Essay on deism
I'm writing an essay about a particular group of deists who believe in the Abrahamic God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam but not religion, yet carry on with religious activities belonging to their previous faith (e.g. Muslim deists who pray five times a day, Christian deists who fast during Lent, etc). Besides the fact that they're still exercising these practices, what other fallacies could I write about? These are my main points so far:
- The Abrahamic God has not come forth to humanity without introducing a religion with each attempt.
- The Abrahamic God specifically condemns "faith without religion". IOW, you can't go to heaven without accepting the religion as believing in the existence of God alone will not suffice.
- In practical terms, if their belief in God without religion is true, it isn't fair to those who believe in religion. Like say, if a Christian deist does not accept Jesus or if a Muslim deist who drinks alcohol go to heaven, it wouldn't be fair to those who accepted Jesus/abstained from certain activities. The former lived out their lives while the latter stuck to their code, and yet the former believes their reasoning will get them to heaven.
- It's basically an insult to their God because his religions were not good enough for them. If you believe in God, then you must believe God is perfect. If God is perfect, there would be no problems with his religions to turn you into this form of deism.
Anything other suggestions? Because I think I've pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one.