Belief In God = Misplaced Hope & Comfort
(Top Posts - Distance From Belief
in theism - 041409)

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July 25, 2008

The shock and fear of my son becoming a diabetic
shook me very deeply. So deeply, that I found my-
self reacquainted with that frightened little voice in
my head that yearned for a sort of parental comfort
and protection from the perceived demons of the
world. The voice was saying, "Please don't take
him from me. Please make everything turn out

It was a momentary lapse that was quickly dispelled
with a little dose of rational thinking and the reminder
that millions of undeserving people are inflicted with
suffering every day. This undeserved suffering that's
been happening over hundreds of thousands of years
is just one indication that there is no god.

The horrible experience convinced me that emotions
like fear and hope evolved with strong connections
to an often supernaturally based yearning for protec-
tion and comfort - we didn't understand the world,
so we looked to the mystical realm for help. While
this may have been helpful to us in the past, in my
mind, that approach is today a distraction. Hope and
comfort are now better sought out in our own growing
knowledge of the universe - of how things work and
how things can be fixed.

Bringing it back to this personal experience, my kid
gets to live because of humanity's growing knowledge
of biology, and I feel grateful to live in a time and place
where my family can benefit.

Fear gives way to hope and comfort in the knowledge
that our species is, with growing rapidity, learning to
eliminate the suffering many people's god is either
unable or unwilling to end himself.

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July 19, 2008

A Difficult Week

On Friday, my wife and I learned that our son - six
years old - is a type 1 juvenile diabetic (the insulin
injections for life kind [of diabetes]).

Needless to say, we all have a lot to learn and adjust
to. I don't have the energy to post much else today.

Right now, I'd say if there is a god, his name is Fred-
erick Banting.

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