LOL. I don't see either of us in those terms, but OK. I see my message as very constructive and hopeful. Yours, too.Yet they are highly offended by being lumped as "all Christians". I will be glad to share my "Angel of Darkness" title with you. I have no need to be the only "Angel" on this thread.
I like your thoughts, which brings me to this: I've been sitting on a post I wrote in response to one from Senecus' partly out of respect for you, because I recall that you do or did blog with him. I didn't care for his characterization of Topix posters, nor his vaunting himself and his blogging above message board posting, and I let him know it. I think I'll post it after this post, now that I've explained myself.My thoughts... We often hear...search the Bible for answers...a demoralizing book at best...at least that is the way it seems to be used by some. Being fair...there are those that search for the love within those written words...others search for those that can be used to silence that love by demoralizing others. Never has one book been used in such a way as this one has.
That's not what an atheist rejects. Atheism is a big tent. There is room for mystical intuitions here. I've shared some of my own in the past, as have other unbelievers. The universe may very well turn out to be more than it appears. I just don't assume that it is conscious, or knows or cares about me.I am not atheist...I was never able to understand how one could not believe that there was no higher power...some unknown force that binds us all...until recently.
Atheists reject the gods and religions that men have invented. In the case of the Abrahamic religions, it's ridiculous, demeaning, infantilizing, and harmful. We reject prayer, worship, revelation, judgment and other similar nonsense - not a sense of mystery, of gratitude, of awe, or of connectedness.