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A nice illustration of religious beliefs...


Let's imagine that I tell you the following story:

This, of course, is the story of our dear old Santa Claus.

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But let's say that I am an adult; I am your friend; and I reveal to you that I believe that this story is really, really true. I believe it with all my heart and soul in it. And I even try to talk about it with you to convince and convert you to believe it as I do?

What would you think of me? You would plainly think that I am delusional, and rightly so!

Why do you think that I am delusional? It is because you know it very well that Santa is just imaginary.

The story is a total fairytale. No matter how much I talk to you about Santa Claus, you are not going to believe that Santa is for real. Flying reindeers, for example, are totally make-believe.

The dictionary defines delusion as "A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence". That definition fits perfectly here. Since you are my friend, you might try to help me realize that my belief in Santa is a delusion. The way that you would try to do that is by asking me some questions. For example, you might say to me:

These are all quite logical questions that you have asked. I have answered all of them for you. I am wondering why you can't see what I see, and you are wondering how I can be so insane.

Why didn't my answers satisfy you? Why do you still know that I am delusional? Is it because my answers have done nothing but confirm your assessments? My answers are not ridiculous. In order to answer your questions, I invented, completely out of thin air, a magical sleigh, a magical self-cleansing suit, magical chimneys, "timelessness" and magical invisibility. You don't believe my answers because you know that I am making all this stuff up. The invalidating evidence is voluminous, aint it???

Now let me show you another example...!

Imagine that I tell you the following story that:

Now, what would you say to me about this wonderful accidental story? Even though I do have a book, and that too in English that, it tells the story of this God’s lost chosen peoples civilization, and even though I do have the signed attestations as proof, what do you think? This story kinda sounds nutty, doesn't it?

You would ask some obvious questions. For example, at the very simplest level, you might ask, "Where are the ruins and these artifacts from this lost civilization in America?" The book transcribed from the plates talks about millions of gods’ chosen people doing all kinds of things in America. They have horses and oxen and chariots and armor and large cities. What happened to all of this? I answer simply: it is all out there, but we have not found it yet. "Not one city? Not one chariot wheel? Not even one helmet?" you ask. No! We haven't found a single bit of evidence, but it is out there somewhere, we have to dig it out you know. :)

You ask me dozens of questions like this, and I have answers for them all. Most people would assume that I am delusional, if I told them this story. They would assume that there were no plates and no angel, and that I had written the book myself. Most people would ignore the attestations -having people attest to it means nothing, really. I could have paid the attesters off, or I could have fabricated them. Most people would reject my story without question! So what's interesting is that there are millions of people who actually do believe this story of the angel and the plates and the book and the Jewish people living in North America 2,000 years ago. Those millions of people are members of the Mormon Church, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The person who told this incredible story was a man named Joseph Smith, and he lived in the United States in the early 1800s. He told his story, and recorded what he "translated from the plates", in the Book of Mormons. If you meet a Mormon and ask them about this story, they can spend hours talking to you about it. They can answer every question you have. Yet the 5.99 billion of us who are not Mormons can see with total clarity that the Mormons are just plainly delusional. It is as simple as that. Yet you and I both know with 100% certainty that the Mormon story is no different from the story of Santa! And we are correct in our assessment. The invalidating evidence is voluminous.

Yet Another example!!!

Imagine that I tell you this story:

What do you make of this story? If you have never heard this story before, you may find it to be nonsensical in the same way that you feel about the stories of the golden plates and Santa Claus. You would especially feel that way once you read the book that was supposedly transcribed from the Angel of God, because much of it is opaque. The dreams, the horse, the angel, the ascension, and the appearances of the angel in the flesh -you would dismiss them all these as ridiculous because it is all imaginary and delusional!

But you need to be careful. This story is the foundation of the Muslim religion, practiced by more than a billion people around the world. The man is named Mohammed, and the book is the Koran (also spelled Qur'an). This is the sacred story of the Koran's creation and the revelation of the ‘one true Allah’ to mankind. Despite these facts that a billion Muslims profess some level of belief in this story, people outside the Muslim faith consider the story to be just plainly imaginary. No one believes this story because this story is a fairy tale. They consider the Koran to be a book narrated (written on golden tablets preserved in heaven) by a man and nothing more. A winged horse that flew to heaven –come on now please don’t pull my leg dear? That is fictitiously imaginary -as imaginary as a flying reindeer!!!

If you are a true believer in religion, then please take a moment right now to look back at the Santa, the Mormon and the Muslim stories. Why is it so easy for you to look at these stories and see that they are just imaginary fairy tales? How do you know, with complete certainty, that the Mormons and the Muslims are just plainly delusional? You know these things for the same reason as you know that Santa is imaginary. There is no evidence for any of it. The stories involve magical things like angels and winged horses, hallucinations, dreams. Horses cannot even fly -we all know that! And yet even if they could, where would this horse fly to? To the vacuum of outer space? Or is the horse somehow "dematerialized" and then "rematerialized" in heaven in a jiffy? If so, those processes are made up too! Every bit of it is imaginary. We all know that –but yet we still cling to such gibberish tales...!

An unbiased observer can see how imaginary these three stories are. In addition, Muslims can see that the Mormons are delusional; the Mormons can see that the Muslims are delusional, and a believer in Santa Claus can see that both the Mormons and the Muslims are delusional.

The belief in "god" seems to be ubiquitous through the ages.

One final example!!!

We know, for example, that the ancient Egyptians believed in their gods so fervently that they built massive structures like the Great Pyramid -still today one of the largest known and most enduring human constructions ever created. Despite that fervor, however, we know with complete certainty today that the Egyptian gods were imaginary. We don't build pyramids anymore and we do not mummify our leaders either!

More recently we know that tens of millions of Romans worshiped Jupiter and his friends, and to them they built magnificent temples. The ruins of these temples are popular tourist attractions even today. Yet we know with complete certainty that these gods were imaginary because no one worships Zeus any more!

Much more recently, we know that the Aztec civilization believed in their gods so intensely that they constructed huge temples and pyramids. In addition, Aztecs were so zealous that they were sacrificing hundreds of human beings to their gods as recently as the 16th century. Despite the intensity, however, we know today that these gods were completely imaginary. The Aztecs were insane to be murdering people for their gods. Killing a person has no effect on rainfall or anything else. We all know that. If the Aztec gods were for real, we would still be offering sacrifices to their Gods!

Understanding the Rationalizations!!!

Today's "God" is just as imaginary as were these historical gods. The fact that millions of people worship a god is just meaningless. The "God" and "Allah" that the Muslims worship today are actually amalgams formed out of ancient pagan gods. The idea of a "virgin birth", "burial in a rock tomb", "resurrection after 3 days" and "eating of body and drinking of blood" had nothing to do with Jesus. All of the rituals in Christianity are completely man-made also!

Religion is a snow ball that rolled over a dozen pagan religions. As the snowball grew, it freely attached pagan rituals in order to be more palatable to its’ converts. You can find accounts like these in popular literatures of worldly religions. Once you understand the fundamental truths of these religious origins, the silliness of this whole thing becomes apparent to you.

Obviously the pagan believers, from whom Christianity derived its myths, worshipped gods that were imaginary. And thus our "God" today is just an extension of these imaginary forerunners. All human gods are imaginary. It is still the case that most true believers believe the world to be flat. Widespread beliefs did not change the fact that the world is a sphere. The scientific and observational evidence that we have available today is undeniable; the world is a sphere!

All scientific evidence shows that God is really imaginary. So does all historical evidences too! This leads any rationally thinking person to conclude that these godly beliefs are pure mythologies. Islam is just like every other mythology that mankind has dreamed up through the ages…!