Flying Dutchman wrote:The Bible has proven to be an important historical book backed up by archeology to at least 2000 B.C.
This is irrelevant, bible may have some facts about how people lived and what happened in those days but many fiction books use true events and facts in their plot.
It also doesn't mean that we should base our moral principles and world views on it. It is a very old book and we have higher quality knowledge these days, we have great methods and technology for testing our knowledge, which ancient people didn't have.
Shafique wrote:for me, God does not require people to hold beliefs contrary to logic
What if there is no such thing as God the creator?
Here is why people tend to believe in the existance of god.
From birth we are used to the fact that things around us are made for us, all the toys all the clothes and food etc. This belief that everything is MADE for us develops with age in the belief that someone should have created this nice world for us. But if we would leave the civilization , where everything is made by PEOPLE for comfort living, and go live in jungle... We would quickly understand that nobody created this world specially for us.
Natural selection makes more sence in jungle.
Also there is this ENORMOUS desire to live forever, to live after death, to be born again etc. People just can not handle the truth. What happen to a computer program with unique data on a flash drive if you completely destroy the flash drive? It does not go to the cloud.
It simply disappears. The same happens to human conscience, there is nothing after death. And that is why we should appreciate every living moment and life in general. Be brave and accept it. Life is precious and unique, every one has just one life and it should be respected. Most religions in this regard are like con artists which use the victim's greed to con them. You give up your current life to get a better and longer life in heaven.
And the more you want that second life the more of your current life you give up.
And finally regarding the usability of religions in modern society - there will be a time, when a meteor will be coming straight toward earth - and no amount of praying will change its course. Only science and technological advancement will be able to help us then. Again people really want to believe that God or Allah or Krishna will not allow this to happen. But it happened in the past to earth, it was observed how it happened to other planets in our solar system... and there is not a single reason why it would not happen again, it's just a matter of time.