Us religious folks call that inner self the conscience — … cyberscribe
Just because one is religious or belongs to a church does not mean one has a conscious or listens to it…..
Reminders of religious sins:
forced conversions (death and enslavement to those who don’t covert)
seductions by those in power
protection of pedophiles and other criminals
protection of child and spousal abuse
perpetuation of slavery
history is ripe with examples. I could go on and on and on.
What things have people done and convinced themselves were right because they thought it was God’s will? or Mohammed’s or whomever?
Favorite line from a song:
They prayed to their stone gods and their stone gods did not make a sound
…..All that was left were some stones that a workman found. (Sting)
However, that being said, it doesn’t take being religious to do evil. Lots of evil has been done in the name of “non-religion”
Lenin and Hitler, for example…..
Human beings have an innate pattern maker (or pattern interpreter?) in their brain. That means we driven to make patterns out of all of our sensory input… Perhaps, that is where religion comes from–the drive to make sense out of the universe.