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Originally posted by Sublime620
My Opinion on Religion:
I have none.
While I don't really have any faith at all, and cannot even comprehend it, there are far too many geniuses who had faith. Einstein, for example, understood far more about the universe than I ever will, and he still had faith.
So, more than being critical of religion, I am jealous. However, I do wish those with faith would use it towards good more than they do. So many use religion and faith as a means of hatred instead of peace.
Originally posted by Bombeni
It's not about God rejecting people, it's about people rejecting God. Big difference.
Originally posted by Dave Rabbit
1. Are people religious because they really believe?
2. Do they simply go through the motions because they are too afraid of the consequences .... just in case there is a Heaven or Hell?
3. Is it simply a security blanket because they want to believe that there is something better after they die and would be miserable if they didn’t believe there was something at the end of the religious rainbow?
Do they simply go through the motions because they are too afraid of the consequences .... just in case there is a Heaven or Hell?
Ah yes, the classic example of Pascal's Wager. He suggested it is better to believe in God because the consequences of being wrong are far better than not believing. If you believe in him and he exists, you go to heaven. If you believe in him and he doesn't exist, no biggie, you'll just be in a state of non-existence in the sea of tranquility.
However, what he didn't consider is that there is more than one religion in this convoluted world. Many of these other religions say you cannot worship false idols or you will be punished. So my question is, what if you believe in the Christian God and he turns out NOT to be the true God? What will Odin or Zeus or Allah do to you for believing in these falsehoods?
Odin will surely drag you to Hel where you will live off goat urine. Allah most definitely will send you to Jahannam until Qiyamah (Judgment Day). Zeus will send you to Tartaros within Hades where you will suffer torment in a dungeon.
So the real question is : when does this all break down to a bunch of nonsense that is meant to scare you into being a submissive slave?