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posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 01:25 PM
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Originally posted by woodwardjnr
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I think a lot of us atheist's call ourselves atheists, because we don't believe in the God's of the abrahamic and other religions. It just makes for a clear distinction, to help avoid the notion that we are undecided about those faiths. Well I'm talking for myself personally. Of course none of us know how it all began, but some of us are not content with the religious explanation.


Find understanding in the historical context,
www.archaeologicalstudybible.com...

I learned something new today, Jesus was the ultimate radical altruist.

Who took upon the sins of the world.

I have studied because of doubts, I wanted answers I wasn't getting in church, I wanted more knowledge,

We humans seem to have this unquenchable thirst.
We fill our emptiness with friends, lovers, drugs, food, seems we are always looking for something to quench this longing.
www.biblegateway.com...

I believe we are longing to go home, we are strangers in a strange land.

Love your enemies,




posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 01:27 PM
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Oh I wanted to say instead of giving up on Abrahamic religion, correct it to the best of your ability.

You have left it to the scribes and pharisees, and the anti-Christs.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 01:34 PM
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Originally posted by woodwardjnr
I think a lot of us atheist's call ourselves atheists, because we don't believe in the God's of the abrahamic and other religions. It just makes for a clear distinction, to help avoid the notion that we are undecided about those faiths.


This is the case for me. You said it perfectly. I don't really know what I believe about spirituality anymore. I'm not sure if I think there's a "spirit world" or not... Sometimes I think there's something more, but it could just be something science hasn't discovered that covers ESP, "energy" and recurring "lessons" in life (seems just when I am struggling the hardest to learn something, the Universe presents me with a tool or situation to teach me something). In any case, I don't feel it's necessary or even desired to decide what to believe in.
I have a life to live and people to love - I don't need a religion or "belief in a higher power" to shackle me in life. If it exists, I will find out about it one day.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 01:53 PM
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It is odd that you feel it is a shackle, no wonder you shy away from it.

I find comfort in many scriptures, Christian and otherwise, even poetry and music.

But I think I know what you mean.

Blessed are the peace makers.

Do you ever read non-religious spiritual inspirational material?



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 02:06 PM
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Originally posted by Stormdancer777
It is odd that you feel it is a shackle, no wonder you shy away from it.


I do feel religion and the strict accompanying dogma is oppressive. Since I have left it behind, I feel much freer. Not free to rape and pillage, but to live my life how I want to and choose to, not because some rule says I must, or I will be cast into the fiery pits of hell. I'm a much happier and more loving person now. And my morals are stronger, because they are mine, not from a book or mindset.



I find comfort in many scriptures, Christian and otherwise, even poetry and music.


The lessons taught in the bible are not exclusive to the bible or even to religion. I have read LOTS of personal growth and inspirational materials over the years. And I agree, a lot of it is comforting and wise.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 02:10 PM
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Again. So why do you call it God?

Well why not? In some Buddhist branches, they call God, the Absolute, or Absolute Truth. in Tao the Tao, or they say, any thing that can be said of the Tao, is not the Tao (basically just a play conceptual versus actual)

All I can say is there is something there and its beyond what anyone can say or think of it and basically trumps all things, but also unites all things.

So why not call it God? The word "God" may have negative connotations to some, and positive to others, but ultimately the word and label of something, has never been, nor will it ever bee, the same as the actual thing.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 02:26 PM
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Originally posted by dominicus
So why not call it God? The word "God" may have negative connotations to some, and positive to others, but ultimately the word and label of something, has never been, nor will it ever bee, the same as the actual thing.


I think each person has their own definition of what "God" is to them. If I use the word, they're going to think I mean the same thing they do. I don't use the word because it means so many things and therefore doesn't really have a meaning to me.
The best label I can come up with is a "central source" and I don't know if I believe in that or not. If I said I don't know whether or not I believe in "God", I would be called agnostic or something... So, I just prefer not to name something I'm not even sure exists.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 02:55 PM
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I think each person has their own definition of what "God" is to them. If I use the word, they're going to think I mean the same thing they do. I don't use the word because it means so many things and therefore doesn't really have a meaning to me. The best label I can come up with is a "central source" and I don't know if I believe in that or not. If I said I don't know whether or not I believe in "God", I would be called agnostic or something... So, I just prefer not to name something I'm not even sure exists

oh I hear you loud and clear. The word "God" causes delusions of granduer in all parties involved.

yet what I'm saying is that the word is irrelevant. You want use "central source" the cool, thumbs up, im with you.

not sure whether it exists or not ..... now we're talking. What I'm saying is there is sets of blueprints out there, and I can post my own (which are just reguritated mash-ups of one's that already have existed since Buddhism and earlier) that basically spell out step by step how to get to a direct experience of said "central source."

You see the Irony I have to deal with now? Being an ex-atheist/agnostic, I have a set of blueprints where a person can go and see for themselves whther or not said Source exists. 3 of my old Atheist friends are no longer Atheists after following the steps and seeing for themselves that there is something there that is real and exists.

So here I am saying, "Hey go look for yourself, here's how" but then I have the religious which say, "No no no no, your crazy and only our way is right," and then I have the hardened atheist group which says, "well I don't believe in anything so I'm not even going to bother."

I'm talking about a direct knowingness and direct experience which always trumps belief vs. non-belief. Considering our whole lives consist of one direct experience after another, its saying something.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 03:11 PM
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Once you free yourself from the slavery chains of religion it hurts to turn around and see everyone who is still trapped by it. Religion is a tool of power used to control and subjugate humanity.

It has been used for thousands upon thousands of years, through hundreds of different religions and god's and goddesses in every culture and society.

“Are you really surprised by the endurance of religion? What ideology is likely to be more durable than one that conforms, at every turn, to our powers of wishful thinking? Hope is easy; knowledge is hard. Science is the one domain in which we human beings make a truly heroic effort to counter our innate biases and wishful thinking. Science is the one endeavor in which we have developed a refined methodology for separating what a person hopes is true from what he has good reason to believe. The methodology isn't perfect, and the history of science is riddled with abject failures of scientific objectivity. But that is just the point-these have been failures of science, discovered and corrected by-what, religion? No, by good science.”
― Sam Harris



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 03:24 PM
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This trend is hardly surprising in view of the recent history of two major religions.

The Christians have been torturing and murdering those who disagree with them for years, lately in the name of the anointed, OIL.

The Moslems blow up themselves and others, behead with little grace and now crucify because the two former aren't grisly enough.

More people have been murdered in the name of organized religion than for any other objective.

Why wouldn't one affiliate oneself with a movement that advocates no religion at all? The only people screaming for your head are the believers, which brings us full circle.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 03:44 PM
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Is it easier to believe in random chance or God?

Picture two almost impossibly dense particles roaming through an almost impossibly large universe.

Which is more plausible? That a magical space father who doesn't live by any rules of physics that can be measured created the universe out of nothing OR that these two particles collided, creating the big bang and the universe as we know it today?

I could come up with a dozen scenarios for the creation of the universe that sounds more plausible than the magical space father using the little science I have studied.

As we learn more about the universe, we'll think less and less of God and more of the forces of the universe that give us something in common.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 03:51 PM
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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic

I do feel religion and the strict accompanying dogma is oppressive. Since I have left it behind, I feel much freer. Not free to rape and pillage, but to live my life how I want to and choose to, not because some rule says I must, or I will be cast into the fiery pits of hell. I'm a much happier and more loving person now. And my morals are stronger, because they are mine, not from a book or mindset.



Me too.

When I finally made that decision to step completely out of the "god circle" - - - it was like a weight lifted off me.

Everything meant so much more to me.

Morals/Ethics - whatever - - have so much more meaning. There are no excuses.



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posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 04:00 PM
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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic

I think each person has their own definition of what "God" is to them. If I use the word, they're going to think I mean the same thing they do.


Thanks - - that's exactly it.

I do not believe in a God - - in the religious sense of an omnipotent being or even a singular creative force.

We don't really know anything. We don't even really know why we exist.

I do believe there is something beyond what we see.

I don't want my "Hey there's something" to be mistaken for most other people's concept called God.
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posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 04:03 PM
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No one is truly an atheist...They are agnostic.


Would you believe me if i told you atheism is just another religion?



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 04:13 PM
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This trend is hardly surprising in view of the recent history of two major religions. The Christians have been torturing and murdering those who disagree with them for years, lately in the name of the anointed, OIL.

i could care less for organized dogmatic fundamentalist religions myself, but what most of you posters don't realize is this:

In the qoute above we have this sentence:

The Christians have been torturing and murdering those who disagree with them for years


Now get rid of all religions and make Atheism as the majority and your still gonna have:
"The __________have been torturing and murdering those who disagree with them for years"

Now you can fill in that blank with, corporations, gangs, different countries, different sub-genre atheist groups, races, etc etc. The stuff that's done in the name of Religion, is always going to keep continuing and will be done in all types of different names.

Its human nature.



More people have been murdered in the name of organized religion than for any other objective. Why wouldn't one affiliate oneself with a movement that advocates no religion at all? The only people screaming for your head are the believers, which brings us full circle.

People are always gonna murder in the name of something. Jealousy, Love, Lust, Hatred, Racism, revenge, money, power...... again its already within human nature to do the things that people are saying is done in the Name of religion. Get rid of religion and these acts will still continue. Won't a Damn thing change



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 04:18 PM
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You cherry-pick. Anything can be made of my statement out of context.

If you're going to quote me, quote me fairly and accurately.

No single entity has killed more people than organized religion.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 04:47 PM
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You cherry-pick. Anything can be made of my statement out of context. If you're going to quote me, quote me fairly and accurately.

sorry to say bro, but I am not cherry picking. I've sat with University philosophy professors who are accredited and published in regards to this subject and came to the conclusion that, get rid of religion, and human nature will find something else to kill in the name of


No single entity has killed more people than organized religion.

please provide a reference

As far as Communism as an Entity, it's argued that between 85-100 million have been killed in the name of Communism
reference 1
reference 2

If Communism wasn't around, those same folks would find whatever "Entity" was in power at the time to still continue killing.

On another note, saying "Christianity" as an Entity is responsible for tons of killings or for the most killings is improper because many of the Biggest denominations go by "Thou Shalt Not Kill" and "Love Thy Neighbhor" .....so they would say that anyone who killed in the name of Christianity was not only wrong, but perhaps was never a real Christian.

Like I said, get rid of all religions and killers will find another name to kill in

"Religion this religion that" I'm just sick of hearing it. Bring it on. Let's hold a global experiment where the whole world becomes majority anti-religion and then will see that murders, rapes, tortures, molestations, all of the BS will continue and that it was never "religion itself" which was to blame for "human nature"



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 04:47 PM
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Originally posted by superluminal11
No one is truly an atheist...They are agnostic.


Would you believe me if i told you atheism is just another religion?


Agnostic was "coined' by Huxley and basically means - - you can't prove God or dis-prove God.

Any honest atheist would admit they are also agnostic. I doubt many believers would.

Atheism means Lack of believe in a God/Deity. That is all it means. It has no doctrine - - therefore it is not a religion.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 04:59 PM
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Is this an attempt to discredit atheism?

Communism/socialism is not atheism. The Red Hoard may "practice" atheism, but it is not the keystone of their doctrine.



posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 05:30 PM
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Is this an attempt to discredit atheism?

its an attempt to discredit everything because everything can be used to justify killing, which is just part of animalistic human nature. Every single one of has the capability to save and to kill.

if were gonna say "religion" is responsible as an entity for all these murders, so let's get rid of it, then same goes for "communism", "oil"(irag & iran), "greed, lust, hatred, jealousy, money, power, corruption, corporate proxy wars" so lets get rid of all of those.

Yet we don't, and the all singing all dancing BS of the world continues religion or no religion.


Communism/socialism is not atheism. The Red Hoard may "practice" atheism, but it is not the keystone of their doctrine.

never said it was. But just like folks have killed in the name of communism, so to can people kill in the name of Atheism. There's a militant form atheism that's out there as well, so its either a matter of time before someone kills in the name of atheism or it has happened already. If that has or does happen, is ATheism to blame? Or is it the ignorance within the human nature of the killer? So soon as someone kills in the name of Atheism means we should completely get rid of Atheism, to put the shoe on the other foot.

As far as discrediting atheism, I believe it's a paradox. It's a choice to not Believe in what many say is the existence of a God. Yet an atheist lives his/her entire life based on belief/faith/hope; such as believing they will wake up tommorow to start a new day (although another day alive is never promised), believing that they will get to work without getting into an accident, etc etc.

The whole realm of existence for a person is entirely reliant on thought/belief/faith(hope), etc. You can't see and don't know what tommorow is, yet believe you will get tommorow. Paradoxes within paradoxes, though I'll save this one for another thread





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