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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 11-28-2012, 05:26 PM   #406
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This is why I say their basis of allah's love is based on works.

God loves first. God goes after backsliders. God forgives. Even in the eleventh hour.
I think that's a good distinction between the two conceptions of God, and I would agree with you that the Christian conception is superior. But that's my own personal opinion.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #407
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So christian theology does not hold God as a compassionate, merciful creator who loves and cares for obedient christians?

Or just non-obedient ones or all of humanity including muslims or??
Although I think stevieray was wrong when he said that Muslims don't believe they can have a personal relationship with God in the sense that Jews and Christians feel [if I understood him correctly], I do think that the God of the Koran is much less loving than the traditionally Christian conception of God. The God of the Koran resembles more the God of the Old Testament.

The Christian conception is almost like God wants everything for you to come to Him, whereas the Islamic conception is almost like God is only for a certain population.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:43 PM   #408
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Although I think stevieray was wrong when he said that Muslims don't believe they can have a personal relationship with God in the sense that Jews and Christians feel [if I understood him correctly], I do think that the God of the Koran is much less loving than the traditionally Christian conception of God. The God of the Koran resembles more the God of the Old Testament.

The Christian conception is almost like God wants everything for you to come to Him, whereas the Islamic conception is almost like God is only for a certain population.
And only recognized in one language. These simplistic shitbags exceed other followers of of invisible men by laying the claim I can only understand his word in one language~
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #409
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Same god for sure.

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:18 PM   #410
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Same god for sure.

Looks like Kevin Smith in a wig. But fat people all kind of look similar.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:51 PM   #411
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This is why I say their basis of allah's love is based on works.

God loves first. God goes after backsliders. God forgives. Even in the eleventh hour.
lol

God is a terrible being. I don't like how this character supports rape, slavery and killing little kids and women. God sucks dude. I don't really see anything good about him, follow every single rule or burn in hell for eternity? seems fair.

Another thing, why do people pray if God already knows everything? It's because he wants to hear them beg. What a dick. Darth Vader shows more compassion than god.
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