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toad

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Feb 20, 2013
There are literally thousands of religions being practiced today. Here are 20 of the most popular, along with an estimate of the number of followers:

Christianity: 2.1 billion
Islam: 1.3 billion
Hinduism: 900 million
Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
Buddhism: 376 million
African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
Sikhism: 23 million
Juche: 19 million
Spiritism: 15 million
Judaism: 14 million
Baha'i: 7 million
Jainism: 4.2 million
Shinto: 4 million
Cao Dai: 4 million
Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
Tenrikyo: 2 million
Neo-Paganism: 1 million
Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
Scientology: 500 thousand
[Source: Encyclopedia Britannica]
If you believe in God, you have chosen to reject Allah, Vishnu, Budda, Waheguru and all of the thousands of other gods that other people worship today. It is quite likely that you rejected these other gods without ever looking into their religions or reading their books. You simply absorbed the dominant faith in your home or in the society you grew up in.

In the same way, the followers of all these other religions have chosen to reject God. You think their gods are imaginary, and they think your God is imaginary.

In other words, each religious person on earth today arbitrarily rejects thousands of gods as imaginary, many of which he/she has never even heard of, and arbitrarily chooses to "believe" in one of them.

The following quote from Stephen F. Roberts sums up the situation very nicely:

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
A rational person rejects all human gods equally, because all of them are equally imaginary. How do we know that they are imaginary? Simply imagine that one of them is real. If one of these thousands of gods were actually real, then his followers would be experiencing real, undeniable benefits. These benefits would be obvious to everyone. The followers of a true god would pray, and their prayers would be answered. The followers of a true god would therefore live longer, have fewer diseases, have lots more money, etc. There would be thousands of statistical markers surrounding the followers of a true god.

Everyone would notice all of these benefits, and they would gravitate toward this true god. And thus, over the course of several centuries, everyone would be aligned on the one true god. All the other false gods would have fallen by the wayside long ago, and there would be only one religion under the one true god.

When we look at our world today, we see nothing like that. There are two billion Christians AND there are more than one billion Muslims, and their religions are mutually exclusive. There are thousands of other religions. When you analyse any of them, they all show a remarkable similarity -- there is zero evidence that any of these gods exist. That is how we know that they are all imaginary.
GML

Saint Charles, MO

#2 Feb 21, 2013
You're a tard.
ok

United States

#3 Feb 21, 2013
Christianity!
Where and when

United States

#4 Feb 21, 2013
You, the person that you are, is a direct result of where you were born and raised. You are born with certain characteristics in your genetics, but as you are raised you are susceptible to the influences around you that create the person you grow up to be.
The religious that claim the passage to heaven through only them are very flawed in their way of thinking only inside the box. Their closed mindedness or should I say stubbornness is bred into them. "My way or the highway" type of thinking could no possibly be what a higher being intended for us.
If a man born in Ohio who worships Jesus Christ and his father dies only to find out that Allah is the one true and only God ....well, is it really Ohio mans fault? No. Seriously how could it be. He was born and taught that in order to go to heaven he must do certain things and be a certain way, its bred into the fabric of who he is and cannot be changed without some form of higher power invention. And it's the same of any of the souls spead across this vast land.
qaxyax

Monessen, PA

#5 Feb 23, 2013
http://youtube.com/watch...
God Of Money,,yeah!

TripleNegative

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#6 Feb 23, 2013
I hate to rain upon your 'parade of outhouse utensils and all things contemptible and moronic', but Islam borrows from Judaism and Christianity, and they have the same God. Christianity, of course, comes from Judaism. I did not see Mormonism, yet I may have missed it—it is a derivative of Christianity, yet it is NOT Christianity, and all have the same God.

That reduces the field a lot. Paganism has no God—they dance naked around Stonehenge and profess their love of all things 'bestiality' and inherently idiotic. That's the closest thing to a God YOU have. Scientology has no God. They worship science fiction, and the divinity of Tom Cruise and L. Ron Hubbard, the second closest thing to your God.

Atheism is a religion—yours—it has a fervent faith in nonsensical tripe and the divinity of man, and your dogma is 'that no God could possibly exist without notifying you first, begging for your permission, and then promoting you to the highest office allowed to any human being of divinity with an ego larger than their own portly arse'—except the good will of humankind, which is oxymoronic by default, and you as a practicing atheist are required to convert people to your lack of reality, ideology of all things human, and a disrespect for anything beyond your own selfish and superficial need to convert me to your 'intellectually malnourished plight of blatant moronics', while belittling everything that we believe in as Christians. If you do not believe this is true—though you know it is—just mention God, Christmas, Easter, or anything else within reason—or better yet, give you the fifteen weeks required to read this, comprehend this, and then have a thoughtful response in English by abusing Google, MS Word, and a dozen Xanax and Bud Lites, while understanding the truth amongst the sarcasm.

So you see? You are not here to enlighten anyone, or to get their ideas with regard to any religious belief—you're here to exclaim your superiority in a lack of faith, to point out that superiority, to get accolades for your nonsensical tripe from your likewise inebriated congregation of blatant fools, and then to convert me to your 'inherent lack of anything worthwhile'.

That you have faith in so many things, such as your automobile, your alarm clock, your computer, and your president, etc., shows that you are hoping to profess your superiority at this moment without contradiction, to insult me and my faith poorly, and do so with everyone here turning the other cheek.

So let me correct your delusions with regard to this particular Christian. You see, I am a John the Baptist Christian, and I can eat locusts, drink putrid water and stale moldy bread, and spit venom and piss napalm in your general direction without losing one iota of faith, one particle of respect, or one millisecond of sleep while insulting you, Herod, Obama, and the rest of your illiterate pagan ilk, while ripping you a new a*shole, you ignorant, conceited, egotistical intellectually vacuous twit.

Take my word for it—my faith would be better placed in the Easter Bunny than in your denomination of irreligious dullards. I have respect for all faiths in a divine God, and it's not my place to judge them—you however, are beyond contempt, beyond any respectful premise of discussion, and beyond any absolution from your malevolent idiocy.

Now hush and return to your trailer park of lunacy, and the sewer from which you crawled, and take your rancid bong-water, rolling-papers, your bath-salts and syringes, your methamphetamines, your 'I Heart Dead Prostitutes' T-shirt, your Obama Bobble-head Doll, your many psychotic delusions of grandeur, and kiss my rebel dick.
And before you condemn Christians for my beliefs in 'not turning the other cheek while giving you exactly what you deserve rectally', I already elaborated on my beliefs as a John the Baptist Christian. They are good people—I am not.

Godspeed, you bloviating simpleton!
Red head

United States

#7 Feb 24, 2013
What is it that makes you assume everyone drinks and does drugs if they disagree with you. Why do you always refer to peopel that live in trailer as trash? Why are you fixated on dentures and old age? These are the insults that you throw out every other post. Have you nothing new? You speak of others borrowing from Christianity, but Christianity borrowed from about a dozen different religions that existed first. I guess might makes right though, after all the Christians simply killed everyone who didnt believe in their god. Religious supremacisim at its best. You sir are a lonely old man that rides a one trick poney. Get out the denture adhesive, because when you flatulate your wooden teeth will leave splinters in your ass.

“Got Logic?”

Since: Nov 08

Perryville

#9 Mar 8, 2013
Red head wrote:
What is it that makes you assume everyone drinks and does drugs if they disagree with you. Why do you always refer to peopel that live in trailer as trash? Why are you fixated on dentures and old age? These are the insults that you throw out every other post. Have you nothing new? You speak of others borrowing from Christianity, but Christianity borrowed from about a dozen different religions that existed first. I guess might makes right though, after all the Christians simply killed everyone who didnt believe in their god. Religious supremacisim at its best. You sir are a lonely old man that rides a one trick poney. Get out the denture adhesive, because when you flatulate your wooden teeth will leave splinters in your ass.
"Might makes right" I like that.

TripleNegative

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#10 Mar 12, 2013
BrickInTheWall82 wrote:
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"Might makes right" I like that.
Might has always killed or subjugated a people, with or without the assistance of religion. People abuse religion for their purposes, not vice versa. Yet then again, anything that belittles Christianity, you find to be amusing.

You seem to forget the atrocities of Atheism—Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung; or of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism. Why do those instances of political abuses and atrocities by your preferred religion of atheism seem to find an absence of your attention?

Yet those do not serve your obfuscation purposes, your ideology, your prejudices, nor your attempt at propagandizing or personal expediency, now do they?

So tell me, what great harm was caused to you because of such a Christian—other than your displeasure at being considered to be a sinner? Do you merely hate the idea of being judged, even when you are being judged adequately and appropriately? You know, like you judge Christians?

Is it possible that if you chose a good Christian woman, you would not find yourself by the phone begging a married woman to return to you? Yet, at least you're not begging God. You would never stoop to such depths of depravity, now would you?

Such is the plight of narcissistic angst.
Tyga

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Mar 12, 2013
He just drones on and on doesn't he?
Tyga

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Mar 12, 2013
Tyga wrote:
He just drones on and on doesn't he?
Well said.

TripleNegative

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#13 Mar 13, 2013
Tyga wrote:
He just drones on and on doesn't he?
And you just post another trifling nonsensical post, wish and pray for intellectual superiority, and wake up the next day just as stupid as the day before.

It hurts, doesn't it Tyga? Just go back to bitching about people who say 'well said'. It's not correct nor endearing, but it does keep you busy—much like a fabric-mouse does with a kitten.

TripleNegative

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Since: Oct 12

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#14 Mar 13, 2013
Tyga wrote:
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Well said.
And you must agree with yourself. How priggish, and relatively benign.

“Got Logic?”

Since: Nov 08

Perryville

#15 Mar 15, 2013
TripleNegative wrote:
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Might has always killed or subjugated a people, with or without the assistance of religion. People abuse religion for their purposes, not vice versa. Yet then again, anything that belittles Christianity, you find to be amusing.
You seem to forget the atrocities of Atheism—Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung; or of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism. Why do those instances of political abuses and atrocities by your preferred religion of atheism seem to find an absence of your attention?
Yet those do not serve your obfuscation purposes, your ideology, your prejudices, nor your attempt at propagandizing or personal expediency, now do they?
So tell me, what great harm was caused to you because of such a Christian—other than your displeasure at being considered to be a sinner? Do you merely hate the idea of being judged, even when you are being judged adequately and appropriately? You know, like you judge Christians?
Is it possible that if you chose a good Christian woman, you would not find yourself by the phone begging a married woman to return to you? Yet, at least you're not begging God. You would never stoop to such depths of depravity, now would you?
Such is the plight of narcissistic angst.
Actually, I do mention some of what you listed, but that's more on my Facebook page. I haven't seen many Islam or Buddhist threads on here though.

TripleNegative

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#16 Mar 15, 2013
Buddhists and Muslims have killed as many if not more people in their quest for religious supremacy, than any Christians—yet they continue to do so. Christians have not done such things since the Crusades, with any real venom or vigor.

I already mentioned the atheists—and Pol Pot killed and tortured more people than those killed in concentration camps by the Hitler regime.

The point is, non-believers use the Crusades as an excuse to say anything that pleases them against Christianity—and I was not even conceived or considered during the Crusades.

It's offensive when someone uses the 'sky god' as some quip against something of which they disbelieve, as if they're allowed because of their moral superiority. I do not believe in hell, but I do believe in God. So when you attack my beliefs, I defend them—and I do so by kicking the crutch out from underneath your argument of self-professed superiority.
justme

Saint Louis, MO

#17 Mar 15, 2013
Trip, my grandfather didn't believe in hell either.His theroy was that we are living our hell here on earth. I have often thought about that and in many ways he was right.

TripleNegative

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#18 Mar 15, 2013
justme wrote:
Trip, my grandfather didn't believe in hell either.His theroy was that we are living our hell here on earth. I have often thought about that and in many ways he was right.
justme—when Christ first mentioned how life would be for an eternity without God, he responded (and I must paraphrase)'It would be better to live in the fires of hell [the dump that surrounded Jerusalem, he pointed out, which burned 24/7 with corpses, refuse, trash, excrement, and everything imaginable],' and somehow this became used as a definition for/of hell.

Your grandfather was correct, with most respects. We live imprisoned by human genetics, which is partially that of God, and partially that of animal, and we cannot escape the urges present in all humans, which are base, prehistoric, many times downright insane—we must eat, we must have sex, and we must lie and cheat, partially because that's an animal trait.

Yet we are actually energy—spirit—and we are imprisoned in a temporary body, and not released until the body has died—and we have the human urge and even need to live. We fight to live, even if we have no idea what death really means or what comes after.

So the eternal life Christ mentioned and taught, was that of the energy or spirit of the humans, and when we are no longer imprisoned by the human body, we will understand what Christ really meant. We have the choice of 'the eternal life of a perpetual spirit/soul', if God allows it. If we do not deserve the gift of eternal life, then it ends here after our death. Eternity without God—that's what hell was intended to mean. But being human, we had to make it this perpetual fire and brimstone world, where we suffer and lament in torturous fires forever—and that's just complete and utter nonsense.

If that were true, that would make God a narcissist, an egotist, and even a sadist with most respects. Humans invented hell, and they may have done so with the intent of forcing people to make a choice between good and evil, but all it did was alienate an entire world. They have made God out to be brutal and mean—and worse, mythical.

Against the will of the angels, God gave human beings souls, and although unworthy, God believed that we would eventually earn a right to eternal life. That is the goal, not some gold-paved streets and a town where they have pearly-gates, milk and honey, etc. The soul does not require food, nor money, nor sex—those are all human/animal anomalies. We are the sons of God via genetics, in a human form.

When Christ mentioned 'The Eye of the Needle' in Jerusalem, and then pointed out 'It would be easier for a camel to go through THE Eye of THE Needle [an actual place], than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven', they changed it from the place at the entrance of Jerusalem where camels were forced to kneel to enter through THAT GATE, to a literal translation of a 'real camel going through an eye of a needle'. That is nonsense too.

Christ spoke in parables, because the people he taught were mostly illiterate, and did not understand the concepts. I admire ministers, within limitations, but they have ruined Christianity in their zeal—just as the Pharisees ruined Judaism before it. Christ came into this world to teach the truth, not to turn one group against another.

So in many ways, your grandfather was correct. Life is painful, corrupt, brutal, difficult, and it ends horribly. Th eternal life of some 'human form' is nonsense, and impossible. The eternal life of the energy, the spirit, the soul of a man or woman—the same soul we know exists when we peer out through these eyes into the world wondering what comes next—that has the possibility of being eternal.'Energy never dies; it transforms.' That's remedial physics. We have the God given ability of 'self-realization'. We know we exist—animals do not.

Christ taught love, not division—and we screwed that up as well. <sigh> They killed him because of his beliefs.

Godspeed.
Question

United States

#19 Mar 16, 2013
Hey Trip
Always enjoy reading your definition and understanding of the Gospel. It makes more sense than anything I've heard before.
I had a question that I've often wondered about and if the answer is yes then it will explain a lot for me. Reincarnation, is it real? If so would that explain. Some of the extraordinary people such as Beethoven or even Albert Einstein? Many of the prodigies in music, math and the arts of many different forms. Also I knew a friend whose son, when he was three years old said to his father as they passed over a railroad track "Daddy this is where I died".... and yet another when his some was around the same age would talk to himself frequently, when asked about it his son said "I was taking to Gabe"...After investigating, my friend found that the man that had owned the house previous was Named Gabe and had died there.
I've never believed in ghosts or anything like that but I've even heard some bizarre statements from my own children before that made me wonder.

On a personal note, I wish you would publish a book. I can't say I enjoy all of the arguments you ha e on here but I can understand why you have them. But for the knowledge that you have on God, the son of God and life and death I am very intrigued by your words.

“All about companionship”

Since: Jan 13

U.S.A.

#20 Mar 16, 2013
I'm with "Question" I would like to hear more on the subject. I've read the bible and found it needed a more intellectual interpretation. What source or sources have you learned from? I'd be interested in furthering my knowledge more in the way of your thinking. I can understand why you butt heads with the clergy. Even so, I don't follow with the grain as I feel so many do. I have a certain set of principles I live by, mostly instilled in me by my parents and others around me. But even with them I don't see eye to eye on this subject.
Be that as it may, your insight has fired the certain neurons in my brain that need feeding. So, more please :)

TripleNegative

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#21 Mar 16, 2013
To make a very long story short—I would believe in reincarnation if Christ had mentioned it in any true form, or if I could not come up with a better explanation. Yet I can understand why ministers get annoyed with people such as myself, because they have studied traditionally, and they have the answers 'they need'.

There answers were not enough for me, solely, and most people with my background make the other choice—just throw away Christianity and faith altogether. So I needed an explanation, and I used the words of Christ.

Nicodemus was puzzled when Christ was returning to Jerusalem to meet his certain death—yet Christ knew, explained it, and Nicodemus was still puzzled—he had a traditional education in Judaism. He was a Pharisee. But he wanted to know more. Christ told him not to worry, but to love ...

I just wish that people would stop placing barricades between the Father and his people. THat's why Christ lambasted the Pharisees—not allowing anyone to enter the house of God lest they should come through them—the Pharisees. Today, it's the ministers, the priests, the church. Yet they do an excellent job with their obvious limitations. Sometimes we need to study things from a new angle and perspective. Tradition often kills the best of ideas—such as Christ.

I do thank you, and I type quickly. Frankly, I do not particularly like the portion of life when you must confront those people with whom you disagree—sometimes nastily. But we have turned the other cheek for so long that they have come to expect it, and they use it against us. Christ was no softy. Neither was John the Baptist.

Godspeed—and when you see me go off the other end, just ignore it as best you can and remember, I am just human. We are all in the same boat—I just realize that we need not use the same oars as they do to get home.:)

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