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Old 11-24-2012, 05:48 AM  
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Notice how many gods you reject.

Proof #28 - Notice how many gods you reject

There are literally thousands of religions being practiced today. Here are 20 of the most popular, along with an estimate of the number of followers:

Christianity: 2.1 billion
Islam: 1.3 billion
Hinduism: 900 million
Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
Buddhism: 376 million
African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
Sikhism: 23 million
Juche: 19 million
Spiritism: 15 million
Judaism: 14 million
Baha'i: 7 million
Jainism: 4.2 million
Shinto: 4 million
Cao Dai: 4 million
Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
Tenrikyo: 2 million
Neo-Paganism: 1 million
Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
Scientology: 500 thousand

[Source: Encyclopedia Britannica]

If you believe in God, you have chosen to reject Allah, Vishnu, Budda, Waheguru and all of the thousands of other gods that other people worship today. It is quite likely that you rejected these other gods without ever looking into their religions or reading their books. You simply absorbed the dominant faith in your home or in the society you grew up in.

In the same way, the followers of all these other religions have chosen to reject God. You think their gods are imaginary, and they think your God is imaginary.

In other words, each religious person on earth today arbitrarily rejects thousands of gods as imaginary, many of which he/she has never even heard of, and arbitrarily chooses to "believe" in one of them.

The following quote from Stephen F. Roberts sums up the situation very nicely:

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"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

A rational person rejects all human gods equally, because all of them are equally imaginary.

How do we know that they are imaginary? Simply imagine that one of them is real.

If one of these thousands of gods were actually real, then his followers would be experiencing real, undeniable benefits. These benefits would be obvious to everyone. The followers of a true god would pray, and their prayers would be answered. The followers of a true god would therefore live longer, have fewer diseases, have lots more money, etc.

There would be thousands of statistical markers surrounding the followers of a true god.

Everyone would notice all of these benefits, and they would gravitate toward this true god. And thus, over the course of several centuries, everyone would be aligned on the one true god. All the other false gods would have fallen by the wayside long ago, and there would be only one religion under the one true god.

When we look at our world today, we see nothing like that. There are two billion Christians AND there are more than one billion Muslims, and their religions are mutually exclusive. There are thousands of other religions. When you analyze any of them, they all show a remarkable similarity -- there is zero evidence that any of these gods exist.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #16
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I seldom see pro-religion threads, or pro-Christianity threads started here. I see anti-religion and anti-Christian threads started fairly often. I would say at the least the atheist crowd is doing more to start the debates.
That could be true. Atheists and agnostics are growing in numbers and becoming more vocal~
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #17
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So why have I received no such visits at my house from Atheists but continue to get weekly visits from Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah's witnesses?
Maybe you don't actually live on the message board.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:56 AM   #18
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I seldom see pro-religion threads, or pro-Christianity threads started here. I see anti-religion and anti-Christian threads started fairly often. I would say at the least the atheist crowd is doing more to start the debates.
If there were, can you imagine the rabid attacks calling those who start the nuts with the subsequent piling on? Oh my! Such tolerance we would see respecting people of faith.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:59 AM   #19
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Maybe you don't actually live on the message board.
That was quite the jump he made there.
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The God project currently estimates there are 100,000 different gods that have been worshipped at one point or another on earth. You just worship 1 while reject 99,999. Why is yours right?
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:14 PM   #21
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True. I'm damned near an atheist except for worshiping that one true God that I do.

Hell, I was totally on the atheism wagon until he revealed himself to me and invited me to follow. Now I'm not going to pretend to know why he did that when he did that, but once he called my name I'd have been a fool not to come.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:17 PM   #22
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Atheists here spend more time trying to convince people there is no God than religious people spend trying to convince people there is.
I'd love to see your corpus of data for quantification.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #23
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True. I'm damned near an atheist except for worshiping that one true God that I do.

Hell, I was totally on the atheism wagon until he revealed himself to me and invited me to follow. Now I'm not going to pretend to know why he did that when he did that, but once he called my name I'd have been a fool not to come.
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Atheists here spend more time trying to convince people there is no God than religious people spend trying to convince people there is.
Way more time based on my observation.
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Maybe you don't actually live on the message board.
I think believers begin to tune out the efforts of fellow believers as they grow around such an environment, the reason atheists may seem more boisterous is because the few who do speak up attract a lot of attention.
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Way more time based on my observation.
False.
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So why have I received no such visits at my house from Atheists but continue to get weekly visits from Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah's witnesses?
Sure you do. Do you spend a lot of time in soup lines?
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True. I'm damned near an atheist except for worshiping that one true God that I do.

Hell, I was totally on the atheism wagon until he revealed himself to me and invited me to follow. Now I'm not going to pretend to know why he did that when he did that, but once he called my name I'd have been a fool not to come.
There's no accounting for being batshit insane.
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