Apr 18th 2007 9:01PM
Hmmm. I think that actually helps that atheists. Who needs science when you've got logic like that?
Apr 18th 2007 5:44PM Not in MY name, Zack. That was super-uncool.
Apr 18th 2007 4:24PM Sandra -
I do understand and appreciate your thought. But what are your prayers going to do for any of us? We have free choice, remember? God doesn't intervene (obviously). So, why pray? Many people pray every day for the safety and happiness of their loved ones, but that doesn't secure it, does it?
You know what? I live a very loving and good life. I volunteer every week, I take care of everyone around me and of myself. In general, I'm an actively GOOD person. I don't believe that any God is going to have issue with me and how I lived my life. My God isn't a vindictive, judgemental, abusive, passive-aggressive one.
My God will show itself in the warmth, comfort, compassion and healing powers of others.
Apr 18th 2007 3:53PM Jacob, I appreciate your response. But to me, the freedom of choice is the religiously-skewed way of saying people act in accordance to their mental/physical health. People who are ill do ill things. It's that simple. More people who own guns DON'T kill. If a sicko doesn't have a gun, he'll use a knife. Or a car. Or poison. Whatever.
You can't praise or blame a higher power in the same breath that you claim freedom of choice. It's like athletes or award winners who thank God for a win. If God doesn't take sides, and it's about free choice, why are you thanking God? It's all you, baby! You did it.
I'm not even an atheist, but I don't believe in God the way Christians insist God exists. "Organized" religions are essentially businesses, mostly corrupt and existing to manipulate. They are inconsistent and self-serving. For me, faith means believing we're all connected by one source, and people don't exist in a vacuum. So "do unto others..." is a fine philosophy. Stop inserting God into human issues as a source of responsibility or reason.
The concept of God has led to more turmoil, heartache and death than anything else in the history of the world. That's pretty telling, isn't it?
Apr 18th 2007 1:48PM So, your point really is that atheists already have the answer (evil/good/God/devil don't exist), and that's why they aren't called to commentate or officiate. In difficult and confusing experiences, people don't "get" concretes. That's why religious folk discount evolution - too provable, makes too much sense. Amazing and horrifying things can only be attributed to a higher power. But how conveniently those same people can disregard the question "why does your loving, powerful God allow this?"