This is a reply to “GoodScienceForYou” …
So, I guess you’re Jewish like Einstein then.
It is true that the delusional person has no awareness of their own delusion. So who exactly is delusional here? It could be me; it could be you; but as long as I question my own beliefs and the beliefs of others, I’m not the one who is truly delusional. I’m the one who maintains an open mind and is receptive to new ideas that may put my own beliefs and assumptions into doubt, and I’m happy to be proven wrong.
The fact that you have adopted Jehovah as your god of choice should give you a clue as to where your delusion comes from. Not from yourself, but from those around you. Jehovah either exists or you have naively subscribed to someone else’s definition of god. So the challenge here is not about science, but about evidence for the existence of Jehovah.
If there was concrete evidence of Jehovah’s existence, then we would all be worshipping him. Anyone who finds evidence of god of any kind would be worshipped almost equally. The Nobel Peace Prize would look like small-change compared to the adoration any scientist would receive in finding evidence of a god of any kind.
The problem mainstream religion has with science is that successive scientific discoveries drag us further away from religious scripture and the definition of god (or gods). The idea that a universe so impossibly huge for our brains to conceive, with more stars and planets than the human mind can comprehend, should be created by a ‘god’ who is angered by humans who have sex outside marriage in a bedroom in Carlisle, England (for example), when it is becoming more and more likely (almost inevitable) that extra-terrestrial life exists elsewhere in the universe – another nail in the coffin of religion. God created ET too!
So, religions try to adapt the science (unsuccessfully) to fit their own agenda, or reinterpret religious text to fit the science – “God didn’t literally create the universe in 7 days; a day in Biblical terms is intended to be regarded as a millennium.” – and that kind of bullshit.
As for you, “GoodScienceForYou” (or, judging by your profile pic, is your real name Alfred E. Neuman?), I suspect you have doubts in the back of your mind when you post your scientific ‘facts’ for all to see. If you don’t, then you are a bona fide delusional sap!
As we have already witnessed, you don’t understand Einsteinian relativity, and you believe oxygen originates from the sun when, in fact, it is a by-product of photosynthesis. (Yes, the sun creates small amounts of oxygen, but it doesn’t last long and would never reach the surface in order to be transported to earth.)
I assume you live in north America. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) Religion in your part of the world is a commercial venture because you live in one of the few truly secular nations on earth. There is a good reason why the people who introduced you to your religion would delude you – for your MONEY!
You have to ask yourself the question; why is the United Kingdom (where I live) one of the least religious nations on earth despite having a state religion (England and Scotland)? It isn’t as if we’re religiously ignorant. We still have state sanctioned Christian worship in our schools. The people of Britain know more about religion than their American counterparts, so how is it possible that the secular USA is more religious than almost every other nation in the developed world?
Perhaps, GoodScienceForYou, you are one of the religious conmen, trying to convince the naïve and the vulnerable to join your exploitative and morally abhorrent club. Or you have been exploited yourself.
If you have fallen for all the old tricks of mental manipulation and you are genuinely naïve and vulnerable, then I send you my apologies. As an ex-Amway recruit, I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of a wishful twisted world-view. There is no shame in acknowledging your faults, as long as you stride forward and move on.
As it is, I could be deluded, but I fear some people are more deluded than me.