• Will You speak in tongues when you receive the Holy Spirit?

    At best, believers in such things can engage in Glossolalia just like anyone else. I find it hilarious that I can do it more convincingly as a bilingual atheist with experience with 5 other languages than monolingual believers in such things. It's almost like education and experience trump supernatural mumbo jumbo.
    At best, believers in such things can engage in Glossolalia just like anyone else. I find it hilarious that I can do it more convincingly as a bilingual atheist with experience with 5 other languages than monolingual believers in such things. It's almost like education and experience trump supernatural mumbo jumbo.
    29 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 hours ago
  • What matters? What I am I trying to achieve and what are humans trying to achieve? Is there any point trying to achieve anything?

    Ultimately, what happens to you can only matter to you. In a thousand years, odds are that you won't be one of the handful of people history remembers for having lived in this century. All your struggles, triumphs and tragedies matter only to you and people who care about you here and now. If making you life and their lives better is all... show more
    Ultimately, what happens to you can only matter to you. In a thousand years, odds are that you won't be one of the handful of people history remembers for having lived in this century. All your struggles, triumphs and tragedies matter only to you and people who care about you here and now. If making you life and their lives better is all you manage, you'll have done a fine job with your life. Breaking even isn't half bad either and either are perfectly adequate points or meanings you can attach to your life. Maybe something more spiritual appeals to you more - fine as long as you aren't making the lives of people around you worse, go for it. I don't have nor do I need my life to have meaning. I'm simply here to experience all I can. I started out struggling like you mention, but after 20 years as an adult, I have long since figured out what works and what doesn't so I get a little further ahead of the game daily. That won't last forever, but I'm not doing anything else.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 hours ago
  • Why aren't new books continually added to the Bible?

    Because the Catholics in the 4th century said so and they had the influence then to inforce their edicts with violence. There are tons of apocryphal texts, some accepted by some churches and not others.
    Because the Catholics in the 4th century said so and they had the influence then to inforce their edicts with violence. There are tons of apocryphal texts, some accepted by some churches and not others.
    24 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 hours ago
  • Would a body buried 9 years ago still be recognizable?

    It would depend on the circumstances and the conditions of burial. If she was embalmed and placed in a water-tight casket in the ground with minimal temperature changes, it is possible that she might look almost the same as when she died. Possibly just more wrinkled and with skin pulling back from her hair and nails. Add a bit more moisture and... show more
    It would depend on the circumstances and the conditions of burial. If she was embalmed and placed in a water-tight casket in the ground with minimal temperature changes, it is possible that she might look almost the same as when she died. Possibly just more wrinkled and with skin pulling back from her hair and nails. Add a bit more moisture and seasonal temperature swings into it and she may have a bloated appearance as bacteria have had plenty of time to begin consuming her... Skin discoloration is normal, there also may be actual blood or embalming chemicals leaking from her orifices as her tissue breaks down. If the climate is very warm and wet... And if the seals are poor or the casket was wood, insects and worms would have gotten to work on eating her. If she wasn't embalmed, her abdomen might have exploded from gas pressure as her intestinal fauna eat her from the inside. It's gross, but fascinating. Check out a body farm sometime if you wanna see all the stages.
    14 answers · Other - Health · 6 hours ago
  • Would you believe your wife if she said a holy ghost got her pregnant? Would you want a paternity test?

    I'm not sure how a paternity test would help beyond confirming whether or not I am the father. If I'm not the father, it wouldn't tell me anything about who actually was. I'd have to literally sample every man on earth for comparison. Such a task would take years, cost billions and probably be illegal in many places... And at... show more
    I'm not sure how a paternity test would help beyond confirming whether or not I am the father. If I'm not the father, it wouldn't tell me anything about who actually was. I'd have to literally sample every man on earth for comparison. Such a task would take years, cost billions and probably be illegal in many places... And at the end, even if every man one could find were all ruled out, that wouldn't prove a ghost, holy or otherwise, did it.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 hours ago
  • Can I post something about how amazing the lord God is without atheists trying to convince me that i'm stupid and there's no God?

    Well, your post about how amazing your imaginary friend is sounds like it would violate the question and answer format, so it'll probably just get deleted immediately and you'll lose 10 points. Perhaps a closed Christian forum would be a more appropriate echo chamber for you to post in.
    Well, your post about how amazing your imaginary friend is sounds like it would violate the question and answer format, so it'll probably just get deleted immediately and you'll lose 10 points. Perhaps a closed Christian forum would be a more appropriate echo chamber for you to post in.
    20 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 hours ago
  • Will Islam dominate the world, including the West (Europe, USA, Canada, South America) and the Far East (i.e.: Japan, China, Korea)?

    Best answer: Unless some catastrophic civilization collapse happens, certainly not. Religions...all of them... Are facing an imminent demographic collapse due to dwindling religiosity. Even the most devoted believers today aren't as religious as most liberal believers from a century ago. Islam is only strong and influential in backwater... show more
    Best answer: Unless some catastrophic civilization collapse happens, certainly not. Religions...all of them... Are facing an imminent demographic collapse due to dwindling religiosity. Even the most devoted believers today aren't as religious as most liberal believers from a century ago. Islam is only strong and influential in backwater countries with little to no education infrastructure. As education continues to improve, the dwindling of religious belief will accelerate. I give it 50-100 years before religion ceases to have any substantial influence. There will still be religious groups, but they will be anachronisms, like the Amish. It may collapse even faster if radical life extension researchers succeed in curing aging and death... Without the need for an afterlife, what do religions even have to sell?
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 11 hours ago
  • Atheists, can you prove that Jesus didn't perform works of miracles during his lifetime?

    In order to prove it one way or another would require the use of a time machine... Unfortunately, I don't have access to one. That being said, Jesus story is pretty obviously myth based on how it is written and miracles aren't something that happen where skeptics with cameras are. Eyewitness accounts are garbage due to the known... show more
    In order to prove it one way or another would require the use of a time machine... Unfortunately, I don't have access to one. That being said, Jesus story is pretty obviously myth based on how it is written and miracles aren't something that happen where skeptics with cameras are. Eyewitness accounts are garbage due to the known limitations of human perception and memory. If you've ever seen an optical illusion you know you can't fully trust what you see and I bet if you go over your memories with other family members you will find discrepancies between what you and they recall from the same event. If this is the case with mundane things, why would you expect extraordinary things to be recalled any more accurately? Now add to this the fact that the "thousands" of eyewitnesses left no contemporary records, instead the first accounts showing up decades later and in a different language than the original witnesses spoke. I fail to see how anyone finds this remotely credible.
    42 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 11 hours ago
  • Why do atheists run away from the truth? Why is education the biggest threat to atheism? Why do atheists deny the "real" origin of life?

    You may want to check your spell check software or phone auto-correct functions. You seem to have mistakenly used "atheists" where you should have used "theists".
    You may want to check your spell check software or phone auto-correct functions. You seem to have mistakenly used "atheists" where you should have used "theists".
    22 answers · Jokes & Riddles · 12 hours ago
  • Atheists, if gods were undoubtedly real and one of them was in mortal danger, would you resort to violence in order to save him or her?

    I would almost certainly try to rescue any living thing I knew to in mortal danger.
    I would almost certainly try to rescue any living thing I knew to in mortal danger.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 14 hours ago
  • Since atheism is, by many accounts, very stupid; are you happy to have broken free of the phase of atheism before it was too late?

    The only people who think atheism is stupid are incredulous theists. There is a zero percent chance of me becoming a theist again until and unless theists can present an amount of quality evidence that would render faith irrelevant to overcome what I know about the following subjects that completely rules out any existing theist... show more
    The only people who think atheism is stupid are incredulous theists. There is a zero percent chance of me becoming a theist again until and unless theists can present an amount of quality evidence that would render faith irrelevant to overcome what I know about the following subjects that completely rules out any existing theist religion: History, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, literary analysis, chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, neurology, medicine... Just to name a few.
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Do atheists dislike the concepts like holiness, sacredness and divinity?

    I don't dislike these concepts, they are simply poorly defined and largely subjective rather than objective, so they have no practical use.
    I don't dislike these concepts, they are simply poorly defined and largely subjective rather than objective, so they have no practical use.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Why do atheists reject the Bible? I thought they liked books?

    Because unlike most theists, we actually read it. Worse, we can understand it. It is obviously poorly written, heavily redacted and rewritten mythology based on the literary elements alone -- foreshadowing, parallel story structure, etc. Heck, the Old Testament RHYMES in Hebrew. Ever see a literal, true historical account written in rhyme? ... show more
    Because unlike most theists, we actually read it. Worse, we can understand it. It is obviously poorly written, heavily redacted and rewritten mythology based on the literary elements alone -- foreshadowing, parallel story structure, etc. Heck, the Old Testament RHYMES in Hebrew. Ever see a literal, true historical account written in rhyme? No, of course not. Then there's the fact that wherever the Bible makes a testable claim, it fails. Or maybe just read the myths of the surrounding cultures from that time and realize that the Jews just ripped off those other cultures and put their spin on those much older stories. But don't listen to me. Go talk to Dr Hector Avalos... He's a biblical scholar and former fundamentalist Pentecostal preacher, child evangelist and faith healer... And he'll tell you in no uncertain terms that the Bible is irrelevant and dangerous ancient drivel.
    29 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Did god have an inkling adam and eve may sin?

    If he didn't know exactly what would happen, then he isn't omniscient. If he couldn't have guessed what would happen, he'd have to be stupid. ...and if he knew then he's just either directly evil or incompetent.
    If he didn't know exactly what would happen, then he isn't omniscient. If he couldn't have guessed what would happen, he'd have to be stupid. ...and if he knew then he's just either directly evil or incompetent.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Fellow atheists, has your relationship with your parents changed for those of you who told them you’re an atheist?

    No. My parents provided something close to unconditional love and support (I'm of the opinion that truly unconditional love simply doesn't exist). When I ceased being a theist, they asked me to explain why. After a long, long series of conversations, they changed their minds as well. Dad became a deist and mom is an atheist like me.... show more
    No. My parents provided something close to unconditional love and support (I'm of the opinion that truly unconditional love simply doesn't exist). When I ceased being a theist, they asked me to explain why. After a long, long series of conversations, they changed their minds as well. Dad became a deist and mom is an atheist like me. They were the first two people that I saved from theist, but they weren't the last.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Where does this rank among the great insane and non-intellectual comments of the day?

    It is so inane and idiotic that it literally makes my head ache.
    It is so inane and idiotic that it literally makes my head ache.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • For those who mediate, do you do so in silence or with a certain kind of music?

    It really depends. Sometimes I use music, other times recordings of nature -- babbling brooks, ocean waves, insects, etc -- I've even been know to just put on the sound effect of the hum of a lightsaber. I rarely use complete silence, but I don't like something overly distracting either.
    It really depends. Sometimes I use music, other times recordings of nature -- babbling brooks, ocean waves, insects, etc -- I've even been know to just put on the sound effect of the hum of a lightsaber. I rarely use complete silence, but I don't like something overly distracting either.
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Do any Atheists believe that one day they can evolve into GODs?

    Individuals do not evolve. Populations evolve. As a species, we already have god-like powers compared to 99+% of humans who ever lived.
    Individuals do not evolve. Populations evolve. As a species, we already have god-like powers compared to 99+% of humans who ever lived.
    23 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Is everyone here actually Shadowfire?

    I'm Spartacus, not Shadowfire.
    I'm Spartacus, not Shadowfire.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Is frankincense and myrrh good enough for you?

    I don't have use for either of those. If it's all the same to you, I'll just take the gold from the other Magi and buy something I actually have a use for.
    I don't have use for either of those. If it's all the same to you, I'll just take the gold from the other Magi and buy something I actually have a use for.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago