Are religious people scared little children?
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27-02-2012, 03:59 PM (This post was last modified: 27-02-2012 04:07 PM by Zat.)
Are religious people scared little children?
Philosophers often ask the silliest questions.

Who am I?
How did I get here?
Why is there something rather than nothing?
How do you know that you exist?

They often ask these questions, typing away furiously on a computer keyboard, without worrying about whether the computer exists or not.

Religious believers are somewhat like this.

Except that they have the answers to all of these questions.

Their answer is, predictably, the undefined word: ‘god'.

It is like their imaginary friend, following them everywhere and providing answers to all inconvenient questions, saving them the trouble of thinking and uncertainty.

Some grow up and find their courage to face their human destiny.

The rest will cling, to the death, to their little friend, for certainty and consolation.

On one level -- I envy them.

On another -- they have my pity.
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27-02-2012, 04:57 PM
RE: Are religious people scared little children?
Is this rhetorical?

I'm confused to what I'm supposed to be answering.

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27-02-2012, 07:04 PM
RE: Are religious people scared little children?
I don't think the questions are silly but what I do think is silly is the painfully simplistic answers given which employ some imaginary space spook as a means to explain everything.

I mean, how easy it is to say that "god" snapped his fingers and "poof" there are animals, plants, oceans, etc.
How easy to tell a gullible child/adult that the only reason they exist is to be the puppet for an "omnipotent" space man.
Never mind that if it was so omnipotent then what does it need mind slaves for?

No..answers that don't require real thought and is wholly dependent on blind belief is no longer silly but downright disturbing.

Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return.
To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.
That is Alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange.
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27-02-2012, 07:28 PM
RE: Are religious people scared little children?
Well, when you put it that way, why yes, yes they are scared little children afraid to face their own impermanence and temporariness. There is a monster under the bed kiddies, but it ain't as scary as it looks.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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27-02-2012, 08:19 PM
RE: Are religious people scared little children?
It's fun to see them answering god, when we all know the answer is 42, only if we could know the question *sigh*

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