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Originally posted by Q:1984A:1776 I have to admit that that everything is possible, therefore there really could be a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father that can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.
Originally posted by nicolee123nd
If you ever get into a religious conversation with an atheist, at one point the person almost always says "I was raised Christian..." How come you never hear a person say "I was born an atheist..."?
In America, studies showed that 8% of people were atheist/agnostic/nonreligious in 1990 source
Hell.If you think back to the pre-1950s, many people considered it taboo to even not attend church every Sunday, to support homosexuality, to have an abortion or even use birth control, etc. The Christian Church had a much stronger hold on us back then. And now that people have the power to think freely, they may realize that they've put their faith in something that they now realize isn't so legitimate.
Some people may see the growth in nonreligious people as a bad thing, weather it's for the sake of their religion or that they just don't like atheists. But I see this as a good thing. I'm an atheist, and I'm gonna admit, I think religion is holding us back from advancing, scientifically and spiritually.
Without religion (Christianity in particular), we could have a better society overall. No longer would gays, women, blacks, and anyone else looked down on in some religions be considered lesser citizens.
I fear atheism, not because i believe there is some great spirit, because its the fringe, where the next step is some kind demon, devil, satan worship, whether you know you are or not. I think an atheist would produce evil, something this world needs reduced.
Originally posted by iterationzero
Agnosticism and atheism aren't mutually exclusive. Quick summary of positions:
Gnostic theist = 100% certain of the existence of god(s).
Gnostic atheist = 100% certain of the lack of existence of god(s).
Agnostic theist = believes in god(s), but doesn't claim to know with 100% certainty.
Agnostic atheist = lacks a belief in god(s), but doesn't claim to know with 100% certainty.
Originally posted by NewlyAwakened
I think it might be a good thing just because for many, atheism seems to be a necessary step on the path to true spirituality/religion.
Something like this (a gross oversimplification):
1. Raised a dogmatic Christian afraid to question anything.
2. Mind starts to open, you become an atheist.
3. Mind opens further, heart starts to open, you find God again but have a much different idea of Him than you grew up with.
Collectively, it's like a snake shedding its skin. I think the world might see that in the near future (if we don't annihilate ourselves). Around 2000 years ago the snake (our civilization) shed its old, degraded skin. The new skin is now old, degraded, the symbols have lost their meaning, our lives have become aimless again. Thus the time is ripe for a new skin.
It's just an analogy that may or may not represent the true state of things. Take it with a grain of salt.
edit on 13-6-2011 by NewlyAwakened because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Nikola014
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
reply to post by Nikola014
And why is that? I'd just like an explanation of how faith is positive and linked inextricably to our 'future', whatever you mean by that.
Try to imagine a man without faith.
A man without faith it not concern for the future.How much people in difficult moments, turns to faith? Well I can tell you a lot.Because faith gives us one extra strength to fight and it's help us i the difficult moments.That's why i believe if the man lose his faith,he lost his future.
The point is,faith give us hope for better tomorrow and i strongly believe faith is one of the most important thing in human life.
Originally posted by JBeezy
reply to post by VitriolAndAngst
how about all the atheists that commited mass genocide....yeah because they had no conscience...and the reason why atheists do kill eachother when no one is looking is because you would still get caught most of the time. Im talking more minor things like finding a wallet on a sidewalk with a couple hundred bucks in it. Atheists have a massive inferiority complex, as they view themselves as nothing more than a fluke in the universe. BTW i have news for you science is not 100% and never was nor will it ever be so to say that science "proves" anything is a load of crap....name one thing that science "proves", just one thing.