]The power to reason is one proof that God exists for me.<quoted text>
We're Social Animals ... it's what we do. Forming ourselves into groups simplifies our 'Naked Ape' choices of dress, manner, etc.(great book, BTW ... should be required reading " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Naked_Ape&qu... ;). Yet, contention remains. Hell, we're at odds with ourselves even inside our own skulls. I'm a great fan of individuality and thus inimical to the core concepts of religion and conformity. You categorize YOURSELF when you call yourself a Christian, which I believe, both you and your buddy anti have done. I have, in this very thread, described "atheist" as an ugly word ... I don't like labels, but they are, to some extent, inevitable.
WarForOil has become boorish. I shouldn't have responded at any level. I seem to remember some unkind remarks from you. It's all part of the game, nothing truly injures, I just try to respond in kind. If I have treated you unjustly, accept my apologies. Perhaps you are a little too soft skinned to play here.
My life has been relatively pain free and plentiful. I feel very lucky (blessed you might say) with my lot in life. We are all very fortunate to live in these times when the ancient mysteries are explained away and we can all move on to bigger and better things. On a very personal note, I was kind of 'hurt' watching my mother suffer in her death throes (she was a devout Christian). Crying out in her pain and confusion why her god was punishing her. There's got to be a better way. I was, however,'atheist' long before these events unfolded. Bad things happening to Good People, good things happening to Bad People ... my 'faith' in the unguided, chaotic nature of the Universe remains unshaken.
I agree that "mean people suck". In this rather limited medium, text unadorned by our thousands of years of subtle social cues, it is easy to misconstrue the 'attitude' of the person 'talking' to you. Believe me, it's all in good fun, but sometimes ... people get hurt. Toughen up people.
I haven't read Naked Ape, but I'm sure it explains why we are more like animals than we want to believe. But by lumping all Christians into the same mold you have failed to use what makes us different from all animals, the ability to over come instinct and use reasoning. I think you have failed to take into account that some Christians don't believe the Bible as absolute truth. I have never seen any evidence that God owns publishing rights to any form of the Bible, or has ever had a publishing company. So you using the Bible as your evidence that God doesn't exist because the Bible is fiction doesn't work for this Christians.
I will admit that I use the term Christian loosely, because some Christians would accuse me of not being Christian because I have chosen to accept all forms of the Bible as not being absolutely true. But it gives me the opportunity to point out there short comings as a Christian, by pointing out that the Bible says it isn't their place to judge me, which in most cases makes them mad, and they walk away, and by doing so proves my point about their limitations as a Christian.
In my attempts to be a Christian, I absolutely believe that being hypocritical is not proper conduct. So I'm not going to lie about what I believe and not believe about my beliefs as a Christian.
As for the thickness of ones skin, if you feel that I was offended in any way, I'm sorry that I represented myself in that matter, because I wasn't. If I have been offended by anyone, I would have been offended by Anti, but I also was raised in a Southern Baptist Church and am accustomed to such conduct.