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Old 11-24-2012, 04:48 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, 11:28 AM   #31
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Can you link me to the last thread started by a believer who was trying to convince non-believers that they were wrong?
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:33 AM   #32
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I just ignored a ringing doorbell pushed by two guys in white shirts and ties who were probably here to tell me why their God is superior and why I should follow all the rules. I sure hope I didn't miss my first visit from an Atheist!
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:35 AM   #33
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:35 AM   #34
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Can you link me to the last thread started by a believer who was trying to convince non-believers that they were wrong?
this should be good.....
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:37 AM   #35
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I know, right?
People believe in aliens because of hallucinations too, you know.

Ever heard of sleep paralysis?
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:40 AM   #36
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Can you link me to the last thread started by a believer who was trying to convince non-believers that they were wrong?
Is this what you are looking for?

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showt...ighlight=tebow
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:43 AM   #37
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No. Is that the same level of discernment you use to spot these armies of evangelizing missionaries who you think are assaulting your front door in waves? Maybe it's just the FedEx guy or the Terminix man.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:43 AM   #38
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No fair. I was in line first and I have a really long list.
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People believe in aliens because of hallucinations too, you know.

Ever heard of sleep paralysis?
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No. Is that the same level of discernment you use to spot these armies of evangelizing missionaries who you think are assaulting your front door in waves? Maybe it's just the FedEx guy or the Terminix man.
I guess some people really don't have a sense of humor. Wow, boring life you must lead.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:59 AM   #41
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That's probably it. Thanks, man.
That's absolutely it.
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No. Is that the same level of discernment you use to spot these armies of evangelizing missionaries who you think are assaulting your front door in waves? Maybe it's just the FedEx guy or the Terminix man.
I have had a half dozen knocks on my door here in NC only to answer it and find an unwanted solicitation from one church or another. I can not count the times I have come home to find a leaflet from some church. I have never heard of atheists or agnostics doing this.
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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?
This doesn't happen.
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I have had a half dozen knocks on my door here in NC only to answer it and find an unwanted solicitation from one church or another. I can not count the times I have come home to find a leaflet from some church. I have never heard of atheists or agnostics doing this.
And it is still baffling what these people think they are going to accomplish with such talks? It is right up there with political posts that you think will sway someone's opinion on a political matter.

I don't really give a shit if you want to believe or don't want to. I only ask you to not try to tell me why you believe what you believe...my mind is already made up just like everyone else's.
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