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Posted 7/23/13
I'm religious, but I'm not so close-minded and ridiculous as your typical theist. Essentially, what I'm saying is I entirely understand why people both believe in God as well as why people do not believe in God. I'm Catholic (which for the record is a Christian religion, anybody who says otherwise is an absolute moron, but I'd rather not get into it). Essentially the Bible is very historically consistent to say the least. Do I believe the world is only a few thousand years old? Of course not, I'm not retarded. Do I believe that a great sea is above us being shielded by a great dome? Of course not, because again, I'm not retarded. There's too many preconceived notions about theists that people don't realize are almost non-existent. By that I mean when people bring up a point against a Christian, such as one of the two I just said, chances are that Christian doesn't even believe in that. From my understanding, the vast majority of Christians are not so stupid as to believe such things that have been disproven, in turn meaning they were meant to be metaphorical. The media puts out the weird stories like that to shock people because obviously it's always weird when a Christian school has a test about dinosaurs and humans living at the same time. I'm not saying the media is trying to smear Christianity, they just don't realize that people are only focusing on the few weird things that have happened which only represent a minority of Christians. Another one, I believe in the Big Bang. Why? Cause I'm not stupid enough to think that means "There is no God," like the minority of Christians do, I'm smart enough to just think, "Hmm, I believe God made the universe, the Big Bang Theory states the Big Bang created the universe. Easy, God could've just caused the Big Bang." Obviously that's not a way to persuade an atheist, that's just an easy way for a theist to believe in the Big Bang Theory because it makes sense, not to mention the fact that a Catholic priest was the first to come up with the Big Bang Theory. Oh, and a huge misconception is that you cannot be a Christian and believe in evolution. Not true for one second. The Catholic Church actually says that creation and evolution are both valid beliefs as long as you also believe that God caused it. So Catholics have the full right to believe in evolution as long they believe that God created the organisms that evolved or set evolution into motion, which I believe. I have nothing against being an atheist, the problem I have with atheists is when they actually bash religion and think they have the right to explain why we're all wrong and stupid because of what the minority of Christians believe. If you're reading this and you're one of those atheists who simply loves to argue with us and thinks that they're sooo smart in doing so, get this through your head: you have no idea what you're even talking about, and I think I've proved that by demolishing some preconceived notions. It's because of those preconceived notions that I hate telling people I'm Catholic because, in the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson (agnostic), you get "all the baggage and all the rest of the philosophy that goes with it to you, and when they wanna have a conversation, they will assert that they already know everything important there is to know about you because of that association, and that's not the way to have a conversation."
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while i am christian i am also open-minded, as such i try to see both sides of an argument (usually between atheists and christians). and while i might be biased i can't see how scientists can keep believing in evolution rather than a God existing.
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Agnostic atheist here. Believing in something because it makes you feel good to me isn't a valid reason to believe in something. I get along with deists really well, when people start getting specific about faith based scripture and all this stuff that is very likely manmade, that's when I take issue. People can believe what they want to believe though, that is fine. That doesn't bother me. What bothers me is when God is the great big grab-all in US politics and public policy is shaped by unprovable religious belief, and those without religious belief are shunned by political circles as somehow less than their godly counterparts. When some of the most fanatical Christians lie to the public, and act like this is a "Christian country" or a "country founded upon Judeo-Christian principles" when it is clearly not. This country is a secular country, and it was made that way so the religious (of many denominations and faiths) and the non-religious could coexist peacefully.
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Posted 7/23/13
I am christian and was raised baptist by my mother.
HOWEVER
I don't really practice it or attend church.
Part of the reason being that since I was raised baptist and have had to sit through baptist services in the past I can honestly say and as bad as it may sound I never really liked going to church. There was just always so much judgement passed on all different kinds of people eventually I just stopped going.
But regardless of that I do still believe in God and that there is life after death. Other than that I'm not that outspoken with religion.
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Posted 7/24/13

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WaterElixer wrote:

Why do you need to question people's beliefs at all? Why does there need to be judging? Just let people believe in what they want to believe in, period. You come off as rude when you decide that you're the only one that's right and blind idiots need to accept what you, and ONLY YOU, have to say. How's that fair? Why do you feel the need to have to tell people they're wrong just because they have a different way of looking at life?

And also, from your last post, don't act like since I'm young that I don't know anything. Show some respect to a fellow human being.


“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” - Carl Sagan


That's a load of bullshit. Give me an answer that takes your own brain to figure out. Because the answer you just gave makes you sound like you're a follower rather than believing in what YOU truly believe in.
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Meh, I personally dont care bout who is the creator and whatnot, I think there is a higher power, who that may be couldnt honestly say. Although I believe everything is based off of what you did in life and how you lived so to speak. Not who or what you believe in, looking purely into that is just stupid if ya ask me, forgive me if im offending anyone, its not meant to be that way. If anyone whats to talk with me over religion I'd be more than happy to, Im always up for a good dicussion
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WaterElixer wrote:


bensonc120 wrote:

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” - Carl Sagan


That's a load of bullshit. Give me an answer that takes your own brain to figure out. Because the answer you just gave makes you sound like you're a follower rather than believing in what YOU truly believe in.


Answer is simple really, I thought it would be obvious to you already. I don't care what you believe in. But if your beliefs are wrong and others try to misrepresent it as truth, I will voice my disagreement. I have a right to my opinions/views as much as you have a right to yours no matter wrong they are. Stop having such a hissy fit every time anyone disagrees with you. Now get back to studying for SATs because I think higher education will benefit you immensely down the road.
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Posted 7/25/13

bensonc120 wrote:


WaterElixer wrote:


bensonc120 wrote:

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” - Carl Sagan


That's a load of bullshit. Give me an answer that takes your own brain to figure out. Because the answer you just gave makes you sound like you're a follower rather than believing in what YOU truly believe in.


Answer is simple really, I thought it would be obvious to you already. I don't care what you believe in. But if your beliefs are wrong and others try to misrepresent it as truth, I will voice my disagreement. I have a right to my opinions/views as much as you have a right to yours no matter wrong they are. Stop having such a hissy fit every time anyone disagrees with you. Now get back to studying for SATs because I think higher education will benefit you immensely down the road.


lol trust me higher education doesnt make people smart or successfull person, if hes simply stupid then he is until he realize.
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Posted 7/25/13
I'm Catholic. I've always been and always will.
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Posted 7/25/13

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lol trust me higher education doesnt make people smart or successfull person, if hes simply stupid then he is until he realize.


You are right, it all depends on what you get out of it. But just the exposure to new ways of thinking will benefit this individual.
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Posted 7/25/13
Very interesting thread. Alot of great questions people are asking as well. To answer the question, Yes i am because i love what i do. =]
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I was a christian until I was 15. I thought since I was a christian I should read the whole bible since it was my holy book. Before I even got to the new testament I just came to the conclusion that all that stuff is impossible and made up and then read Charles Darwin's book and became a atheist and still am. Plus all the incest in the bible freaked me out.
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I don't go the church or read the bible or anything, but I do believe that there is someone who will always watch over and love you.
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Posted 7/25/13

mmadbzfan wrote:

I was a christian until I was 15. I thought since I was a christian I should read the whole bible since it was my holy book. Before I even got to the new testament I just came to the conclusion that all that stuff is impossible and made up and then read Charles Darwin's book and became a atheist and still am. Plus all the incest in the bible freaked me out.
The new testament is where its at, but the old testament is still important. Yea there was incest in the beginning but the population was so low globally, have to populate some how right? Haha its gross now but back then things were different. IF you just read the bible chances are you wont understand, thats where study comes into play to fully understand and things will click. Turns out the bible is alot more positive compared to what people say.

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Posted 7/25/13 , edited 7/25/13
No. Because if you really think about it, religion makes no sense.
If you're actually educated in the reality of nature and are capable of using logic and critical thinking, believing in such things is ridiculous.



ObsidianStarYea there was incest in the beginning but the population was so low globally, have to populate some how right? Haha its gross now but back then things were different. IF you just read the bible chances are you wont understand, thats where study comes into play to fully understand and things will click. Turns out the bible is alot more positive compared to what people say.


So basicly, God endorses incest?




WaterElixer wrote:
Why do you need to question people's beliefs at all? Why does there need to be judging? Just let people believe in what they want to believe in, period. Why do you feel the need to have to tell people they're wrong just because they have a different way of looking at life?


Because scrutiny is the only way to weed out and discard the beliefs that are wrong. Like white supremacist beliefs for instance.
Surely you agree that we should not let white supremacists just "believe what they want" without criticizing and challenging their beliefs?





WaterElixer wrote:


bensonc120 wrote:

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” - Carl Sagan


That's a load of bullshit.


Why is that bullshit?
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