I think generally most of us are driven by how we are perceived by others, as it takes a very arrogant person to live his whole life completely fulfilled knowing that all other men think he is a bad person. So we conduct ourselves in such a way as to get a positive response from others. Those who live lives of going against society's rules, usually have very low self esteem and perhaps hatred and live to do as much harm as they can. Since they don't perceive affection from others, they look for respect by being tough, bad, dangerous, etc.<quoted text>
"Victor would you not think that most people live each day fearing what other men might do to them if they are not good?" what I meant was a genius atheist..or an extremely rich one who can do what he pleases and afford the best lawyer to cover up after him.
...somehow the new pole is screwed and keeps disappearing ><
"is he thinking about what God might do to him if he doesn't look before doing so, or if in a car he doesn't obey the traffic laws, or is he thinking about what the local police will do to him if they catch him "misbehaving"? ofcourse he won't think about God, at that time, we cannot always think of God in everything, simply because it is tiresome, howveer we never forget him. However for an atheist why would he behave if he can avoid the police or is above the law, with a believer he will fear God and simply won't..
I think man created the concept of gods, and then to give more authority to this belief endowed these gods with having given various rules that man must live by in order to please these gods.
The gods who had eternal torture as punishment for disobedience have led to the most successful and enduring religions. Christianity is dying out in the more progressive countries today, but it would be long forgotten if people had not been indoctrinated to live in terror of an eternal hell.
It is one thing to not want to adore an invisible god, but it is quite another to die thinking you will burn for eternity.
Credit must be given to the creators of those religions with coming up with such a successful tactic, though not one conducive to a human living his life at his full potential. Having to judge every action by whether or not that action will send you to hell, can be huge burden.