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 is a mediator? A mediator is one who comes between two or more parties at enmity, removes the enmity and restores them to friendship. The Bible says that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. 1 Timothy 2:5 says that “there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Whoever denies that God hates and holds grudges against you until you ask Jesus to make peace for you is simply not a follower of Jesus at all for they fail to understand and follow something totally basic to Jesus' role. They follow their own version of Jesus but not Jesus. The text refers to Jesus as the man. This seems random but it is not. The point of the text is that no HUMAN BEING can make peace with God. Not even you. The only exception is Jesus. So the notion of saints who are dead people making peace with God for you by praying for you is excluded. Even if they pray for you, it is not as mediators. Their prayers are not intended to make peace and cannot make peace. They just pray for the sake of praying and loving God and wishing us well.
It is interesting to note that Jesus incited hatred against your enemies by telling you that if they repent you can forgive them (Luke 17:3). So if they don't repent and apologise don't forgive them. It is argued that Jesus pleaded for forgiveness for his enemies on the cross. But Jesus did not say he forgave them but prayed that they might be forgiven after repentance. He did not say he forgave them. Praying for your enemies to repent and be forgiven by you is entirely compatible with hating them for it is an expression of non-forgiveness.
Paul wrote in Romans 5 that when Jesus died to make up for our sins and so to make peace between us and God that at that time God and us were still enemies. Enemies hate each other and want to do wrong things against each other.
When God cursed the serpent in Genesis he told it that he would put enmity between its seed and the seed of the woman, Eve. They would be bitter enemies. Christians say the seed is Jesus and the serpent was just the Devil. So Jesus hates Satan. He doesn't hate the Devil because the Devil causes all sin. The Devil only suggests sin and we make ourselves as bad as him by doing what he suggests. Many of our sins are like his. He didn't have a Devil to tempt him but he sinned and we often sin without a Devil to tempt us. So if the Christians are right then Jesus must hate us too. We are not much better than the Devil.