I’m sure lots of people feel they have an answer to that question but is there an answer that really differs from our reasons for employing the concept of a tooth fairy, Santa Claus, or the Easter bunny. The tooth fairy has become a trick to console our children when faced with the reality of losing their first teeth. The presents that Santa Claus brings have become the carrot we offer our children when we want them to behave and the Easter bunny serves a similar purpose.
Aren’t gods just the grown up’s equivalent of these fairy tales?
If you strip away the veneer and dig beneath the prayers, praise and preaching are you not just left with a concept invented to convince people that if they are well-behaved and do as they are told they will recieve their just reward – i.e. Santa’s pressies or the bunny’s candy? Isn’t it just a way of saying that despite the pain and discomfort, something better is waiting round the corner – or under the pillow?
Life itself is an amazing thing, full of joy, beauty and wonderful things so, despite the hard times that it inevitably brings, why hope for anything more?