Suppose my friend said, “Johnny Depp loves me and I get great comfort in knowing it.”
Though such a claim is unlikely to be true, I cannot prove she is mistaken without more information. It is possible Depp learned of my friend on Facebook, the internet or some other way and came to know her and fell madly in love.
But what would be the proper, moral way to respond to my friend’s claim?
A: “Good for you, I admire your faith.”
B: “Believing this is better than not believing.”
C: “Only a bigot would disagree with you.”
D: “What evidence do you have for this?”
The correct answer is D.
Hopefully C jumped out as particularly ridiculous.
A caring friend would better examine the situation by asking questions to determine if the friend needs mental care. If a person is believing a false idea they may act in a way to endanger themselves or someone else.
– Atheist Max