What a load of utter bollox!
Excuse me for my harsh eesponse but let's all try and face this so called reality.
Sure. Facing reality isn't a problem for me, or for skeptics, or even for atheists.
Fact or fiction number one: Is it not all beyond our minuscule comprehension? Somewhat on the same par of trying to teach the concepts of a unified theory of everything to a donkey who's more interested in having his next shit?
This is a cop-out. Even if it were beyond our comprehension, it would still be worth trying to learn. And it isn't even that it's "beyond our comprehension", it's that it's always other humans trying to explain it, even though it's evidently beyond their comprehension too. Why wouldn't a god that really existed at least make the effort to explain, even if it were difficult?
Should we start to get real here? Is it all not just a load of utter speculation on everyones side?
It's true, religious faith is speculative at its base. It's always someone who imagined what could be and, for whatever reason, decided that it was. But atheism really isn't about speculation. It's about holding a person accountable for whatever claims they make. So while it's true that atheists can speculate, even on what might be out there, they generally don't make the mistake of deciding that it actually does exist without some hard evidence to back it up.
As utterly ridicules as it is to state that there is a god is it not equally rediculis to state that there isn't one?
Sure. But most atheists don't categorically state that gods don't exist. What they say is that they don't believe in gods. That's a critical distinction.
If you want to believe that there is a god and that you will again meet the people that you have loved and lost, well isn't that a means of providing someone with hope and a sense of worthwhileness? Whereas if you're at peace within yourself that when your gone, that you're really gone, out of existence for eternity, while conveniently, completely oblivious to the fact thereafter. Well isn't that an okay situation and place to be?
If a thing is not true, believing it won't make it so. The problem doesn't come about when someone believes in something like a heaven, or a god - it comes when they start telling others that this heaven, or god, of theirs definitely exists despite the fact that they have no real evidence to support it.
Is it not problematic when the above beliefs become un-personalize at the event where one side starts to argue with the other that they are the ones who are right?
Of course that's a problem. But that's a problem that's been going on pretty much as long as there's been organized religion. If you have a belief, and other people don't share it, it's unfortunately natural to argue, even fight with them over it. Even stuff that is purely fictional gets argued about. It's not a problem that's going to vanish - so what we need to do is channel it into things that are actually useful.
It would be interesting to know what you think!
I hope you found my words interesting.