this thread wasn't posted to debate the creation of the universe, but merely pose the question that how can anyone devote their life to a religion that requires faith in a set code that explains how everything works? this is limited to religions like christianity, islam, judaism and hinduism. of course there are millions of other small creeds floating around, and sects of the major religions, but the above religions cover a large majority of the earth.
my point is we're so high on ourselves and our self awareness and ability to learn things about the world that we haven't stopped to realize how dumb we really are. i wish a super-intelligent alien would come visit earth, a peaceful alien, and show us what's what. debunk all the world religions, unite humanity, and usher in a new age of peace and prosperity. (side note - why are all movie aliens violent conquering crusaders? except in star trek?)
that brings up another point - who's to say that if aliens from a faraway part of the galaxy found earth, that they wouldn't look at it like earth had a bad sickness or something? that humans are a virus that is spreading, faster and faster, until the earth is used up. maybe we aren't so special - why do all religions make humans out to be these special creations?? maybe we're just big water bags covered in decaying organic matter destined to have a short blip of a meaningless life and then return to the nothingness we all experienced before our birth. wasn't so bad - i can't remember it?
What really gets me is that in every facet of our lives we try to use as little faith as possible. When I make a decision, I try to get good evidence to help base that decision on. If I were on trial in court for murder, I'd want the jury and judge to base the verdict on empirical evidence. In life we require and expect empirical evidence in our everyday lives. Except when it comes to religion which is the philosophical foundation people build their beliefs and life upon. Suddenly faith becomes a virtue. Sorry but when it comes down to my fundamental beliefs, I'm not going to change my epistemology. And I don't understand why others suddenly do.
Edited by Cat, 12 April 2011 - 11:34 AM.