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Four Atheist Quotes That Hit Home.

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posted on Jul, 13 2009 @ 11:57 PM
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Look i aint here to judge people on their beliefs ...

To all the atheists if you could answer honestly...

How many of you celebrate christmas and easter because 100% of the atheist i asked this question to, do celebrate both these holy days..

If you do celebrate these days and are athiest, why do you do it?

I guess its easier to pick and choose want you want to believe in with religion...the stuff that suits yourselves.




posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 12:09 AM
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Originally posted by TheMythLives
reply to post by Alaskan Man
 


Those quotes are somethig else..lol.. They are very thought provoking and I am a believer. But their really is a lot of truth in them and I really like them.
All of them were/are brilliant men. While I disagree with their point of view, I accept and respect what they believe. I just hope others can do the same, I love opposing views, because only through opposing views can the truth be reached.


O yea! S&F

A believers 2 cents

Peace,
~TheMythLives


[edit on Jul 12th 2009 by TheMythLives]




This is the mentality that all true christians should have.. As human beings with strong "beliefs" it can be a struggle to listen to other points of view, but if you are serving the almighty, it better be a habbit.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 12:40 AM
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Excellent composition of quotes that really make you think!
I'm surprised that there is very little mention of a philosopher that made me look at things in a different way, in a simplistic artistic kinda way.
This is the fundamental question for me:

"Is man one of God's blunders? Or is God one of man's Blunders"?
-Nietzsche

I know everyone has their belief structure, and that is all well and good... just so long as it is not interfering with mine. I will come right out and say it... I don't place my bets on there being a God to count on when the chips are down, so I am left with myself to figure it out.

Now when I am left waffling with myself on the matter at hand, this next one is a generous serving that has always helped out:

"When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself."
-Peter O'Toole


"Question your actions as much as your beliefs that drive them."
-Telemetry




[Snipped out the Einstein quote... PaperPlanes beat me to it.... ]
[edit on 09/7/14 by telemetry]



[edit on 09/7/14 by telemetry]



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 12:50 AM
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Originally posted by escobar75
Look i aint here to judge people on their beliefs ...

To all the atheists if you could answer honestly...

How many of you celebrate christmas and easter because 100% of the atheist i asked this question to, do celebrate both these holy days..

If you do celebrate these days and are athiest, why do you do it?

I guess its easier to pick and choose want you want to believe in with religion...the stuff that suits yourselves.


Hi Escobar, that's an excellent question. I celebrate them because much of my family is still religious so they are already together. For me and my wife, it's more of a time for family more than anything. I don't need a godly reason to come together. Think of it as two extra Thanksgivings.


Also, many of the christian holidays are based from pagan holidays... so why do you celebrate them?



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 01:01 AM
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What if God was one of us? What if God has multiple personalities?


I'd heard from an ex-con that many who typically find religion in order to shorten their stay, will be rejected at parole hearings when they simply say: "God will provide." when asked what they will do when they get out.

That's like the criminal who hears voices; " Help yourself." --God helps those who help themselves. The many interpretations and misinterpretations of scripture etc.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 01:43 AM
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Originally posted by aleon1018
What if God was one of us?


you remind me of that song



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 01:53 AM
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Christians (at least those I know) still celebrate those holidays because of the meaning. Yes, much paganism has been incorperated but the meaning remains the same. And yes even the the dates aren't right (like the birth of christ), regardless, it's the meaning behind it and the rule is...God still recognizes our practice even if we have the dates wrong. We're not so bright, and I think he realizes that.


[edit on 14-7-2009 by Wookiep]



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 01:54 AM
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Originally posted by escobar75
How many of you celebrate christmas and easter because 100% of the atheist i asked this question to, do celebrate both these holy days..

I don't celebrate Easter, but I do celebrate Christmas. But, of all the cultural celebration we have around these holidays (at least in my family), none of them have anything to do with Christianity; they're all old pagan rituals.

Christmas: gift giving, Christmas tree, Christmas ham (especially in Scandinavia), etc.

Easter: eggs, baby chickens and bunnies, etc.

In American culture, all of the 'stuff' that surrounds these holidays is completely disassociated from the religious aspects of the holidays.


I guess its easier to pick and choose want you want to believe in with religion...the stuff that suits yourselves.

I don't think this has anything to do with it, especially since you're asking atheists this question, so it is not about religion at all. If you celebrate Christmas by gift-giving, or hunt Easter eggs, you're also "choosing" to practice pagan customs, since there is no biblical basis for any of these things.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 02:02 AM
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meaning how do i know that bacon causes this, or why god would warn us of these things that pork can do to you. hmm i proved my point. maybe i should win a pathology nobel prize When there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes "hardening of the arteries" so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked. The blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if enough blood and oxygen cannot reach your heart, you may suffer chest pain. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.

High blood cholesterol itself does not cause symptoms, so many people are unaware that their cholesterol level is too high. It is important to find out what your cholesterol numbers are because lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens the risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of a heart attack or dying of heart disease, even if you already have it. Cholesterol lowering is important for everyone--younger, middle age, and older adults; women and men; and people with or without heart disease.
. hahahah just look up what bacon can do to you bacon has been known to cause high cholesterol, ewhich as you know can clog up in the arteries, can lead to heart attacks. and blood clots. thats it.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 02:02 AM
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posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 02:31 AM
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*sigh* Theres a time and place and this is not it.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 05:57 AM
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Originally posted by Alaskan Man



Without further ado, here are my four favorites.

“Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”
Thomas Jefferson


“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”
Richard Dawkins

I look forward to reading what you guys think about these quotes, and which ones you yourself admire.

[edit on 7/12/2009 by Alaskan Man]


These 2 are my favs, but with regards to Thomas Jefferson, I personally believe that it was his intention to keep Religioon out of US gov, hence separation of church and state, and that what that quote and many others were referring to. But anyways, here are a few of my Favorites.
"Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men." Voltaire

I do not believe in a personal God. Stephen Hawking

Religion is a byproduct of fear," he says. "For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity? Arthur C. Clarke

All natural institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. Thomas Paine



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 06:20 AM
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Originally posted by barksplinter
To clarify Atheism for Atheists:

I purport there to be a God; Yet, I cannot PROVE there is a God.
Therefore mine is a FAITH BASED belief system.
Atheists purport there IS NOT a God. Atheists cannot prove there is NOT a God.
Therefore theirs is a FAITH BASED belief system.

Agnostics have an ABSENCE of belief..
(Don't know... or don't care.)
Atheists DO NOT have an ABSENCE of belief.
Atheists claim to KNOW THERE IS NO GOD!

Agnostics are intellectually honest to say they have an absence of belief.
Atheists on the other hand are dishonest to claim the have an absence of belief because they adamantly claim to be right about something they have no proof of (IE FAITH).

In other words, the Atheist's belief system is more similar to the Deist's belief system that to that of the Agnostics!


This was my fav post, and I totally agree with, cause Im more agnostic, then atheist as well, cause alot of atheist to me were just down right hard headed. Altho I do love alot of Atheist quotes, but true agnostic is better I think.. as is said in the quote.

There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies? Richard Dawkins



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 06:42 AM
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Originally posted by randyvs

atheism




'the belief that there was nothing
and nothing happened to nothing
then nothing magically exploded for no reason creating everything
and then a bunch of everythig magically rearranged itself
for no reason what so ever
into self replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs"


and the Bible is full of fairytales?

i'm pretty sure this calls for some rethinking.


[edit on 13-7-2009 by randyvs]


0

0=0

1-1 = 0

1+(-1) = 0

Start with nothing, then divide it into two opposing forces - then you can create anything.

1,000,000 + (-1,000,000) = 0

Is the sum of the universe equal to zero? Well, it certainly makes sense to me if that were the answer.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 08:41 AM
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Really interesting. Especially the one by Thomas Jefferson. You can't read on of his speeches without finding a divine reference in their somewhere. The God that doesn't want us to ask the questions about it's existence is the evil God. But remember, since we all die sooner or later, it would be a safe bet to believe in something rather than nothing (missing 100% of the shots you don't take whatnot).



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 09:44 AM
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I think if there is a God, then there would be one universal law/message/guideline.. whatever you want to call it! Which makes sense when you think that the vast majority of religions the main message seems to be try and be a good person, and look after eachother. None of these 'thou shalt not eat fried chicken on the 15th of every month' type rules make much sense, and they arent even explained to us why they are wrong.

Also.. bacon is the anti-christ, clearly!



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 12:16 PM
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Great quotes! they make me want to be an athiest but God has other plans for me.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 12:52 PM
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Though I'm not atheist I like the quotes. In response to the one about dismissing god, I dont dismiss other god I only choose to aknowege the One true God. But Dont get me wrong I may classify myself as a christian but I routinly piss them off.



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 01:10 PM
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And again I ask you my friend If Pig is a dirty animal that God did not want Man to eat and God created both the Pig and the Human he CERTAINLY would have designed the human taste buds to not enjoy the yummy taste of Sausage and Pork Chops and BACON!

CERTAINLY God in his infinite wisdom while creating both the Human taste bud and the Pig would design the Human taste bud to wretch and vomit at even the slightest taste of a pork product?

Or is that the work of the Devil?



posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 03:51 PM
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Responding from a Christian persuasion:



“Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”
Thomas Jefferson

Not a pro atheist quote in the least




“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”
Stephen Roberts

A completely ignorant and misguided notion.



“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”
Richard Dawkins

More ignorance and misunderstanding, utterly untrue.




“An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.”
John Buchan

A barely amusing pun.

Thats it? Really?

Fine with me, heaven isnt for everyone.

You are free to choose, and no one will stone you or chop your head off for it.

Well, true as far as Chritianity goes, I wouldnt count on such tolerance from other certain beheading-centric religions.



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