I used to think that it was OK for me not to believe in God, but others need to believe or society will collapse. Crazy huh? Just one level in my becoming a pain in the ass. By the way, I just bought the book "How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions". It's over in the ad section on the right side here. Anyway, Has anyone thought that too, and what other levels did you go through, if any, to get to your current non-belief status? One more. For a while I was sort of depressed at the thought that there might not be a creator of everything, even though I didn't believe in God. It's late, sorry if I'm getting confusing.

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"...but others need to believe or society will collapse. Crazy huh?"

Not at all crazy, A3Kr0n.

A sociologist years ago opened my naive eyes when he told me that religions serve governments as alternate police forces.

When I started reading political history, I saw an explanation: "The first purpose of government is to make large numbers of people governable."

Some believers try to frighten doubters with, "Without God, everything is allowed."

I reply, "Oh, the sheriff no longer has keys to the jail?"

It's been a long struggle for me to face the fact that I am an atheist, since 1975.  One time I was working in a factory and I was giving a theist a rough time explaining his beliefs and he asked me, "If you don't believe in god, why aren't you out there robbing and killing people?".  I just replied, "If belief in god is the only thing keeping you from doing such things, I'm very happy that you are a believer."  He never argued with me after that.

That's a very good reply!

God, the keeper of human conscience. Actually, the conscience works far better if the fetters of belief in Him are broken.

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