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
Gormley


Faith is usually a cover for laziness

Faith people want sceptics to try their version of faith before they condemn it or consider it worthy of ignoring.  Try it before you knock it.  That is a recipe for intellectual laziness.

Some believers don't want to prove religion or God for they think that they can impress God by serving him without being sure. this is a form of self-aggrandizement. If faith is just that then anything goes!

Faith does not appear in a vacuum. It is fed by society and culture. The family, and social and political institutions are the main causes. And we must remember that what seems to be faith cannot really always be faith. Many people play a role to avoid conflict or judgment from others. Faith is a cause of some religions. Many religions are not about faith but faith will show itself in them. Take for example, Gnostics. They condemn faith in the name of seeking some mystical knowledge. Then what happens is that faith comes along pretending to be knowledge or the Gnostic ends up with faith in more things than she or he wants to have faith in!

It is nonsense to say that nobody with true faith does anything harmful to others. That would imply that Jesus with his hurtful tongue and refusal to say anything against Roman oppression of his people was not a man of faith! Faith condemns doing harm but does not necessarily stop it or prevent it. It should always be willing to ask if it is in any way to blame.

What does show there is no true faith is wilful heresy or cherry-picking of doctrines.

Faith in one God as opposed to many gods leads to you seeing his hand in all things every day. Why? Simply because he is the only God. The simplicity works well which is why one-God religions tend to replace polytheistic ones. So what happens is faith changes your vision, how you see things, and thus you will think you see God's hand in all things even when it cannot be there. You think God's hand stopped Ann from having an abortion when in fact she had one and is going to say she had a miscarriage. Its all in the spiritual eye of the beholder.

You will resort to faith when:

You cannot get enough certainty

Don't want to get enough certainty. In that case you will not want to learn just in case you find you don't need faith or belief.