I grew up in a Christian household for the majority of my life, and therefore was naturally exposed to the idea of having faith in a God. I also grew up with a brain that is hardwired to be logical, rational, and never completely accept something as truth without having proof. The clash of these two concepts is what inspired the following question: What if there was actually a religion that was based on facts that could be proven rather than assumptions and faith?
Probably the biggest assumption that most religions make is that there is some type of god or spiritual being that is more powerful and divine than us. As great as the idea sounds, we must be open to the possibility that this may not necessarily be true. We cannot prove the existence of a God, but on the other hand we cannot prove that there is not a God either. What if we could live in a world where the existence of a God was either proven or disproven for sure? I know for certain that either way would make me much more comfortable regardless, simply knowing the truth and how to live my life as a result. At no point on Earth would you put your entire life in someone’s hands without even knowing if that person existed. Our biggest fear is uncertainty, so does it even make sense to have a world in which someone’s entire purpose in life is uncertain?
If there was a religion based on no assumptions, you would have to think that the majority, if not all, of conflicts revolving around religion would be eliminated. There would no longer be an opinion as to which religion is the best, because there would only be one religion based on facts and proof, and therefore could not be disputed. You would also have to think that the existence or lack thereof of Heaven or Hell or some type of afterlife would drastically impact the way people lived their lives on Earth, for the better or for the worse. If the Bible could be proven as the written word of God, it could become the international standard for moral conduct. Science would be revolutionized because they could now factor in proven facts when attempting to learn more about our universe.
These are just a few broad ideas of what the world might be like if there was a religion based solely on facts. At the end of the day, nobody can prove that Christianity is right. Nobody can prove that Hinduism is legitimate. Nobody can prove that Mormonism is truth. Likewise, nobody can prove that atheism is the way to go either. Maybe some day we will find out what the truth is, but it may also be too late at that point.
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