Does a Belief in a God give Life more Meaning?
Time and time again, I hear from the religious that a life without belief in [a] god[s] is meaningless, or at least removes meaning from life.
I never had an issue with having [a] meaning[s] with my own life, as I see it, you make your own meanings and goals.
Now I wonder, what is/are this/these meaning[s] that believing in [a] god[s] give[s] these people, that a lack of belief in [a] god[s] cannot give you?
And are these meanings even worth it?
First I want to point out, you cannot force yourself to believe in something, I cannot turn on a “I believe in [a] god[s]” switch, by sheer willpower. So even if there are great meanings that would make belief in [a] god[s] worth it, you cannot force yourself to believe in the existence of these/this god[s].
I want to look at a typical Christian perspective and some of the arguments I hear from Christians about what they get from their belief (or relationship as they may call it too) in their god.
They want to serve their god, and share their belief with the people around them, in order for them to be “saved” too, but I ask you dear Christians who may read this, is that all?
Is the greater meaning of Christianity to be saved from sin, and to be a forever a child (never being allowed to be free and independent of the eternal parent)?
Servitude to this god of Christianity, how could that ever be considered a great or even a good meaning to adopt?
What is the point of having children, and of spreading Christianity then?
If the greatest meaning is to just serve and to be “saved”? If this is the meaning you want people to adopt?
You may excuse me, if I got it wrong, and I have somehow not seen what other great meaning there may be with Christianity.
But if I am right, and those are the great meanings of Christianity, why then have children? Why bring more “souls” to this world, and risk them not being “saved”, risk them not being Christians when growing up, not serving the god that may punish them?
Why even spreading Christianity, when you are asking people to volunteerily giving up their independency, their reason, their mental faculties, to be slaves of the Christian dogmas and doctrines, never being allowed to think outside the box, never to consider that there might be other options out there, than the theistic world view. Since that would be heretic, and would risk your immortal “soul”, as some believe.
Am I completely misrepresenting Christianity?
What is there to gain from Christianity, and other theistic beliefs that cannot be achieved by non-theistic beliefs and philosophies too?