Posted: 2017-12-07 09:58
You said, 8775 Of course, atheists can do evil just as religious can do evil as well. 8776
Naturally But you miss the fact that Atheists don 8767 t 8766 have God on our side 8767 (as Hitler, Boku Haram, Hirohito, Al Queda and others do).
Atheists have never fought other Atheists
over which God is the true god. But such wars are mandatory with religious people 8775 Slay them wherever you find them 8776 (Surah) Q 8767 uran
Many Jews in the United States have identified themselves as atheists and Jewish. The holidays and traditions that hold their families together aren 8767 t Christian ones, but rather Jewish ones. In the Middle East, especially Lebanon, a person can be an atheist Christian Communist or atheist Muslim Communist. A number of terrorist organizations in Lebanon were full of members who were atheist, Christian/Muslim/Druze and Communist. Their terrorist attacks, however, were not in the name of atheism, Christianity or Communism, but rather in the name of Palestinian freedom or against Israel, against Syria, or against one of the other religious-ethno groups fighting in the country at the time.
Believers do take these stories literally! *** Some do, some don 8767 t. Some have a belief that resides somewhere in the middle. So many people get hung up on what they can 8767 t understand because in the world we live in today, these things don 8767 t make complete sense. So they immediately write them off as fiction without exploring the possibility that there was some other factor involved that made it possible. Maybe, it was one of God 8767 s miracles that allowed these things to happen.
“A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened.”
― George Orwell, Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell Volume 7 My Country Right or Left 6995 6998
Should we eliminate all religion? Should we eliminate all languages except for English so there are no linguistic conflicts to fight about? Should we eliminate all nationalities and ethnicities so there are no ethnic conflicts to fight about? Should we eliminate all political parties so there are no political ideologies to fight about? Should we eliminate all working professions so there are no class issues to fight about? Should we eliminate all differences among humans and make all humans the same so we have nothing left to fight about?
How are freshwater fish and salt water fish to survive sharing the same body of water when the flood came? ***Who are we to say that the fish in the days of Noah were the exact same fish (and tolerances) of today and their tolerance for the salinity in water was the same? There are fish today that are known to survive in both types of water. How do we know for sure that the ocean was the same salinity back then as it is today? How do we know that the great flood event didn 8767 t change something in the water? How do we know that it wasn 8767 t a miracle of God that allowed the fish to survive that event?
8775 YES! IF HE SAYS THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR EXISTENCE! “TO PLEASE MY FATHER IN HEAVEN!!!” 8776 How does this follow from anything that I have said? With this sentence, you equate my hypothetical of 8766 a child asking something harmful of his father 8767 with 8766 pleasing our Father in Heaven 8767 . Where in the annals of Christianity would you find any school of thought that implies praying to be in line with God 8767 s Will to be harmful?
The one thing about the Middle East is its history is a lot more complicated than what can be explained by religion. The differences between Sunni and Shia in Iraq is regional and ethnic as well.
If not for where the oil fields are located in comparison to those divisions, British and later Saddam 8767 s 8775 divide and rule 8776 methods of keeping control, there wouldn 8767 t be so much fighting there.
Shiite parties say the elections will help stabilise Iraq. But some Sunnis fear they will strengthen Islamists and Shiites will dominate government posts. They say Iraq could follow Lebanon, where quotas for posts helped spark civil war. "One-third of Iraq will not take part in the polls. We are talking about major cities such as Mosul," said Umma Party leader Saad Jabr, whose father was prime minister under the British-installed monarchy.
Sunnis believe Muslim leaders can be elected, or picked, from those qualified for the job. Shiites believe leaders should be direct descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. So they don’t recognize the same authority in Islam kind of like the way Catholics and Protestants are all Christians and have the same Bible, but only Catholics recognize the authority of the pope. And like Catholics and Protestants, both Sunnis and Shiites have their own religious holidays, customs and shrines.
People obviously need religion because it has been around for thousands of years and millions people died for it. People need a solution for their suffering and desire peace in their hearts and joy in their lives. Unfortunately, very few people can attain such spiritual enlightenment. Religion is the closest substitute for spirituality. It is for the masses to follow. As long as there is suffering in this world, religion will be there because it gives people hope. Smart people understand it and use it to do evil things.
7. 8775 The shear odds off life being able to form on this planet the way it did are astounding. Let alone the genetic information in one strand of DNA. 8776
Your lack of knowledge is nothing special.
It is not 8766 I don 8767 t know therefor I know it must be God 8767
Evidence shows DNA started
as RNA which is very simple. Complexity is a result
of environment. Please learn some science.
“The slave will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it…Much is required from those to whom much is given.”
“Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live there”
“buy the male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you…also the children..You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your own children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this…”
Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse.”
“if your slave declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him to the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.”
“I..create darkness. I..create evil, I …do all these things.”
“Take your only son…whom you love….and kill him there as a burnt-offering to me on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”
You hear a lot of people saying that 8766 God has a plan for all of us. 8767 Essentially what they are saying is that the 5th dimension exists in parallel with the 9th.. yet they have no way of explaining this because we do not have the ability to experience events in the past nor future. Where is the logic/What is the point in holding a perspective your brain can not access. The only evidence is a book created thousands of years ago by individuals who were particularly intelligent with their right brains and did not possess the materials and know-how to utilize their left. Its more of a creative story if anything. I mean let 8767 s be real here no matter how much marijuana I smoked I would never be able to think of a more lavish story than the bible.
Religion is a tool. An anthropological too. It 8767 s one of the tools that our species uses to form alliances, tribal groups, and to deal with each other socially. We humans can use religion, superstition, laws, norms, morals, values, etc. as a means to regulate behavior or to form social allegiances. Sometimes we rely more heavily one specific ones, at other times we rely more on others. Usually, human societies rely on a mix of all of them. In today 8767 s Western societies, we tend to fear and respect the law and social norms more than anything else. In Sub-Sahara Africa people tend to fear and respect superstition, tribal tradition and religion more.
Thomas Jefferson was far from being 8775 our greatest President! 8776 He writes that he believes 8775 all men are created equal 8776 in the Declaration of Independence, but just can 8767 t bring himself to free his slaves because he needed money for his books, art treasures, building projects and so on, so he bought and sold slaves to get what he wanted. He was a secular humanist (except of course, for owning slaves) and not a Christian. He particularly didn 8767 t like the miracles in the Gospels, because then he would have to believe that Yeshua [Jesus] was the 8775 Son of God 8776 , a Roman title, by the way, not a Hebrew one! And he would then have to obey Him. Mr. Jefferson was a god unto himself, so he wasn 8767 t about to do THAT! He was a hypocrite in the absolute meaning of the word out of his own writings! The real contribution he made to this country was belief in a free press.
8775 “I come not to bring peace” but “blessed are the peacemakers” 8776 You think this is contradictory? As I said before for the former, Jesus is telling His followers not to expect a peaceful reception to His teachings (understandable: the Gospel is contrary to the ways of the world). However, being creations of God, we can only know true peace by coming into communion with Him. Hence, those who follow the teachings of Christ and do their utmost to spread the Gospel are 8775 peacemakers 8776 , even if they 8767 re aware that many will not receive them with 8775 peace 8776 .
Iraqi anti-government gunmen from Sunni tribes in the western Anbar province march during a protest in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The United Nations warned that Iraq is at a "crossroads" and appealed for restraint, as a bloody four-day wave of violence killed 695 people. The violence is the deadliest so far linked to demonstrations that broke out in Sunni areas of the Shiite-majority country more than four months ago, raising fears of a return to all-out sectarian conflict
The Al Queda free clinics for the poor?
Hamas and Hezbollah food drives?
Boku Haram clinics for the poor?
Zionist free clinics for the settlers?
Catholic Charities which denied condoms so 75 million Africans could die of AIDs knowing all the while that condoms would have prevented the spread of the disease ( 8775 AIDS is bad, condoms are worse 8776 the Pope) ?
Nation of Islam detox programs for drug addicts?
It is a shame when aetheists (such as Max) and others, including well-meaning Christians (and sometimes not so well-meaning 8775 Christians 8776 such as Hitler) misuse the bible either because they don 8767 t understand it, or because it contains words that can be quoted out of context to serve a particular agenda. The latter is what Hitler did, and at the end of the day is no different that what many aetheists do. Either way, it is very clear that Max either (a) doesn 8767 t understand the context of Jesus 8767 s words or (b) doesn 8767 t agree with his words and so deliberately took them out of context or (c) doesn 8767 t care one way or another and is just anti-religion in general.