A positive aspect of faith?
As ex-fundamentalist Christians, many times we focus on the negative aspects of the Judeo-Christian & Islamic faiths. Religion has blessed us with the crusades, the witch burnings, 9/11, acts of terrorism, the subjection of women, racism, intolerance, condemnation, and I can go on listing things that make many of us stand up and become very angry and hateful towards these religious systems and those who propagate them.
However, there is another aspect to religion. I’ve seen ‘faith’ change someone overnight. I’ve seen drug addicts walk away from drugs, alcoholics dramatically set free from alcoholism, evil people transformed, suicidal victims given hope, and a host of other dramatic turns. There are people who would be so very lonely if not for their belief that Jesus is with them. They communicate with him and he brings them comfort.
The reality is these people need that belief to save them from themselves. They are convinced that without God they are not good or have morals. They need the rules to guide them because they believe that their hearts are evil.
How can we reconcile these two things? I personally know people that would totally fall apart if it wasn’t for their faith. It is what keeps them going and gives them hope to make it to another day.
On one hand, I cannot ignore the atrocities of religion but on the other hand, I know that there are so many people out there who believe it’s what they need to live successful lives.
I’m interested in the views of others (primarily ex-Christians and atheists) on this subject as it is one with which I struggle.
– The de-Convert