bodge wrote:Belief and faith are built on hope, muddled focus, and weakness.
Do you have any proof or is that just your opinion?
bodge wrote: Inspirational metaphysical teacher Neville Goddard was fond of saying that “Whatever you desire, if you will but believe you already have received it, you will.”
Reminds me of Noel Edmunds! Why haven't I won the lottery then, eh?
bodge wrote: We find it hard to believe in anything that we can’t see, hear, or feel.
What about a priori knowledge? I don't usually see, hear or feel bachelors but i know they're unmarried men.
bodge wrote: Having faith (believing) in a God is very easy for some people.
And for others, it isn't - so what?
bodge wrote: In fact, a great deal of money can be made from religion, and whole nations can blindly worship mythical beings of unlimited power and condemnation.
A great deal of money can be made from lots of things, how is that pertinent to your argument that religion is an illusion?
bodge wrote:The fact of the matter is this: religion is based purely on weakness.
The opionion presented as the fact of the matter*.
bodge wrote: There is a very simple reason why some people find it easy to believe in a mythical supreme being watching over planet Earth: pain. For example, when we look at many ‘born again’ Christians, we see that prior to ‘finding God’, these people had hit rock bottom in their lives. Perhaps they had previously suffered from some sort of addiction, or perhaps they had suffered a bereavement. In many cases, a person has just been diagnosed with some sort of life-threatening disease such as cancer, and turns to God for comfort.
True, many people find God through pain. But what of those people who don't? Christopher Hitchens springs to mind.
bodge wrote:Many are simply lost and alone, unable to cope with the everyday stresses and strains of everything from marriage break-ups to not being able to find a decent job.
If pain is a reason why people turn to religion, then why does everyone not turn to religion in times of need.
bodge wrote:Every single person following a religion today may seem different or unique, however all of them share one simple thing in common: every single person that turns to religion for help, guidance, or comfort does so because he or she is measuring a lack of inner purpose.
Or perhaps it's because they believe in God?
bodge wrote:The concept of ‘God’ is man-made...
So you can provide me with proof, yes?
I realise that I left out a lot of you're ideas but I couldn't be bothered to go through it at this time.
Happy holidays Bodge!