I just read a blog entitled “Why I believe” that was little more than the line “we all have a god shaped hole in our hearts”, ie nothing but christianity can ever satisfy anyone or make them happy so you better be christian. It went on to obnoxiously blather about how atheists are all just hateful and jealous of christians and blah blah blah. Doesn’t bear refuting. Anyway, I responded to one of the commenters talking about how without god they’re not happy and content and how they filled their “god shaped hole” with sex, drugs etc. I thought my response was worth re-posting, so enjoy:
We are not built to be content all the time, otherwise we would never do anything. Contentment in a world with suffering would mean total apathy. Contentment in a world where eating is required would mean starvation. And contentment without sex would mean extinction.
We feel good when we eat, have sex etc because our ancestors that didn’t enjoy these things were the ones that starved or died without reproducing. Basic biology.
Just because your religion can make you feel content (for awhile) does not mean that you “need” god, any more than an alcoholic “needs” alcohol – though if you ask an alcoholic he might be under that impression.
We all need something, but don’t pretend there is just one way to be happy or at peace. Most buddhists, taoists etc I’ve seen are a lot more at peace with the world than most theists I’ve seen.
It’s one thing to say “this makes me happy and maybe it wiill make you happy too” and another to arrogantly declare “nothing but this ever makes anyone happy”.