I constantly hear this and it annoys me so much. I hate it when people patronize me by saying that "It's ok to believe if it helps you live your life" or "You only believe because you want to. This is sooooo frustrating to me. I think what people need to realize is that I don't believe because I'm weak or can't deal with reality. In my opinion god is REALITY. In fact I would go as far to say that being a christian does nothing to help me with my pain. To me religion is a set of beliefs that comes with rules. It does not help me with "my pain" and it may actually cause even more stress for me.