Originally Posted by BikerEcho
The main reason i don't believe in god is that i don't have religious parents.
The majority of people who believe in god is those who have been exposed to it as kids. Kids are easy to influence.
A few people without religions parents become religious later on in life, for various reasons. The reason that didn't happen to me is simply how flawed the hole book is.
It's packed with errors that does against science.
There are many versions of the same book. If god is all knowing and all powerful, this confusion would not have happened.
And the last reason is... drumroll please... There are about 4,200 religions world wide. Some way bigger than others, but the minor religions followers are just as convinced in their believes as the Christians are.
If god really loves me, i would arrive in heaven no matter what i believe. If not... then he is an asshole. This impossible test is kinda like winning the lottery. Pick a religion and good luck.
I'm not particularly religious myself, but there are aspects I believe, or I'd like to believe. And in the majority of cases the holy books are telling you to live good lives.
Holy books don't tell you to kill each other, look at the ten commandments, they're comparable to many rules and laws we have today. Those people who commit terrorist acts (for example, in Tunisia) in the name of God quote holy books out of context and have lost the point of religion.
Religion is a great way of explaining things that otherwise can't be explained, if you don't understand something then it's easy to put it down to a "divine entity." For example, death. We cannot possibly comprehend dying and feeling nothing, what happens when you die? You are no longer conscious of your own existence but the world still goes on. A very confusing concept... religion gives hope to people when they're scared of death and emptiness.
I wish in a way that I was a religious fanatic and fully believed in heaven, life after death etc, as this would give me real comfort when friends and family pass away, knowing that they'd gone to a better place. However, as it stands, I only 'hope' they've gone to a better place.
Another theory is that life goes on, you're born again, or "reincarnated." This is another way of explaining life after death. Nobody knows for sure what happens, as again, as mentioned before, we cannot comprehend "nothing." When we fall asleep, unless we dream, the night feels instant, we fall asleep at 11 and wake up at 8, with no conscious feeling that 9 hours have passed. Imagine that, but never waking up, you can never be aware that you were seeing or feeling nothing.
Quite a scary concept, which is the reason that when I die, I hope it's with no previous symptoms, and it's in my sleep (at a decent age of course), because to be aware of dying is surely more traumatic than actually passing away.