(mostly written from an atheist viewpoint; read footnotes for further explanation)
I. Science is weird. The Big Bang theory makes little sense--how the universe is shrinking and growing and how we're only one tiny part of it. Is religion meant to explain that? Once we disproved bits of religion with science, did that defeat the point? Is that why there are so many atheists/agnostics now?
II. Is religion a phase of existence that life undergoes? Is it a phase of intelligence or oblivion, that we see the world intuitively and think of what could be there instead of what's there?
III. I think that religion is a form of expressing one's desires and beliefs, what they fear and what they wish to be; all expressed in the supernatural form, because none of these concepts can truly be recognized. Would a religious person agree?
IV. People often attend religious services to make excuses to feel good about themselves, regardless of what they do in everyday life (I'm not just saying that; lots of religious people agree with me). Where is the distinction of using religion to do good and using religion to feel good? Is it ethical to use religion to feel good about yourself?
V. Many religions (I should mention I"m not really an expert on this stuff) describe scenes of afterlife. Using Christianity as an example, is it fair to sort people into groups of Good and Bad, Heaven and Hell?
VI. Let's pretend that the entire universe was answered for us and it turned out that there wasn't a God. Why did we want to believe in one?
VII. Let's pretend that the entire universe was answered for us and it turned out that there was indeed a God. Why did some of us not want to believe in one?
VIII. If God was real and ordered one of His followers to kill a random person on the street just because (I know God wouldn't do that, but let's pretend), would it be reasonable for the person to do it or not do it?
IX. If there is a God, why do we feel the need to worship Him? Why do we worship the God element of the universe instead of the sky element or the ground element, for example? Additionally, on the subject of Christianity, (and I didn't exactly read the Bible, so I don't know if I'm completely right or not), people love Jesus because he sacrificed himself for everyone. However, there are countless historical examples of people sacrificing themselves for the good of humanity. Why do we worship Jesus and not them?
X. I think that as long as we have all found true contentment and happiness, it doesn't matter whether we believe in a God or not. Would a religious person agree?
OKAY, I want to say before everyone starts arguing that I have the utmost respect for all religions and that I meant absolutely no offense. If anybody feels offended by any of this, please tell me in the comments, and I will immediately unpublish this piece. I was kind of taking a risk in writing in it and almost didn't publish, but I realized that my confidence in atheism has as much right to be heard as beliefs in various religions here on this site.
That being said, I would love to engage in conversation with you. This piece is mostly comprised of questions, and we all have our own points of view. Tell me your thoughts in the comments! If we could all have an adult and respectful conversation, I'd love that.
Remember that we can love one another just the same regardless of religious viewpoints.
I also realize that if you read all of this and imagine me saying all of this with a really snarky, rude voice, it sounds a lot worse. I wrote this with an intended tone of, like, thoughtfulness and impartialness. So that was what was intended.
Oh, btw, I mostly used Christianity as an example because that's the religion I'm most familiar with. I guess it could apply to all religions though.
I also apologize if I bored anyone with unanswerable philosophy. Idk I just like thinking about questions like these.