200 years ago the only knowledgeable people were priests and the ruling classes. Through fear and superstition they crafted belief systems in order to control the masses. The everyday person only operated by common sense and tradition and followed the rules to insure survival. Why do most people, though educated, still operate on the premise that a god is controlling their life even when that god can prevent sickness, disease, and suffering but doesn't? Is it naivety or escapism?
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Hello HP. I agree that religion still has relevance to many people because it gives purpose to their lives. However, in many cases tradition erodes objectivity until extremism and intolerance becomes the norm. The my god is better than your god state
As far as preventing sickness, diseases, human suffering, Our Creator has given us the ability to help others and do just those important things to prevent disease, cure desease, and help those in need; these things we do under His guidance.
The only blinded people are those who don't see that most disease and world suffering is being causes by us. We simply react to the adverse effects that nature throws back at us. I'm sure that is the first thing a god would want his creatures to know
It would be blind to not see that much of the world suffering is caused by humans. That was a product of Original Sin though.
Good answer. I too hate the lack of response characters, and I admire thet you asked the question. It is very hard to judge how people will react when you write a question (voted up).
I do agree that religion has it's positives, most importantly as a moral guidance system. But, that same moral system produces moral hierarchy. It moves the human psyche away from objectivity into operating subjectively. Morality is then changed
I agree with your comment about God. But why do you need a religion to teach you love, care and respect. A mother doesn't need a religion to love her child or take care of her child. And she imparts the same values to her children.
You can learn those things from other sources than religion, but religion's good at teaching those and other positive values.
Worth noting that, while moms rock, not every mother teaches those things to her children, nor serves as a good example
Very true. I'm sure there are plenty of loving parents out there that do not yet know God's Love. God's message to the world is that of Love, so who is better to educate our children on the topic than the Author of Love Himself?
I know I did not get here by any of the gods described in popular religions. My god does not ask me to be obedient to gain favor, only to be accountable for my actions.
What makes you accountable for your actions though? There is more to salvation than just knowledge between right and wrong.