How do you feel watching a group of people shouting down another group of people over whose invisible friend is real? It makes me feel pretty creepy.
If you’re a Christian, can you take yourself out of your own shoes for a minute and pretend you don’t understand the language these people are speaking? Can you just look at what’s happening, listen to the tone of voice, and feel the complete lack of human compassion and empathy on the part of these “loving Christians?”
That’s one of the things that’s so awful about the kind of faith many people have in their lords and saviors. We humans have plenty of legitimate things to fight about, and it’s difficult enough to maintain civil relations between two significantly different cultures. When you add in the belief in a magical overlord who defies proof and claims to be the only real god, things get dodgy very quickly.
What’s worse is that this kind of belief often stops conversation before it starts. How do we even sit at a table and discuss how to coexist peacefully when each of us holds the unswerving belief that the other is a heretic doomed for eternal damnation and torture? What reason do we ever have to believe that the other side has any of our best interests at heart? Too often, interactions between people of opposing faiths are little more than polite social niceties. The pretense of civility is just that. Pretense.
Unfortunately, there’s no answer to the dilemma created by faith. So long as each side maintains its beliefs in the other side’s heresy, there is no middle ground on which to meet. There is a bottomless chasm and no way to build a bridge.
The only way to span the gap is to ditch the belief in an eternal cosmic battle. But that won’t happen because faith is unassailable, and as we’ve all seen too clearly, people of real faith will lie, steal, kill, cheat, bomb, and mutilate before they’ll give up their allegiance to their god.
Faith is the worst thing man has ever invented.