I agree that introspective people have an innate need to believe there is something/someone much greater than themselves and those around them and it is quite natural. I also think it's a good thing there are people who believe in God in a healthy way (which pretty much doesn't include organized religion) and true spirituality can resolve issues with things like emotion and sanity.
I totally respect a person's need for a belief system whatever that is. It gives people something to help them make sense of their world and provides enrichment and guidance of how to live with one another.
Great topic and some great responses.
I agree it is a Belief in something higher than ourselves......a unknown entity
Everyone needs something to help them make sense of the world.
and staley...I've read stuff about people dying and seeing the light etc.....literature tells us there is something higher, though it is all a bit vague
Understanding the world and how we interconnect is huge. That's why people need belief.
Literature comes from thoughts - great philosophers, sometimes not so great. If you're ever in the mood for some 'back up-able" (just made that word up lol) theory on all of that stuff there is a Pulitzer Prize winning book written by Dr Carl Sagan who was a physicist, astronomer and educator. The book is called "The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence". and combines the fields of anthropology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and computer science to give a perspective of how human intelligence evolved. It's very readable, not above anyone's head because Carl Sagan came from an ordinary background but had a phenomenal brain and made a great contribution to human knowledge. He died of cancer several years ago, but I wish I could have met him.
*Look him up on the web, he did the ABC series "Cosmos".
and people like the idea of good people being rewarded and bad people going to hell.
religion makes people arrogant because they believe that they have chosen the right religion and everybody else is wrong and it makes them feel superior.
religion is the manifestation of superiority.
great question by the way :)
Sometimes I need that higher power to believe otherwise I would kill someone