"Without evil we wouldn't know good" is a massive part of the problem of evil argument, yeah.
The thing is these arguments are only strong those who believe. For everyone else, they're very hard to swallow. Easy to understand, but difficult to
actually agree with. We don't have the language to described 'God' and so we've ended up with an anthropomorphised 'man in the sky' (especially in
Christianity) who we seem to think we fully understand, while the message of it has completely become lost along the way.
It's human arrogance. If God is there, I doubt he is a he or even a thing. A force maybe. But then what is the point in worshiping a force? You can't
pray to a force as force isn't personal and can't solve your problems. And that, imo, is the point of religion. By doing good things and being good,
doing what God wishes you to do, 'he' will help you through your problems, you can speak with 'him' and in the end you'll go to heaven where
everything is shiny and your long lost granny is stood with welcoming arms...
I think, and this is just my personal opinion, that religion was created in order to help us through the fear of the dark, to help enforce rules that
need to be enforced (if there's nothing to fear, why not go around stealing, hurting or worse) and so that there was something
in the black
waiting for us, and something else beyond this life. I'm not really scared of dying, don't wanna go yet, but I've never felt the need for something
being beyond it because of the fact that it doesn't worry me.
On the other hand, if God is a man in the sky, I'm in for a MASSIVE smiting. And I live in the North. I'll never manage to survive hell. 16*C is to
hot for me!!
Thanks for listening, anyway. I must go. I'm supposed to leave in 18 minutes and I'm not actually ready yet... Ay.
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