(Original post by Hypnotic_Me)
From this then, you're only real justification for believing in God is because 'it makes you happy'. I've said this may times before, but I'd much prefer to be lower down on the scale of the 'happy-o-meter' and face what reality seems to be based on verifiable evidence.
Karl Marx described religion as "opium of the people". From the point you gave I would tick his description correct. 'Believing in religion because it makes you happy'
is all well and good for the short term I'm sure. Religion does provide at least a possible answer and solution to all the unanswerable questions and unjustifiable pains we must endure in life (though this doesn't make it the correct answer). All this serves to do is to cover up, ignore or denie the probelms that exist at all. So although religion helps you forget about that thorn in your side, it doesn't get rid of the root cause of your pain.
Taking life as it is, based on evidence and facts will act as the catalyst towards solving the probelms faced with humanity, rather than hoping the big guy up stairs has it all neatly laid out infront of him and that he'll mop up the mess that's made.
A game of chess is intellectually satisfying
, but it doesn't change the fact that it is still just a game.
It could well be true that a man named Jesus died on a wooden cross next to two prisoners. Although, the only peice of 'evidence' that suggest that it was done in order to absolve all of humanities sin is interpretation or simply because some quite possibly influenced people at the time told the story in that way. Hardly enough to be sure about anything, some traditions such as the fact that mary was lifted into heaven by angels was added to the story around 600 years after she actually 'died'. This suggests to me that some storys get changed to help validify or glorify the story that's always been known and loved. Using a story itself to jusify and prove the story makes absolutely no sense though. To ask "why does God love me" to be answered with "because he created you" is very similiar to "Why does santa stop time?" "so he can deliver all the toys to children" - We don't learn anything new.
As for miracles we have a man named David Hume- "No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless that testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish."