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Humans have created God in their own image to meet their need for a reason for existence and assurance that death is not the end.
If God had created humans he/she would have done a better job.
If God had created the world it would not be in the condition it is now.
Each culture has created its own God or Gods and its religion.
Religion is used as a carrot and a stick (Heaven and Hell) to control behavior.
Religion is not the only, or the major source of values and ethics. Values and ethics evolved out of the experience of living together: they are the rules for social existence.
God does not heal; faith heals.
Faith can lead to change, but it is not only faith in God. Whatever we have faith in is effective.
Beliefs affect behavior. Anything we believe strongly can change behavior.
Beliefs are the source of the placebo effect.
People want, even need, to believe in something beyond themselves and the visible world to give meaning to life and hope for something after this life.
Prayer does not achieve specific or concrete things; it helps those who pray feel better.
Prayer is not answered by God, but by those who pray.
Religion is the source of many good things – art, music, literature. But it is also the source of much that is bad – wars, persecution, prejudice, discrimination and denial of freedom and rights.
Dilemma: While there is no convincing evidence for the existence of God, belief in God can be a positive influence in a person’s life.
Paradox: There is no God, yet belief in God is a powerful influence on behavior – for good or bad.
Spirituality is not necessarily religiosity.
The spiritual is not a separate realm. There is no location for spirituality. It is an aspect of psychology, residing in the mind.
Love of God is abstract. Love of others is concrete.
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