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    If religion is a fallacy or a course of truth, it is very hard to understand just exactly why we are compelled to follow, or to not follow, religion. I would like to ask why you all think that people either are drawn or pushed away from religion (perhaps even put in a stasis of decision between the two).

    I believe that we are drawn to religion to help explain things that we either have no way of understanding, or are to afraid to find out the answers to ourselves. Sometimes, such as in the case of "is there an afterlife?", these two go hand in hand. I believe that Religion was/is/can be helpful in unifying people for a common cause, providing comfort, and keeping populations from giving up hope in desperate situations.
    Yet I also point out that people are increasingly pushed away from religion. This might be because there are less and less questions that can't be answered, and because people are finding these new answers in places that religious establishments are looked down in. Religious establishments have also held on to traditions that with present knowledge seem stupid, pointless, and sometimes repressive. Yet if religious establishments change their policies to fit the change in population attitude, is is painfully easy to point out that their beliefs are obviously faulty if they can change so easily just to pander to people they want to attract. In this way, i feel that religious establishments are caught in a Catch 22 that inevitably they were going to reach...

    Thoughts?
    p.s. please avoid slandering any form of belief in responses as it just makes you look like an arrogant narcissistic ass...
     
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    Humans are basically pack creatures who must group together and follow a leader.
    They will tend to follow the religion of their group.

    Plus most are programmed by their parents on religion as children and the programming usually sticks.
    Unlike Santa Claus there is not absolute proof that their religion is phony. so they keep believing.
     
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    if a person CHANGES religions, that is, not dismissing religion, but switching to another, would that be more or less of a betrayal to their original religion than becoming an atheist entirely?
     
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    What if I AM an arrogant, narcissistic ass?
     
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    What if?

    (ducks)
     
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    I expect the sun will still likely rise...
     
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    then you likely belong to the Republican religion ;)

    ( too old to bother with ducking)
     
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    Umm switching to NO religion is becoming an atheist.
     
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    Interesting questeion. I think there are numerous answers. It depends on the person. Some people want fame, money, or power and think religion can provide it. Some want security. Some see a way to be a better person than they were.

    I am drawn to it because I love knowledge and Truth.
     
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    that is what i was thinking, that the reason people believe what they believe is because for them it IS the truth. I think that the reason people fight and kill each-other is because they believe that THEIR truth is the truth for everyone else, which is stupid. Everyone is unique, so why should what truth is be universal to everyone?
     

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