I ask this question because it goes to:
- how disposed to objectively considering contrarian evidence you are, and
- how much I might be messing with your life and happiness by helping you see things the way I do.
I read the posts of many people on this board who are apparently happy, even deliriously happy, with their theism. They truly have a deep, abiding love for God and Jesus and they seem to derive considerable joy and satisfaction from talking to others about it. My theory is that many, if not most, of these deeply pious individuals are incapable of considering contrarian evidence objectively because to do so would put their faith in danger. I'm putting this forward as a possibility. Perhaps my perceptions are all wrong. The prospect of not believing in God and Jesus seems completely foreign, even inconceivable for many of the board's minions. To lose faith in God would be akin to watching one of your children get run over by a bus. Horrifying. When you consider that parents have allowed their children to die rather than test their faith in Jehovah and His Organization, you know that this is true.
Would your life implode if you lost your faith? Should atheists just back off and not try to mess up your good thing, if only to keep them from wasting their time?