What Made You Decide that Atheism Was For You?

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I hate God.

I hate Jesus.

I hate Buddha.

I hate Shiva, et cetera (Hindu Pantheon).

I hate Religion.

Science/Reason.

I Like to Piss off Religious Folks.

Woke Up on Wrong Side of Bed One Morning.

I hate allah.

I hate my parents.

cujo

Regina, Canada

#51 Feb 3, 2014
Thinking wrote:
I like the poster Mac's philosophy: scientifically prove there is a god and I'll accept it. And then I'll join the resistance.
<quoted text>
They don't need to convince just atheists, they also need to convince all other religions that their particular God is real, otherwise it's not sufficient evidence.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#52 Feb 3, 2014
What Made You Decide that Atheism Was For You?

Oh an easy one – The reason I was once christian and became atheist was nothing more basic than christianity and more to the point, christians

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#53 Feb 3, 2014
Ok I came in here and posted my comment then I looked at the questionnaire

How pathetic, it must have been posed by some hater who has no idea of life outside godbotism.

What happened to the real questions like

I wanted to expand my mind more than religion would let me
I discovered that most religions were nothing more than hates and abuse
I woke up one morning and realised the stupidity of worshipping a bronze age myth
Etc…
Chuck

Dublin, OH

#54 Feb 3, 2014
ChristineM wrote:
What Made You Decide that Atheism Was For You?
Oh an easy one – The reason I was once christian and became atheist was nothing more basic than christianity and more to the point, christians
You were a Christian and now you're an atheist....huh. Tell me, what made you a Christian?

this should be good....

Since: Jun 13

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#55 Feb 3, 2014
Chuck wrote:
<quoted text>You were a Christian and now you're an atheist....huh. Tell me, what made you a Christian?

this should be good....
Seriously?? What makes you Christian. Most people choose religion for a short list of pretty similar reason, an you will find that quite a large number of atheists were once Christians as well.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#56 Feb 4, 2014
Religion appealed to my emotions, and for that reason, I followed it for as long as I could, but ultimately, my innate skepticism won out. I still love many things about the religions I've followed: amazing music, fabulous art, and some of the most engaging literature to be found. The translations of The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah along with The Seven Valleys and Four Valleys, for example, constitute some of the best poetry I've ever read. No less beautiful are many of the believers I've known over my many years.

But ultimately, none of that could overcome the fact that so many of the teachings of the various faiths I've known simply don't make any sense, that they contradict known science and often twist logic so far out of shape that it tears me between laughter and tears.

Conan-Doyle penned the famous axiom that when the impossible has been eliminated, whatever remains must be the truth. For me, atheism is all that remains.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#57 Feb 4, 2014
Chuck wrote:
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You were a Christian and now you're an atheist....huh. Tell me, what made you a Christian?
this should be good....
What made me a chistian? Short answer

Convention

Expanded a little

It’s what happens in christian families, a child is born, grows a little and as soon as they stop p|ssing in their nappies they are taken to Sunday school for the start of the indoctrination. A couple of years later the indoctrination is pumped up a few notches with transfer to “big” church.

Perhaps if you had asked why did I become atheist your, I could have lived up to your “this should be good”.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#58 Feb 4, 2014
NightSerf wrote:
Religion appealed to my emotions, and for that reason, I followed it for as long as I could, but ultimately, my innate skepticism won out. I still love many things about the religions I've followed: amazing music, fabulous art, and some of the most engaging literature to be found. The translations of The Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah along with The Seven Valleys and Four Valleys, for example, constitute some of the best poetry I've ever read. No less beautiful are many of the believers I've known over my many years.
But ultimately, none of that could overcome the fact that so many of the teachings of the various faiths I've known simply don't make any sense, that they contradict known science and often twist logic so far out of shape that it tears me between laughter and tears.
Conan-Doyle penned the famous axiom that when the impossible has been eliminated, whatever remains must be the truth. For me, atheism is all that remains.
Good morning.

I can’t say that religious music does me much good, sometimes pleasant but I rarely found any feeling or character in it, I much prefer, Hendrix, the Doors, Cream, GnR etc and religious music does not really have it. ERA does tend to the Gregorian chant style with The Mass, Dorime & Hymn etc and I do like their music but in the religious context (actually in any context) it is rather meaningless other than some influence of Cathar traditions.



Literature is not really my thing.

But the art, I don’t know if you have been to Europe, Italy is “the” place for Christian art, it is amazing, the “Uffizi” in Florence and the wonder of the Vatican museum are beyond imagining.

Or Cairo for the museum of Islamic arts, I saw it several years ago, recently it’s been closed for renovation but last I heard it’s open again.
NightSerf

Knoxville, TN

#59 Feb 4, 2014
ChristineM wrote:
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Good morning.
I can’t say that religious music does me much good, sometimes pleasant but I rarely found any feeling or character in it, I much prefer, Hendrix, the Doors, Cream, GnR etc and religious music does not really have it. ERA does tend to the Gregorian chant style with The Mass, Dorime & Hymn etc and I do like their music but in the religious context (actually in any context) it is rather meaningless other than some influence of Cathar traditions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =VJTAjonuAiUXX
Literature is not really my thing.
But the art, I don’t know if you have been to Europe, Italy is “the” place for Christian art, it is amazing, the “Uffizi” in Florence and the wonder of the Vatican museum are beyond imagining.
Or Cairo for the museum of Islamic arts, I saw it several years ago, recently it’s been closed for renovation but last I heard it’s open again.
And don't forget Hindu art--so delightfully playful with all of its blue demigods doing all sorts of improbable things. And mandalas--so intricate and detailed.

Some of the greatest choral works were inspired by religion--the various Requiems alone can keep me occupied for many hours. Most of Bach's works were written for the Church. Moving into the twentieth century, Southern black gospel was one of the cornerstones of the Rock revolution of the 50's, still an element of much of today's popular music.

Anything that elicits a powerful emotional response is bound to inspire great works of art.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#60 Feb 4, 2014
NightSerf wrote:
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And don't forget Hindu art--so delightfully playful with all of its blue demigods doing all sorts of improbable things. And mandalas--so intricate and detailed.
Some of the greatest choral works were inspired by religion--the various Requiems alone can keep me occupied for many hours. Most of Bach's works were written for the Church. Moving into the twentieth century, Southern black gospel was one of the cornerstones of the Rock revolution of the 50's, still an element of much of today's popular music.
Anything that elicits a powerful emotional response is bound to inspire great works of art.
No I won’t’ forget, and Buddhist

Much of the older classical music was written for the church, usually (but not always) to be played in cavernous cathedrals. Those same pieces don’t have the same presence when played in the front room of the average house. However, they are still enjoyable.

Gospel developed into blues (of which I am an avid fan) which evolved into the real stuff but gospel itself means little to me. I think the emotional “togetherness” of the church is the power of gospel music rather than the musicality and such religious togetherness I never experienced. True, it can inspire (thank goodness), it is the inspiration that caused the evolution
Chuck

Dublin, OH

#61 Feb 4, 2014
ChristineM wrote:
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What made me a chistian? Short answer
Convention
Expanded a little
It’s what happens in christian families, a child is born, grows a little and as soon as they stop p|ssing in their nappies they are taken to Sunday school for the start of the indoctrination. A couple of years later the indoctrination is pumped up a few notches with transfer to “big” church.
Perhaps if you had asked why did I become atheist your, I could have lived up to your “this should be good”.
If you were a Christian then obviously you would know this verse:

John1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

*this passage means it has nothing to do with what family you were born into.

*guess it's safe to say you were no Christian, you just think you were. thanks
Chuck

Dublin, OH

#62 Feb 4, 2014
I_see_you wrote:
<quoted text>
Seriously?? What makes you Christian. Most people choose religion for a short list of pretty similar reason, an you will find that quite a large number of atheists were once Christians as well.
Religion has nothing to do with being a Christian. True born again Christians do not stop being Christians. I guess if you knew what a true born again Christian was, you'd know that.

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#63 Feb 4, 2014
Chuck wrote:
<quoted text>
If you were a Christian then obviously you would know this verse:
John1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
*this passage means it has nothing to do with what family you were born into.
*guess it's safe to say you were no Christian, you just think you were. thanks
I feel sorry for you buddy, why do you have such a problem with family peer pressure? Were you thumped around the head one too many times with your mothers babble?

Yes the babble tells us lots of things doesn’t it?
Proverbs 22:6 for example
And Galatians 5:23
And Proverbs 22:15

Not forgetting Genesis 34:13-29
And Leviticus 26:22
And Deuteronomy 2:33-34

And… and… and…

So are you saying that because the babble says that Hebrews can kill children then they should all go around killing children?

That the babble says Hebrews can take rape women and take slaves then they should all go around raping and pillaging?

Are you saying that because you god killed children then child murder is ok in your gods eyes?

And perhaps that because the IRA and NLFT are christian murdering terrorist then that’s OK but Muslim terrorist are just murdering terrorist?

Are you saying that because your god committed genocide across the life (whole life) of the earth with the exception of a few hand picked individuals then Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic were correct to commit genocide?

Again, I feel for your arrogance, it not up to you to decide who is and who is not christian. Why do frigging moronic godbots make such stupid statements?

Thanks…
Chuck

Dublin, OH

#64 Feb 4, 2014
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>
I feel sorry for you buddy, why do you have such a problem with family peer pressure? Were you thumped around the head one too many times with your mothers babble?
Yes the babble tells us lots of things doesn’t it?
Proverbs 22:6 for example
And Galatians 5:23
And Proverbs 22:15
Not forgetting Genesis 34:13-29
And Leviticus 26:22
And Deuteronomy 2:33-34
And… and… and…
So are you saying that because the babble says that Hebrews can kill children then they should all go around killing children?
That the babble says Hebrews can take rape women and take slaves then they should all go around raping and pillaging?
Are you saying that because you god killed children then child murder is ok in your gods eyes?
And perhaps that because the IRA and NLFT are christian murdering terrorist then that’s OK but Muslim terrorist are just murdering terrorist?
Are you saying that because your god committed genocide across the life (whole life) of the earth with the exception of a few hand picked individuals then Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic were correct to commit genocide?
Again, I feel for your arrogance, it not up to you to decide who is and who is not christian. Why do frigging moronic godbots make such stupid statements?
Thanks…
You're going off on rabbit trials sweetheart..stay on topic. All I asked was to explain how you were a Christian. No one said anything about killing and terrorists....lol

thanks
Chuck

Dublin, OH

#65 Feb 4, 2014
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>
I feel sorry for you buddy, why do you have such a problem with family peer pressure? Were you thumped around the head one too many times with your mothers babble?
Yes the babble tells us lots of things doesn’t it?
Proverbs 22:6 for example
And Galatians 5:23
And Proverbs 22:15
Not forgetting Genesis 34:13-29
And Leviticus 26:22
And Deuteronomy 2:33-34
And… and… and…
So are you saying that because the babble says that Hebrews can kill children then they should all go around killing children?
That the babble says Hebrews can take rape women and take slaves then they should all go around raping and pillaging?
Are you saying that because you god killed children then child murder is ok in your gods eyes?
And perhaps that because the IRA and NLFT are christian murdering terrorist then that’s OK but Muslim terrorist are just murdering terrorist?
Are you saying that because your god committed genocide across the life (whole life) of the earth with the exception of a few hand picked individuals then Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic were correct to commit genocide?
Again, I feel for your arrogance, it not up to you to decide who is and who is not christian. Why do frigging moronic godbots make such stupid statements?
Thanks…
You talk about killing, so tell me...how do you judge what is right and wrong?

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#66 Feb 4, 2014
Chuck wrote:
<quoted text>
You're going off on rabbit trials sweetheart..stay on topic. All I asked was to explain how you were a Christian. No one said anything about killing and terrorists....lol
thanks
You also seem to have a problem with the idea of a PUBLIC thread.

You asked a question, I answered your question, you quoted the babble I quoted babble verses

You don’t like that then try finding some private godbot thread somewhere where everyone will fall over themselves to agree with you, just so long as you toe the christian line

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#67 Feb 4, 2014
Chuck wrote:
<quoted text>
You talk about killing, so tell me...how do you judge what is right and wrong?
Actually it was the babble that talked about killing, I was simply quoting the babble, a point that you seem not to be able to comprehend for some reason. You call yourself christian and don’t even know the babble? so sad.

Right so how do I judge what is right and wrong, another easy one, morality. Now don’t jump to conclusions and hammer in the christian idea of morality which is basically worthless to anyone but a christian with a god crutch to blame. I am talking about the human concept of morality that helped to build civilisations thousands of years before your god was even a twinkle in some escaped slaves eye.
Chuck

Dublin, OH

#68 Feb 4, 2014
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>
You also seem to have a problem with the idea of a PUBLIC thread.
You asked a question, I answered your question, you quoted the babble I quoted babble verses
You don’t like that then try finding some private godbot thread somewhere where everyone will fall over themselves to agree with you, just so long as you toe the christian line
sure...as long as we agree you were not a Christian.

thanks
Chuck

Dublin, OH

#69 Feb 4, 2014
ChristineM wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually it was the babble that talked about killing, I was simply quoting the babble, a point that you seem not to be able to comprehend for some reason. You call yourself christian and don’t even know the babble? so sad.
Right so how do I judge what is right and wrong, another easy one, morality. Now don’t jump to conclusions and hammer in the christian idea of morality which is basically worthless to anyone but a christian with a god crutch to blame. I am talking about the human concept of morality that helped to build civilisations thousands of years before your god was even a twinkle in some escaped slaves eye.
Where does you human concept of morality come from? What if your human concept of morality is different that someone else's?

“I started out with nothing”

Since: Nov 10

and still got most of it left

#70 Feb 4, 2014
Chuck wrote:
<quoted text>
sure...as long as we agree you were not a Christian.
thanks
As I said, it is not your decision

I was christened, I attended church, I behaved as I believe a christian should behave, my vicar considered me christian, my guess is that he had much more experience in christianity than you will ever have. I consider that I am a far more moral person than the majority of christians I know of, including you.

Just because you have a problem with my life makes not the slighetest bit of difference to my life.

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