Q: I know you’ll tell me God loves me, but you don’t know how much hurt I’ve caused and what a terrible person I’ve been. I know I need God and I wish I could believe He loves me, but I just can’t. — P.N.
A: Your god doesn’t love you; not because you’ve been a terrible person, but because it doesn’t exist. None of us need any type of god. God-belief and religion may have been beneficial when ancient humans were just starting to form the first societies. These religions provided a framework for law and order and simple (but incorrect) explanations for natural phenomena (eclipses, seasons, visible astronomical bodies, birth defects, etc.). However, because we have developed fair sociopolitical systems like democracy and explained much of the natural world through physics, chemistry, and biology, religion and god-belief are not needed now.
If you have acted in the past in a manner that has hurt others and that you regret, I hope that you try to make amends with those people and modify your behavior so that you are less likely to cause harm in the future. If you have not already, you may want to modify your personal moral code and try very hard to live by it.
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