• English people, I would like to take this time to thank you. Is that okay?

    Best answer: I've always thought it was funny that Europeans looked down on the religiosity of the US after they spent ~300 years exporting all their most religious nuts to this continent.
    Best answer: I've always thought it was funny that Europeans looked down on the religiosity of the US after they spent ~300 years exporting all their most religious nuts to this continent.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 21 hours ago
  • Of Israel was created after WW2, then why is it in the bible and old testament?

    Best answer: There were once two ancient kingdoms, Israel and Judah. They were minor states in the fringes of the Egyptian and Assyrian/Babylonian empires. They were conquered and reformed at least once in ancient times before being absorbed into the Greco-Roman world, first under the empire of Alexander the Great and later as the province of... show more
    Best answer: There were once two ancient kingdoms, Israel and Judah. They were minor states in the fringes of the Egyptian and Assyrian/Babylonian empires. They were conquered and reformed at least once in ancient times before being absorbed into the Greco-Roman world, first under the empire of Alexander the Great and later as the province of Judea under the Roman Empire. Jewish religious nuts wouldn't stop trying to overthrow the Romans, so the empire destroyed the rebels and abolished the province under Emperor Hadrian. The area was then called Syria Palaestinia until it was granted to the Byzantine Empire (who split it into 3 provinces -- Palaestinia Prima, Palaestinia Secunda and Palaestinia Tertia - Palestine 1, 2 and 3 for those who don't speak Latin). Captured and reorganized into the Levant territory under the Ottoman Empire in 636, the territory was ceded to the victorious Allies in WWI, it was reorganized into the British Mandate of Palestine in 1922.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Guys, I like pudding and ice cream, but not in the same bowl, ur existential thoughts?

    Best answer: I put A-1 Steak Sauce on Cantaloupe.
    Best answer: I put A-1 Steak Sauce on Cantaloupe.
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • On average are religious people less intelligent than atheists?

    Best answer: That is what the meta-analysis of studies on IQ and religiosity suggest. The only thing that's really up for debate is the reason why. Some suggested reasons are that science and religion perform similar psychological functions so the more you get into science, the less you need religion; higher IQ people are more analytical and... show more
    Best answer: That is what the meta-analysis of studies on IQ and religiosity suggest. The only thing that's really up for debate is the reason why. Some suggested reasons are that science and religion perform similar psychological functions so the more you get into science, the less you need religion; higher IQ people are more analytical and so they tend to not be satisfied with the fluffy, emotional stories and doctrines of religion; or that high IQ people are less inclined to conform to to norms on the basis of them being norms.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 days ago
  • Religion- Anyone here ever had a near death experience?

    Best answer: Yes... Bacterial meningitis. Get the vaccine, you do NOT want to get bacterial meningitis. It put me in cardiac arrest for about 4.5 minutes back when I was 11, but thankfully, I was in the hospital and the doctors were able to resuscitate me. My experience was completely devoid of religious symbolism or typical imagery. Just... show more
    Best answer: Yes... Bacterial meningitis. Get the vaccine, you do NOT want to get bacterial meningitis. It put me in cardiac arrest for about 4.5 minutes back when I was 11, but thankfully, I was in the hospital and the doctors were able to resuscitate me. My experience was completely devoid of religious symbolism or typical imagery. Just me...alone in the dark with my thoughts until I lost track of time.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Religion- Is God a voyeur?

    Best answer: If an omnipresent god exists, it is there all the time everywhere. Watching not just every crime and doing nothing, but also in every toilet bowl. Can you imagine the torment? Every terrible thing ever and not being able to look away. Thankfully, no such thing exists.
    Best answer: If an omnipresent god exists, it is there all the time everywhere. Watching not just every crime and doing nothing, but also in every toilet bowl. Can you imagine the torment? Every terrible thing ever and not being able to look away. Thankfully, no such thing exists.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Tell me, Christians, have you found that elusive evidence for God yet?

    Best answer: Are you kidding? Look at their responses... They still haven't figured out what would even constitute evidence.
    Best answer: Are you kidding? Look at their responses... They still haven't figured out what would even constitute evidence.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Religion - Carrots may be good for a human's eye sight, but they are excellent for a snowman's sense of smell. Is this evolution in action?

    Best answer: Actually, the whole thing about carrots being good for your eyesight with WWII era Allied propaganda. Carrots contain vitamin B6, which a deficiency in can cause vision problems, but the reverse is not true that eating more will improve eyesight. The Brit's came up with this to keep the Germans from figuring out they were using... show more
    Best answer: Actually, the whole thing about carrots being good for your eyesight with WWII era Allied propaganda. Carrots contain vitamin B6, which a deficiency in can cause vision problems, but the reverse is not true that eating more will improve eyesight. The Brit's came up with this to keep the Germans from figuring out they were using more accurate bomb sights and primitive night vision systems.
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • Will the world essentially end if the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a failure?

    Best answer: No. Neither China nor Russia are willing to start a global thermonuclear war over North Korea. They have simply enjoyed the DPRK being a thorn in our side, so they prop them up. If it came down to war, it would probably be China that took out North Korea to prevent a wider escalation of the conflict. China needs access to western... show more
    Best answer: No. Neither China nor Russia are willing to start a global thermonuclear war over North Korea. They have simply enjoyed the DPRK being a thorn in our side, so they prop them up. If it came down to war, it would probably be China that took out North Korea to prevent a wider escalation of the conflict. China needs access to western markets more than it needs a starving hermit kingdom for a neighbor.
    12 answers · Politics · 5 days ago
  • The future of the church?

    Best answer: Christianity is on the cusp of demographic collapse. Each generation has been less religious than the one before. What did you think was going to happen when all those "spiritual but not religious" Gen X'ers brought their kids up without church? Religion is a quaint anachronism. I keep telling people religion will be... show more
    Best answer: Christianity is on the cusp of demographic collapse. Each generation has been less religious than the one before. What did you think was going to happen when all those "spiritual but not religious" Gen X'ers brought their kids up without church? Religion is a quaint anachronism. I keep telling people religion will be all but gone in a decade or two, but the religious insist nothing is changing and everyone is just as religious as they were a century ago.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 days ago
  • Is theistic evolution a superfluous attempt to smuggle God in by the back door?

    Best answer: One could describe it that way, but I think it is more an attempt to soften the blow to theists so they can pretend a little bit longer that their ancient myths retain some relevance.
    Best answer: One could describe it that way, but I think it is more an attempt to soften the blow to theists so they can pretend a little bit longer that their ancient myths retain some relevance.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 week ago
  • Does true love last forever?

    Best answer: No. Human biology works very specifically to keep a pair bond going just long enough to produce and raise a child. That's why you can get by for 18-24 months in any relationship. The good feelings you get from neurochemistry will carry you along for that long -- oxytocin, vasopressin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin and... show more
    Best answer: No. Human biology works very specifically to keep a pair bond going just long enough to produce and raise a child. That's why you can get by for 18-24 months in any relationship. The good feelings you get from neurochemistry will carry you along for that long -- oxytocin, vasopressin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, serotonin and such -- love is very similar to how addiction works, but unlike addition, there is a biological expiration date. If you get past that date, you're on much firmer ground for a lasting relationship, but it will also take commitment to work on it from both parties to keep that brain chemistry chugging along. One of my favorite quotes on the subject comes from Lorien, a naturally immortal alien being on the science fiction series Babylon 5: "To live on as we have is to leave behind joy, and love, and companionship, because we know it to be transitory, of the moment. We know it will turn to ash. Only those whose lives are brief can imagine that love…is eternal. You should embrace that remarkable illusion. It may be the greatest gift your race has ever received."
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 weeks ago
  • Do you know why the lord was so violence to the people in the old time?

    Best answer: I do, actually. Yahweh Sabbaoth was the Lord of Hosts in the pre-Judaism Canaanite pantheon... The god of the army. A war god, the equivalent of Mars or Ares. Of course, when they purged the other gods, rewrote their history and theology to become Jews, the Canaanites kept some of the older stories where he did what war gods do --... show more
    Best answer: I do, actually. Yahweh Sabbaoth was the Lord of Hosts in the pre-Judaism Canaanite pantheon... The god of the army. A war god, the equivalent of Mars or Ares. Of course, when they purged the other gods, rewrote their history and theology to become Jews, the Canaanites kept some of the older stories where he did what war gods do -- kill people and break things. They also blended in stories about some of the other gods with a few name changes, like those of El and El-Elyon.
    3 answers · Nepal · 2 weeks ago
  • Why do so many scholars conclude that Jesus Christ was real?

    Best answer: For the vast majority, it seems to be because they are obligated to do so by the terms of their employment or because they have failed in due diligence because they already assume that Jesus MUST be real. If you ever really want to see what intellectual bankruptcy is, then ask supposed scholars to justify why they think there is an... show more
    Best answer: For the vast majority, it seems to be because they are obligated to do so by the terms of their employment or because they have failed in due diligence because they already assume that Jesus MUST be real. If you ever really want to see what intellectual bankruptcy is, then ask supposed scholars to justify why they think there is an actual person on which the myth of Jesus of Nazareth is based.
    85 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • Why do some creationists say that there was an ice age shortly after the (mythical) biblical flood?

    Best answer: The only people I've ever heard make the argument was so that the oceans would freeze over so the animals could walk back to Australia. No, it doesn't make any sense. Yes, it is completely laughable. Yes, the animals would just freeze to death so it isn't even a plausible hypothesis.
    Best answer: The only people I've ever heard make the argument was so that the oceans would freeze over so the animals could walk back to Australia. No, it doesn't make any sense. Yes, it is completely laughable. Yes, the animals would just freeze to death so it isn't even a plausible hypothesis.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 weeks ago
  • Is it sign of immaturity to think everyone should have the same values as you?

    Best answer: Most healthy people recognize that other people have different thoughts and values by age 6. If you're an adult and having figured it out yet, there's something terribly wrong with you, whether your brain didn't properly develop or if you've been mentally abused by exposure absolutist religious beliefs. show more
    Best answer: Most healthy people recognize that other people have different thoughts and values by age 6. If you're an adult and having figured it out yet, there's something terribly wrong with you, whether your brain didn't properly develop or if you've been mentally abused by exposure absolutist religious beliefs.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 weeks ago
  • Why traditionally & historically have the far right (KKK) & far left (black bloc anarchists) always been on the margins of US politics?

    Best answer: Because life in America, despite any problems we have, is pretty good for 80% of people. As my father used to say, "if it ain't fix, don't broke it."
    Best answer: Because life in America, despite any problems we have, is pretty good for 80% of people. As my father used to say, "if it ain't fix, don't broke it."
    4 answers · Politics · 4 weeks ago
  • If you oppose the oppression of racists and aspiring child molesters and rapists, aren't you an apologist of those people?

    Best answer: No, I just don't think pushing those groups underground or to the fringes of society is the best way to deal with the problem. The alienation is more likely to radicalize them.
    Best answer: No, I just don't think pushing those groups underground or to the fringes of society is the best way to deal with the problem. The alienation is more likely to radicalize them.
    5 answers · Politics · 4 weeks ago
  • Why was necessary the grow of the region?

    Best answer: So the Prophet can use his guns (superpowers) once he has them to do the destruction. How would he demonstrate his powers to destroy kill murder without a target-rich environment? LOL
    Best answer: So the Prophet can use his guns (superpowers) once he has them to do the destruction. How would he demonstrate his powers to destroy kill murder without a target-rich environment? LOL
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 month ago
  • If AB 2943 passes, how can we help? Can we smuggle books? Provide therapists by Skype®️ (so that the transaction is out of state)?.. Ideas?

    Best answer: Well, if you were honest and earnest about a desire to help people, you could easily defeat the bill in a legal challenge if you could demonstrate that the techniques being outlawed were effective and not harmful. No ministry that does this sort of "treatment" publishes their success rates. Either they don't keep records... show more
    Best answer: Well, if you were honest and earnest about a desire to help people, you could easily defeat the bill in a legal challenge if you could demonstrate that the techniques being outlawed were effective and not harmful. No ministry that does this sort of "treatment" publishes their success rates. Either they don't keep records OR their success rates are so low that they would be recognized as frauds if they were known. The typical response of a good person to a new law is not to try to figure out how to circumvent the law, but rather to fight to have the law overturned.
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 month ago