you believe in believing?
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Probably, the first instinctive reaction to
that would be that it depends on what
one is being asked to believe in.
Certainly, very few believe in Zeus these
The Hindu panoply of Gods, probably
there are hundreds of millions of believers
in India, but small numbers in the rest of
The God called Allah, really big in many
areas of the Middle East, in Indonesia, and
in assorted other areas of the world visited
by Islamic proselytizers.
The God called God, along with his son called
Christ Jesus, varying degrees of belief and a
wide assortment of religions in many areas of
So, needless to say, a lot of people believe
in believing in a particular version (or versions)
of a particular Super Being, but much less so
or not at all when it comes to believing in ver-
sions apart from their own or when it comes to
believing in a Super Being or Super Beings only
-if- it/they were to evidence itself/themselves in
an indisputable manner, in the natural world, in
the present day, freed from second-hand story-
telling which goes by the name 'hearsay', or which
is best characterized as 'myth'.
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In essence, everything believed in by religious
folks is 'hearsay', and myth, passed down tales
from a very superstitious age of ignorance in
which inventing Gods and God tales was quite
a creative enterprise for many.
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Any God worth following would not depend on
handed-down storytelling -and- would not de-
pend on claims and promises easily concocted
by humans, but instead, would be evident, real,
as substantial as is this computer I'm entering
this post on.
Anyone got any Gods like that to offer?
Until anyone does, religious stories and seduc-
tive promises (and threats) are empty of sub-
stance, loaded with unsubstantiated claims, and
Calls to have faith, only made because bounte-
ous evidence exists that religious tales are
simply make believe.
In human imagination, however, calls to have
faith are very powerful due to religious seduc-
tions (the primary one being a pleasant immor-
tality), and its buddy, religious threats.
Of note, religions can encourage actions which
can be beneficial to humankind in some ways,
but unfortunately, they can also encourage
actions which can be harmful to humankind in
many ways, so harmful that the benefit and the
promises aren't worth it.
Let's stop with the claims and the promises (and
threats), and instead, let's only follow a God that
can lead without human intervention.
Until that day or night or event, I remain ...
(Freethinking Realist Exploring
Expressive Liberty, Openness,
Verity, Enlightenment, & Rationality)