Originally Posted by Chyron8472
As I said, there is no point to following the rules for their own sake.
And I defy the argument that people would do just fine on their own moral-compass-wise without God. Sure, there are people who are of sound conscience that have no belief, but I would bet that such people are unknowingly influenced toward having said conscience by others around them who do have faith.
Also, not to rubs anyone's nose in it, but it occurs to me the number of people on here who have belittled by faith, some even going so far as to call God my "imaginary friend" all the while they sit and follow in their self pity and wish they were dead because life sucks so bad. I defy these people to prove to me how being without God has benefited them.
i do fine with my own moral compass and i have never been religious and neither is my family.
i will answer "I defy these people to prove to me how being without God has benefited them" ignoring the "prove to me
" because going to the proving things area when talking about religion is ridiculous.
it has benefited me having a grounded perspective on life and not hoping that a god will make things better, by being responsible for my own actions and that i am kind or nice to people because that makes life nicer, not because i want to go to heaven and avoid hell, by knowing i only have one life that doesn't end with infinite bliss for eternity just because i say a prayer and bow down to a god, by giving me a reason to want to know how the universe works and not just believing that an all powerful god made it, by knowing that everybody is just an animal trying to survive and that where you were borne who your parents are and the culture you were brought up in doesn't mean anything, by having the ability to judge the context of a scenario without the prejudices of people from thousands of years ago affecting my judgement.
how has religion benefited you?