posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 11:15 AM
Originally posted by wildtimes
I worry the most about the people who as children were taught "only we are going to heaven" and so on and so forth......and hellfire and
brimstone...and rapture and original sin.....
that kind of thing.
That was me for 20+ years. I was raised in a very aggressive Christianity with an aggressive apologetic. I think that is what motivates me to "fight"
back. Almost to show them I can be as passionate about reason as they can be about faith. I don’t know. I think that if you find something that
excites you and accords with the way you think reality is put together, you get excited and you want to share it and win people over. My worldview
brought me so much freedom from guilt and ethical confusion, that it’s often hard not to seek out what, in my opinion, is wrong or immoral. I dunno.
I want to respect people and change their minds at the same time.....I don’t see why that should be considered condescending or whatever....
P.S. I'm not 10 feet away from two people who hold firm to their belief in god even though they have no reason to believe and we get along just fine.
We talk about religion and philosophy all the time and they never get mad at me or offended. We respect each other. I will not apologize on behalf of
other non-believers that Blue has encountered in the past. I will also not accept any of their guilt on to myself. I am a fair and loving person. I
also know that I am right. My metaphysics are sound. I don't know why that is offensive....
Why hold beliefs if you do not think they are right? Even if you say it is experience based, then your beliefs are based on experience and therefore
usurp whim and fancy. So, whether you want to believe what you do or not is not an option. You hold your beliefs because you feel they are right based
on your experience.
If you feel that your beliefs are right, then that means that you will encounter people who are wrong. I am wrong according to Blue. That’s fine.
Blue feels I am wrong because I don’t believe what she does and I am sure that she thinks that the world would be a better place if myself and
others like me believed as she does. That’s where I get terms like “correct” and “mistakes”. It’s simple and as honest as I can be here on
a forum. The only way you could get a better idea is to meet me.
edit on 12-7-2013 by Philodemus because: (no reason given)