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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, 03:53 PM   #91
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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?
There's no money in atheism.

I wonder if I could start an atheist church. People show up on Sundays, I pass around the collection plate, and then we all watch football.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:59 PM   #92
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It's scientifically proven, you dipshit.

Sleep paralysis is the basis for almost every kind of "creepy night time visitor" in the history of ****ing mankind.
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Um. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all have the same God.
In theory, not in practice, and certainly not if you were to poll the modern clueless generations of each religion.
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Sleep paralysis is the basis for almost every kind of "creepy night time visitor" in the history of ****ing mankind.
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whenever someone says they are religious, I immediately think of them as less intelligent.
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What's interesting is I know intelligent people who are also religious.

Including ClevelandBronco.

The need to be religious defies logic in some people. It's an incredible phenomenon.

In the end it's a social crutch for many.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:20 PM   #102
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What's interesting is I know intelligent people who are also religious.

Including ClevelandBronco.

The need to be religious defies logic in some people. It's an incredible phenomenon.

In the end it's a social crutch for many.
as do I, it just tells me that they are susceptible to having their minds controlled easily, which makes them less intelligent than they could be.
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whenever someone says they are religious, I immediately think of them as less intelligent.
Hit the bong again. Everything will seem to make sense temporarily.
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What's interesting is I know intelligent people who are also religious.

Including ClevelandBronco.

The need to be religious defies logic in some people. It's an incredible phenomenon.

In the end it's a social crutch for many.
It not only defies logic. It supercedes logic. It dwarfs logic. It reveals logic to be an inferior tool that is, unfortunately, widely used for tasks it was not designed to handle.
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