What is needed is not that a religion be true, meaning that what it claims exist beyond the ink it is written with in a holy book. That is hard to prove. What is important is that a religion be a good system to help us mere mortal deal with our short and troubled life in the universe. Whether what we hope for in the afterlife materializes or not is not important, what is important is that we believe it will materialize and that gives us hope.
Faith is throwing yourself into the arms of the unknown and trusting that you will be safe in the hands of that monster
Don’t curse the gods; you will feel shame when you have to call on them for help
It has been long since thinking humanity has learnt that love is a majestic creation of the brain, yet that knowledge hasn’t made love be deemed any less glorious. Then why should it threaten the religious believer to learn that divinity as well is a natural creation of the brain!
One hand was behind his back, and he held it out, presenting a bouquet of white and smoky purple lilies.
“They’re straight from the underworld, by the way. They are everlasting. They won’t die.
Each mind conceives god in its own way. There may be as many variation of the god figure as there are people in the world
Spiritual leaders, priests and prophets are lamps burning in the dark, seeking meaning for humanity.
There is nothing behind the curtains of religions, people put there whatever their imaginations can fathom
We need an anthropomorphous god, a god with human features in order to relate to him, but we don’t want to make him evil like us, so we create the devil and make him responsible for all the evil in the world, leaving our god completely holy and blameless
After losing faith, even an atheist feels a yawning void in his soul that needs filling; there is nothing imaginable that he can fill with it. It was all along meant to be filled with the sacred, with the unknown and unknowable power. That’s the curse or blessing of humanity