posted on Jun, 29 2012 @ 04:41 PM
Religion is a disease of the mind and you can't argue with a disease. If you point out the many flaws/evil statements in the bible, they'll claim
you're interpreting it wrong......if you point out the absurdity of "free will", and our ability to influence outcomes, in the context of "god's
plan", you'll get a lot of cognitive dissonance....if you point out the science of evolution/physics, they'll merely claim those are god's tests
(test for what?....god already knows what's going to happen).
Epicurus said it best, "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?".
But, the fact that someone can claim that we have "free will", yet also claim to be "god fearing" really underscores the level of cognitive
dissonance involved in religious ideology: We're free to choose what we want, but if that choice doesn't involve worshiping our master (without a
shred of tangible evidence), we'll be tortured in the most horrible way for eternity....seems legit.
P.S. - It's always cute when some religious person gives me the following argument: "But, what will you do when you're in front of god on judgement
day....how could you deny his power"? To which I reply, "I wouldn't...I would willingly, and easily, both accept him/her and apologize for not
following whatever edict it was that he wanted me to adhere to." To them, that means I'm a hypocrite and that my atheist "beliefs" are malleable.
But, that's because they don't grasp that atheism isn't a belief system; it's an absence of a belief system based on the merits. If god shows up
on my doorstep today, I'll be a believer.....it's really not that complicated.