Religious faith = 'truth' and is a 'good thing'?
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Religious faith = "truth"?

Many treat a particular religious faith as "truth".
For those who treat a particular religious faith as
truth, there exists an inherent struggle with the
"Reality-Spin".

What is the "Reality-Spin" for those of religious
faith? It's the effort by those of religious faith to
spin their version of the supernatural as reality.

How do they do it?

1) You won't like the alternatives, so our version
*must* be reality.

2) Other versions dare to include an unknown,
so our version *must* be reality.

3) Other versions might mean you end up with
this being your one and only chance at life, so
our version *must* be reality.

4) Our version can justify violence and hatred
if done in the name of an almighty power, for
after all, if God does it, it's good no matter
what, and other versions struggle with the
injustices of life, so our version *must* be
reality.

5) We really like our version of reality, no matter
how myth-filled, fantasy-filled, and threat-filled
it is, for it offers us the opportunity to pretend
as if we are like gods, with a big payoff after
death, and other versions are either so foreign
to us that we don't care about their promises,
or are so close to acknowledging the naturalistic
realm we are bounded by that we are discom-
forted by it, and therefore, our version *must*
be reality.

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Religious faith is a "good thing"?

Religious faith, promoted as a "good thing" in
America, and one wonders ... when religious faith
(in God) is promoted as a "good thing" ...

... When reflecting on guys flying in airplanes and
cutting the throats of stewardesses, and flying said
planes into buildings, and doing it all for faith (in a
supposed God, and the supposed benefits [rivers
of wine, sex with virgins] from having faith in a sup-
posed 'right' God, said supposed 'right' God who,
based on ancient documents, endorses killing so-
called "infidels") ...

... is religious faith really a "good thing"?

Certainly, folks can relate to promises of immortal
bliss (heaven), and surely that's a "good thing", or
so it appears on the surface, the ultimate promise
insofar as an "afterlife" fantasy is concerned, but
when it comes to ultimate "afterlife" promises, is
faith really a "good thing" when afterlife promises
can be used to motivate people to perform horren-
dous acts of evil/harm?

Is religious faith really a "good thing" when folks
can just as easily state "believe in God and kill", as
they've all-too-often done in the past and present,
as they can state "believe in God and love one
another"?

Religious faith, a 'net' good? Think about it ...

Wouldn't a better approach be to love one another
as a worthy goal in and of itself rather than to believe
in a super-entity, a 3rd party from ancient contradic-
tory literature that can just as easily be used to in-
voke hatred as it can be used to invoke love?

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