" I would die without God, the creator, I need him!"
Well, I tried to convince my friend, it's not God the creator, it's God, the created!
Most people grow, creating a God inside of their minds, due to the religious atmosphere around them. They find peace and joy in worshipping and trusting that God.
I understand that centuries ago, people had to imagine a supernatural power, because of lack of knowledge.
But now that we know, it is only the world of science that can answer our questions.
Isn't it high time that we put this crab aside and get rid of all the trouble they creat for us. All the time and money that is wasted for these things! Alas!
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Hi. I'm an atheist, but I'm not against any religions. I think science cannot prove or disprove everything. Plus we would never know if God has enough power to deceive scientists and all humans in general. So there is nothing wrong if someone believe in the existence of their God.
Firstly, I should mention that I am an agnostic. I couldn't say that I have a belief in God, but neither do I believe that there is no God (or some other metaphysical power). That is why I do not consider myself an atheist. A belief that God does not exist is still a belief, and not an empirical fact. If God lies beyond the physical realm, then it is beyond our capacity as humans, with our limited senses, to know him. Anyway...

The question of whether or not religion is needed is, of course, different from the question of whether or not a religious system or belief is true. If a religious belief is true, then it's probably needed. That is, most religions promise some sort of reward for those who accept them as truth. The exception would be a religion that recognizes no distinction between believers and nonbelievers in the view of a higher power. In other words, if Christianity (for example) is fundamentally true, then I would argue that it is needed, as it is, by its own definition, the one path to salvation.

If no religion is true, or at least there is nothing beyond what we can sense or measure (that is, the supernatural or metaphysical), then the question becomes more complex. I imagine that the instinctual response for most would be that it is not needed if it is not true. What benefit could there be to propagating a false belief? Well, I could answer that psychologically humans need to think that there is an authority beyond their comprehension. Perhaps morality, or simple selfless action would be impossible without spiritual incentive. Furthermore, it can be argued that the knowledge of one's own (or a loved one's) mortality would be too great an emotional burden to bear without a belief in the afterlife. It's like the old saying "there are no atheists in foxholes".

Now, I know plenty of atheists who are good, kind people, and for whom death is no reason to despair. They are however, the products of societies for which the inital inspiration for morality and contemplations on death was religion. That is, religion was still the foundation for what evolved into their secular humanistic beliefs. The question then becomes is religion still needed?

Personally, I do not think I need religion. I live my life without it, and I manage to be happy and do well by others (although death still frightens me). But what works for me, may not work for someone else. I do believe that some people would despair without religious or spiritual belief, and so it is needed for them. Ideally, I think that organized religion would disappear, or at least become largely inconsequential. Religion does the most damage when likeminded people band to together in tribes, set themselves apart, and condemn those who think differently. Also, I think that people need to come to their own conclusions, and not suffer indoctrination from a young age. That's tantamount to brainwashing. Lastly, I would say that you can never truly believe something until you've truly questioned it, otherwise you're just living in an advanced state of denial.
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Do we really need Religion?

100 % yes.

Knowledge is developing. i know that. but, there still many things which is can't aswered by knowledge. U know, more develope the knowledge is, more question there will be. There is many other questions, inside each question. No body can answer all of the question, because humans have limitation, no matter how smart or how genius they are. Just one who can answer all of the question. God can answer it.

God , the created? ow, yeah, maybe it seems like we create God by ourselves. But don't you thing why it happened? because naturally, people need God. Why we need God? Because we are all created by God, like we need our parent to take care us. Everything in the world has a creator. Lets say we are all created by nature, so who has created the nature it self? God is the answer. And once again, it means, we are all created by God.

Many people said that they don't believe in God. But sometimes, they don't realize that actually they believe to God. Some people being fans, addicted in something, or believe in something very much, it means those people recognize those thing as their God,even actually all of them are not the real God. Why? because evey people, naturally, need something to lay on. God. Many people who have reach almost everything in their live, but they still feel there is something missing because there are always a place in our soul which can't be filled with anything else accept God.

So, what do you think?
Do we need Religion and do we need God are two seperate arguments. Do we need Religion because it can answer what science can not? Well, that depends on whether science truly cannot provide the answer, and where it cannot there is also Philosophy to step in. If I had the choice between seeking the answer in Religion and Philosophy, I would choose Philosophy because it has rational reasoning methods, rather than having a mindset of: it is so because it is written in holy scripture, or because God made it so.

The need for humans to rely on someone/something does not prove that God necessarily exists neither, it could equally be claimed that through evolutionary process, humans with a need to rely on other things resulted in greater survival chance and hence why it has stuck - this is also something we can partly confirm through evidence (a person isolated from society, even if they have a God, do not do well at all).

For me personally, the question of: "if God created everything, then what created God?" is a paradox so long as the idea of nothingness is taken for granted. It seems far more sensible to me to conclude that there never has, nor ever will be nothingness. Back in the times where mankind was lacking in knowledge, if something died, it could be understood that that person was whithering into nothingness; but we know today that the matter (atoms etc) that made up that person are merely breaking apart and are being recirculated back into the world in different forms. Given there does not appear to be true nothingness, why assume there ever was nothingness.

Well that's my 2 cents anyway, certainly does make for interesting debates down at Uni =)
Well I think it depends and religion also has two-side effect:

- In bright side:

Religion is a belief and somehow it's like something people can hold whenever they feel inept. With the god and many good things that each religion communicates with its followers, religious people will be oriented to act good, to be more optimistic and care more about humanity. I'm taking Buddhism and Christianity as the most popular religions in my country - Vietnam, since they obtain good advices for human being. For example, Buddhism teaches you to forgive the sinners, not harming people, considering bad things as very tiny stuffs in life and try to forget them, ..., so there would be less criminals in society, less wars,... For Christianity, the Christian has chances to confess their actions that they think it's wrong, then they can receive advices from the priest for not making mistakes in the future.

- In dark side:

Religion can be used for bad purpose such as creating wars against the government or other religions, and because the religious always protect their belief, they will fight for what they think is right.
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WHAT CREATED GOD?

The aswer is NOTHING

why?
because, God is the real creator,
nothing create GOD

GOD HAS NO STARTING AND HAS NO ENDING, THE EVERLASTING ONE. AND NOTHING CAN BE EQUAL TO GOD.

If it looks like nonsense, That's because human's mind is limited, so we don't have any ability to think what GOD looks like, how can God exist, etc..

so?
ilmaIf it looks like nonsense, That's because human's mind is limited, so we don't have any ability to think what GOD looks like, how can God exist, etc..
Limited minds is not the reason why we cannot imagine what God looks like it's because there is no evidence or facts with-which we can make such understandings. If I draw some creature on a piece of paper and call it a freegal, and then ask you: "what does a freegal look like?", you would have no idea - that is not because you mind is limited, but because you have no evidence/facts to make an accurate judgement as to what a freegal looks like.

As for God's existence: I believe we are more than capable of understanding the existence of a God as something eternal and non-created, the problem is many people (including myself), don't believe it's true. I am more convinced that the physical matter of the universe is the true eternal existence and unlike God it does not think, nor have a conscious will to create, its just stuff that's there and always will be there.
ilma God is the real creator,
nothing create GOD

GOD HAS NO STARTING AND HAS NO ENDING, THE EVERLASTING ONE. AND NOTHING CAN BE EQUAL TO GOD.
That's stating God's existence as if it were true, but it's just as likely that God doesn't exist. There isn't even a good reason for why God must exist. The universe and all its formations (including us) can be explained without the need for a God. As Black_Light says, because of lack of knowledge, people envisaged a creator to explain their world, but now we can think otherwise through discoveries of science and through rational argument.

The question is not about God, but about religion.
The scientists have found a special gene of faith. In this case I think it inevitable that religion was to be created. Then there comes the question "who created the God?"
The answer is clear as well - it's the product of people's Imagination.
So we can't do anything against Genetics. Let religion exist, but without fanaticism!
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