Christianity logically satisfies my need to understand:
How we got here.
Why we’re here.
Where we’re going.
How the universe and ‘life’ came to be.
This is probably why we differ. Understanding isn't my biggest bugaboo. I'd like to understand, but I realize that understanding takes knowledge, and knowledge isn't always available.
We don't know how life started, or go to earth, or whatever it did. People are looking. We may or may not find an answer. So be it.
We understand that life began billions of years ago, and, over time, has changed drastically, via evolution. The life forms of 100 million years ago are not the life forms of today. We don't know the details about 100 million years ago, but again, we know it was different. However, there are still tons of unknowns about the differences.
We understand that universe is huge, but we don't know about all of the things that it is made of. We are perplexed by dark matter and dark energy, and it may or may not exist. We don't know, but making stuff up about the subject would be counterproductive. So we just keep looking.
We understand bits and pieces about things like human violence, disease, the things that go on down at the bottom of the ocean, the human brain, climate change and the effects of pollution, but we don't know everything. We can't pretend to have a complete understanding of any of those things. Or much else. What we can do it do our best to learn as much as we can, constantly accepting that there will always be more to learn, and also accepting that what we know now may or may not be considered accurate 20 or 50 or a100 years down the line.
In most areas, we understand enough to function. But we don't understand enough to master, we don't understand enough to control. And that's okay. Both because we have no say in the matter in the first place, and too, because it is probably more interesting this way.
To pretend we know the how's and why's and where's is to hide from reality. To pretend we have the story and then spend our lives trying to ram it down other peoples throats is huge waste of manpower and energy. Whereas to accept that we are learning more every day, advancing knowledge and erasing ignorance, is a liberating feeling.
You can't go far in life if you spend most of it building and maintaining your own prison. Which is what religion does. It makes stuff up, calls it true, and denies the legitimacy of any knowledge that disagrees. It uses falsehoods, like the claim that it can help you 'understand', to hold your attention and it pretends to be disambiguous, when in fact it is an assortment of lies that give you nothing but the idea that you have actually have an understanding.
It is pretty despicable, actually. And tragic beyond measure.