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Old 01-01-2014, 08:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I hold the notion that I'm one of 7 billion people on this planet living among people who are infinitely smarter than me and nobody can agree on what the hell is going on up there.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:44 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Where I grew up it was considered kind of inappropriate to be too outspoken about one's religious beliefs, and when it was discussed, it was generally in an intellectual kind of way. As a result I had a very live-and-let-live, nobody-knows-for-sure attitude toward religion. It wasn't until I moved around the country a bit and started running into more and more pushy religious people that I started to develop more of a you-don't-know-what-you're-talking-about, leave-me-the-hell-alone position.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm an atheist who lives in a heavily Christian populated area. I'm been getting dirty looks for years. Especially the 18 years I spent in church. Once I was out from under my moms thumb, she knew I wouldn't be going back. We don't discuss it anymore.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I believe in facts.

I'm not an expert but the things I know and have heard about religions just don't make sense to me. I don't see how it's possible for a supposedly all-knowing, all-powerful being to be as human as depicted by religion(s). A god completely outside of any known religion seems more plausible, though I still have my doubts.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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OK I just now happened to be watching "The God Who Wasn't There" on Netflix




At 34 minutes they start talking about the "Rapture". They interview a guy named Scott Butcher, who goes on to mention that he started this website, "upon inspiration by God (I believe)"

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After the rapture, when all the believers in Christ, who have been born again have been
taken up to heaven, there will be alot of speculation as to why millions of people have
just disappeared. Unfortunately, only non believers will be left to come up with answers.
If you have people in your family or friends that you have witnessed to and they just
won't listen, they probably will after the rapture.

I have devised a way to send an Electronic Message to whomever you want
after the rapture has taken place, and you and I have been taken to heaven.

If you wish to do this, you need to send that persons email address to my database.
It will be stored there indefinitely and sent out on the Friday after the rapture.

This service will cost you seven dollars and will hopefully gain the person you send
it to an eternity in heaven.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:59 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I believe in facts.

I'm not an expert but the things I know and have heard about religions just don't make sense to me. I don't see how it's possible for a supposedly all-knowing, all-powerful being to be as human as depicted by religion(s). A god completely outside of any known religion seems more plausible, though I still have my doubts.
Yeah mate basically the same as you.

Was brought up as a Christian, went to church on Sundays and all that. Got to about 16/17 and started to think it was nonsense.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:09 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I think Christianity is basically nonsense. I would have nothing against religions, if they even,followed their own rules but many Christian people I know don't even know what is a thing called love. They just talk about their rules and talk about sins, but not much more. Sounds like a boring life.
I don't need any religions personally, at least not in that part of my life. But everyone is free to believe in whatever he wants as long as he/she won't hurt anyone, you know.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:29 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:51 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I believe in facts.

I'm not an expert but the things I know and have heard about religions just don't make sense to me. I don't see how it's possible for a supposedly all-knowing, all-powerful being to be as human as depicted by religion(s). A god completely outside of any known religion seems more plausible, though I still have my doubts.
To believe in a fact we first have to know a fact is indeed fact. But to know whether a fact is a fact we have to experience it using something other than our own nervous system. And that's impossible.

Thus all knowledge, all facts, are nowt but subjective experiences. All we can ever do is explain how things seem to us because any description of something that fails to include the instrument used to take the measurement is incomplete. Everything is a transaction, an interaction.

Our senses, our brains, they filter and colour information, and yes it's a cliche, but we all create the reality we experience. Little wonder people believe in Gods, and I say let them, we all put our faith in illusions because reality is an illusion.
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