Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer
IMHO the whole notion of 'god' (any god) was originally constructed to give people the reassurance of having answers to the age old questions like 'where do i come from?'.. 'what happens when I die?'.. etc etc. The Christian notion of god along with that of most if not all other religions provides the believer with very simple, comfortable, reassuring and therefore highly appealing answers to these difficult and often complex questions.
So I might agree with you that in some ways believers are more comforted about certain aspects of life and death.. If they truly believe in heaven then if must make dealing with loss of friends and family a lot easier for instance.
It was H. L. Mencken who said "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." If you are comfortable in your beliefs than that's fine, good for you, but it donít make it true.
Good post Steve, especially the point about those simple, but wrong, answers.