Although I criticize religion here quite a bit, mostly Christianity, I really don’t have a problem with people believing in whatever superstition they are comfortable with. I think its silly, but that’s my opinion, and those believers are welcome to disagree with me. My only real objection is when believers of any stripe decide that their specific ideology should be enshrined into law.
As an atheist, all I can do is shake my head at the fairy tales people have a need to believe. I fairly certain that none of them have ever read their holy texts with a critical eye. I know when I was a believer, I didn’t but as time went on, and I read more, I found it impossible to reconcile what I was reading with what I knew to be true.
I once heard a Catholic Priest say that the creation story (stories!), and the flood narrative in Genesis were not to be taken literally, but as metaphors of good and evil.
A former friend, a protestant pastor for over 30 years, when I once asked him about the inconsistencies in the old and new testaments told me that pointing those out to believers would only confuse them. No kidding!
What’s the purpose other than to make people feel good about themselves? They are told that belief, faith to be exact, will absolve them of their past misdeeds (sins).
It reminds me of a kid I knew in high school, whose father was the pastor at the 2nd Baptist Church where I lived. He was such good kid, according to everyone, except for those of us that really knew him as he was out drinking and drugging on Saturday night, only to be in the front row pew on Sunday morning. I always wondered if his parents actually knew or just chose not to know.
But hey, whatever does it for you, right?
If people want to have blinders on, that’s their right to do so and I would never tell anyone otherwise. Having imaginary friends is something we sometimes witness in young children, something they eventually grow out of.
Some adults just don’t want to grow up.