I am an agnostic atheist, so tbh I don't know if there is a god or not. If credible evidence presents itself then I will be more than happy to drop the atheist label but I'm not seeing anything.
Deism is way more plausible as a belief in a creator, but all this worship and sin and what have you with theism is just bullshit. What's the point? I mean, your whole belief is made up of logical fallacies. For example, appeal to ignorance (X has not been proven false therefore X true) and appeal to consequence (X is true/false because accepting that statement produces a positive/negative result).
To elaborate on the appeal to consequence fallacy of your belief.. let's say you are a Christian and you have modified your behaviour and lifestyle, suppressing all of your "sinful" natural urges (curiosity, doubt, sexual desire, sexual orientation, human nature in general) all of your life and then you die and go into the after-life (if there is one) and it turns out that Islam was in fact the correct religion? What then? Allah would be quite upset, I'd imagine. He doesn't take a liking to Jews or Christians, as they are pals according to the Quran.
Do you *really* believe your sacred books (e. g. The Bible, The Quran etc.)? Read everything in your holy book and tell me you believe that fantasy with a straight face. The stories in those books are fucked up to say the least, and you believe in that bullshit. I mean, sure, maybe there actually was a Jesus but I seriously doubt he was brought back from the dead, walked on water or that he made wine from water or fish out of bread or whatever that bullshit is.
Another thing. All of the asshole extremists of the world are the ones who are truly taking your religion seriously (e. g. ISIS, The Army of God). If you read your holy book you will see that all of the rape, murder, incest, child molestation, slaughter and bigotry sort of correlates with the worldview of these extremist assholes.
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Well, you sound like you already have counter points and formed arguments prepped to go so you can have a go ol' fashioned flame war, but ill answer anyways.
Many people who follow do so out of tradition, but what of new converts, or those old and wise enough to make a formed opinion? I believe people stick to their religion because the lead a better and happier life for it. Of course you can point to out lying data such as "Well this person was abused because of such and such religion" but we aren't talking about outsiders, we are talking about the common man, and the common man has a happy life when he follows a code of conduct.
In regards to those codes of conducts, we, as a people, may label them as a strict set of rules set by a religion "ei. Catholicism" but in truth, the religion in question means something different to each person, such as different opinions about "the pill" (and also how we get out-lying incidences of religion based misery).
So people follow religion because the common man likes structure. Now. for the other question of "what will you do if you get to heaven and a different god is there?" this is my thought.
Faithfully, I am catholic, and follow the catholic religion as best as I can. Logically, If religion is to be looked at as a whole, I would assume either all are false, or all are correct. It may be a case of a Supreme Being (God) creating or imparting the wisdom to create multiple religions for multiple people because it leads to be best outcomes for the species.
Then the question comes, "won't you feel foolish if you get there and find out it doesn't matter?" Perhaps i would, but I believe that my life would have been better for my faith. It's also possible that with the transcendence between one life and the next, we may not give a shit if we followed the proper religion. We may look back at our lives and see it as a dream we had. (foolish thought, perhaps, but less so when you consider that this person will be walking into eternity, likely meaning that concept of time and events will be different,
Since we mentioned religion based misery, I suspect people use it as an excuse, rather then a tool of justice, and lie to themselves until it becomes truth in their mind.
That's my thought anyways...1