You ever wonder why people never pray for people who have lost limbs to regrow them? Because they know it's not possible medically/physiologically. If it was within the realm of possibility they could pray for it, and then give god the credit when it happens. Odd, huh? Almost every other malady people will pray for, but not those which we know are not possible.
What a freaking joke these people are, praying to a god they invented.
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Overwhelming number of atheists? Getting fed to lions? Talk about a persecution complex.
Even though religion is on the decline, there are still far, far fewer atheists than Christians in the US. But, white male Christian Americans can never turn down a chance to play victim, now, can they?
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"'Clean up your room.', 'Stand up straight.', 'Pick up your feet.', 'Take it like a man.', 'Be nice to your sister.', 'Don't mix beer and wine, ever.'. Oh yeah, 'Don't drive on the railroad track.'"
"Eh, Phil. That's one I happen to agree with."
So now it's degenerated to the Internet tough guy act? Nice.
What it all comes down to, is that I don't hate ANYONE for being a theist/Christian... but it sure does seem that many of them hate ME for NOT being a theist/Christian.
And they are the ones who are supposed to practice what they preach, ie forgiveness, compassion, love thy neighbor, turn the other cheek, etc...
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I believe what I believe because it speaks to me, spiritually. That is enough. The attempt to continually validate that belief based on the accumulating social knowledge is a struggle that speaks to a belief that is challenged by that knowledge. I find the hammering of faith into shape to fit in between the spaces of knowledge to be a strange endeavor. Indeed, some find it easier to search for knowledge that fits into the intricacies of faith, which I find to be dishonest. Will there be a point, much like what happened to ancient mythologies, where the common faiths of the age are chellenged to the point of popular condemnation? Are we seeing it already happening slowly as large populations become more and more secular? I find it interesting that the once great bastion of Christianity that is Europe, has mostly moved on and become a secular majority.
Don't know why belief in a faith, or lack thereof, is consistently used on it's own as grounds for condemnation and ridicule.
Why should anybody really give two ****s if somebody believes in a 'great spaghetti monster in the sky' or doesn't, as long as said individual(s) don't use that belief (or, again, lack thereof) under false pretenses?
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First, many religious people believe stuff that isn't factually accurate, and then they get angry when something makes them realize this.
Second, it's never "ill believe what I want and let you believe what you want." When people think their beliefs are what god wants, all too often they interpret that to mean that everyone else has to be convinced of the same thing. They use fear or the law or any other means at their disposal to get it done. For example, I've never heard of atheists trying to force churches to marry gays, but there are tons of people in society who think gay marriage should be illegal for no other reason than it is against their religion. And that's just one of literally hundreds of examples of "believers" forcing their beliefs on everyone else.
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