Why Religion?

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    eagleseven Quod Erat Demonstrandum

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    This is the rational argument against religion, simply stated so that all can understand.

    Religion, in all its forms, provides irrational answers to questions that our human mind is not capable of answering.

    When one faces the incomprehensible absurdity of our existence, one can either commit suicide, invent a purpose, or simply accept the unknown as unknowable. This is the challenge of the absurd, as describe by Albert Camus

    Invented purposes are critical to the human psyche, and so people violently attack those who threaten that purpose, such as Gregg in the post above. Those of us who refuse to accept the ancient purposes provided by society through religion, find a satisfying substitute elsewhere.
     
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    Fear of the unknown, death and the fact that humans are basically pack creatures lookinig to be led are what I consider to be the main reasons for the existence of religions thru the ages.
    And of course for those who wish to control others it is the perfect tool.

    Regardless of how valid it is, religion can be very comforting to those who believe.

    Religion can also be used to stabilize a society.
    Or of course destabilize...
     
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    The same can be said for scientific search for solutions. Same motivating force.
     
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    Not quite.
    Scientific research does not offer comfort that you or your loved ones are going to heaven.
    Current science says that when you die you cease to exist on any plane of existence.

    Neither does sicence say you will be punished for not acting like the religion tells you to.
     
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    This is America. You can either believe in religion or not believe in religion. It's all up to you. There is no incorrect answer.
     
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    But is there a correct answer? That is the question.
     
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    eagleseven Quod Erat Demonstrandum

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    Correction: Current science says that when you die, you cease to exist on any detectable plane of existance.

    Science only deals with what can be consistently measured by living humans in different times and places. If human resurrection is possible, we should see resurrected humans among us today, whom we can easily interview and medically test.

    Science describes the physical, as opposed to mythical, consequences of your actions.

    If you destroy your brain, you will die. It doesn't matter how virtuous you are, nor how much you pray, nor how much you donate to charity, when your brain is splattered on the ground, you will die.

    That is not a comforting truth, but the Earth is not a comforting planet.
     
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    Current science is only science that hasn't been debunked yet.
     
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    It depends entirely on what you choose to believe. I myself, believe in God. I have no "physical" way of to prove that there is a God and my beliefs are founded on my faith in the existance of God. Nothing more. I cannot prove that God exists any more than a non-believer can prove that He does not exist. It is quite possible that the atheist are correct in their rants about there being no God but on the other hand, it is quite possible that I am correct in my belief that there is a God. Some day, one of us is going to be proven to be wrong. One of us will be proven to be correct in our beliefs. I'd like to believe that I am on the winning side.
     
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    Science dictates that you wil suffer consequences if you do not adhere to it's current thinking
     

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