Suffering and the sheep.  

Hisoka137 38M
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5/2/2005 6:35 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Suffering and the sheep.

"How can one not believe in God?" is a question many believer will ask to a non-believer. One could argue that life is more bearable with a God in the following sense:

To be sure, there are tremendous advantages to believing in God. It makes people feel that there is some grand design to existence ‒ some special purpose that eludes our limited minds. This makes the pain and suffering of daily life seem less onerous, because there is a reason for it all.

I found this little reasoning on an atheisic website. The author of the site then goes on to explain that although it can be comforting to believe, the only thing that matters is wether something is true or not.

But I'd like to stop at this affirmation (in italic) and criticize it.

How can one be comforted, knowing his suffering serves a purpose? How can one be happy or bear suffering just because it's inscribed in some grander scheme? What kind of bastard God needs his fidels to suffer to achieve his goals? How can one consider this cruel person to be almighty and good?

Think about it! This is exactly the kind of thing despots want you to believe. That your suffering is useful for their schemes and that ultimately everything will be fine. This way, you'll be docile sheep, obeying their commands.

If on the contrary, one accepts that suffering serves no purpose, that it is just a fact of life that people will suffer because of their very own animal/material nature; then, there is no reason to tolerate it. One will want to minimize as much as possible suffering. One will rebel against the tyrant!

Clearly, religions have always sided -and still side- with the ruling class or have been the rulers themselves.

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