Any moron can believe in gods but it is more challenging to be Godless

How to Believe in God in Six Easy steps:
1. First, you must want to believe in God. That is simply because you love your parents and your parents told you that there is a God.
2. Next, understand that believing in God in the absence of evidence is especially noble. What is the big deal in believing in something with evidence. Any moron will do that.
3. Then, realize that the human ability to believe in God in the absence of evidence might itself constitute evidence for the existence of God. He must have created this 'Hard-wiring', this need to believe in all of us.
4. Now consider any need for further evidence (both in yourself and in others) to be a form of satanic temptation, spiritually unhealthy, or a corruption of the intellect.
5. Refer to steps 2-4 as acts of “faith” 
6. Return to 2.
It will be obvious even to a moron that it is a million times easier to believe in God, be accepted in society and get on with the chores and rigmaroles of life, like a bovine creature.
On the other hand, to become a Godless, autonomous and compassionate human being, you may have to unlearn a lot of concepts learnt in our formative years and learn new ideas based on real science, logic and critical reasoning, which to say the least, is hard work.
But you will feel a sense of freedom, the kind of thing experienced by a soaring eagle in becoming a secular/ atheistic humanist. And surely there are umpteen advantages in this mode.
There are many important ideas secular and atheistic humanists promote. The following are just a few of them :
- Follow the Golden rule instead of mindlessly following ancient rules in ancient scriptures. The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a moral maxim or principle of altruism found in many human cultures and religions, suggesting it may be related to a fundamental human nature. The maxim may appear as either a positive or negative injunction governing conduct:
* One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself
* One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated
- If you want your life to have some sort of meaning, it's up to you to find it.
- Search for what is true, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
- Make the most of your life, as it's probably the only one you'll have.
- It's no good relying on some external power to help you; you must help yourself.
- Just because something's popular ( viz., Belief in gods, soul & afterlife) doesn't mean it's true.
- If you must assume something, assume something easy to test. The concepts of soul, afterlife, gods are untestable.
- Don't believe things just because you want them to be true. All of us want to believe that our death is not the end of our lives, that we have a soul which outlives us, that we will have an eternal life under the protection of gods. These desires facilitate our blind faith.
And finally (and most importantly):
- All beliefs should be open to question.
Do these make sense to you ?

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Comment by tom sarbeck on May 6, 2016 at 2:40am

I like being Godless.

I like being godless even more.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 4, 2016 at 9:57am

Step 4 is a vital part of the "immune system" of many religions. It's a way to avoid cognitive dissonance.

Speaking of which, demanding rules and practices (going to church three times a week, observing strict dietary rules, etc.) are also a tactic to increase followers' bonds with a religion.

"I'm an intelligent person; I don't waste time/money/effort on stupid crap."

"These religious practices take a lot of time/money/effort."

So it's easy to repackage the experience as "These religions practices aren't stupid crap after all."

Much more on this in TheraminTrees' excellent video Bending Truth.

We can all be manipulated, and knowing how makes us more resistant to being manipulated!

Comment by Michael Penn on May 4, 2016 at 7:52am

Yes, hard wiring. The "need" to believe that is in all of us. Very honestly this is because you're better than the rest of us. That's why my god is bigger than your god, and why you have the wrong god and I have the right one. It's sort of why you have an expensive car and your neighbors drive a piece of junk.

Yes, being one up on the other guy and being better also applies in religion. It's a different kind of racism. My Christian friend doesn't care if his ex-wife lives or dies, but he is a good Christian. He says god finally gave him the right woman. I keep wondering why god makes so many mistakes?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2016 at 5:22am

I've said it many times: belief is easy.  Knowing, doing the ground work, having the skepticism to question and confirm for youself, that's HARD, and a lot of people simply don't have the commitment to make that effort.

More than anything else, I suspect, we're up against laziness.



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