Originally Posted by Falconer
This is funny. You say that you don't want to offend anybody, but then you postulate that you know the "truth" by seeing these beliefs for what they are. I would hazard to guess that you know little more than anyone else about the "truth" of these matters. Don't be blinded by your own egocentrism. In the debate of which god, or if any of them really exists, people can only look to their own beliefs. Your belief or mine is not any more valid from a rational perspective, than what it does for us.
I couldn't disagree more. Let me try to explain a bit. I am an atheist. Atheism isn't merely one possible theological theory among the thousands. It is the only rational, true, and provable theory. All other theological theories are false and unprovable. Your statement that "people can only look to their own beliefs" tells us nothing. The mere fact that you or anyone else "believes" or has "faith" that god(s) exists doesn't make it so; any more than a "belief" or "faith" in houseplants that speak, leprechauns who dance, or unicorns with wings prove that those exist. Atheistic and theistic theories aren't equally plausable. Hence what is more "rational"? Once again, I'm not trying to offend anybody. If you are offended, I apologize. That truly isn't my intent.
As for what religion "does for us", I somewhat agree with you. If it makes a person happy, satisfied, fulfilled, etc. to believe in a higher power...great. Just don't expect we "rational", logical, reality based members of planet Earth to go along for the ride...