There you go again... posting my thoughts.<quoted text>
You know mate, I don't have a problem with people finding solace in religion. As I said, My mom and sister are Christian. I still respect their religion, and I will still go to church with the fmily once a year, for the Christmas service. My family is not and never were Bible-belt worshippers, and not at all science denying. They find peace and solace in the religion - power to them.
Where religion crosses the line, IMHO, is when people refuse to do introspection, and just decide that every problem they have can be solved by 'letting Jesus into your life'. For instance. I went through the breakup to end all breakups this year. I have literally moved across a country to try and salvage what I can, and still failed. Obviously, I went through some depression. Had I been a Bible thumper, I would have gone to church, and just heard 'you need more Jesus in your life, these things happen for a reason' and crap like that. Point is, it would have provided a very short lived high, allowing me to slump back to depression the following week.
Case in point: A very dear friend to me drinks too much, and drives wrecklessly. He would total a car, and his mom would make a senseless comment like 'he is not worshipping God correctly' or something like that. Never, for a second, does she believe that he actually needs to lay off the booze.
It's a placebo. It's convenient. It's easier to imagine one has forgiveness, or a solution, or a path to contentment... than to actually strive and work for them.
Remember the TV show 'Magnum PI'? There was one episode, and I can't remember exactly how he put it, but Magnum said something to the effect...
You've got to believe God's helping with every little thing you do; as if nothing's possible without him... then go about doing it as if he doesn't even exist and it's all solely up to you.
It's sad how some don't even bother with the last part.
Hope your friend gets his act together. I've lost a couple to drunk driving... both with religious families/upbringing. Not blaming that for their misfortune, but it certainly didn't do anything toward preventing it.
Time to make the doughnuts.
Read ya later.