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?


Virtue of Scepticism

Religion and paranormal believers do not like people being sceptical of their claims and they hate scientific investigators who undermine their claims.
The decent sceptic is nothing more that a person who honestly realises that the claims are false.

Scepticism is not choosing to doubt but recognising that there is already doubt.  The alleged truth of the religion and the paranormal is not as true as it says.  There is reason to doubt or even dismiss.  Recognising involves looking at it with the evidence in hand.

Scepticism is a virtue - itís a trait that allows us to show genuine respect for others, ourselves and the truth. You cannot tell if your convictions are really convictions unless you start getting sceptical. If you challenge the beliefs you have, you will see how strong or weak they really are. You will know and understand yourself better. If you understand yourself you improve on understanding and helping others. What happens if you end up as an unbeliever? It shows that your beliefs were not as strong as you thought they were. If you end up as a believer, God should be pleased with you.