Originally Posted by stevieray
it's humorous you think this is an original stance, or is somehow cute.
I always find it telling t most vocal or the move agressive non belivers will tell you till they are blue in the face that it's a fairy tale, but then turn around and make the 'fairy tale" legitmate as the basis for their argument.
once again, all you're doing is cherypicking verses, taking them out of context, and looking like a fool.
you know why you don't understand? know why it's confusing? because you aren't seeking anything from it but placating your own selfish interests.
you're doing nothing but making it impossible for anything to be revealed.
this is why God says you will be without excuse...you knew, but rejected.
OK, you caught me. I'm actually not confused by Christianity itself... and because the entire premise of religion is ridiculous, I ridicule it. Although, it is interesting to me from a philosophical perspective, and important because its a dangerous philosophy. I believe it should be the duty of all non-believers to whack-a-mole religious silliness whenever it pokes up its head. Most do not have the guts to confront it head-on because Christians have held a near-monopoly on most of society in this land from the beginning. Gotta lotta respect for Bill Maher - he just blurts out the truth & takes the heat.
Thankfully, it is becoming more commonplace and acceptable for folks to admit that they know its justa buncha hooie. Its tough, for many Americans have been subjected to it as "fact" when they were young children, long before they have the capacity to make up their own minds. When mommy & daddy tell you that Santa brings presents and there are invisible people flying around on bird wings - you believe them. When you get older, they tell you that Santa is no longer real, but the invisible people still are. Many of us eventually figure out that flying bird-people are not real either, but admitting it would be frowned upon by friends, family & society.
Non-believers, UNITE!! Its OK to admit that you know its not so! Free yourselves from the dogma of the ancient goat-herders! Say it loud - Cavemen did not ride around on dinosaurs! Earth is not only 6,000 years old! Women are not made from other people's rib-bones! Snakes do not talk! MLK said, "The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice.
" I say, the arc of scientific understanding is long, but it bends towards the dissolution of religious dogma. Its a natural facet of the evolution of man.
I actually do have some serious questions about religion, but my abject disrespect understandably offends Believers to the point where they don't care to engage. Stuff like, can people really make themselves believe something? Say you want to live for eternity... can you really just choose
to believe it is so? Seems to me that you either believe something, or you do not - regardless of how you want
things to be. I could choose to believe that there is no coffee table in front of the sofa, but I sure as heck am going to trip over it when I get up.
And what is "faith?" The dictionary sez "belief that is not based on proof
." Can people really decide what to have faith in? Will I still bang my shin if I decide to "have faith" that the coffee table is not there? That is something that I am confused about - my brain is seriously lacking an understanding of the concept of "faith." Don't make no sense to me at all. Somebody saying that they "have faith" that invisible red people with horns are whispering in their ear to do naughty things. Don't make no sense....