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@Syndicaidramon: Well at the time pretty much yea. In Genesis he told Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and become many". So i guess by whatever means necessary . If they didnt than none of us would exist. But dont get so hooked up on something as small as that.
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I've always believed in god. I think there's a comfort to feel like something's listening when you're worried. That being said, I am agnostic by definition and I don't believe civilization just sprung up out of the ground like grass. The types of religious people that try to press their religious values onto others are the bible thumpers that should be ignored and disregarded. That being said, there are Atheists that are just as bad about pushing their beliefs onto people that are religious. Which demographic is more of a stubborn mule is a toss up because both are pretty annoying.
It simply comes down to this: If you're religious, don't try to press it onto others. If you're not, good for you, but don't harass religious people about being religious.

Pulled this off wikipedia because I thought it was interesting.

"Many theistic thinkers repudiate the validity of agnosticism, or certain forms of agnosticism. Religious scholars in the three Abrahamic religions affirm the possibility of knowledge, even of metaphysical realities such as God and the soul,[33] because human intelligence, they assert, has a non-material, spiritual element. They affirm that “not being able to see or hold some specific thing does not necessarily negate its existence,” as in the case of gravity, entropy, or reason and thought."

"According to Richard Dawkins, a distinction between agnosticism and atheism is unwieldy and depends on how close to zero a person is willing to rate the probability of existence for any given god-like entity."
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ObsidianStar wrote:

@Syndicaidramon: Well at the time pretty much yea. In Genesis he told Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and become many". So i guess by whatever means necessary . If they didnt than none of us would exist. But dont get so hooked up on something as small as that.


Well I'm an aspie. So I really can't not do that. Not getting hooked on small details that is. But won't press the issue further.
You seem like a nice guy/girl, and I don't want to upset you. Peace to you, friend.
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ObsidianStar wrote:

@Syndicaidramon: Well at the time pretty much yea. In Genesis he told Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and become many". So i guess by whatever means necessary . If they didnt than none of us would exist. But dont get so hooked up on something as small as that.


Well I'm an aspie. So I really can't not do that. Not getting hooked on small details that is. But won't press the issue further.
You seem like a nice guy/girl, and I don't want to upset you. Peace to you, friend.
lol its all good, I guess its good to ask small details to understand the bigger picture. Also getting upset wastes to much energy ha but yea okay you too!

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Some of the topics are treated in an extremely simplistic manner. That kind of treatment is yet another way of taking things out of context.

http://christianthinktank.com/qnoslave.html

Take slavery, for example. Our relatively modern form of it all presume and enforce the lack of choice and thus a contract is null; Such is not the way it was back in ancient Egypt, for example. If we don't call janitors, cleaning ladies or butler "slaves" then it bears noting that the term "slave" (the term translated into English) bears a different connotation.
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nanikore2 wrote:

Some of the topics are treated in an extremely simplistic manner. That kind of treatment is yet another way of taking things out of context.

http://christianthinktank.com/qnoslave.html

Take slavery, for example. Our relatively modern form of it all presume and enforce the lack of choice and thus a contract is null; Such is not the way it was back in ancient Egypt, for example. If we don't call janitors, cleaning ladies or butler "slaves" then it bears noting that the term "slave" (the term translated into English) bears a different connotation.


What about the hebrews that Moses led out of Egypt? The story makes it seem like they had it pretty bad...
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@Syndicaidramon: Well at the time pretty much yea. In Genesis he told Adam and Eve to "be fruitful and become many". So i guess by whatever means necessary . If they didnt than none of us would exist. But dont get so hooked up on something as small as that.


There are other possibilities. Most of them are deemed heretical to Christian teachings, but that's not something a non-Christian will care about.


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It's possible to accept both scientific evidence and be religious; I'm a religious Muslim, The evidence is there to prove Micro-evolution exists, the universe is expanding etc, so I believe it. All I don't believe is that humans didn't evolve.
I think Humans have a totally different level of intelligence, We know what we know, Why we know it and how we know it and how we can study knowledge and have arts and civilisation etc. We have the ability to create and understand languages. There is no biological reason for us to have the characteristics that no other specie has. This is what I believe anyway, and it's one reason that gives me the faith and the abilty to believe.
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im religious or as to say conscious....meaning i believe in the one and only GOD but i do not claim a denomination(christian, evangelist, apostolic, catholic, etc, etc,) honestly in the beginning the was only one practice of faith i agree with Phogan as far as that man is more the cause of separation then the divine entity.... as well as some of god's doing as well (tower of babel) but i do not judge and i accept all passes of faith because i believe the truth is crumbled up into all of the so called religions of the world......read for yourselves.....in school we are not taught everything about history i mean seriously we have a holidays for murderers you want to know truth read for yourself....alas i leave everyone with this. do not lean unto your own understanding or knowledge of man.......people are afraid of what they dont know....so find out for yourself.....peace
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HassaaNawaz wrote:
It's possible to accept both scientific evidence and be religious; I'm a religious Muslim, The evidence is there to prove Micro-evolution exists, the universe is expanding etc, so I believe it. All I don't believe is that humans didn't evolve. There is no evidence supporting the direct link in the "evolution of humans", We know this because it is just a Theory.


I'm sorry, but I simply cannot let this slide. This is an all too common argument, and it is completely and utterly false.
The definition of "scientific theory" is as follows:

"A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of knowledge that has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation."

When used in non-scientific context, the word “theory” implies that something is unproven or speculative. But as you can see by the definition of a "scientific theory", that is not the case when the term is used within science.


HassaaNawaz
Humans have a totally different level of intelligence, We know what we know, Why we know it and how we know it and how we can study knowledge and have arts and civilisation etc. We have the ability to create and understand languages. There is no biological reason for us to have the characteristics that no other specie has. This is what I believe anyway, and it gives me the faith and the abilty to believe.

But what you are describing are not things that are exclusively human.
Dolphins for instance share a lot of there things. They have language, and even call each other by individual names.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9kzOfuiTeo
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23410137
This of course, also means that while we don't know exactly what it is yet, due to our inability to understand it, dolphins are indeed transfering knowledge between each other via linguistics.

And this is true for more animals than just dolphins as well.
Several species of apes like gorillas and chimps too have language, and also their own societies with complex social protocols, just like in human societies.
http://www.livescience.com/15309-humanlike-behaviors-primates.html
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16479-male-bonding-is-rife-in-chimp-society-too.html#.UfKVSY1HKSo
http://darwinstudents.blogspot.no/2009/06/comparison-of-sexuality-of-humans.html
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Not religious at all, I like science to back certain things up but I have a interest in the paranormal
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When i was a little kid, I was told to be nice every year so Santa would bring me a gift. I was also told to put my teeth under the bed for money. If the tooth fairy and Santa exist. Why can't God?
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Syndicaidramon wrote:


nanikore2 wrote:

Some of the topics are treated in an extremely simplistic manner. That kind of treatment is yet another way of taking things out of context.

http://christianthinktank.com/qnoslave.html

Take slavery, for example. Our relatively modern form of it all presume and enforce the lack of choice and thus a contract is null; Such is not the way it was back in ancient Egypt, for example. If we don't call janitors, cleaning ladies or butler "slaves" then it bears noting that the term "slave" (the term translated into English) bears a different connotation.


What about the hebrews that Moses led out of Egypt? The story makes it seem like they had it pretty bad...


Yes. Even though the general treatment of slaves in the region did not conform to the modern picture of slavery, the Israelites in particular were mistreated. See below for the real reason the commands regarding slavery were written in the Bible:


Many of God's commands to Israel about treatment of 'slaves' are cast in light of Israel's experience of harsh slavery in Egypt (which generally DID conform to the "western" paradigm described above). She is told to remember her slavery and to not oppress the slave or the alien in the Land. There are many, many verses relative to this (e.g. Deut 5.6; 6.12, 21; 7.8; 15.15; 16.12; 24.18, 19).


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I do believe that there is something out there. I do not follow any religion. However, I am very accepting of everyone's faith. I believe it is important to support others in what they feel makes them whole.

There are a lot of questionable deeds that have been done in the name of religion. It's important to move past that and not dwell on the past, but learn from it in hopes of creating a world that is understanding.

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