Originally posted by shizzle5150
Quite simply a lot of people can not fathom the idea that this life is all you have. So I would say yes, atheists do have a different thought
pattern. Some people have such a hard time believing that they will cease to exist (period) when they die that they will hold on to any thing that
gives them the glimmer of hope in immortality. They will strive so much for this immortality that they will believe something with all of their
hearts that can not be proven (outside of dying) and say "well I have faith."
that is not true, it is not about selfishness, wanting immortality at all costs.
take me for example, im the most non cookie cutter christian youll meet. I used to be an atheist in high school. I think praying before the cross and
directing your prayers to Jesus is IDOLATRY, and not Christianity. I think Jesus was not the son of God, he was a messenger of God, but not God
incarnate, not God himself. God would not come to dwell in a man's flesh wholly, and limit himself to that man's fleshyness and humanity. Rather he
will send a creation to do that; Jesus.
I dont believe in the holy trinity. I think the Catholic Church is inherintly evil, and not the true Christianity. I thnk pious Jews and Muslims will
goto heaven. I think pious moral people who believe in one God but are not a member of any denomination or Church will goto heaven. Hell, even
All men will be judged by their works, it was said. So naturally, if an Atheist lives a good, moral life, and doesn't go around blaspheming at every
opportunity, and doesn't become consumed by greed, I think if his works are sufficient, at Judgement the Atheist will simply be told "YOU WERE
WRONG", while still allowing them into heaven. Because its all about what you DO, how you ACT, the purity of your thoughts, the purity of your mind
You can be unawares of God, and your own soul, and wander like a sheep with no shepard. But when you die, even you will meet your maker.
Allow me to pose a question or 3 to the Atheists reading. I'd like to see their opinions on these questions.
1) What existed before the big bang? (Nothing is not an answer. If you want to say nothing, simply say 'dark matter')
2) What caused the big bang to explode?
3) Where did the molecules within the big bang which exploded outwards in all directions come from? How did they come to be? Did they appear out of
thin air? (Not being rhetorical..)
4) How did the laws of physics, such as gravity and motion, come to be? Why does a heavy object pull things toward it in space, ala gravity? Why
don't they push things away instead, like two positive magnets? Where did the 'order of the cosmos' come from..
5) Where did the first strand of DNA come from? How did it form spontaineously into existance?
6) What is beyond the universe, which contains every star and solar system in existance? Certainly the universe cannot be never-ending, certainly it
must have boundaries, because it is expanding at an ever increasing rate. If the universe is getting larger in other words, moving outward in all
directions, what is it contained within
? It must have boundaries if it is getting bigger. Something with no boundaries cannot become larger or
smaller, because boundaries define size.
I could keep going, but these should keep you busy. I have answers of opinion to most of those questions. I think there is an intelligent design to
reality, to existance and all that exists and has ever existed. I think the big bang was the effect, not the cause. I think before the big bang,
something had to exist FOR the big bang to happen "within". I think there had to be molecules to form the contents which exploded during the big
bang. I think that men did not evolve directly from monkey; rather that monkey evolved into neanderthal as well as homo-erectus and cro-magnon. I
think from that point, something other than evolution was involved in making modern human beings as they are. Despite our relation to primates, there
is the missing link, and I think it's because intelligent, modern man came to be in a sudden event. a creation.
"in our likeness" .. well, they'd still need a base mammal to start with. they chose homo erectus/cro magnon .. and made him beautiful,
intelligent, and moral. they gave him free will, the ability to think and perceive, all of this is unique to us, no other mammals come close. thats
because only we are in the likeness of God..