I've struggled with my beliefs throughout my life. I was baptized catholic, raised christian, and attended church occasionally throughout adolescence. However, I was the only child of three who never made first communion for lack of sunday school enrollment. It just never happened. But, I've constantly thought about it throughout life and have come to this personal view. Religion is merely a means for hope and sometimes purpose. Those who are very religious (I'm talking the born-again-christian types) make it almost a personal vendetta to shove their views down the throat of anybody who will listen, and thrash the mindset of anyone who disagrees. It's almost as if they have no other purpose but to spit the word of the bible after every sentence. and almost everyone of this nature I meet is the same way. they might carry on other aspects of life, but the religious part takes up so much of the personality it is overwhelming to those who meet them. they see religion as a purpose to live basically and owe their life to the savior and his father. Then it seems there's another type of person of religion, where it doesn't consume them, but they go to church on important occasions and use religion when they need it. they pray in times of terror or hopefulness, commit some sins without confessing, take the lord's name in vain, they don't know the scripture's by heart, and may not have even read the whole bible, but religion is there when they need it. it's a crutch for when life breaks a leg. it seems that hospital walls have heard more prayers than those of a church. Now modern schooling has led me to believe the theory of evolution, there's no doubt in my mind. and I've done personal research of various faiths, and none of them have been able to convince me to believe there is in fact a higher being. god is said to be omniscient (all knowing), omnibenevolent (all that is good), and omnipotent (all powerful). omnipotent all powerful. this means god is able to do anything. except, could god create a rock so heavy that even god could not lift it? no. omnibenevolent objective - observers/subject are/is independent; truth value of a objective claim is independent of what anyone thinks of it; example: the sun is the center of our solar system. subjective - observer/subject are/is dependent; the truth value of a subjective claim is dependent upon the personal feeling/attitudes of the observer/subject example: vanilla ice cream taste good. and obviously for something to be moral, it must be objective. all that is good; but what is good? what is moral? in monotheistic and polytheistic religion, pious is synonymous with moral. using euthyphro's question, "is it pleasing to [god] because it is pious? or is it pious because it is pleasing to [god]?" well, if one statement is true, the second must be false. if the first is true, "it is pleasing to god because it is pious", then that implies there is a being even greater than god making it pious or moral. so that can't be true. if the second is true, "it is pious because it is pleasing to god", then this is even worse. because that just makes all matters subjective. it's not right because it is moral. it's the same as god thinking vanilla ice cream tastes good so, therefore, everyone should think so. thoughts? criticisms? agreements? arguments?