The God Complex: Are Religious People Illogical?
For the longest time, there has been conflict in the way atheists and religious people think, with each group looking down on its opponent. Atheists – for the most part – are logical and will hardly be swayed by emotional thoughts of a higher authority that they cannot see, while religious people of any orientation believe in things that science cannot prove. This utter faith in unseen forces is the bone of contention between believers and non-believers.
- Logic vs. Faith
When planning to hire a personal injury lawyer in BC or wherever else, you will want to see their credentials and probably have them recommended by someone you trust. It’s important to search online about the company to learn more about what others are saying. Well, religion does not work that way, really. If you choose to believe in a higher authority, you will have to tap into your faith. Are you able to believe in miracles from a God you will never see physically and also believe in stories from a holy book that was allegedly written by men inspired by the same unseen force?
For the most part, religious people cannot prove the theories in the holy books they read, which is how they are believed to be more emotional and less analytical than atheists. Where atheists are not afraid to ask questions and analyze a theory, religious people are willing to faithfully believe in written word that they really cannot prove.
- Is it Okay to Question?
In most religions, focusing on Christianity that I am familiar with, believers are not encouraged to question the Bible. The stories in it, though far-fetched to non-believers, are to be believed blindly. This part, naturally doesn’t go down well with some people as they feel there is no logical way of explaining those events. Water turning to wine without any scientific explanation does sound a little fishy, doesn’t it? So, would it be okay to question the authenticity of these stories and miracles and if it is, what good would it do?
Now, there is also the question of creation where both science and religion attempt to explain how the human race came to be. In all honesty, both accounts are wanting but the scientific as well as historic accounts are more believable to logical thinkers. Still, it’s clear that the human mind is not complex enough to figure it all out. Also, what’s the point? We are here now and what matters is what we do with the present and how it affects the future.
- Some Comfort
When you think about it really, most people do not believe in a higher authority for nothing. While they may have their doubts, they use religion and that higher authority to keep them grounded and to avoid the complex reality that is the world. To some, it feels good to believe in someone especially when the sky is falling.
So, does it matter whether one believes in a higher power or not? Well, we don’t think so. All that matters is that we are treat each other right and not act as though our faith – or lack of it – makes us superior to others.