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But what does an atheist have to gain? What purpose would an atheist have to try to convert anyone?
I just don't see why a non believer would even want to make a big deal out of it.
Since when are religion and atheism the only two options?
Can't anyone simply be an anti-religious nondenominational believer in a higher power based on personal spiritual experiences and individual motivation?
I don't believe in religion, but I absolutely believe in a higher power.
Look at us, look at this planet, the animals, the rest of the freakin' solar system, mathematics, quantum mechanics, the secrets of the universe (to quote Alex Jones, lol), the complicity of life and existence itself...
You can not POSSIBLY think that we're the only things here.
The highest of intelligent beings? Dumb little semi-smart power-hungry chaotic somewhat evolved primates who do nothing but hurt one another out of greed and anger? Humanity has its amazing points, and they surprise me sometimes... but we can't be the top of the food chain.
There's no way in hell.
There is SOMETHING above and beyond us.
Who the hell knows what it is, but its there.
Maybe there is one being that is God, or maybe life itself is God.
Maybe the idea of Yin and Yang is God, forever keeping the world in balance between good and evil.
Maybe science is God, and the construction of cells and atoms, the basis for all items and all life, the things that carry the power of all of our existence, are God.
Maybe all of the above is God.
But WE are not God.
The ninth Doctor from Doctor Who said it best;
"Half the world's too fat, the other half's too thin... and you lot just sit back and watch television."
All my beliefs said, I usually don't have a problem with non-believers unless they ridicule me for referencing a higher power. And most atheists I know do this.
I don't appreciate being called an insane, brainwashed bigot and being lumped together with Westboro bastards just because I believe that, in some form or another, there is a God.
I also find it humorous that non-believers tend to use science and logic in their arguments, yet when it comes to God, science is completely stumped. We cannot physically prove the existence of a higher power, true, but you all can't prove that it DOESN'T exist.
And by means of my own brain, my personal science and logic, I've come to the conclusion that you'd have to be rather foolish not to think there's more out there than us. God? Aliens? Other human societies? Who the hell knows.
There were societies before us, most definitely.
Did you know how advanced technology was around Noah's time, before the flood?
They've even found evidence of this... weird round plugs that look nothing like ours.
That's another argument altogether, though.
Point is, there's a lot more out there than we see in front of us.
That's not to say you need to pay your church and bash homosexuals...
That's just to say you ought to expand your mind a bit to consider that a higher power isn't all that religions have painted it up to be.
Oh, and try not to bash believers so much.
It doesn't make you science-and-logic folks look any smarter.
It just makes you look like angry children, bashing people who believe differently than you...
Kinda like all the Christians that you hate so much.
edit on Xx41810131PM121 by XxNightAngelusxX because: (no reason given)
that is me. But a disclaimer: it is entirely possible that this is just ego and psyche combining to keep us from giving up all belief. So it may be prudent to keep the mind in a "not made up" state. Just for the sake of honesty.
ETA: an example of a logical issue you need to work through: why do you mention Noah? And the Flood?
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Noah is a biblical character. He may be a real historical person. Then again, so may be Paul Bunyan.