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?

Patrick H

What is attitude? - Why it is of the utmost importance...

Having the right attitude is the only way to save ourselves.

We all have the seeds of the right attitude in us. They just need watering. Not all of us get the chance to enjoy the water.

Attitude is what you believe and perhaps feel as well. It is a belief. Positive attitudes are wonderful. Negative attitudes can be very damaging. A thought is just a thought - it is not an attitude. It may be turned into an attitude though. A negative attitude appears when one has too many negative thoughts. Many negative thoughts are unnecessary. For example, what good does it do to recall something someone said to you years ago? The negative thoughts program you to develop a negative attitude.

A negative thought or feeling though unpleasant is good for you provided what it seems to be saying makes sense. We must be careful that we know how to think. That way our negative thoughts and feelings are indicators that something is not quite right and spurs us to do something about it.

A negative thought may do harm to you but a negative attitude being more prolonged and deep-seated will do a horrendous lot more harm. Self-defeating beliefs about yourself are the most deadly negative attitudes of all. You can have self-defeating beliefs about the world too. For example, I don't want to get a job for people will be horrible to me. That is actually an indirect way of having a self-defeating belief about yourself. What you are really saying is, "I am too useless to get along with people and cope with problems."

Attitude affects how you feel about yourself and your life and the world. Some people preach that how the world and others feel about you is more important. But unless you have a nice attitude and let it shine, the world will not value you very much.

Realise that your imagination is far more powerful than your will. That is why placebo medicines seem to be so powerful. In fact, it is your imagining that they help you that heals you - not the medicines! Remember that you can harm yourself by thinking nothing is helping you.

If you have a wonderful doctor and the doctor says they will not help you or cannot that will cause a reverse placebo effect. Imagine how powerful belief in God is when you think or are sure he will not help or cannot help for it does not fit his overall plan for the world!