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Anonymous said: Atheist to Atheist, I think you're kind of a douche.
Atheist to Atheist, if you think I give a fuck you have no idea who I am.
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marvelfanatic233 said: Hey, first if you read this, don't get mad ok :) I know you hate religion, but Christianity is MORE than just a "religion". It is a way of life that was distorted by America and thought of as weird and annoying, but it really isn't. Just remember God loves you. God is love. He knows we sin, and we aren't perfect, but he is there for us! I know your frustration and all, but it's ok. Just remember that God has your back :D we can talk later if you want, just remember my username
Nope, Christianity is a religion. Doesn’t matter what else you consider it to be it is still just a religion. It’s no more different or special or true than any other religion ever invented in history. Your beliefs are not special and unique, your world view is not more worthy of consideration than any other. I don’t sin and I’m not a sinner because I reject your system. Don’t label me with the same garbage that you’ve bought in to. We’re not all sinners because we’re not all so gullible to buy in to this invented demerit system. I have always kept my ask box open and welcome messages at any time but if you really are going to message me again please come with something other than these infantile bland baseless assertions about your imaginary friend. They’re all things every Atheist has heard a thousand times and only continue to sound more lame every time they’re repeated.
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Anonymous said: Hey could you enlighten me on the term islamophobia? I see it get thrown around so much when anyone brings up the religion it's like there's no room for debate. Personally I think the religion is the most extreme and it's scary to even talk about it (because of backlash) so I avoid bringing up the religion completely.
(This is one of those question where providing my honest opinion may be in strong disagreement with many people I generally like and admire but I don’t like providing dishonest answers.)
It’s essentially a buzz word created by mostly (unfortunately) liberal individuals who’ve romanticized Islam in to some beautiful and pure religion that needs to be protected from over zealous Western commentators who attempt to critique their religion and dare say something disparaging. These Islamic apologists often claim the West is the corrupting influence and ignorantly paint these “others” as being above that. It’s usually used a way of attacking a person ad hominem and attempting to discredit and undermine their view points without engaging in a discussion at all. It’s a way of dismissing what someone says as based on fear rather than any rational understanding or honest critique. Sadly it has been extremely effective against many people who worry about being perceived as racist or small minded, that is essentially exactly what this term was created for. I’ve been called “Islamaphobic” a few times at this point and at first I do admit that it really bothered me. I don’t want to the victim of a “phobic” feeling, so am I? After honest reflection I don’t feel as if I am, but of course this is only my own perception, so I no longer let people who want to sling around that term bother me. I now take it to mean they’re unwilling to enter in to a conversation and instead want to sling insults, when you walk away from a conversation like that you’re doing yourself a favor.
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liznet said: What religion did you practice or consider yourself to be a part of before you decided to become an atheist?
I grew up Catholic originally but was fairly young still when I started to separate myself from it. By the time I first read the bible on my own I didn’t really consider myself any particular religion but was one of those “believe just in case” types of people. Once I read the bible I was able to give that up fairly easily and started to explore what I considered more fringe religions. I studied Wicca/Wiccan for a while and even took part in some “rituals”. From there I discovered Satanism and found it extremely interesting. Looking back I can see why it appealed to a younger me but it lost a bit of its luster as I matured. I moved on to Buddhism and for a while even referred to myself as a Buddhist Satanist, borrowing parts and idea from each. I even went so far as to get a tattoo that I felt related to my Buddhist views. Through this exploration my belief in any type of “higher power” became less and less to the point that I felt it was best to simply give up on any type of organized religion. I feel each of my little explorations added something to my world view and my personality so for that I’m grateful but they certainly aren’t without their own flaws.
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Anonymous said: I'm a teenager who has recently become an atheist. My entire family and most of my friends are religious though. I hear a lot about "prophecies" from the bible being fulfilled and so even though I know god doesn't exist, I don't know how to respond to prophecies. Do you know anything about why they aren't true? I know they are pretty vague prophecies.
The people who wrote the New Testament all had copies of the Old Testament easily at hand when writing. It is quite easy to imagine that they simply wrote the story to match what they believed to be prophecy. One of the easiest examples to point out is that Jesus is said to have been born to a virgin mainly because of a mistranslation. When reading the Old Testament there is a prophecy that states the messiah will be born to a “young woman” but when this phrase was translated from Hebrew to Greek because of some confusion in the language many people took the word to mean “virgin”, not just young woman. As a result of this some of the New Testament authors had to create the idea that Jesus was born of a virgin. It honestly makes better sense that the story was simply fabricated since the authors were so far removed from the time of Jesus birth they would scarcely have even oral tradition to rely on. There are many other examples of this that can be discussed such as the very questionable lineage attributed to Jesus to make him “of the house of David” (which wouldn’t matter anyway if Joseph wasn’t his father) and the hoops jumped through to have Jesus be born in Bethlehem instead of Nazareth.
Another possible aspect is, if we assume Jesus was a real person, that he simply did everything he could to try to fulfill the prophecies. Jesus was a devoted Jew and according to the bible had spectacular knowledge and understanding of scripture so he would know exactly what the OT calls for when looking for a messiah. This too we can see in the NT itself in a way. One particular passage that intrigues me in the bible seems to show a very human side of Jesus. When he is preparing to enter Jerusalem he knows that prophecy states he will come in riding on an ass. He tells his disciples to go on ahead of him and locate a donkey and a colt and bring them back to him. If he’s fulfilling prophecy why aren’t they already there? This also raises the question of if the stories are simply fabricated why write in this very un-messianic interaction?
In short it’s very easy to see why Jesus is said to fulfill prophecy, because that is exactly how it is presented. Discussing if he actually did these things and if these things could somehow be verified historically independent of scripture is an entirely different story. Each and every prophecy could be picked apart and debated in this way to some extent but in the end we’ll still be left with some gray area. That is just part of the reason why people who believe in Jesus are forced to do so on faith, rather that on facts. If we had all the facts available to us it would be extremely easy but since we have to recreate history, well considering human motive, tampering becomes a very likely aspect. I wouldn’t worry one bit rather he did or did not fulfill some supposed prophecy because even if he did fulfill some aspect of it I would still say that it doesn’t matter in the slightest.
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biblestudywithme said: Hello! I ran across your blog when I was looking for new blogs to follow. I am a Christian, I have been saved for 7 years now. Before you stop reading I'm not here to bash your beliefs. I guess I can say I dislike the traditions of most churches that people consider religion also. I don't know you and I am not going to claim to agree/disagree seeing how I have only read your intro. I think that there are too many hypocrites claiming to be Christians. Is this close to why you hate "religion"?
I honestly considered your question for a while before answering but I have to say I don’t know if I’ve ever come across a Christian that I can’t consider a hypocrite. I’ve never met someone that I feel claims Christianity but actually follows all of the teachings out as fully as they are describes in the bible. Don’t get me wrong, in some ways I’m quite glad that Christians don’t stone adulterers or kill people for working on the Sabbath but even in the less extreme teachings Christians are still hypocritical. Perhaps in some small shack somewhere there is a Christian who truly does embody the (positive) teachings of Christianity and follows them closely but I’ve never come across this person and feel it’s quite likely I never will. It is simply not possible for the average Christian.
I often get messages from Christians looking to find a common ground in the feeling I have towards religion and their own world view but you likely won’t find much. I honestly think it is a symptom of ego and a way that many Christians attempt to seek outside validation. They want “their” version of Christianity to not have the same stigma attached to it that they see in “others” views of Christianity. It alleviates them of the guilt or stress in calling themselves a “Christian” well still realizing the travesty that is Christianity in general. You may find a good number of things that I point out about religion that you agree with if you take the time to look but chances are there would be little if anything I agree with in regards to your view of Christianity. I don’t accept that there is a purely “good” version of Christianity, being solely good doesn’t require a religion at all and anytime you add in a religion it only muddles things.
So in short, no, that isn’t the reason I hate religion. “Bad” Christianity doesn’t make a “good” Christian a hypocrite, Christianity in general makes an otherwise normal person in to one. As much as you may not like many of the things that Christians have done the world over if that is your religion you must accept and face the fact that thousands of people do terrible things because of it. Trying to distance your Christianity from the real terrible history of Christianity is attempting to white wash over problems and alleviate yourself of any association to it. To me that is unacceptable.
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Anonymous said: My whole life I have been an atheist and have been condemned, looked down upon and made to feel very alone for that. Upon reading through your blog, I have discovered that I have very similar, if not the same thoughts and values towards religion. I believe that religion is for people who can not take responsibility and/or are insecure so they feel the need for a "higher" power to validate their thoughts/actions/feelings. I'd also quickly like to thank you for making me feel not so alone.
Thank you for the message. It is sad how often I get messages like this but I always like to share these ones as a reminder to everyone that they are not alone. I think most of the US based Atheists especially have all had this feeling at one time or another. Our numbers are always growing and personally I look forward to the days when I can tell my grandchildren about the ridiculous things people “used to believe”.
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