reply to post by awake_and_aware
I think it should be challenged. It should be challenged and debated with the two thousand years worth of accumulated evidence against it. There
have been other forms of treatment for the good of people & society that have been scrutinized and found to not only be false - but otherwise harmful.
Take bloodletting for example - the belief that "bad blood" caused illness & that the only way to get better was to get the bad blood out of your
body. How many lives did that claim before it was finally brought to an end?
The crux of the matter is that people as a whole think that they HAVE to believe in a god or else civilization will fall apart. They fail to see that
their god has not contributed a single bit to the discoveries of medicine, electricity, physics, and any of the other sciences that make our way of
life possible. They THINK that it's this belief in god that is holding humanity together, yet it's this very belief they cling to that is in fact
one of the most destructive forces in ANY society - regardless of the faith....as I said before, religion is poison.
The clergy have the most amazing jobs. They soothe the people with candy words, keep just enough fear in them to keep them loyal, and make them think
they are part of something much larger.
I don't know about where you are, but here the churches are pretty strictly divided by race, also denomination.
I've been to mixed denomination churches before, and the funny thing about it there was that the congregation SEGREGATED itself! Blacks here, whites
over here, Hispanics in the back. In all the great tele-evangelists that have ever been, many have been exposed as adulterers, thieves and the like.
What benefit is there for a believer? What benefit is there for praying over a dying loved one, and they die anyway. Praying for divine protection
and you lose everything in a home fire. Where is this god? Are you sure he's listening? For people of faith, this creates a mentality that
borderlines despair. To be happy in a religion there comes a point to where you absolutely HAVE to stop questioning things. You have to stop
learning anything new. You have to let the circular reasoning take it's course and just be FINE with that, you just have to PUT IT IN GODS
HANDS...which is just another way of saying you need to forget about it.
I learned the trick of catching circular reasoning when I thought that becoming a Jehovah's witness was a good idea, back in 93/94. I watched even
the amateur witnesses tie the most experienced christians up in knots with scripture and they eventually 90% of the time would get to the point where
they said "You just have to have faith, and I know what I believe is true" even though they couldn't give you any reason at all for their belief
other than that's what they'd been told. Later, as I continued asking questions, I found out that the JW's were guilty of the same thing.
In response to your reference to arrogance, and citing evidence - free speech is the best thing I have. Anything else I could muster would rate way
behind what the god of the internet, Google, could provide to those who actually were searching for the truth. I wouldn't shed nary a tear if I were
declared to be arrogant - I have a feeling most atheists would agree with me on the points I've made. As far as evidence, there are mountains of
evidence supporting a god-free cosmos. You're asking me to show you a tree when we're standing in the middle of a forest, a grain of sand and
we're in the Sahara.
Most of the references I have are based upon personal experiences and observations, which carries no weight, and requires nothing further.
I have expanded my views with such books as "The Blind Watchmaker", "The Grand Design", "The Theory of Everything", "Your Inner Fish", and a
few episodes of Dr. Who.
I've got another question. At what point in history has ANY religion done anything that has bettered humanity?
I was thinking something along the lines of an act being equivalent to the discovery of penicillin by science. Regardless of what anyone says,
religion has done nothing but maintain status-quo - or oppress.