This is a short and simple answer to a somewhat simple person. I felt it might be worth really writing or talking about on the show someday.
Religion or belives, are not made to confuse one, we confuse each other. Religion/belives are a way to cope with the every day struggle that is life. Don't you understand that there are people out there that can't see pass there own exsistance, that can't deal with the fact that we are all going to die no matter what. Or that lifes a struggle with no purpose. From the momment one wakes up to the day you die all the struggle done inbetween those two points is meaningless and alot of people can't deal with it. so what does one do?! delusion. one made up a great excuse/reason some few years ago that
The idea that religion "helps people cope with suffering" is a marketing tool, not a truth.
Religions create suffering in order to pretend to jump in and say they can relieve that same suffering. We are not alone. Religion tells us that people, and the things in the world that matter to us are not important--even that they are evil. It tells us that the only thing that is real is what they are selling.
Please reject this nonsense. It's a common tactic in product marketing to "create a need" or a problem in order to make the item necessary. If "the world" and everything in it is trivial or evil, then of course imaginary Happy Land is the answer. If your values and desires are empty, and nothing in the world can "comfort you in your time of need, " then of course the answer is Jesus.
They want you to be weak so you have to join their groups. Being an atheist can peel these things away, and show you that your values ARE meaningful, and you ARE strong enough to handle all kinds of suffering that life really gives you. You no longer have to accept that the world and your values are meaningless.
So what do you think? Is it true that people who "cannot cope" with death and suffering are trained to think they can't cope, by religion? Exactly how are they not coping, anyway? Are christians incapable of going into deep, clinical depressions after the death of a loved one? Are there people who, if convinced that there is no afterlife, will just die of grief or kill themselves? (I guess that would be the definition of "not coping." I'm sure there are, but I seriously doubt they match the actual population of true believers out there.
True Believers who, by the way, couldn't be convinced of no afterlife anyway.
The excuse that "people are too weak to handle suffering without God" is, I think, a smokescreen. Who doesn't have to cope with suffering, in real, tangible ways? Besides--they are coping with suffering without God. There are no Gods.
Are some people, maybe afraid that they can't survive any suffering without their belief? I think so. Don't they see that there is much coping going on by atheists and people who believe in "the wrong gods?" Are these the kind of people who don't realize that there is existence outside of their own minds?
Thanks for listening, diary.