Monday, February 13, 2012

Is believing good or bad?

 There is a very strong belief that those who are religious are good and the others bad. In our place those who don’t believe are despised and found fault with. Hence it would be appropriate to check into the related facts around the world. It is known to one and all that China is an atheistic country but fast advancing. It will be soon the super power in the world (133 crore people one in six of the world population do not believe in God at all) Previous USSR, and the former soviet communist nations followed atheism as their state religion. Even today Cuba follows the same line although some others have been liberalized. Let us take a picture of the developed world where people are more educated, more enterprising, more technically and educationally advanced.
Only 9% of Americans in a 2008 poll said religion was the most important thing in their life, compared with 45% who said family was paramount in their life and 17% who said money and their career was paramount. More than one in three (36 per cent) do not believe in any god in Canada today. A 2006 poll published by Le Monde of France in January 2007[12] found that 51% of the French population are  Catholics (and only half of them  believe in god.  In other worlds  50% of the Catholics (by birth) are atheists. Of the general population 31% of are atheists, In Germany 36% openly declare they don’t believe in a god. 40% of the UK population, 53% of the Swedish,  41% of the Fins,   47% of the Norwegians,  49% of Denmark ,39% of the Swiss, do not believe in any god. In the former communist countries like Estonia, Czech republic and Poland, above 50% do not believe in any god at all. ( The pattern is in similar lines in all the developed countries and they are less corrupt, willing to help fellow men more and much more advanced. In India we have a different picture. Almost 100% believe in God and we are less educated, a lot more poorer(one in 3 lives in abject poverty; almost one in two is illiterate and among children one in two is malnourished, stunted or sick). India is one of the most corrupt nations of the world. The leaders and politicians, unlike in the advanced nations, are more interested in their own selfish motives than in the development of the nation. Does believing go more easily with illiteracy, poverty, suffering, dishonesty and selfishness?


  1. All these so called facts are based on sample surveys conducted may be in a few hundreds of people,multiplied to make a picture of a whole nation as atheists.May be true in the case of China,being a communist country.You may not need a religion or a God if you are basically good,but those people would be spiritual in nature without the help of a religion.But the idea that China's growth is related to atheism is absurd especially coming from a catholic like you.Is China type of growth is what the world needs today, without any concern for basic human rights or by violating intellectual property rights.I do not think so.May be they don't care,because they do not believe in any God,so have the freedom to do any thing they like.

  2. Well I have travelled to the advanced countries and people there, in general, are not religious at all. In the churches you will find two three old men and 4-5 old women. In Canada, on the X'mas day the leading channels were discussing whether Christ is a historical guy and about his girl friends. They approach them for burials, marriage and unlike here they are not religious at all. Here people are mad.