It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
~ John Lennon
Ask me anything
I am a non-religious person, and mean no disrespect for the faithful. But here are some of the reasons I at first questioned my faith as a youth, and concluded that religion, in any form, is a self delusion.
If soldiers on both sides of a battle pray to god for their safety, or victory, or whatever, is the god of the victor the true god? Should the loser abandon his religion for the religion of the victor? What if the other side wins the next battle? Switch back? What if soldiers on both sides are praying to the same god? Is the loser not worthy of god’s favor?
If the answer is the result of “god’s will,” than why pray at all? God will do what he’s going to do. He knows best, and you shouldn’t question.
Your baby dies, it’s god’s will. 3000 innocent people die in the World Trade Center, but the planner of the attack lives to 95 and is surrounded by a loving family. God’s will. Bad people get rich, good people starve to death. Thousands of children are abused each day, and a loving god has decided that’s what’s best? He’s moving in mysterious ways all right!
Do winning football teams pray better than losing football teams? Do batters who cross themselves get more hits? And, is that batter so important to god, that god even cares, with so many more important prayers coming his way. In that case, praying for minor things seems a very self-serving and selfish act.
The chances of one’s prayers being “answered” are usually very bad odds. At best, 50-50. If our chances of doing almost anything in life were 50-50 of less, we would probably figure out a better way to do that thing. If your chances of arriving safely at your airline destination were 50-50 would you get on the plane?
Ultimately, believing in prayer and the existence of a god is an act of faith. It doesn’t matter if god exists or not. If god exists, your prayers are “sometimes” answered and you go to heaven. If god doesn’t exist, you believe you’re going to heaven, but you’re not.
“ The Koch brothers are going to spend $400 million. Do you know what their agenda is? Do you know what they believe in? Let me tell you what they believe in. This is what they told us. They want to end Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. More tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. Nobody in America wants that except the billionaire class, and yet they are now able to put hundreds of billions of dollars into the political process. This is a real danger to American democracy. ”
Senator Bernie Saunders, Meet the Press, NBC, 9/14/14
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