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?

 


EGOISM AND MIRACLES - MIRACLES ARE POINTLESS IF PSYCHOLOGICAL EGOISM IS THE TRUE ACCOUNT OF HUMAN NATURE
 
Miracles are events that seem to be against nature or the way natural law usually runs. In other words, they cannot be explained by nature. Examples are the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing to children, the unexplained cure of incurable illness, blood coming out of nowhere on Catholic communion wafers, the sun spinning at Fatima in Portugal in 1917 and most importantly Jesus Christ coming back to life after being dead nearly three days. It is thought that only God can do these things.
 
You may never feel more free and more happy than when you indulge your desire to help others and when you do it to indulge. You are doing it for you and not them. It follows that even if we might be wrong, we should assume that others help us for themselves and not for our sake.
 
If people report miracles that is not going to do us any good. So we can assume that they more than most are doing it because they want to believe in miracles.
 
Egoism is doing good for others while being motivated to do this simply because you enjoy it. It is the enjoyment you want. The good results for others are really a side-effect. This is harmful in the sense that it puts enjoyment above people's happiness. Its a form of selfishness. But it means that practically speaking you can be one amazing person. Egotism is defined as selfishness which does not work for the wellbeing of others but against it.
 
I have a bun. I want to eat it. My friend wants it too. I give it to him. Religion says that this is an act of altruism or self-sacrifice. It is the motive that must be examined.
 
If I give it because I can, I am not giving it for him.
 
If it give it because its unselfish then I am giving it for a principle and not for him.
 
If I give it to be unselfish then I must expect him to be unselfish and give it back. If I don't then I regard unselfishness as bad. Therefore I am not giving it because I intend to be good. A good result does not mean I had a good intention.
 
Egoism is about indulging desires. If we are naturally egoists, then the notion of God doing miracles as signs is ridiculous. Why? Because all he needs to do is tweak our emotional responses. We have no control over our feelings. We think we have control and loads of it. When I feel miserable and go for a walk to cheer myself up it seems I am controlling the feeling. But I did not make the good feeling. It happened just because I went for a walk. It might not have happened. So I never control my feelings.
 
If I am an egoist, then my god is me. I can't have another god. God setting up a religion with miracles and a theology to win me would only show God's own ignorance.
 
We are all egoists. We only do what we want to do under the circumstances. And wanting to do something necessarily implies you want to feel fulfilled by doing this thing. So what is the point of a God looking for worship from us and doing miracles for that purpose when all I love is myself? If miracles oppose egoism as religion claims then they are evil and want me to curse the way I am. Only I can decide what I should or shouldn’t do so God should mind his own business and not be making out that it is my duty to believe what he says.
 
God is only a bully for commanding me to love him. And so is anybody who is his messenger for they urge that duty upon me. Miracles are bad if they encourage such degradation.