Faith required that you believe despite an absence of expected evidence or despite the presence of conflicting evidence.
But how do we detect lies?
Through the absence of expected evidence or the presence of conflicting evidence.
The very things that faith demanded we disregard. Any supreme intelligence would know that a system that protected lies so efficiently Would lay humans open to just about any conceivable abuse. Faith is not a virtue. From the objective perspective, rationality is a virtue because it permits me to ground my thinking on reality, which is more conductive to the pursuit of my goals than fantasy. For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring it may be.
As a Christian, I actually say "Yes" because while I personally feel fine with Christianity, I am slightly put off by just how many people take it literally instead of as a moral guide. I don't really take much of it literally, in my mind they're all metaphors. If it's all literal, the bible is officially false in many many ways, as science is almost definitely right, if the bible were to truly disagree with something scientific, then it's wrong. Adam and Eve, for instance- Science has well and truly disproved that. Earth was made by meteors hitting each other and combining until you had a lava planet and then it eventually cooled down- not exactly 7 days. And even if it was, the universe is far older than Earth. But if you treat the story metaphorically, then it's basically just saying "It's humans fault that we live in an imperfect world." and that is, while not 100% accurate as there were some problems around before humans were around, a lot more true than the literal interpretation.
Religious beliefs that one holds are strongly contingent on the culture of the individual. Those who do not believe have always been the minority and have been persecuted. Religion is not necessary for morality, as ethics preceeds religious institution. Religion is the attempt to understand the universe as it is. The afterlife, the claims that most religions make, does not exist. The concept of an afterlife sounds plausible or psychologically reassuring because as humans, our consciousness that we have is all know. It's hard to imagine or comprehend not living--indeed its literally a pointless endeavor--but we must have courage and admit to ourselves that this is our only life. Moreover, without the focus on an afterlife, we as humanity can try to make this place on earth as close to as "Eden" as possible. This is humanistic way of living, makes life more worthwhile and meaningful. In Religion, life loses its meaning because you'll always be alive. Knowing something good ends is important to truly appreciate it. Lets take your favorite cake for example: if you were to have it all the time, it would lose what makes it good, and in fact you'll even get sick of it--perhaps even literally;we would enjoy it more, savoring and treasuring it, knowing that it will soon be gone. As to the big questions of life, of morality, of meaning, philosophy addresses these.
I believe that it is undeniable, that atheism itself provides the perfect infrastructure for a free and open society. It is much easier for a society to be open and accepting in an atheist world where the people and government are atheist, than if a grab bag of religions are thrown into the mix, and you have a conflict between different religions fighting for which religion is the truth or superior.
While religion has positives, and can most certainly prove to be a good outfit in some circumstances, it overall depends on illogical decisions, distaste for science, and the belief that "if we faithful, God will save us".
Atheism, however, offers an infrastructure in society where people are no longer dependent on the idea of fiction, and where science makes progress. Atheism is about being open to logic, mathematics, and science.
Another contention of mine is that religion is primitive in many respects; religions tend to promote very early 17th and 18th century ideas that kept nations held back from making progress. Countries where religion had a greater impact than the government were tainted by corruption; homosexuals couldn't live freely, people who were ill were treated with prayers that didn't fix their afflictions, heretics were executed, kings were overthrown by churches, wealthy criminals were able to buy their way into innocence. With religion comes some of the harshest, costly extremism this world has ever seen. Hundreds of years of war over religion have existed; people shooting one another for religion, nations invading other nations for it, system xenophobia, and tyranny granted by religious idols.
Where religion has less impact, there is acceptance and success. And I feel as though religion's lack of understanding in accepting science and technological advancement is only going to stagnate its influence in this world.
Many republicans are deniers of gay rights; and their justification is "God is against it, so I am one with God and do what he tells me". It prevents people from thinking for themselves; instead they do what some magical being told them to do in books that are not historical fact, and are books written by men who wished to corrupt the world.
Religion has no place in this world.
Science is not god is simply the path to him, Atheism teach us more to be rational and logical and not to be empathetic and compassionate in other word human, this world is horrible because of the misuse of religion and the defence of rationality, some atheist said if I am an atheist it does not mean I am not gonna learn from what you call religion and others that's how we can grow as human, and I say.........Religion teach us how to be human it is not
Primitiveness as we tought.
Atheism is saying that there are no gods. There is no way to prove that. So why would somebody assert that we should believe in something that is unprovable?
Likewise, some people believe in gods. There too, it cannot be proven to be anything more than imaginary.
While I don't see any great harm, per se, in people having either of those two positions, if we are to pronounce about what people "should" do, then agnosticism is really the only thing that makes sense - recognizing that we really just don't know.
If everyone were capable of instinctively understanding right from wrong, and following "right" without being influenced by personal desires, I'd probably feel differently. But all one has to do is look at all the murders, rapes, thefts, animal cruelty, etc, to know this is not so. Religion provides people with boundaries, much like parent to child. This doesn't mean all aspects of religion are necessarily good, but it provides a baseline, it causes members to consider their actions.
The belief in God is wise and beneficial, not only for ourselves, but also for the universe. It gives us a true moral compass and gives life meaning and purpose.
If you truly believe that we are products of nothing but random chaos and uncoordinated accidents, then your life has no meaning, and you may do exactly as you wish. Morality is just opinion and belief.
The bible says all men know the truth of god, until they start indulging in the love of wickedness and sin. The bible says in romans 1:18-32 that all men know the truth of god, its only when they don't see fit to acknowledge them is when they start becoming an atheist at that point they god the condemned reprobate mind
Atheists have as much evidence for their beliefs as theists do which means that atheism also requires faith. But in reality, none of us really know. We can believe in all of these ideologies with all our heart but that isn't changing the fact that we do not know.
Before a question like "is there a supreme being" is even addressed we have to recognize that we may not be intelligent enough to find the answer to this question. If there is a supreme being, or beings, it created our world and our universe. If we can barely understand those things how can we possibly address a question as deep and difficult as the origin of our reality. Before we do that we probably have to answer the questions that are simple, when compared to the god question.
We don't know the answer to how or can cancer be cured? We don't fully understand how the human brain works, as well as what consciousness has to do with it. We don't understand how death works, which leads people to resort to religion for an answer. We don't know if there is extraterrestrial life or if we are the only life in the universe. Dammit, we don't even know if our universe is the only universe. So how can we even address the god question? The truth is noone on this planet really knows.
And you don't really need evidence to discredit the bible(although there is). In this case you just need probability. Is it really more likely that the bible is the truth as opposed to holy books used by other religions with their multiple methods of interpretation.
There is a creator, God created science..... God gave man knowledge and freewill but what did they choose to do with it???... Evil!! There have been numerous signs and miracles to prove that the person who created us exist. Atheist as they call themselves don't exist....Its just an illusion from the devil to block that channel that connects them to God. They must use the knowledge that they have to help them break free of that curse. If anything should happen to an atheist don't be surprised when they call to GOD for help!!