"If people did not have religion, they would not have faith in anything and would therefore lose their hope. The world might be safer without religion, but it would be much more sad, and I dont think I'd want to be here"
I do not have religion, but I do not consider it a loss, for I have gained so much. I do not have faith in the supernatural, I have faith in the natural, faith in myself, faith in those I love. I have faith that if we take care of this planet it will take care of us. I have hope in my heart that all people will come to understand this one day. I think there is a natural sadness in life, just as there is happiness, fear, contentment, excitement, anger, peace, and love. I can deal with that, because it is REAL. I accept this life for what it is, and I love it, I love this world and I don't need or want anything more. I am not rich, I have been poor. And any dissappoints in my life have helped me learn and become a better person.
I have felt the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing there is a God in Heaven who loves us unconditionally. I believed as much as a born again Christian. But once I read the bible thouroughly I knew that it really was a nice fairy tale with some good morals to most of the stories, but there is so many flaws in the bible it is just scary. Even Christians discard what they don't agree with. I just cannot pick and choose like that. Either it is all holy and true or it is make-believe. I agree with the statement religion is an "opiate for the people" and it is a drug I can live without.
So I knew that all those feelings of love and peace came within myself and did not float down from heaven like fairy dust. It feels so good to know that I have such love and peace within myself.
Sometimes it's hard to except your losses, except and learn from your mistakes, deal with the inevitable pains of life. But WE CAN DO IT. And it makes us stronger, and smarter, and BETTER people who take responsibility for our lives. We don't need to imagine there is more to life than what it is.
Let's focus on the good things religion has taught us. The virtues, integrity, honesty, love, peace, respect. And lets forget about all the superstitious nonsense. I think deep down we all know there really are no gods or devils