I think the idea of God teaches us that we cannot solve our own problems; to rely on delusion rather than ourselves.

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  1. This is just one side. On the other hand, religion teaches that when people reject their own ego and rely on sources outside themselves, they can achieve what they might consider impossible. I think, Allan Watts explains it in these 2 videos

    He gives examples from Eastern religions, but there are passages in the Bible that convey the same idea. Overestimating our own abilities is a delusion which may cause a failure. Underestimating our own abilities is a delusion that would prevent us from succeeding. Faith means letting go of preconceived opinions because all of them are delusions.

    Other quotes from Allan Watts:

    “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

    “But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.”

    “In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.”

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    1. There is no need for faith. That’s the point. You make you own. And Ego, please lets talk some more about ancient psychology. Allan Watts seems poetic with words but the depth is all contrived and fake much like the quotes. Plus God isn’t even a source. I rely on a source of water to feed to my kitchen sink, I can’t rely on God for shit because there just isn’t one. You said, ” Faith means letting go of preconceived opinions because all of them are delusions.” That’s nonsense–that’s a lame verson of what I wrote on the post. Faith is the exact opposite that’s why it’s bad.

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      1. All depends on perspective and understanding of what “faith”, “delusion”, “God”, etc. mean. I just offered another point of view. I’m not going to argue that this is the only correct point of view. In the end, we end up solving our problems ourselves anyway. So, faith boils down to the attitude whether we take credit for it or be thankful to be lucky. IMO, I cannot be sure that the water will always be in the faucet, but I have faith (or hope) that it will be. And, if not, there will be other source to support me. That’s all.

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        1. That is the best defense of faith a person has ever posted on this blog. You sir, have normal people faith. I’d even say you’re well on your way to ditching faith altogether. You have the thinking mans faith, not the kind of faith that destroys society.

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