I think that religion is a necessary evil in spite of being an atheist. It gives hope, albeit false, to the destitute and can help bring about positive change in certain peoples' lives. It has served as a cohesive framework amongst men since ancestral ages, and, as such, has shaped up a lot of Homo sapiens' notions on ethics and so on. Until the age of reason succeeds and replaces the age of demons, angels, omnipotent deities with emotional issues, and fairies, it's best for us atheists to keep to ourselves. Knowledge killed God, just like it did the Tooth-fairy and Santa.
Religion is a means by which the human animal can pass on their domestication to their children and to others- shared social values to ascribe to, reinforced by incentives that create good behavior by personal choice, rather than through use of authoritarian rule or strength of arms. In which it is necessary, for a free society to be organized and civil- as without religion, one has no guaranteed incentive to act in ways that benefit others, and a society that does not enforce order nor incentivize it will ultimately degenerate into narcissism and then to barbarism or collapse. And enforcing it, either through authoritarian rule and brute force, will ultimately lead to the mass murder of citizenry, or rebellion and revolution to overthrow it.
Life is unfair. When you outlive your child, when a family member dies suddenly, when your grandparent has a mental disease, you think why? Life is filled with random uncontrollable variables. Religion is there to get you through those times when life seems pointless, when you feel like you have no purpose. (P.S I am an atheist)
Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions.
Blaise Pascal Quote
THERES NO god, IM AN ATHEIST, YOU ARE CREATED BY CHANCE, YOU GO TO WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE BIRTH OF A ANIMAL, god DOESN'T EXIST, I DON'T BELIEVE IN god... NO god, NO HEAVEN, NO HELL, NO AFTERLIFE... There is literally no more prove than other religion... I can't believe some people are that stupid to believe in god and santa😂😂😂 YOU ARE CHANCE EVOLUTION CYCLE FROM NOTHING, NO CREATOR, THE CREATION OF EARTH WAS WAS AN ACCIDENT... HUMANS WERE CREATED BY CHANCE AND SO UNIVERSE NOTHING IS SOMETHING... ETERNAL HELL IS INPOSSIBLE AS IT IS CONTRADICATION WITH A LOVING god AND PROVES HE DOES NOT EXIST
There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages. Religion does three things quite effectively: Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people. If my life is good then I do not need god. On the other hand, if it is bad then what is the use of god?