"Believing in God is Not a Bad Thing" is the proposition - a pretty bald statement.
It means in effect that a person who believes in god will act in a better way as a result, I suppose. That's the way I will presume the statement is to be taken - that belief improves that person's life, and/or improves the world as a result.
Unfortunately, that is pretty easily falsifiable. We've looked at people who have killed their children because of their belief. The followers of Westboro believe in their god wholeheartedly. In Africa, children are killed for being witches, because of the widespread belief in god.
The answer that:
I still say it is the disease that causes the irrational behaviour not the belief.....(or).....it isn't the core of belief that causes them to be prejudicial, they would be prejudice whether they believed or not because that is what's in their hearts.
Does not work - it is essentially saying "people would be bad no matter what they believed", which means, at best, that for "bad" people, belief in god brings no benefit. We therefore cannot say that "belief in god is a GOOD thing, as it brings no benefit to all those people.
So what you are saying is that belief will make good people "gooder"? Possibly.....but deeply, deeply insulting to everyone who does NOT believe. Which means that the statement "belief in god is a good thing" will, for a quarter of the world's population, cause varying degrees of anger, resentment, and unhappiness. That alone is enough to falsify the bald statement.
Sorry, junebug, but the facts don't bear this out. Very few atheists commit crimes. And belief in god does not make people behave. The vast majority of US prisoners are god-believers. Also, lower income folks are much more likely to believe in god and to end up in jail. Correlation, but not necessarily causation.....
Nogodsforme points out that believers are disproportionately represented in the justice system than atheists. Which seems pretty clear that belief in god is NOT, automatically, a good thing. Unless you are going to start playing the card that "they did not really believe", or "they did not believe in the RIGHT god".
Magicmiles is quite correct when he says that:
Belief in God does not equate to a life transformed by Christ.
...and it may possibly be possible to define "god" in such a way that the statement "Believing in God is Not a Bad Thing" become valid (subject perhaps to the causation of unhappiness mentioned above). But, it DOES require firstly that that god be pretty clearly defined - something that Junebug certainly has not done. I would suggest that before we can legitimately discuss whether "Believing in God is Not a Bad Thing", Junebug first needs to clearly define "god".
Because otherwise, we can use whatever definition of "god" we may wish, and swiftly and mercilessly prove the OP statement to be false. Example: I posit that the ONLY thing we know for sure about "god", is that it commanded us that "...if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even..." Is that good, Junebug? Are you prepared to accept that because belief in that god is a Good Thing?
I sincerely hope not! But I say to you "THAT is god", believing in that is a Bad Thing. For you to show I am wrong (and hence not to concede the point of the OP), you have to do two things.
Firstly, you must clearly define what your
god is, and how it differs from the god I have posited there.
And secondly, you must be able to demonstrate that your definition of god is correct, and my definition is wrong. And - sorry to say - to do that, I rather suspect you will need to show some evidence.....