Don't dictate beliefs

Don't dictate beliefs

There are 11178 comments on the The Star Press story from Sep 5, 2012, titled Don't dictate beliefs. In it, The Star Press reports that:

No one else can say otherwise? That is basically saying those who do "believe in God" are better? Hardly.

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“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#6008 Nov 16, 2012
derek4 wrote:
We always need to remember fraudulent science, lol
No, laughing boy. We need to remember what a fraud your church is.

With its myriad self-contradictions, failed prophecies and errors of historical and scientific fact, your bible is refutes its own claim of being divinely authored.

Being inauthentic makes its contents mythology, and the characters in it fictitious, including the god.

As a result, the religion based on your bible is false, and the church that exploits it all is fraudulent.

This is separate from the personal you commit individually, the fraud inherent in faith. Faith begins with a lie to the self, and then generalizes it to become a state of comprehensive and continual lying, still to the self about what is believable, but then also to other Christians that you glad hand once a week with as you flash them a forced smile, and finally, to the non-Christian world. You recently told us how you emulate Christ, a bald-faced lie even to those of us who know very little about you. As a Christian, you also claim to have an inner peace and joy that also has clearly eluded you.

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“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#6009 Nov 16, 2012
derek4 wrote:
We always need to remember fraudulent science, lol
Yes, it is you and your church that are frauds, not science.

While screech and jump up and down about it, science marches on, revealing this amazing universe to us in ways that not only allow us to understand it, but to predict much of its behavior, and to control and exploit parts of it.

Your representation of science as being the output of individual researchers is a bald-faced lie as well - more Christian fraud. Yes, scientists sometimes cheat or err, and produce invalid results. But you know damned well that its not science until the science community vets it as science. That means that the results have been subjected to peer review and critique, that they have been confirmed by independent investigations, and that no contradictory results have arisen after a protracted period of time. Only then it is science.

By this reckoning, science is never wrong. Additional evidence for the veracity of any scientific proclamation occurs whenever the science works, meaning, allows us to predict outcomes in way not possible before the science was elucidated.

This is how we know that the central tenets of evolutionary theory are correct, having run the gauntlet for over 150 years. The test of time coupled its explanatory power and with the confirmed predictions of the theory assure us that the theory is correct.

Incidentally, science is validated by every one of those exposures of fraud. Who do you think does that? Priests? Science always questions itself. That's what makes it so powerful. It questions nature, and it questions the results of those inquiries.

“Science humbly asks questions that may never be answered. Religion arrogantly offers answers that may never be questioned.”~ anonymous

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#6010 Nov 16, 2012
Adam wrote:
IANS, another series of great posts. Enjoyable reading. Cheers
Thank you.

Since: Nov 11

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#6011 Nov 16, 2012
Good morning everyone,

Just checking in – I keep you busy with posts you skip and don't read, lol – another lie from your hypocritical lips, lol......

All that work you do, composing, and typing your little fingers away.

Be careful - you'll wear your godless fingers clear down to the bone --- ha – don't want to defraud the worms of some good meat to chew on, lol.

And how are all our atheist hypocrites today who spend hours writing about the God they don't believe in? LOL

NOW: Get busy and read those fraudulent science books!!!! Look at those Haeckel drawings!!!!

Practice singing those Chistmas carols - get informed, lol.........no time to waste - you're lagging way behind.

Since: Nov 11

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#6012 Nov 16, 2012
Atheists and Hypocrisy

“Atheists, at least the ones I’ve read and argued with, love to point out hypocrisy when they see religious people – especially Christians – guilty of it. Fair enough. In fact, not just fair. We need the scrutiny of skeptics. It reminds us that Christ has called us not to be the judges and condemners of the world, but the salt and light.

That being said, the honest truth is that sometimes the hypocrisy of some atheists makes Ted Haggard look downright pristine. For instance, an atheist group in Michigan called the Center for Inquiry recently had a venue cancel their reservation. It seems that the privately-owned Wyngate Country Club discovered that the group was indeed atheist and that the event featured a nationally known atheist speaker, Richard Dawkins.

So the atheist group is … you guessed it: suing. Why? On the basis of religious discrimination. Here’s the legalese they cite:

Privately-owned companies are not exempt from laws against discrimination. If a privately-owned Michigan business offers services to the public (the legal term is “public accommodation,”) they must abide by both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and cannot discriminate against people based on religion.

Let me get this straight. Atheists famously get their collective panties in a wad when a religious display is allowed on public property – property we ALL pay for. But now they go bat-crap crazy when a PRIVATE organization that THEY DIDN’T pay for reserves the right to host who they please? Really?

AND I’ve never had an argument with an atheist who didn’t indignantly demand that atheism IS NOT a religion. But now it’s okay to hide behind laws that protect religion? That volume of hypocrisy is breath-taking!
http://kevinchilds.com/2011/10/14/atheists-an...

[Therein lies their double talk / hypocrisy. Atheism is a religion. The religion of infidels.]
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#6013 Nov 16, 2012
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<quoted text>
You recently told us how you emulate Christ, a bald-faced lie even to those of us who know very little about you.
Christians are notorious for cherry picking their beliefs. If any of them took their "saviour" seriously they would obey his commands, and sell all of their possessions. Not just their house and car but everything, and give it to the poor. To emulate "Christ" would mean to live in abject poverty and filth. So christians, let us know when you list 100% of your stuff at knock down prices on eBay! lmao

Since: Nov 11

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#6014 Nov 16, 2012
“An atheist said, "If there is a God, may he prove himself by striking me dead right now." Nothing happened. "You see, there is not God." Another responded, "You've only proved that He is a gracious God."

“George Bernard Shaw is perhaps most renowned as a free thinker and liberal philosopher. In his last writings we read, "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Europe. I believed them once. In their name I helped to destroy the faith of millions of worshippers in the temples of a thousand creeds. And now they look at me and witness the great tragedy of an atheist who has lost his faith." Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.”
http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/a/athe...

[Love this part:“Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.”

[Atheists put on their little mitts every day and and bat feebly against God -]

Since: Nov 11

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#6015 Nov 16, 2012
Gotta love those online sermons from the atheist religion.

I listened to the first 30 seconds of one of those, then discarded the rest since it wasn't worth my time. But some of the faithful atheists in the forum may want to hear it – so just for you, here it is:

http://www.doubtcast.org/podcast/atheists_ser...

[Who knows, maybe near the end he will tell you where there's a great atheist church in your area.]

[Do you pledge 10%, or just put into the plate what your science god tells you to?]

Since: Nov 11

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#6016 Nov 16, 2012
Adam wrote:
<quoted text>
Christians are notorious for cherry picking their beliefs. If any of them took their "saviour" seriously they would obey his commands, and sell all of their possessions. Not just their house and car but everything, and give it to the poor. To emulate "Christ" would mean to live in abject poverty and filth. So christians, let us know when you list 100% of your stuff at knock down prices on eBay! lmao
Wrong.

Get informed.

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."

1 Timothy 5:8

Since: Nov 11

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#6017 Nov 16, 2012
Here's another link promoting atheist sermons:

http://thebentangle.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/...

Enjoy!

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#6018 Nov 16, 2012
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<quoted text>Pretty funny!

But we must translate the ancient Hebrew and Aramaic for "rock" and "biggest" properly in order to fully understand the question. To God, a rock is like a thousand rocks - a stoning. Also, in the Kingdom of Heaven, the biggest will be the smallest, and the smallest the biggest.

Did you hear about the Zen master who asked the hot dog vendor to make him one with everything?

When he asked for his change, the hot dog vendor told the Zen master that change must come from within.
Ever see this one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Since: Nov 11

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#6019 Nov 16, 2012
Video in attached link is excerpt from an atheist sermon at the “First Atheist Church of True Science”:

http://yourhappyplace.yuku.com/topic/54211/At...

[“Atheism is a religion”- he says it several times in his rambling rant, lol. So, there you have it from the very mouth of an atheist.]

[I bet they sing Christmas carols at the FART church --- oops, I mean “FACT” church; lmao]

“I see quantum effects”

Since: Jan 11

In the macro world.

#6020 Nov 16, 2012
It aint necessarily so wrote:
<quoted text>Good questions, but my opinions there would be uniformed. I'm not very informed on the topic at that level. We're just trying to do our part, and it's been easy. Like I said, it required only a willingness to relocate, to change bulbs, and spring for the solar technology, and we profited from every change as much as the environment.

I am pessimistic about the climate situation. I expect disaster before the problem is taken seriously.

These are the things that I can contribute to this discussion, which are actually pretty interesting even if not answers to your questions:

http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TOCO8TE...
http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TOCO8TE...

The second one ends with, "Why do you suppose that the Pentagon, the CEO of Exxon-Mobil, and USCAP all say that global warming is a real threat?"

That's an excellent question. If they - the DOD and the energy industry - are not the ones funding and promoting the Manufactured Doubt in this arena, who is, and why? I believe those are key questions regarding understanding this entire situation. My answer sounds conspiratorial, so I seldom share it given the way people respond to such things.

I'm interested in any serious opinion. Why do we have these statements from these people? Is it a deception, or are they not the problem?
Did you mean " global warming is NOT a real threat" above?
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#6021 Nov 16, 2012
derek4 wrote:
<quoted text>
Wrong.
Get informed.
A predictable response. Cherry pick from Paul and ignore Jesus teaching. According to your mythology Jesus is supposed to be God ie. perfect, so you better get busy selling all your stuff.
Adam

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#6022 Nov 16, 2012
derek4 wrote:
atheist hypocrites today who spend hours writing about the God they don't believe in?
You are an idiot. We know exactly what you are doing which is trying to divert attention away from the real problem, which is your religion is BS. This is why you try to attack Atheists and rarely if ever discuss your own beliefs. And in this forum a range of issues is discusserd and debated besides the non existance of gods. You may actually learn something if you read the posts properly and engage your brain.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#6023 Nov 16, 2012
derek4 wrote:
Good morning everyone,
Just checking in – I keep you busy with posts you skip and don't read, lol – another lie from your hypocritical lips, lol......
Not me. I read several of your posts. How else could I colonoscope you with them?
derek4 wrote:
don't want to defraud the worms of some good meat to chew on, lol.
You really have no idea what some of the words you use mean. Clue: you can't defraud a worm.
derek4 wrote:
And how are all our atheist hypocrites today who spend hours writing about the God they don't believe in? LOL
You must mean me, since most of the recent posting is from me. I wrote very little about your god apart from calling it a mythological character and a metonym for Christianity.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#6024 Nov 16, 2012
Exactly. Not to mention Paul never met Jesus and many if his so called books are indeed forgeries not even written by the so called Paul.

I also find it interesting that Paul knows very little of the life of Jesus and instead just barks at people what Jesus would want! Apparently Paul knew what Jesus would want better than Matthew Mark and John.

Sorry Luke you admit you never met Jesus but are just such a darn good historian :))
Adam wrote:
<quoted text>
A predictable response. Cherry pick from Paul and ignore Jesus teaching. According to your mythology Jesus is supposed to be God ie. perfect, so you better get busy selling all your stuff.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#6025 Nov 16, 2012
derek4 wrote:
"the hypocrisy of some atheists makes Ted Haggard look downright pristine. "
Look at dishonest you are. What won't you say?

What could possibly be more hypocritical that a preacher that promotes the persecution of gays between clandestine dates snorting illicit powders off of the nut sack of his man-whore in a seedy motel? What is more hypocritical that that. Let's see what behavior from atheists you think makes that level of hypocrisy look pristine by comparison:
derek4 wrote:
"For instance, an atheist group in Michigan called the Center for Inquiry recently had a venue cancel their reservation. It seems that the privately-owned Wyngate Country Club discovered that the group was indeed atheist and that the event featured a nationally known atheist speaker, Richard Dawkins. So the atheist group is … you guessed it: suing. Why? On the basis of religious discrimination."
Unbelievable. have you no shame? Have you no pride?

Your anti-atheist prejudice is so extreme that it blinds you to the point that you call atheists that feel that they have been discriminated against who are suing for that discrimination orders of magnitude more heinous than Haggard's.

That hypocrisy was so egregious, by the way, that the male escort in question outed himself on the national news, and confessed to illicit drug use just to expose his formerly incognito lover for that hypocrisy once he knew who it was.

You are a liar and a fraud. And you are a Christian.
derek4 wrote:
[Therein lies their double talk / hypocrisy. Atheism is a religion. The religion of infidels.]
Therein lies OUR double talk? You are completely over the top. You have been so mismanaged by your handlers that you've lost your sense of proportion and your sense of decency. Your words sound insane to me.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#6026 Nov 16, 2012
Adam wrote:
<quoted text>
Christians are notorious for cherry picking their beliefs. If any of them took their "saviour" seriously they would obey his commands, and sell all of their possessions. Not just their house and car but everything, and give it to the poor. To emulate "Christ" would mean to live in abject poverty and filth. So christians, let us know when you list 100% of your stuff at knock down prices on eBay! lmao
Oh yeah. So Christlike.

I don't see how Christians can actually believe that the god is watching them while defying it. The Christians accuse the unbelievers of just that - that we hate their god and are rebelling against it, a very poor plan for a believer.

But then they flout violating their gods commandments, and just mutter a chant for forgiveness on demand at the ceiling fan.

Would you openly and visibly violate the commandments of a human dictator, maybe somebody like the Ayatollah Khomeini? Would you flout them openly? Of course not. Anybody who did would be cured of the practice right quick. But the Ayatollah is real - somebody that you can't help but believe exists. The bible god not so much judging by the behavior of the "believers."

Bull crap. It's not the skeptics who believe in a god they deny, as many Christians claim. It's the Christians, who claim they believe that a god is watching them whenever anybody ass, but who then defy it. You'd have a better chance of getting away with it with the Ayatollah. He's neither omniscient nor omnipresent.

“Life may be sweeter for this”

Since: Nov 08

Fennario

#6027 Nov 16, 2012
derek4 wrote:
[Atheists put on their little mitts every day and and bat feebly against God -]
Little mitts? For your pathetic little godlet? Hardly. I blaspheme it ad lib with impunity. Why? Because it lives only in the heads of the frightened gullible. Let it turn its other cheek so I can whack your dickless god again. I'm still here.

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