James Croft asked an interesting question in a public Facebook post.
Interesting question which came up at this Clergy Care Summit: what is a Humanist version of “Know that God Loves you?”
There’s a string of comments offering substitutes but they’re not fully convincing. My answer is that there isn’t one. (Ian Cromwell’s is good though – “We’re all in this together”. That has the advantage of being true, along with the disadvantage of being not nearly as comforting as the original.)
There can’t be a humanist or Humanist version of “Know that God Loves you” because people are free to project onto this imagined god the most perfect satisfying consoling love possible. They’re free to reconcile mutual impossibilities – God loves everyone infinitely, but/and God’s love for me is total and undivided and not distracted by God’s love for my siblings or my best friend or those people I hate or anyone. God doesn’t love God’s own self more than God loves me.
Humanism doesn’t work that way, so it can’t possibly offer anything equivalent to that.
It seems silly to pretend otherwise. We just can’t do the consolation thing the way religion does, because we’re constrained by reality.