It's a pointless question because nobody knows the answer.
The thing his each time a great idea or belief have people to represent it,they usualy abuse the power given to them.
Is power the seed of all evils?
Sybarite, I understand what you're talking about. I grew up Mormon, and believe me, the rules were just as strict. I don't believe that our experiences are what the vast majority of people have experienced. Do some groups encourage self-loathing and retarding of the intellect? Better believe it. However, there are plenty of other sects where true faith is being lived and practiced every day. I have looked into various humanist and atheist groups both in person and online. What I discovered was that those groups can be just as rigid and uncompromising as the most oppressive rural backwoods preacher. They do not offer a vision for the future, let alone a workable way to live one's life. They are a distinct minority as their only hope is to piggy-back off of Christianity. At some point, you do have to accept that you can't know everything and most of the young folks I have met have yet to reach that point, though they will when they graduate or when their personal shibboleths are shed when they are 30 and working for "the man."
I'm amused by your use of the phrase "true faith".
At 45, SGF, I am way beyond the point of being one of the "young folks".
No, of course I don't know everything – not remotely. But I do know that there is not one single, solitary shred of evidence to support the existence of a god, as described by any one of the religions that exist on Earth or ever have existed on Earth. And you continue to duck around this issue, knowing, I suspect, that you cannot offer a single solitary shred of evidence either.
We give our own lives meaning – if some people decide that they cannot give their life meaning without believing in one of a vast array of conflicting myths, then that's up to them. But it is a choice.
The implied suggestion that meaning in life only comes from believing in some myth or other is nonsense – or perhaps it's just the wishful thinking of those who actually, in spite of all they claim, want some sort of affirmation that their beliefs aren't just a waste of time and energy.
What is that difference in terms of how "true" the faith is? Or are you arguing that faiths you consider beneficial to the world are somehow "truer" than faiths you personally dislike? Is the faith of a suicide bomber less true than that of a kindly old vicar?The well meaning and sincere belief of a Buddhist monk or tender service ethic of a Catholic teacher is different than say, the devotion of a David Koresh or Jim Jones. Is there not a difference in any way?
chris302116;247079 Non-believers are constantly questioning whether there is a God or not said:are[/B] happy and content not to believe in God but they are not content that believers, believe, and so they constantly question and sometimes ridicule, using science as a sort of verification that until it can be proved there is a God then God can't exist.
I will admit that at this point in time in my life, the jury is still out. I haven't closed the door on faith and quite frankly, I'm beginning more and more to believe that there is a God. It has been my experience that most secular humanist/atheist/agnostic groups are parasitic riders of christianity. It's one thing to be a coherent sense of belief or ethical values, it's another when your group identity is attached to what you are not, as opposed to what you promise people. That is the main problem that I have with the secular viewpoints of the world today. They are absolutely incapable of standing on their own without referencing christianity.