The Childlike assumption that God exists

Apparently there’s plenty of evidence that God exists. How so? It’s basically either a lack of understanding, wilful stupidity , or childlike innocence. I’ve already covered ‘Geographical Indoctrination‘, in a previous article, but the more I experience social media, the more I realise that this type of brainwashing is almost epidemic. Take away the ‘social reliance‘, the church going from being a child, and the belief that God is a ‘moral example‘ and what are you left with? An imaginary friend, and an imaginary friend that depending on what schism of said faith you believe in, depends on what type of imaginary friend you’re left with. Some versions of the faiths require mandatory amounts of prayer, a strict dress code, and dietary requirements. Other faiths allow more than one wife, which completely destroys the sanctuary, and importance of marriage. Other faiths believe that blood transfusions are poisonous and would let a loved one die before they were allowed. How can anyone who identifies as an adult take this nonsense seriously?

My parents told me as a child that if I opened the lounge door and went upstairs, the ‘bogeyman‘ would get me. This was an attempt to stop me from going upstairs without supervision, so I didn’t experience injury, or get involved with something I shouldn’t be involved with. This is a deterrent orchestrated through fear of the unknown, and yes, it works great with a child as they’re easily influenced, but threaten a grown adult with the fear of Hell if they don’t behave, and them believing it is extremely worrying, and frankly embarrassing for our species.

“Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.” – Sigmund Freud

My five year old niece believes not only in the ‘tooth fairy‘, but also ‘Santa Claus’, but like any child she’ll gradually be conditioned over time to accept that both are fictitious. So why aren’t the same principles set for religious belief? As a child the Bible is all ‘magic‘, ‘fire‘ and ‘brimstone‘, but it’s no more believable than anything written by ‘J.K. Rowling‘. It’s a collection of fables written by people with an over active imagination, and no doubt at the time of its writing, the authors had no idea just how many gullible and easily influenced people would adhere to it, and assume it’s factual.

A child needs guidance, and that’s why parents create ground rules, and a child goes to school. They need to learn the difference between ‘right‘ and ‘wrong‘ so that they can blend into society, but why do adults still feel like they need guidance, and feel without a moral compass laid out by the alleged word of God, then nothing has any meaning, and wrong or right cannot be determined. If what Jesus allegedly says in the book of Matthew is to be taken literally, then he encourages people to act like a child to get into Heaven.

“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3

Many theists will argue that the above quote is taken out of context, and ‘childlike‘ doesn’t mean ‘childish‘, and it’s supposed to mean that we trust God like we trust our parents. This is a prime example of religious cherry picking a context to suit their narrative.