In the comment section of the blog the blog before this one is about I am discussing miracles and how we know a miracle is a miracle, asking how someone knows what is and isn’t god’s will etc and this is part of a response of mine which I think really cuts to the core of why “religion” is not good:
all good things to God. This is a good thing.”
We finally get somewhere. This is what most people do. But as I said it’s for psychological reasons, there is no logical reason god couldn’t do a bad thing (he supposedly did bad things all the time in the bible) and if there were an all-powerful, all-knowing being then by definition everything, good and bad, would be attributable to that being. Because it would have to either cause or allow every event (or both). So why do you conclude that god causes good things? Because it makes you feel good to believe that, and to believe that god causes bad things would make you feel bad.
This is why religious beliefs can’t be reasoned with, they’re about what feels good to believe, not any thing objective like logic, science, math, etc. This is why scientists can reach a global consensus in a few years or decades, while no two religions have reached a consensus in ten thousand years. Until people stop believing things they think will make them happy and start trying to see reality as it objectively is, people will keep hating, persecuting and killing each other. That good feeling you feel when you think about god or prayer is a brick in the vast wall that separates mankind. It’s what stops people from being able to change their minds and come together and agree on reality.
This was only part of a larger (but similarly thoughtful) response. What was the response?
“You see, you missed so much of my point by cutting up my response. It gets neither of us anywhere.”
Kind of proves my point.
Oh, and I kind of borrowed a metaphor from pink floyd, who illustrated it much more profoundly here.