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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, 07:41 PM   #181
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muslims do not believe in a personal relationship with God
“Truly in the heart there is a void that cannot be removed except with the company of Allah.

And in it there is a sadness that cannot be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him.

And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him.

And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness.”

- ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah


Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr (more commonly known as Ibn Qayyim or Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah) (1292-1350CE / 691 AH- 751 AH) was a famous Sunni Islamic jurist, commentator on the Qur'an, astronomer, chemist, philosopher, psychologist, scientist and theologian. Although he is commonly referred to as "the scholar of the heart,"[citation needed] given his extensive works pertaining to human behavior and ethics,[5] Ibn Qayyim's scholarship was focused on the sciences of Hadith and Fiqh.

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Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah's contributions to the Islamic library are extensive, and they particularly deal with the Qur'anic commentaries, and understanding and analysis of the prophetic traditions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Qayyim_Al-Jawziyya
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:23 PM   #182
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I have had them in Kansas and North Carolina~
Same thing. I got none in New England that I can recall.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:29 PM   #183
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Same thing. I got none in New England that I can recall.
That is how it should be~
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:39 PM   #184
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That is how it should be~
My point was simply that different regions have more to much more of that kind of activity.
My kid was heavily evangelized her first semester at FSU where she lived. It's the Bible Belt.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:02 AM   #185
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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.
Oh it isn't just here...

Strong Atheists (as opposed to Agnosts / Weak Athiests ) are more pushy than any Jehova, Mormon or Vegan I have ever encountered...
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:03 AM   #186
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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.
/THREAD OVAH!

I don't even try to convince people, just putting it out there so on judgement day no one can say.. Well Lord I didn't know. GOD has a really nice recording system to replay any part of your life.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:14 AM   #187
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Oh it isn't just here...

Strong Atheists (as opposed to Agnosts / Weak Athiests ) are more pushy than any Jehova, Mormon or Vegan I have ever encountered...
How many have knocked on your door?
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:50 AM   #188
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/THREAD OVAH!

I don't even try to convince people, just putting it out there so on judgement day no one can say.. Well Lord I didn't know. GOD has a really nice recording system to replay any part of your life.
yeah....no
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:59 AM   #189
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/THREAD OVAH!

I don't even try to convince people, just putting it out there so on judgement day no one can say.. Well Lord I didn't know. GOD has a really nice recording system to replay any part of your life.
*insert gif of young folks at a religious retreat where one has a dinosaur head gif here*
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:07 AM   #190
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How many have knocked on your door?
Exactly what I was thinking. I've never had an atheist knock on my door and pass out pamphlets, but it happens on a regular basis with Jehovah's Witnesses.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:09 AM   #191
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:17 AM   #192
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Exactly what I was thinking. I've never had an atheist knock on my door and pass out pamphlets, but it happens on a regular basis with Jehovah's Witnesses.
Knock knock...door opens to a smiling atheist holding out some pamplets, he then asks...have you rejected your god today?
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:35 PM   #193
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Instead, atheists, act as activists by using the force and violence of the federal govt or its courts to remove vestiges of religion—even in local areas.

They do it differently—but they do it too.
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Instead, atheists, act as activists by using the force and violence of the federal govt or its courts to remove vestiges of religion—even in local areas.

They do it differently—but they do it too.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:42 PM   #195
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Instead, atheists, act as activists by using the force and violence of the federal govt or its courts to remove vestiges of religion—even in local areas.

They do it differently—but they do it too.
If you don't like the constitution, change it.
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