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Quoting from ancient religious texts is not a solution for present day problems

Whenever there is a major issue in our society, the religious leaders quote from ancient text to validate their point. Can there be anything more foolish than this? The problems our society face are different from the time when these sacred books were written. Most of the problems of today might not have been even imagined by the writers of the religious texts.

A classic example is abortion. Biblical points have been analyzed countless times for abortion. When bible was written there was no country in the world with a population of more than a billion. Today, we have two nations – China and India. Will the quotes in Bible solve the problems of population explosion?

Another example is the caste system in India. Hindu religious texts are used to defend this evil system. But any person who thinks judiciously knows that the caste system has no value in the modern world.

Similarly, Koran is quoted for defending various practices in Islam.

Can the writings of some religious scholars be the guideline for our society? The religious scholars might have written the text to solve the problem in their society. How can we use it for solving today’s problems?

The religious texts are meant for personal development. They are just a guide to be used in personal life. We must also understand that all the religious texts of present day have undergone several manipulations.

Everything undergoes change in nature. But unfortunately, we humans are clinging on to the past. Religious leaders around the world know it. They do not need to find any new solutions for modern day problems. They just take out the religious text and quote a sentence. Now this sentence is the word of god. It is a command. The job of the religious leader is over. If anyone questions the command, the person will be a condemned as a heretic.

This is happening around the world in all religions. The main reason for this is the unwillingness to accept change.

There is nothing wrong in listening to the wise sayings of the past. But at the end of they day, what have we created new for the next generation? Are we here to merely pass on the teachings of our earlier generations?