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Faith is a Mental Disease

Please think about this for a moment.

The definition for insanity, according to Merriam-Websterís Dictionary, is "something utterly foolish or unreasonable". And the definition of faith is a "firm belief in something for which there is no proof".

To elaborate, it can be concluded that believing in something without scientific proof is not logically reasonable. As a result, faith is not logically reasonable. Therefore, having faith is a sign of insanity.

At first, I thought I was being too literal with the semantics of these words, but letís take a different view on this argument. We often see homeless people having conversations with themselves or with no one, and we immediately recognize that these people are mentally ill. Often, these types of people are found legally insane and hopefully receive professional psychological treatment. However when people pray to their faiths, they are supposedly communicating with someone who they have no proof that exists. How is this not a sign of insanity or at least a sign of questionable mental health?

There is an old adage that goes something like this, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." Well, I know quite a few people who religiously pray for a better life, health, wealth, peace, and other worldly things, yet their prayers go consistently unanswered and they still continue praying.

In conclusion, I think that faith is a mental disease. Not necessarily a major illness, but nevertheless something quite worrisome. This disease needs to be and can be cured.

by Phil for Humanity
on 09/26/2007

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