, it affected wildlife, and caused approximately $360 billion of damage, and whilst this happened, people still believed that god was lovingly watching over us. Out of the 10 most destructive natural disasters, China has suffered 6 of them, and the other 4 have all been in Eastern Asia, where millions of people perished. Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

Cyclone Nargis hit Sri Lanka and Burma in 2008 causing disaster our flooding and landslides killing 150,000 and 50,000 more reported missing. The Bhola cyclone devastated Bangladesh in 1970 killing roughly 300,000 and thousands more reported missing. In 2010, Haiti and the Dominican Republic as hit by an earthquake, and the governments to this day still aren’t sure how many died, but it’s estimated at over 300,000. In 2019 fires broke out in the Amazon rainforests hitting Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia due to an extremely intense dry season, and it’s estimated that up to 80,000 individual fires ravaged the rainforests causing unprecedented damage and loss of life to humans and wildlife. The fires were that intense that they were observed by the International Space Station (ISS), as 3,500 square miles of forest was destroyed, which caused grave international concern due to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched.‬

‪During the last century, famine has been common place in areas of Africa, especially Ethiopia where millions of men, women, and children have died from starvation, or disease from contaminated water. The worst famine occurred in 1984 and this resulted in the Live Aid concert to raise awareness and funds to attempt to counter the devastation, but 36 years on the death toll is still there. Whilst Africa is notably affected by famine, China has suffered greatly over the centuries, and not just from the Great Leap Forward who Mao Zedong was responsible for. In India from 1876 to the turn of the twentieth century, up to 20,000,000 have perished through famine due to crop failure and seed shortages. Between 1845 to 1849 the Great Hunger hit Ireland resulting in over 1,000,000 deaths and 2,000,000 being forced to relocate over seas. This was a result from potatoes being contaminated with a disease called potato blight, that is caused from mould called Phytophthora infestans.

Yet, whilst all this was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪The Dust Bowl of North America was a series of severe dust storms that destroyed agriculture and paved the way for a number of droughts, killing plants, livestock and humans. As well as causing serious malnutrition to a great many people who relied on the local agriculture, the spread of disease was rife, and many were infected with dust pneumonia, rickets, and valley fever (a fungal infection of the lungs). Between 2006 and 2010, Syria was hit by its worst drought in history, taking the lives of over 200,000 and turning the farmland into desert. 1.5,000,000 people were displaced. In 2011, Somalia was hit by a drought, and its agriculture and livestock was destroyed, and claimed the lives of 260,000.

Yet, whilst all this destruction was taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪In between 1918 and 1920 the world was hit by the Spanish flu, which attacks the respiratory system. It’s claimed that up to 500,000,000 were infected, and it claimed the lives of approximately 50,000,000 worldwide in just 18 months. It’s the most deadly pandemic that the world has ever seen. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), often leads on to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that 35,000,000 have died from the illness, and there are current,an estimated 7,000,000 infected in Africa. The illness was discovered in 1984, so that means on average, 970,000 die every year.

Yet, whilst all this is taking place, god lovingly watched. ‬

‪”And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” – Exodus 15:26‬

‪Throughout history, billions of people have died from diseases and illness, and as you can see from the above quote, god admits to being responsible, but don’t forget kids, he loves us all. ‬

To lie, or not to lie, that is the question

There is a fine line between ignorance and stupidity, and many people wilfully accept both. Everyone is born ignorant, but you’ve got to apply strict dedication to maintain stupidity, especially where religion is concerned. One of the things that I find deeply disturbing is their unwillingness to educate themselves on the natural world in favour of their supernatural mythology. This is a classic case of confirmation bias, in which they favour what sits in line with their belief rather than provided evidence and facts. It’s like they mentally train themselves to ignore anything that can contract their faith, and if they don’t understand, or don’t think something is plausible, then regardless of peer reviewed sources, they’ll refuse to accept its validity.

Earlier today I briefly engaged with an anonymous user on Twitter who claimed that he wasn’t an animal, he was a human. He is indeed correct in that he is a human being;

∙ Kingdom: Animalia;

∙ Phylum: Chordata;

∙ Class: Mammalia;

∙ Order: Primates;

∙ Family: Hominidae;

∙ Genus: Homo;

∙ Species: Homo sapiens;

But it’s a bit more complicated that being just a human. Life on Earth is separated into five very distinct categories, and whilst we are human, we are also mammals of the primate family that includes all of the other great apes that include; gorilla, bonobo, chimpanzee and orangutan. We are a component of the Animalia Kingdom, and we don’t fit the category of the other four kingdoms that are Monera, Protista, Fungi, and Plantae. Despite this being explained to him several times, he refused to acknowledge it as he felt it was dehumanising him.

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” – Proverbs 12:22

Was he intentionally lying, ignorant or afflicted with stupidity, or a combination of all three? Personally I’d say he was blatantly lying to himself as the answers to what classification humans are defined as is at anyone’s fingertips if they are prepared to put in the research. Deception is a sin to the believer, and they have a tendency to take sin very seriously, so why do they feel compelled to lie so often? Jesus allegedly said that Satan was the father of lies, so why have they allowed Satan to take them away from their path of righteousness, if their faith is so strong? Is the temptation of lying too great, or is it a necessity if you wish to be rewarded with wealth? Take Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, Ray Comfort, or my personal favourite disingenuous charlatan, Ken Ham.

‪The Bible has noble poetry in it… and some good morals and a wealth of obscenity, and upwards of a thousand lies.” – Mark Twain‬

Some may argue that lying is a natural human function, and that sometimes it can’t be helped. This is true, and sometimes you will say something untrue to spare someone’s feelings, or to avoid another person’s embarrassment, but to purposefully be deceitful, with an agenda to cause personal gain at someone else’s expense is an abomination; yes Ken Ham, I’m looking at you and your Answers in Genesis foundation. The ninth commandment is said to prevent perversion of justice and people use the Bible in courts of law to swear under oath. I’d love to get Ken Ham on the stand, and ask him this question. ‘Considering you’re clearly well read and articulate in the way that you present yourself, how can you sleep at night knowing that you are getting rich from the gullibility and weak mindedness of the common American Christian who believes that you are being genuine about your young creationism claim, and that humans coexisted with dinosaurs?’ Would he be in a state of mental conflict, as he wouldn’t wish to be charged with perjury, or would be be as disingenuous as ever and lie before his god?

“All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” – Revelation 21:8

Animal Symbolism and Zoolatry

Humans have had relationships with animals for thousands of years, be it cattle, horses or domesticated animals like dogs and cats. Some religions hold certain animals in high esteem, and others see all sentient life as being important, especially religions, and philosophies that believe you’ll gain enlightenment through reincarnation.


In Buddhism all animals are classified as sentient life, and are eligible for enlightenment, and any animal could potentially be a reincarnation of a family member or a loved one, so they are seen in high regard, and this is one of the reason why many Buddhists prefer to live as vegetarians. They believe that morality is indistinguishable between the treatment of humans and animals and we are connected. In Buddhism they have something known as the Five precepts, which is essentially their version of the Ten Commandments, and the first precept is not to take any life, animal, insect, bird, fish or human.

• to refrain from taking life, ie killing any living creature

• to refrain from taking what is not freely given

• to refrain from misuse of the senses or sexual misconduct

• to refrain from wrong speech

• to refrain from intoxicants that cloud the mind

‘Siddhārtha Gautama‘, or as he’s commonly known, Buddha, claimed that all sentient life contained Buddha nature, and due to the continuous rebirths throughout time, every animal has been a person at some point. Buddhism’s sister religions, Hinduism and Jainism share a similar belief system which is about reaching a truer level of reality through enlightenment. Buddha said in the Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra, that the eating of meat isn’t permitted under any circumstance, but some people who follow Buddhism claim that buying food at a supermarket, or restaurant hasn’t been killed for them, so it’s permissible.

“In every country in the world, killing human beings is condemned. The Buddhist precept of non-killing extends even further, to include all living beings.” – Monk Thich Nhat Hanh


Hindus see all life as having equal spiritual power, and in Hindu scripture many stories are about animals who are classed as divine. Hindus, like Buddhists believe in reincarnation, and karma, and with the belief in karma comes dying and being born as an animal if you repeatedly make the same mistakes. Ahimsa is the principle of respecting the rights of animals and see that no harm comes to them. They also believe that humanity should always try to create an equilibrium with the world they live in, and living unselfishly is expected. The cow is the sacred animal in Hinduism and it’s seen as a symbol of life and Earth, and is heavily respected as it’s used widely in farm work. They believe that humans weren’t put on Earth to dominate other species, which is in direct opposition to Christianity as god promotes dominionism in Genesis.

“No person should kill animals helpful to all. Rather, by serving them, one should attain happiness.” – Yajur Veda


Whilst Sikhs don’t worship animals, they believe in reincarnation also, and believe god put all life on Earth for a purpose, so animal cruelty is forbidden. They believe that bodies are clothes for the soul, and we can enjoy life as human or animals before we are released from reincarnation to live with god. Even though they respect all life, Sikhs only believe that humans can break away from reincarnation, as we have morals whereas animals rely on instincts. Sikhs believe that if they are to eat meat, the animal must be slaughtered immediately so that the animal experiences little to no suffering, so because of this they are forbidden to eat kosher or halal meat from ritual slaughtering. Because of this many Sikhs actively choose to be vegetarians to preserve life.

“In so many incarnations, you were a worm and an insect in so many incarnations, you were an elephant, a fish and a deer In so many incarnations, you were a bird and a snake In so many incarnations, you were yoked as an ox and a horse Meet the Lord of the Universe – now is the time to meet Him After so very long, this human body was fashioned for you.” – Guru Granth Sahib ji


Zoolatry, which is the worship of animals was extremely prevalent in Ancient Egypt, and as well as being seen as idols, the majority of households had pets ranging from domestic, to more extravagant like Lions, Tigers, Elephants and Crocodiles. And 1 in 4 hieroglyphs discovered feature animals of one description or another. Many of the gods were either depicted as animals, or at least had an animals head on a human body. The Egyptians were mystified by the seemingly magical abilities that certain animals had; be it flight, heightened awareness, stealth, agility and hunting abilities. They didn’t see the animals as gods themselves, but believed they were the means that the gods could manifest themselves. Mummified remains of animals have been discovered in tombs, where they’ve been left with much wealth which was a gift to the gods, and in ‪Beni Hassan there’s a tomb with an estimated 80,000 feline burials.‬

‪”You are the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; you are indeed the Great Cat.” – Valley of the kings inscription ‬


Taoism, or Daoism, is a religious philosophical Chinese tradition and originated from the School of Yin-yang. Yin-Yang are opposites; Yin is female, and Yang is male; female is darkness; male is lightness; female is absorption, male is penetration. The school of shin-Yang also studies the Five Elements (water, fire, wood, metal, and earth). The Tao is the single principle that controls the universe, and it’s separated into two opposite principles of Yin and Yang, and they accomplish changes in the universe through the Five Elements. The Chinese Zodiac originated from studies by Taoist priests who nominated twelve animals for a twelve-year cycle. The yellow Emperor, or Emperor Huang Ti created the Chinese lunar calendar in 2637 BCE, and this paved the way for the Chinese Zodiac.

Yang: (1) Rat, (3) Tiger, (5) Dragon, (7) Horse, (9) Monkey, (11) Dog

Yin: (2) Ox, (4) Rabbit, (6) Snake, (8) Sheep, (10) Rooster, (12) Pig

Baháʼu’lláh and the Baháʼí Faith

‘Baháʼu’lláh‘ was a Persian religious leader who founded the Baháʼí Faith in the 19th century. He was born in the capital city of Iran, Tehran, in 1817, as Mirza Husayn, and his faith is belief in the monotheistic Abrahamic god, that Islam, Judaism and Christianity worship. What differs Baháʼí Faith to other Abrahamic religions is spiritual unity where God, religion and mankind are as one, and there are no national or cultural barriers. Baháʼí scholars claim that Baháʼu’lláh’s ancestors can be traced back to Abraham, and his name means ‘glory of God’ in Arabic. It’s claimed that his literal works exceeded the Bible by volume of words by 15 times, and during his time living as a nomad in the mountains of Kurdistan north of Baghdad, he extensively wrote.

“Let your vision be world embracing…” – Bahá’u’llá

One of the key figures in the Baháʼí Faith was Báb (Siyyid ʻAlí Muhammad Shírází) who was a Persian merchant who at 24 claimed to be a messenger of god, and after his death, Baháʼu’lláh’s destiny was to start the Baháʼí Faith which merged from the local Islamic faith who directly opposed it. In a vision he claimed he’d been declared as a messenger from god which Báb had prophesied years prior, and upon his return to Baghdad, Baháʼí separated from Bábísm.

As organised religions go, the Baháʼí Faith is a civilised affair, which attempts to break down boundaries; that humanity should grow together without prejudice; equality of sexes; the unity of religion and science; and the importance of education. They believe that god, the Creator of the universe, is all-knowing, all-loving and all-merciful. The literary works of the Baháʼí Faith are vast, and cover many areas like nature, unity of mankind, and humanities collective maturity, and universal peace, and include:

• Hidden Words

• Kitab-I-Iquan (Book of Certitude) (1862)

• The Seven Valleys

“Religion without science is superstition. Science without religion is materialism” – Baháʼu’lláh


The Baháʼí Faith could very much be likened to humanism, other than the fact that a divine creator is involved. They wish for all religions to unite and move humanity forward as one, and endorse love and knowledge, humility and trust.

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule has been adhered to for thousands of years, and has been adopted by many religions and philosophies, and became widespread amongst philosophers of Ancient Greece, but like most ideologies, it’s been hijacked by Abrahamic faiths, and they believe they have the monopoly on ethics and morality. It’s origin is said to go as far back as Middle Kingdom Egyptian scholars; some 2000 years BCE. The most common version known to modern society is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” , and is promoted by modern Christianity as words of Jesus, but it was used in the Far East hundreds of years prior by Buddha and Confucius. The Golden rule is all about the use of empathy, and knowing how you’d feel if someone wronged you, and if you wish to be treated with respect, then the respect should be reciprocated, and if you wish I’ll on others, then be prepared to have ill wished upon you.

“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” – Socrates

People of Abrahamic faiths constantly criticise pagan, or non-believers by claiming that without a god, they have no moral guidelines, and everything is unaccountable, as we have no higher authority, and because of this misconception, they are morally bankrupt. But if a theist, and an atheist, both adopt the golden rule, and treat others with dignity and respect, then how are their moral codes any different? Just because someone worships a god means they are going to be the Good Samaritan, and just because someone doesn’t worship a god doesn’t mean they’re incapable of being the Good Samaritan.

“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” – Mahavira

However, there is a flaw by adopting the golden rule, and it’s the assumption that another person wishes to be treated as you do, or someone treats you in a way they think is acceptable but you don’t. Do you feel obliged to ask every person that you encounter what their preferences are in relation to how they wish to be treated? Be it only a slight flaw, it’s a flaw nevertheless, but as long as you adopt the foundations of morality, which is empathy, then compassion, humility, understanding and respect become second nature. The golden rule has come under criticism as it doesn’t outline a code of conduct, but do we really need to have a list of requirements on how to behave ethically?

“In nearly every religion I am aware of, there is a variation of the golden rule. And even for the non-religious, it is a tenet of people who believe in humanistic principles.” – Hillary Clinton