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?

 


Be Better than Prayer, you can be and often are!

I do not need to pray. I just have to wish good on the world and those who inhabit it. That changes me into a better person and if it doesnít it will at least not let me get any worse. Only then will my wish get a chance to make a difference in the world.

Why am I not just wishing good on others and letting that change me?  Why am I praying?  I just don't trust myself to be good unless a god helps me.  That is negative and dangerous.

If God is creator then God alone really matters which makes prayer the most important activity of all. It is really the only thing that matters.  But we admire the person who acts as if prayer will not help the other person and who does all they can for them. That shows how hypocritical our praying is.

Any time you hear of somebody having a problem make a wish that the problem didnít happen and that as it has it will be mended. This is not magical. It is you resolving to be better than the way things are. It is siding with the person even against the universe or any God that might exist. Always think compassionate thoughts for compassion is the chief virtue. Wish people well but do not insult them by praying for them. Wishing them well is not praying for them. Prayer is accepting the way things happen - wishing is opposing it.

You are your own God. You answer your own prayers. You do not need a Church. If people didnít attend Church or support it financially there would be no Church to do harm.

You canít always have somebody to talk to. Talking to another person about your problems is important. It helps make your thinking clearer. It makes you think of trying some possible solutions. You donít feel so alone. You feel supported. Even if you talk to a fantasy friend in your head it helps. Prayer is talking to a fantasy friend. Prayer in itself does not help - it is the role-playing

Most of us live happy and fruitful lives without thinking of prayer and religion very much. So we don't need them. Religion is a problem. There are problems and there are solutions. If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Solve the problem of religion by ceasing to be a part of it. Be a member of the human family seeing all people as brothers and sisters. Do not limit yourself by thinking you need a religion.

Somebody is very ill. What matters? Is it wishing and hoping they will get well? Or is it praying for them? Praying for them is pointless if you donít want them to get well. So your good wishes are what matters. If a choice is forced on you - good wishes or prayer what do you choose? The good wishes. To say that God alone matters or even comes first is simply to implicitly insult the sick people.