Many philosophers and religious critics contend the presence of God and the purpose of religion.
According to some theories, religion gives people hope and purpose in life while instilling fear of the unknown to check their behaviors in society.
Some suggest that religion preys on people’s insecurities and weaknesses such as depression, self-esteem, guilt, and death to create a supreme being whom people run to for love and forgiveness which gives them hope of life after death.
Similarly, The Fatboy Show presenters held the same sentiments agreeing that the fear of the unknown is what keeps people religious and spiritual.
“Most people are spiritual due to fear of the unknown and not because they love God so much. Others are religious because, without a higher power to believe in, life can be really hard,” said Olive Najuma during the Tuesday show.
James Onen also added that religion is parallel to blackmail because it keeps people in fear of being punished by hellfire when they sin.
“If the concept of hell did not exist and the idea was people can freely live and still go to heaven, many would not be praying,” he opined.
Olive cited the controversies in religious books such as the Bible, wondering why a loving and all-knowing God tempted Adam and Eve when he put a tree in the Garden of Eden. She asked why he prohibited them from eating its fruits knowing they would and went ahead to punish them.
Agatha, a participant in the show said that the concept of religion is individual, with everyone believing in something different. She noted that religion gives people hope in leading a healthier and more satisfying life, low cases of divorce, and quality of life.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, and Sarah every weekday from 6 am to 10 am on RX Radio.