Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


WHAT IF AN ATHEIST SEES EVIL AS A DEFECT ON A BIGGER GOOD?

Religion says that God makes all from nothing and is pure love so evil is not from him. It is not real but just twisted good. It is good in the wrong place and the wrong time.

What if the atheists see evil as just misplaced good?

The danger is they could see evil as tolerable. In fact the very notion implies there is something tolerable about evil!

Yet there is a difference between teaching evil is a flaw that has to burn out and teaching that there is a God in charge of all who is going to give some input to get rid of it.

The good side of the evil=misplaced good is that there is always hope.

The atheist does not have to risk worshipping a God who is to blame for evil. Even if we believe that if there is a God then he is good we only believe it meaning we admit we could be wrong.

What if the believer in God sees evil just as misplaced good?

The danger – he could see evil as tolerable. In fact the very notion implies there is something tolerable about evil! The pressure to see it as tolerable increases if you think there is a God responsible for all things. Even if seeing evil as misplaced good is fine we easily distort it to make ourselves see it as not a huge deal. We don't need any God or anything else to encourage us to do that!

The good side – there is always hope. But you don’t need God for that. There is a difference between letting hope be and creating a more hopeful version. The latter is really risking and delivering false hope. Any hope that is more than what is needed is by default false hope. It is bad for it is not needed and also because of the risk of hurting the person. And it is an attempted lie.

Conclusion - suggesting there is a God makes the problem worse!