Helen Keller was asked is she believed in God. She replied that God had always been there with her. She was deaf, mute, and blind, and had no exposure to religion – no exposure to the sales & marketing of Christianity – before being asked about God.
Helen Keller had a direct link to God that did not require religion.
Since a person’s direct link to God requires no religion at all, religion is simply an unofficial sales & marketing – and occasional mercenary army – for God. The books in a religion are the marketing materials. The adherents are the sales people. And atrocities are occasionally directed toward a different sales & marketing department.
Kindness is a behavior that does not require religion. Positivity is an attitude that does not require religion.
Find the person who is skeptical about their religion and you will have found an honest truth-seeker.
There’s an old saying with Christian friends of mine: “If you’re right, and there is no God, then all I’ve done is wasted my time. If I’m right, and there is a God, then you’ll spend eternity in hell. I’d rather waste my time than be wrong.”
“If you’re right and God does not exist, then I’d rather believe and be wrong than not believe and be right. But if I’m right and God does exist, then you’re in trouble.” Over the years my response has become, “What if you’re right about God but end up in another religion’s hell because you adhered to the wrong religion?”
As Richard Dawkins has observed, we are all atheists with respect to Zeus and Thor. Only the atheist has realized that the biblical god is no different.Sam Harris, There is No God (And You Know It) – Huffington Post
How to avoid ending up in the hell of a different religion. How many religions believe in a hell? If you adhere to the wrong religion you’ll end up the the hell of the true religion.