Now it is not my intention to offend anyone, or tell you your religious beliefs are wrong. Nothing I will say is a lie. I will try my best to be objective, but I do feel emotional about this so excuse me if some leaks in. I will state things logically to the best of my abilities, and have taken a couple college level courses in religion, World Religions and Old Testament Survey to be specific. I will start by saying I was baptized and raised Catholic. I am now an atheist, and have quite a bit of contempt for the Catholic church (I will explain why.) Let me talk about why I think religion might destroy the world in the next century or so. I will make my point using a couple threats to humanity. The first is overpopulation. Yes, this is a real threat. The second is self fulfilling prophecy. This involves war. First, The human race multiplies exponentially with each generation, and our life spans are only getting longer. Many people do not even see this as a problem because many of us live in some of the greatest industrialized nations in the world. I.E. America and Canada. Lets face the facts. Most religions are against birth control and abortion. I.E. Catholicism and Islam. These religions control entire countries. I.E. The Catholic church controls Ireland and the Philippines. Birth control in Ireland is illegal, and in the Philippines there is a family planning service that offers free birth control to civilians. However, because the Philippines are inhabited by a population where the WIDE majority are catholic. The catholic church was able to help a very pro church president into power. Once in power he pulled almost all funding from the family planning service because the Catholic church believes birth control to be immoral. It is now more difficult to receive birth control in the Philippines because even the people who work at these clinics are told it is immoral by the church. On top of that civilians who are very religious are told not to use it by their priests, and as a result the Philippines has one of the highest infant death rates in the world. Why? because half the country is destitute and cannot afford to feed their children or medical care. This anti birth control parade is not only preached in foreign countries any where in the world where the Catholic church reaches, which is most of the world, they discourage the use of birth control and abortion. There is an even split of conservative and liberal supreme court justices. Some are openly opposed to abortion, if one more conservative justice appears on the bench, women could lose their right to terminate unwanted pregnancies. And what would be next? Birth control is my bet. Now why is this bad? According to the US Census Bureau about 4.17 births occur every second in the world the total deaths per second is 1.8. That means there is a net gain of 2.37 people a second. And remember this number will increase as the population of the world increases. While currently there is enough food to feed around 8 Billion people, despite that we let tons of people starve. In 2050 the population of the world is expected to be over 9 billion. And the amount of fertile soil is only decreasing. So i guess a billion people will have to starve. China for one has recognized this threat, which is why they have a 1 child per family regulation and provide birth control for all their citizens. Second, self fulfilling prophecy. You have probably heard it in the media and maybe even by word of mouth, unless you have been living under a rock. Many religious people believe that the apocalypse is near. Why? Because people believe signs written in Religious scriptures are popping up all around. Let us not focus on the signs, but their sources. All these scriptures, save some fundamentalist ones, were written before the age of modern science. Many of these scriptures have roots in the Old Testament. However, MOST of these if not all are very old. They have also been translated thousands if not millions of times, edited and rewritten thousands if not millions of times, by thousands if not millions of different people. After all the king of England once had it rewritten to give himself divine authority. And slave owners had bibles that stated that a slave must obey his master in order to reach heaven. These examples aside; how can anyone trust the bible as a credible source of information when it has "changed hands" so many times. Its like dough that has been handled by many many different people, kneaded many times, had many different, "miracle" ingredients added, and most of the world will still eat it. Many groups believe that the world will soon perish in flames, and in a world where missiles can carry many nuclear warheads and each nuclear warhead can destroy several miles radius, it is far too dangerous to take these very old books at face value. Remember these books were written before modern science, and it is probable that they were intended for people in that current time frame. We must also remember that these books were written by men, divinely inspired or not, not god. And one of the key things in major organized religions is man is fallible. If we do not realize this, or come to some sort of understanding we may very well have a self fulfilling prophecy on our hands. While many would say that no one would destroy the world so that their "Holy" scriptures can be correct, I would disagree. Look at all the atrocities that litter history that have the religious as a responsible party. Crusades (Were not nice things, thousands of people met their deaths just for being in Israel.), Colonization, Terrorist attacks, Suicide cults, etc... the list goes on and on. So I ask you, do you THINK religion will destroy us? Remember I am not trying to offend anyone, I am just presenting the information I have gathered in my last few years in college. Everything here has a source, 20/20 episodes, Frontline, Newspapers, Census bureau, etc... I am a skeptic by nature, and i deem these sources to be credible. Simple google searches can lead you to much of this information, however, remember that the internet has a lot of good information, and even more bad information.