Does belief in any god bring anything to anyone? Certainly it brings a feeling of community, that you belong to something, but does it do anything else? That’s a question I had even as a Christian when I would attend church regularly, pray and read the bible the same. Even though I was very attended to my belief, today, years later, now an atheist, I can’t see why for so long I believed that anything I believed would affect my life. It may have; In fact, I actually think it did, at one point or another. But overall? No. Belief in any god doesn’t do anything for anyone other than the possibility that it makes them feel better about themselves. Not just their successes, but their failures as well.
The lesson, at least from Christianity, is that God will have you fail in some enterprise, to teach you a lesson about humility, or greed, or whatever. It has nothing to do with your own incompetence in whatever you’ve entered into, it’s simply God. That, to me seems a bit of hubris in that there are so may preachers out there that specifically say that God wants you to be prosperous, and even quote [the bible] there, hoping , that if you do become successful, you’ll give the glory, not to yourself, or your employees, but to some mysterious god that desired you, specifically, to become a winner over your competitors.
What does belief do for human kind? Well, all we have to do is look around the world we live in to determine those facts. Starving people in East Africa? Nope. No god has intervened. Wars around the world whether they are in the Middle East or anywhere else where innocents may be slaughtered by the thousands? Again, no. Is it really about “Free Will” as though of us that were or are Christians, or any other religious belief, are taught? That seems to be the excuse for the horrors that we experience on almost a daily basis. God (whatever god) will never intervene in the matters of its creation.
If a supernatural being (or beings) will never intervene the the matters of humanity, why spend time worshipping them? Who wins or loses seems, at least to me, to be inconsequential to those same beings. Why would I want to worship something that doesn’t care about me? that’s actually a question I had, as a teenager, a believer and placed me on the road to eventually discovering, for myself, that maybe, just maybe, there was no God looking out for me, or anyone else.
I had a reader that recently commented thus:
My daughters definitely have experience with church. Both were baptized and both will make first communion
I dont think its as simple as saying, “Either youre an atheist or youre not.” On Dawkins scale of belief Im a 5. Sometimes shifts to 4 and rarely to 3. Lately its been steady; maybe 5.5.
I think that for most people, this is absolutely true. There are people that will identify in a religious belief but not practice it, as it is laid out in whatever text is accepted. Some will want their children to be baptized, as my parents did when I was young, but only to show that I had been accepted in the family of God. We weren’t religious but it was accepted that we believed. I did. For a while. Somedays, on that same scale, I consider myself a 7 – being that I know for a fact that no gods exist, but being honest? I would place myself on that same scale as a 6. I’m not positive, but until I see some proof, here’s where I am.
Why people won’t believe in themselves, instead of some god, has been for a long time now, curious to me. We make of our lives what we invest in it and no god or pantheon of gods, whether they exist or not, seems to care. It’s time for humanity to move beyond superstition, to reality.