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Thread #109167   Message #2285687
Posted By: Little Hawk
11-Mar-08 - 05:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Yes, people always try to create order. That's because order seems a lot safer and more predictable than chaos, right? One person's search for order may lead him to a religion or to faith in what he calls "God", another's may lead him to join a political party, another's may lead him to join the military, another's may lead him to join a street gang, another's may lead him to a career in science or the police force.

There are innumerable ways to seek order and thereby increase one's sense of security and control in a potentially chaotic world.

A confident expectation or extrapolation is exactly what I think faith is, religious faith included.

It is precisely the fact that religion does give some people great confidence that they are so drawn to it.

When you try to stand between someone and what gives them confident expectation, they get really angry! And that's quite understandable.

When you tell someone that that which they most believe in is "a crock"...whatever it may be...they likewise get really angry. This is as true if they believe in the Republican Party, or the Democratic Party, or their girlfriend, or their country, or their God, or their science, or their profession. It doesn't matter what it is. Everyone needs to believe in something, and it's best not to trash the beliefs of others to their faces if you can possibly avoid the temptation to do so. Yet I see people trashing the beliefs of others constantly on the Internet without a second thought, and I think it's rather disgraceful. They love dishing it out, but they do not enjoy receiving it back. No one enjoys being disrespected in that fashion.

There's no guarantee as to whose beliefs are "best" and there never will be.