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Posted 3/22/08 , edited 4/18/08
One of my best friend is a Hindu thought she did tell me that she's feels that she's really Agnostic and my other best friend is a Christian. We're pretty cool about each other's beliefs, we talk about it from time to time but it never becomes a big thing.
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Posted 3/24/08 , edited 4/18/08
lol the vast majority of my friends went from believers to Atheists at about the same I became agnostic *Shrugs* I have a few friends who still believe but not many at all.
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Posted 4/7/08 , edited 4/18/08

SeraphAlford wrote:

Do you have any?


Most of my family members are religious. Does that count?

As far as friends go, yes I do have a significant amount of friends and aquaintances who are religious. I respect their beliefs though.
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Posted 4/10/08 , edited 4/18/08
lots, and some try to convert me. which is really annoying
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Posted 4/11/08 , edited 4/18/08
yes, and they don't bother me unless they're constantly spewing bible verses everywhere.
or if i really like them... for some reason, when my best friend suddenly got religious i started writing a giant essay on why christianity is sillly, (in the most unoffensive way possible) XD;

even when i was a christian, overly-religious people got on my nerves lol
Posted 4/16/08 , edited 4/18/08
My uncle in a Minister of a local Church so I’ve been around organized religion most of my life. Mostly because I had to attend VBS when I was a child. Even then, I never really formed any solid beliefs about god from any of their teachings. I guess I just took VBS as their poor attempt to mold my spiritual beliefs... and a place to get free cookies.

I'd have to say a lot of my friends are at least "spiritual", not so much religious as in they have a belief in something but not necessarily God in a traditional Christian sense. I have had a few ultra-Christian friends though, and honestly I don't talk to them much anymore. It's not that I can't respect their beliefs, but more so they can't tolerate mine.

Plus, in all honestly, you just can't talk logically to some people who are very religious. It's like, I want to have a discussion about the bible, in a SCIENTIFIC manner, and I can't cause the answer to everything is "because god is god and all powerful that's why." You mention anything contradicting about the bible, religion, or about why something happened in the stories and the answer is always a big "Because god said so, NYAAAA!". I'm sorry but I don't think "because" is a good enough reason for me to put full faith in.
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My uncle in a Minister of a local Church so I’ve been around organized religion most of my life. Mostly because I had to attend VBS when I was a child. Even then, I never really formed any solid beliefs about god from any of their teachings. I guess I just took VBS as their poor attempt to mold my spiritual beliefs... and a place to get free cookies.

I'd have to say a lot of my friends are at least "spiritual", not so much religious as in they have a belief in something but not necessarily God in a traditional Christian sense. I have had a few ultra-Christian friends though, and honestly I don't talk to them much anymore. It's not that I can't respect their beliefs, but more so they can't tolerate mine.

Plus, in all honestly, you just can't talk logically to some people who are very religious. It's like, I want to have a discussion about the bible, in a SCIENTIFIC manner, and I can't cause the answer to everything is "because god is god and all powerful that's why." You mention anything contradicting about the bible, religion, or about why something happened in the stories and the answer is always a big "Because god said so, NYAAAA!". I'm sorry but I don't think "because" is a good enough reason for me to put full faith in.


Your last paragraph is exactly what influenced my atheist mentality.

Posted 4/18/08

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Your last paragraph is exactly what influenced my atheist mentality.



It's the truth though isn't it!

You can go to the Ext. Disc. forum right now, pull up a post about God, and I bet you'll find more than a handful of posts with responses like "Because God is God", "Because no one can judge God", "Because God has his own reasons and plan!", blah blah blah. It doesn't matter what the question is. It could be "Why does god let people starve?" or "Why is the grass green?" The answers from those people are always the same mumbo-jumbo.

I just take the "Because" answer as another way of saying "I'm too lazy to have my own opinion and views on my own religion." Which is sad because if someone believes in something they should at least have an idea of WHAT they believe in and WHY they believe in it. Views like "I belive in God because God created everything" or "I believe in God cause of the bible" are statements that just don't make sense to me since they're not logical. Now if someone said "Hey, I believe in God because I really feel like his spiritual presents is there due to so and so event that occured in my life" then I might respect that person a bit more because thier faith is based on something.

I think the only thing that pisses me off more is when people tell me not to worry, be sad, or other things like that because "God and Jesus love me". I'm sorry, but I don't see Jesus paying my bills every month or dealing with whatever else life throws at me. I hate when people try to use God as a freaking band-aid for life.

And sorry about the rant and typos. I'm tired right now and too lazy to spell check. ^_^''''

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I hate when people try to use God as a freaking band-aid for life.



My voice could not reach the hight of the right aria to announce my "second" on that notion. I understand, that yes, life can hurl unexpected lumps of metal shits, known as a Prius at you. Now hold with me i have a story here that corresponds with that.

A friend of mine, a perfectly logical, descent human being of minimal anger and a fair amount of patience; in other words: a prime example of what an atheist should be. But due to a car accident sometime last year, has entirely converted over to christianity. At first i had no hard feelings, I mean, hey, something like a Prius slamming into your douchebag-yellow Volkswagen Carmengia at fifty plus miles-per-hour could be a life changing experience.

You will always hear stories about how someone almost died in an occurrence that was only a inch away from killing them. It's amazing to me how it's always an inch away from killing them. (i.e. "ah, man, dude did you hear what happened to Jeff? A rubber band flew past him, and dude, it was like only a inch away from taking his eye out.)

I digress.

Car. Slam. An inch away from face. Check Check Check. So after a few weeks, my friend had calmed down from their near-hit and was once again comfortable enough to drive on the road. But small changes about them continually started effect my mood when i was around. The story of the crash was never far from their lips to tell the tale of "The Inch That Could Have Been" and everytime i heard it, the words "I thank god" soon followed and without the normal ironic twist i was used to hearing.

But they started to instantly believe in God because of an inch. I questioned them on why this was, since i couldn't fathom something so groundbreaking as this. It's not that i mind, it's just they gave credit to something they didn't even believe that existed in the first place. They didn't even consider the fact that the other car had a crumble impact system, or the fact their car was built in 1972 and was made of fuckin' metal!

But the real reason i found on why they believe came a few months later, and by this time i was spending less and less time being around because every conversation would end up being about me and why i don't believe. Their belief came from when they couldn't drive anymore do to fear, and they prayed to God to help them drive and feel normal again. After a few test drives and some good ol' fashioned "stick-to-it-ism" they didn't credit themselves. It was as if all of that they could do for themselves was the work for something else entirely.

So instead of dealing with that "inch" they decided to use god as a crutch for an accident that wasn't even that big of a deal.

That's all. Sorry this was so long.
Posted 4/19/08

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MockMachina wrote:

I hate when people try to use God as a freaking band-aid for life.



My voice could not reach the hight of the right aria to announce my "second" on that notion. I understand, that yes, life can hurl unexpected lumps of metal shits, known as a Prius at you. Now hold with me i have a story here that corresponds with that.

A friend of mine, a perfectly logical, descent human being of minimal anger and a fair amount of patience; in other words: a prime example of what an atheist should be. But due to a car accident sometime last year, has entirely converted over to christianity. At first i had no hard feelings, I mean, hey, something like a Prius slamming into your douchebag-yellow Volkswagen Carmengia at fifty plus miles-per-hour could be a life changing experience.

You will always hear stories about how someone almost died in an occurrence that was only a inch away from killing them. It's amazing to me how it's always an inch away from killing them. (i.e. "ah, man, dude did you hear what happened to Jeff? A rubber band flew past him, and dude, it was like only a inch away from taking his eye out.)

I digress.

Car. Slam. An inch away from face. Check Check Check. So after a few weeks, my friend had calmed down from their near-hit and was once again comfortable enough to drive on the road. But small changes about them continually started effect my mood when i was around. The story of the crash was never far from their lips to tell the tale of "The Inch That Could Have Been" and everytime i heard it, the words "I thank god" soon followed and without the normal ironic twist i was used to hearing.

But they started to instantly believe in God because of an inch. I questioned them on why this was, since i couldn't fathom something so groundbreaking as this. It's not that i mind, it's just they gave credit to something they didn't even believe that existed in the first place. They didn't even consider the fact that the other car had a crumble impact system, or the fact their car was built in 1972 and was made of fuckin' metal!

But the real reason i found on why they believe came a few months later, and by this time i was spending less and less time being around because every conversation would end up being about me and why i don't believe. Their belief came from when they couldn't drive anymore do to fear, and they prayed to God to help them drive and feel normal again. After a few test drives and some good ol' fashioned "stick-to-it-ism" they didn't credit themselves. It was as if all of that they could do for themselves was the work for something else entirely.

So instead of dealing with that "inch" they decided to use god as a crutch for an accident that wasn't even that big of a deal.

That's all. Sorry this was so long.


It wasn't too long. I actually enjoyed the read. ^_^
It's a perfect example of the god-band-aid...now with neosporin for faster healing.


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It wasn't too long. I actually enjoyed the read. ^_^
It's a perfect example of the god-band-aid...now with neosporin for faster healing.




That means Jesus is Robitussin.
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^I used to make fun of my neighbors for that, because they were just like the Flanders family. They never got it though because they didn’t watch anything pg-13 or up. Well, maybe we shouldn’t make fun of people for trying to do what they think is right, but sometimes they’re such easy targets!


yeah agreed. It was just how they were raised. They are really easy targets as well.
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yep we went on a field trip once and she told me "i wore my cross so god will give us good weather and traffic"(who wants to get back in time to have more school?!)meanwhile i was wearing my shirt with the Grim Reaper on it...
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All ethnic danes i know are NOT religious, and since the far majority of my friends are danes, i have almost none religious friends..
the only religious people i know is my family on my mothers side, they are also wierd and scary as hell, but i blame the dog eating on that..
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