• What is religion to you, and why do you need it?

    What does religion give you that you cannot gain for yourself by simply being a good person and treating people with respect? Why all the pomp and pageantry? Why isn't it enough to just appreciate life for what it is, without the need to embellish it with myths and fantasies? What do you see in religion that makes it so hard to let go? This is... show more
    What does religion give you that you cannot gain for yourself by simply being a good person and treating people with respect? Why all the pomp and pageantry? Why isn't it enough to just appreciate life for what it is, without the need to embellish it with myths and fantasies? What do you see in religion that makes it so hard to let go? This is an open question. I would prefer straight answers without a wall of text citing scriptures that ultimately prove nothing. Answer in your own words, please.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • How would you know?

    If a God-like being appeared before you, claiming to be the God you worship, and exhibiting God-like supernatural powers; how would you know if this being was or was not your God?
    If a God-like being appeared before you, claiming to be the God you worship, and exhibiting God-like supernatural powers; how would you know if this being was or was not your God?
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 years ago
  • Why is it so hard to accept that when we die, we simply cease to exist?

    Our thoughts, feelings, senses, and overall awareness is all in our brains. When any part of our brain is damaged, we lose the awareness and bodily functions associated with that part. When the brain dies, we consequently lose all awareness and bodily function. We die. Why then is it so hard to accept that we do not experience an afterlife. Even if... show more
    Our thoughts, feelings, senses, and overall awareness is all in our brains. When any part of our brain is damaged, we lose the awareness and bodily functions associated with that part. When the brain dies, we consequently lose all awareness and bodily function. We die. Why then is it so hard to accept that we do not experience an afterlife. Even if such a thing as a soul exists, we do not possess an awareness of our soul. Whatever it might be, it has no connection to our awareness, as the rest of us does. So why then would we have any awareness of it after we die, at which time our brain, with which we sense things, no longer functions. Is the thought of oblivion so scary? If death is to be a release from the mortal coil, then wouldn't nothingness be more restful, than eternal servitude, or damnation? I welcome all thoughts, even trolls, but please keep your answers relevant to the question. Why does there have to be an afterlife?
    11 answers · Psychology · 3 years ago