Do Christians only believe in a loving God because of the psychological comfort and emotional support such a belief provides?

Do Christians only believe in a loving God because of the psychological comfort and emotional support such a belief provides?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nah cause if I had sex with tons of beautiful women and smoked weed and drank at parties like everyone else I'd be a normalgay and have a life. Obeying Christ I have lost all worldly pleasures and it has become so overwhelmingly difficult to breath his love feels suffocating. Still I persevere because I know there has to be something beyond this hellhole of a planet and Christ is my best bet despite having to deny myself and everything I wish I could do. I have been reduced to nothing and have no friends or girlfriend and feel as though life is ultimately meaningless. If anything following Christ has destroyed my ability to live a normal life by society's standards and picking up my cross is a daily struggle. Why I hold on to Christ I have no idea, but I hope in the end it all works out.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm not a Christian but wish you the best in your life anon. My suffering seems insignificant compared to yours.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think Christ would fault you for smoking weed and banging beautiful girls anon. Gnosticism presents an alternative view in which knowledge is salvation, some argue is the true message of Christ. Be well anon and keep your chin up!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        That would be a sin. Living hedonisticaly is sinful behavior.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.
          Don't you go to church? Just marry a girl and get to business.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's greed and cynicism for the most part. They believe they deserve every reward for doing one nice thing or sitting for an hour once a week.

    There are good, selfless Christians, but rare. In fact the Catholic Church wiped out any order too closely resembling jesus' teachings.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >There are good, selfless Christians, but rare. In fact the Catholic Church wiped out any order too closely resembling jesus' teachings.
      The Catholic Church is one of the biggest charities in the world... along with builders of hospitals. I'm not Catholic myself, but there are a lot of good people in it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        People hate large things because they hate the power and responsibility it brings and they hate considering the concept of scale. they much prefer to be powerless and thus without the burden of responsibility.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I can understand that in a way. They just need to meet some. I have some people in mind, I guess, in order to give it focus. I'd probably get overwhelmed if I just thought of institution too.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            the thing is, nothing goes anywhere without institutions. everything we take for granted are products of creations meant to stand higher then what any one person could do.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >The Catholic Church is one of the biggest charities
        But not the biggest. Curious.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's also one of the biggest rapists club in the world. Maybe it needs to pay those charities?

        How many people died because of Catholicism? Just counting the other Christians. How many indigenous people enslaved with consent from the Church, because they had no soul?

        You can be proud of the Church the same way you can be proud of Ghengis Khan. Mother fricked made a lot of changes felt today, but doesn't mean he was a nice guy about it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >rapists club
          You're more likely to get molested at a public school than a church, but you don't oppose public schools because CNN didn't tell you to.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >You're more likely to get molested at a public school than a church
            [citation needed]

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Black person

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >report from 2004,
            >doesn't list 201 priests or 29,000 public educators.
            >does cite numerous sources regarding priest sexual assaults
            Kek. Did your god teach you to read? Because you aren't doing his work baring false witness.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Source?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          How many indigenous people were enslaved by other indigenous people before the Church

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        The Catholic church is just a huge institutions and they just redistribute donations or taxes, the pope doesn't pay it out of his own pocket. States also pay wellfare but noone praises them for that.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >states also pay welfare
          Why would you praise a state that pays welfare when they do so with taxes that society is forced to pay. That's not praise worthy

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's not just about me or emotions. It's also a call to action. Not only is God good, but I should strive to be as well. Embracing this enough to live it is the true kingdom of God.
    >The kingdom of God is within you.-Luke 17:21

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    for me, its the metaphysics

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      gnostic metaphysics mogs it though

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's what the Bible says about God
    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you read the bible that preeminently not it. its the believe that the intent is superior to any situational possibility. That the intrinsic is more important then the extrinsic. That the greater and universal comes before the lesser and circumstantial.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, those are essential human needs that have to be fulfilled somehow. Believing in a caring daddy in the sky usually does the job

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Caring is an understatement. And there are people who were not even religious or at least people who didn't give it much thought that often say they're overwhelmed by some kind of inexplicable cosmic-sized love in NDEs.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No, it is what the Bible says. We should fear God and also strive to be like him, for he is good.
    Whether the contents of the Bible are only in existence because of the alleged benefits of being religious (psychological comfort and the like) is up for speculation, though I still feel the accusation cannot be attributed to just Christians. All Abrahemic religions fall victim in that instance.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Whether the contents of the Bible are only in existence because of the alleged benefits
      Yes. The texts that didn't offer any benefit were either discarded by scribes or never canonized

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, an Evil God is perfectly compatible with all Christian theology

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No.
    Next question?

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No. God is the fount and source of all being. Hence God must be the pre-eminent Examplar of Unity, or Love.

    Why?

    Suppose God were composed of parts, ie. his essence were not unified into one, single, undivided substance. Then, there must be a background context of Being in which God participates which allows his parts to be related and cohere within the whole. For example, a pen which is composed of two parts — the lid and the base — can only exist because it resides within a spatial context that allows its parts to be related. However, God does not exist within any context, because he is the creator of all contexts. He is the Ultimate Source of ALL BEING. He IS BEING. Thus, the various aspects of divinity, such as Justice, Mercy, Love, Wrath, and so on, are only conceptually distinguished in the finite human mind, but in objective reality they are all synthesised in one, single, comprehensive divine essence.

    Furthermore, all that God wills, he wills necessarily. He does not have “free will”, since this is a byproduct of finitude. For suppose the contrary: that God has free will. Thus God could have done otherwise than he did. But since God is his will (QED in the previous paragraph), this statement implies the existence of two possible Gods. But this is impossible, for this would require for there to be a background context of possibility and actuality, in other words a background context of Being, which is prior to God and in which God lives.

    Thus God by necessity created this world (and all other worlds which are in accordance with his nature). Why did he do this? Because he is Goodness itself, and Goodness can only be fully expressed if it is allowed to wage war against evil, which is to say, if it is allowed to endlessly expand and call back to itself the parts of Being that are devoid of Goodness.

    Endless expanse, endless subsumption of the lost sheep back within the fold, like a great sea of Love that floods over all boundaries and heals every broken heart, slakes every thirsty mouth, wipes away all tears in an astounding reintegration of all things. Evil itself crushed under his heel, unknowingly become an instrument for his self-expression. An infinity of salvation narratives, great heroic feats, full of vibrancy and life.

    O Lord, when I do comprehend but a little part of Thy grandeur and magnificence, and rest my small mind upon these matters, then is my heart moved with such adoration of Thee, that manly tears do stain my cheeks. Thou great Physician, thou wise Counsellor, direct my mind always to contemplate Thee, and imbue my soul with that Virtue which Thou wishest to see in Thine elect.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Go to bed, Proclus.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No. We believe that due to Divine Revelation and also, as the Apostle John has written

    > This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    There are 5head justifications for believing that if god exists he must be loving, similar to stoic ideas about logos, but for the lay Christian god mustn’t be loving

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's actually for ontological reasons. Being must be good. Read Plato with Symposium and Republic and Parmenides then Perl on Thinking Being

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      tinking bean

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Real human bean

        And a real hero

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In practice, yes. On a deeper level, because the soul strives towards goodness.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      True.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If that were the case they'd just be trannies or new-agers.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Still not IQfy.
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  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Naw, it's more of a logical deduction.
    >god exists
    >I exist
    > I am a sinner
    > I am still loved despite my sinful nature.
    A non loving god wouldn't even create humans let alone deal with our shit.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >A non loving god wouldn't even create humans let alone deal with our shit.
      Does the author of a novel love every character within it?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        An author is a human who writes and has published a book or other written work. Therfore an author is not god.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      christcuck logic at work everyone

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        And there we go. The obvious answer that I have known. You have proven me right. Lmao. Look at you, thinking you have all the powet in the world. In the end, Christ will return and I will be proven right.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Christ will return
          two thousand more years!

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I believe in an eternal creator god because the alternative is not rational. I believe in Jesus because of his resurrection.

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. Atheists generally replace this comfort and sense of purpose with politics. Often even replacing elements 1 for 1, rapture being replaced with the day of the rope or revolution for example. An inevitable forthcoming justice is very comforting

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    When I was around 11 or 12 my mother drug me out of my room while I was playing vidya to read a passage in the bible she must have taken a real liking to.
    I didn't really care about it or religion in general. She put a bad taste in my mouth with it because we were constantly going to different churches every Sunday due to her paranoia that people were talking bad about her behind her back. To give some context.
    Anyway, I read the prayer aloud, don't for the life of me remember what it was, and as soon as I finished the words I felt a warmth inside I never felt since. It was like a pure heat spreading throughout my body, akin to setting next to a fireplace in winter.
    I'm not religious to this day, but that certainly left an impression on me. I know the more areligious will chalk it up to the environment etc. etc. but at the time all I cared about was going back into my room to play vidya, I don't feel like I was in the headspace to trick myself with feelings of divinity.
    >Do Christians only believe in a loving God because of the psychological comfort and emotional support such a belief provides?
    So to answer your question, yes, and I can understand why.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    They don't even believe in a loving god. They say that they do, but they really don't. They believe in a capricious butthole who alternately expresses the capacity to love but at the same time smites people for simply doing what they he wired them to do. The reason why this is so is because the actions and attitudes attributed to god are simply projections of the various aspects of the human condition. They are variously positive and negative, but predominantly negative.

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