Belief in a religion or a religious ideology is the same as the sense of taste.  In our entire lives we need evidence in order to live.  We do not jump off a cliff because the evidence shows that of we drop an apple, it falls to the floor.  When we are pulled over by a police officer, we need to show evidence that we can drive the car legally.  We need evidence at the end of the week to substantiate our claim for our wages via timesheets.  When we travel internationally, we need evidence that the little ones that are in tow are really part of our family.  When we cross the border back into the United States, we need evidence that we are citizens of this great nation. 

However, when we focus on religion, it becomes similar to taste.  A religion can make you suspend all need for evidence and forces you to depend on belief to satiate our evidence seeking faculties.  We believe because it makes us feel good.  Soda is a prime example.  We generally love the taste of soda but a study has found that a few ounces of soda is linked to an increase of cancer. 

Will this stop everyone from drinking soda?  No al all, because it tastes good and it makes us feel better.  We do not see the damage that soda can do to our bodies and we continue with its consumption.  Religion takes a similar avenue.  We continue because it makes us feel better and all of the evidence in the world that God does not exist will not change our minds.  Religion just tastes too good to stop.  It satisfies our pleasure zones and allows us to continue to believe in this nonsense. 

What say you?  Is this analogy accurate or am I way out of line? 

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Some people believe that crushed rhino horn can cure a range of illnesses and it is even viewed as an aphrodisiac in Traditional Asian Medicine.  However, the rhino horn is comprised of keratin, the same material as our fingernails and has no medicinal value. If rhino horn proved to have medicinal benefits, it would mean that we too can acquire these effects by biting our fingernails!  Unfortunately, this ill-conceived notion is the reason why rhinos are being hunted to extinction.  Look at what belief can make people do.  

If belief can make humans hunt a species to extinction, what can a belief in a God lead to?  Alienation of other groups?  Wars?  Terrorism?  Shunning?  Hatred towards homosexuals?  What else does a belief in a fake God make people do? 

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