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Why do people refuse to let their religious systems and rituals evolve over time like all others systems, ideologies and thinking do?

I see all of these religions preach the same ideologies about good and evil, and they all claim to be peaceful and love is the core of their faith system. Yet the rituals, hate concepts, fear mongering and prejudice that defies common logic and sensibilities prevail in everyone of them. Most of them have violent histories, wars, killing and hate. And the developed people of today hold on to these age old concepts and reasons for hate and refuse to allow their respective faith systems to evolve like all the other things about life they so willingly change.

Please share your thoughts? Why don’t we allow our religious systems and rituals to shift as well and develop/evolve to suit the modern man and thinking?

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    Gail . 50+

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    Nov 29 2012: Certain Christian and Muslim denominations believe that if they change the word of god, they will go to Hell. Imagine the terror of that!

    Of course, they deny that they change it all the time. Christianity is very different from what it was only 30 years ago (explaining its rapid decline). They couldn't deny it if they studied church history, but they are not an intellectually curious bunch. They are the sheeple who live in constant fear, and beg for the opportunity to be fleeced and victimized.

    The Jewish religion prides itself on allowing the religion to evolve, but the more fundamentalist you get even in this religion, the more fixed and defensive (thus dangerous) are its members. All fundamentalists display behaviors that your question addresses.

    I will limit my comments to the religions of the God of Abraham, not being thoroughly informed about the historical beliefs of Hindus.

    Pagan and earth-based religions change as needed, and time has shown that they are less focused on ritual than on practice. They are very open-minded groups who don't teach a message of fear. They are a gentle and loving group.
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      Nov 30 2012: Unfortunately paganism did not resist Christianization throughout whole Europe. Within just a view generations they have all been converted and just a view reminder like the Easter bunny and Easter eggs, All Saints Day (Samhain) and the Christmas tree are still alive today.

      Many earth-based religions also lived gender equality, not in function yet in status, as they respected the female fertility as what it was, the source of life and did not misuse virginity to denial and stain it.

      It would be interesting to know what the world would look like today without those dominat and destructive belief-systems in its past and present.

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