• Any atheists been cut off from family because of beliefs?

    My parents have talked about cutting me off and I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this. I am financially independent, but they talk about cutting off contact and I guess removing me from their will, etc... They are fundamentalist Christians. I would be disappointed, but at the same time, wonder if life would be easier than... show more
    My parents have talked about cutting me off and I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this. I am financially independent, but they talk about cutting off contact and I guess removing me from their will, etc... They are fundamentalist Christians. I would be disappointed, but at the same time, wonder if life would be easier than having the very superficial relationship we have when I am around them.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • If god exists outside of time?

    If time is not linear to god and he supposedly exists outside of it: Then doesn't that mean that the future is written and there is nothing we can do to change it. Doesn't that make "free-will" and illusion? We can't make decisions because they have already been made. Why not just take all the people who will end up in... show more
    If time is not linear to god and he supposedly exists outside of it: Then doesn't that mean that the future is written and there is nothing we can do to change it. Doesn't that make "free-will" and illusion? We can't make decisions because they have already been made. Why not just take all the people who will end up in heaven past/present/future and put them there now. He already knows who's going to be there anyways.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Biblically: Which ones go to heaven?

    In your opinion: Biblically, Where will they go after death? 1) In the US, a serial killer murders 13 people and is sent to prison. On death row, the inmate accepts Jesus as his savior. The next day he is put to death. 2) In Cambodia, there lives a good family man. After a long moral life, this man dies having never heard of Jesus or the... show more
    In your opinion: Biblically, Where will they go after death? 1) In the US, a serial killer murders 13 people and is sent to prison. On death row, the inmate accepts Jesus as his savior. The next day he is put to death. 2) In Cambodia, there lives a good family man. After a long moral life, this man dies having never heard of Jesus or the Biblical god. 3) A US teen girl is pregnant. She doesn't go to church, does drugs, and lives an "immoral" life. She decides to have an abortion. This child if allowed to live, would likely never have attended church or become a christian. Where is the baby now? 4) A teen in India has been taught since birth to believe in Hinduism. He has been taught it as Truth and to question it is a sin against their god. The teen is in a car accident and dies. 5) A US man grew up in a christian family. he accepted Jesus as a child but as he got older he questioned it and found no evidence. He becomes an atheist and later dies of old age.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Atheists: Help with some answers to a relative?

    I have a relative asking some questions I was hoping I could get some good responses for. I'll add most of my own thoughts, but other incite is helpful in case I miss something. 1. How do you know what truth is, or what would make something true? 2. What determines right from wrong? 3. What is man's purpose in life?
    I have a relative asking some questions I was hoping I could get some good responses for. I'll add most of my own thoughts, but other incite is helpful in case I miss something. 1. How do you know what truth is, or what would make something true? 2. What determines right from wrong? 3. What is man's purpose in life?
    25 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Curious how god killing in the old testament is justified?

    I was wondering how christians justify the flood, the plagues, and other old testament stories where god kills humans? Why does god get a free pass on moral issues?
    I was wondering how christians justify the flood, the plagues, and other old testament stories where god kills humans? Why does god get a free pass on moral issues?
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Is this a funny joke?

    So a kid goes up to his Jewish father and says "Hey dad. Can I have 10 dollars?" And his dad replies, "5 Dollars?!... What do you need 3 dollars for?!"
    So a kid goes up to his Jewish father and says "Hey dad. Can I have 10 dollars?" And his dad replies, "5 Dollars?!... What do you need 3 dollars for?!"
    33 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Atheists - need help responding to this allegation?

    I've seen some stuff on it before, but my dad sent me a list of comparisons between 1970 and 2007 in our schools. It doesn't directly state it, but christians will many times use this as an example that god is gone in our country and so therefore the morals of our kids etc... has gotten worse. Of course you could use any argument to... show more
    I've seen some stuff on it before, but my dad sent me a list of comparisons between 1970 and 2007 in our schools. It doesn't directly state it, but christians will many times use this as an example that god is gone in our country and so therefore the morals of our kids etc... has gotten worse. Of course you could use any argument to support your claim. IE. The reason schools have more violence is directly related to the decrease in the amount of pirates on earth. But anyways. Can anyone help me to respond to this allegation or point me to a site which goes into more detail about his.
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Christians/Atheist: Who do you want to win the 08 election?

    And specify if you are christian or atheist. Just curious. I'm atheist and democrat, but hope Ron Paul wins.
    And specify if you are christian or atheist. Just curious. I'm atheist and democrat, but hope Ron Paul wins.
    40 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Worship - Why do it?

    A supreme being from another planet shows up on earth. Says that he created us. . loves us. . .and says to worship and believe in his power. Bow to him. . .sing praises to his power. . .don't make any decisions without first thinking about him. Do you do it? Now substitute that alien being with the God of your choice. My point is. . .... show more
    A supreme being from another planet shows up on earth. Says that he created us. . loves us. . .and says to worship and believe in his power. Bow to him. . .sing praises to his power. . .don't make any decisions without first thinking about him. Do you do it? Now substitute that alien being with the God of your choice. My point is. . . Even if a God exists. . . Why WORSHIP that being? and doesn't that seem egotistical. Just as if it were the alien asking the same submitance. What makes something worthy of worship?
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Do christians have any concept of the vastness of the universe?

    How small we really are? To think that we are the most important thing in the universe seems kind of egotistical to me.
    How small we really are? To think that we are the most important thing in the universe seems kind of egotistical to me.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Christians: do you acknowledge you are an atheist to other gods?

    Do you acknowledge that you probably use the same logic and reasoning to every other god (whether you have studied them or not) that Atheists use to your god? I'm just curious. Because then maybe you can put yourself in our shoes if only for a moment and understand that we just use that same logic and reasoning on your god as well.
    Do you acknowledge that you probably use the same logic and reasoning to every other god (whether you have studied them or not) that Atheists use to your god? I'm just curious. Because then maybe you can put yourself in our shoes if only for a moment and understand that we just use that same logic and reasoning on your god as well.
    29 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Christians: What is your best argument/evidence for the existence of God?

    Since the burden of proof must come from the person making the claim. I am curious, what your best argument for the existence of God is. I am going to put a few stipulations of answers I would prefer not to see. 1. Faith - is NOT evidence. Faith is based on evidence not vice versa. So please refrain from telling me this is an argument for... show more
    Since the burden of proof must come from the person making the claim. I am curious, what your best argument for the existence of God is. I am going to put a few stipulations of answers I would prefer not to see. 1. Faith - is NOT evidence. Faith is based on evidence not vice versa. So please refrain from telling me this is an argument for god's existence. 2. The Bible - The Bible is flawed. Just because you may rationalize it's errors and contradictions through your "faith" doesn't make it any less so. So please don't use this one either. 3. The God of the Gaps - Just because don't fully understand the universe yet doesn't mean we can MAKE UP a reason to fill in the blanks. Zeus could be used to fill in those blanks just as easy. I think that should cover the bases. I would like to see any other argument other than these. Happy Hunting.
    24 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • I'd forgive you, BUT...?

    ...I don't have a son to kill. God sacrificed himself. . to himself. . .to appease himself. . for crimes committed to himself? If you want to forgive. . YOU FORGIVE! It doesn't require some "symbolic" act. Especially if you are the one making the rules. And people wonder why I think Christians are unintelligent
    ...I don't have a son to kill. God sacrificed himself. . to himself. . .to appease himself. . for crimes committed to himself? If you want to forgive. . YOU FORGIVE! It doesn't require some "symbolic" act. Especially if you are the one making the rules. And people wonder why I think Christians are unintelligent
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • God places belief above all things? How is that logical?

    Ok. I know Christians won't have a problem with this and Atheists will (as with most topics), but I thought it would still be nice to open-mindedly ponder this if possible. Do you not find it strange that a god would place Belief above all things? Above love; compassion; empathy; caring, or any other qualities of man? That ALL things come... show more
    Ok. I know Christians won't have a problem with this and Atheists will (as with most topics), but I thought it would still be nice to open-mindedly ponder this if possible. Do you not find it strange that a god would place Belief above all things? Above love; compassion; empathy; caring, or any other qualities of man? That ALL things come secondary to believing in Him? You can murder, lie, cheat, and steal; but in the end as long as you 'Believe' everything else is ok? To think that a supreme intelligence would make this his/her #1 priority seems not only egotistical, but harsh given the lack of evidence for belief in the first place.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Atheists: Do believers deserve respect?

    I'm only talking about respect with regards to religious beliefs. I personally feel that I should not have to tip-toe around the subject. I think that belief in any kind of imaginary super-deity should be held in the same regard as an adult that believes in Santa claus, fairies, or Zeus. I'm asking because I mentioned an article at... show more
    I'm only talking about respect with regards to religious beliefs. I personally feel that I should not have to tip-toe around the subject. I think that belief in any kind of imaginary super-deity should be held in the same regard as an adult that believes in Santa claus, fairies, or Zeus. I'm asking because I mentioned an article at work about how Douglas Adams became an atheist because of reading "The Selfish Gene" by Dawkins. A co-worker whom I wasn't talking to got offended thinking it was disrespectful. But the truth is that I DON'T respect his beliefs. And why should I? I am curious what others think. Oh. . And for believers reading this. Do you openly respect the beliefs of other religions? Christians: would you refrain from talking about your beliefs around a Muslim? or vice-versa?
    48 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Should there be a "TheWhyAreAtheist'sHereRobot" in this section?

    I don't have the time to post it all day long. But maybe someone else will. Then I can get really drunk
    I don't have the time to post it all day long. But maybe someone else will. Then I can get really drunk
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • God vs. Satan: Biblical Body Count?

    God: 2,270,365 Which, of course, greatly underestimates God's total death toll, since it only includes those killings for which specific numbers are given. No attempt was made to include the victims of Noah's flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the many plagues, famines, fiery serpents, etc., with which the good book is filled. Still, 2 million... show more
    God: 2,270,365 Which, of course, greatly underestimates God's total death toll, since it only includes those killings for which specific numbers are given. No attempt was made to include the victims of Noah's flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, or the many plagues, famines, fiery serpents, etc., with which the good book is filled. Still, 2 million is a respectable number even for world class killers. Satan: 10 (and even these he shares with God, since God allowed him to do it as a part of a bet.) Go God!
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Christians (and atheists): What words would you use to describe the following?

    Belief in the flying spaghetti monster. Belief that Zeus is the one true god. Belief that we are the remnants of alien spirits Belief that the Lord of the Rings is a true story What kinds of words would you use to describe people that believe these things? 1. unintelligent 2. stupid 3. delusional 4. mentally handicapped 5. illogical 6.... show more
    Belief in the flying spaghetti monster. Belief that Zeus is the one true god. Belief that we are the remnants of alien spirits Belief that the Lord of the Rings is a true story What kinds of words would you use to describe people that believe these things? 1. unintelligent 2. stupid 3. delusional 4. mentally handicapped 5. illogical 6. irrational 7. dumb If you feel that most or any of these words can be used to describe people with these beliefs, then you can understand how atheist's view christianity and the other larger religions. And why we associate these words with the people that believe these things. If you are secure in your faith then maybe you should not take offense to other's opinions about your beliefs. Or maybe your sensitivity is a result of you knowing deep down your beliefs are similar to those listed above.
    26 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Christians: Is lying a SIN no matter the situation?

    One of the things I find much easier to grasp with regards to morality after becoming atheist is the concept of lying. As a christian it seemed that the Bible says 'lying is a sin' no matter what. Even if your intentions are good it is still wrong. For example: If a wife asks "Do these pants make my butt look big?" If you... show more
    One of the things I find much easier to grasp with regards to morality after becoming atheist is the concept of lying. As a christian it seemed that the Bible says 'lying is a sin' no matter what. Even if your intentions are good it is still wrong. For example: If a wife asks "Do these pants make my butt look big?" If you believe that they do, is it wrong to lie to make her feel happy? There are many other situations where I believe that lying is necessary. And NOT wrong. With morality being more based on empathy and compassion, I find I can judge these situations better and not feel I am doing something wrong in the process. How do you christians feel when you come across similar situations? Do you believe that lying is a sin no matter what?
    25 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Could god do this?

    Couldn't god instill the knowledge of the entire bible into our minds at birth. Not only proving his existence, but also destroying all other religions. Not only the knowledge of it but also an understanding of it the way it's supposed to be understood. Thereby getting rid of any disputes or interpretations. Maybe i'm just smarter... show more
    Couldn't god instill the knowledge of the entire bible into our minds at birth. Not only proving his existence, but also destroying all other religions. Not only the knowledge of it but also an understanding of it the way it's supposed to be understood. Thereby getting rid of any disputes or interpretations. Maybe i'm just smarter than your god. Vote me god in 2008!!!
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago