“It is a beautiful world”

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#619754 Apr 25, 2013
psalms 23 wrote:
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Do you believe God/Jesus exist?
No, I do not. But there is always the possibility albeit a very remote one and it probably is not the Abrahamic god. Perhaps some intelligence that is experimenting - IF you can term that as some kind of deity. Certainly not worth worshiping.
As for Jesus. Historically there is no conclusive evidence either way. So no, I do not think he existed (at least not like the Bible & Koran preset him).
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psalms 23 wrote:
<quoted text>If not, we dont have much to say to one another. Meaning if you are only interested in bashing and mocking like the most here do, then i can only hope the best for you on your journey.
I guess you really do not have any answer to my question.

I wish you well.

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#619755 Apr 25, 2013
Aerobatty wrote:
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I think he's saying that if that god exists-the god described-then the concept of free will and omniscience are logically incompatible.
Like a round square or a married bachelor.
It just does not make sense, no matter what kind of thinking you use.
Yes.

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#619756 Apr 25, 2013
God is everywhere.

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#619757 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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"I don't believe that god isn't real, RR"
Nice double negative. How am I supposed to take that? You believe God is real?
Look at it this way, "I don't believe that it isn't hot, RR"
O_o
It is the best way to describe my views on the subject. Why do you always respond with stupid deflections? Double negatives are not always categorically wrong, anyway. But to put it another way - "I cannot categorically deny the existence of god, but I do not believe in him." Better? Now, you are going to say I'm not really an atheist because I might believe in god, and I'm going to tell you that you're wrong, and we will go on another merry go round ride.

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#619758 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Yes.
Well, first of all, it's not banned, and second of all, charging people a little extra fee to make sure they *really* want those bags is not "ultra leftist," it is simply an easy way to cut down on waste and pollution. Plastic is not good for the environment, period. But I know the far right wackos think it's their god given right to punish the environment based on that silly ass "dominion" tradition.

Seriously, explain the logic that makes something as simple and self evident as the need to take care of earth "far leftist."

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#619759 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Sure, sure....
'ceptn I ain't schizo.
So....
Not the point. The point is that strength of belief and conviction prove nothing. We are all equally susceptible to tricks of the mind, and the only way we can combat them is to recognize that fact.

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#619760 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Spanking a child as discipline is not violence, IMO.
Striking a child, or anyone, out of anger is akin to raid rage.
I have never and will never spank my kids out of anger.
For a lawyer, you have a skewed vision of domestic violence. You sound like the typical Californian liberal.
I don't know about typical.

But yes, I am a liberal and a Californian.

What happened to you?

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#619761 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Yes, I see. To an agnostic like you, God and RFID conspiracy theories are the same.
No wonder you don't believe.
That just proves the bible is right about not all people are able to believe.
Well, they are similar, but there is one big difference - religion is socially supported, which means that it is not technically a mental illness. You are missing the point anyway. I am not saying that religious people are just as delusional as people in the psych ward, but I am saying that strength of belief proves nothing. Additionally, if you were the only person who believed in god, you would be considered delusional - the only difference between your beliefs and the beliefs of the average schizophrenic are that your beliefs are socially reinforced. That's not to say that you are delusional, as social reinforcement is very important for human beings - believing something that everyone else also believes is quite normal.

The bible "proves" nothing about me, that verse you refer to is a nice way for christians to justify to themselves why other people won't hop on the bandwagon, nothing more. You will find similar denunciations of non believers in many other religions.

And finally, I am not an agnostic. I don't know why you enjoy acting like a petty, obnoxious child and referring to me by a name that you know I don't identify with. Seriously, it's very childish to do something simply because you know someone else won't like it. That's grade school stuff.

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#619762 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Yes, I see. To an agnostic like you, God and RFID conspiracy theories are the same.
No wonder you don't believe.
That just proves the bible is right about not all people are able to believe.
Also, I don't believe because there is no compelling evidence to believe. The point I was making is that the only thing that makes you not delusional is the fact that many other people believe the same thing you do, and that belief in god is socially accepted - even expected in many cultures.

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#619763 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Wrong.
Just because He knows what you're gonna do doesn't mean he's controlling what you do.
You choose.
I think I addressed that point. Even if he's not actively controlling the details of our lives, free will is incompatible with omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. You may "choose" to "reject" god, but your fate is still known to god and has been set in stone since the beginning of time - meaning that he knows exactly how many of his creations will be doomed to hell by their "choice," and he lets it happen anyway. "Free will" is not truly free if you are merely checking off points on your way to a predetermined fate.

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#619764 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Then you didn't read his post in detail.
"both"
"God knows what the outcome will be, both if we choose his destiny for us or if we choose our own way"
No, I did read his post, you just failed to understand both his post and my response. He said that god knows all possible paths available, and that the "choices" we make that lead us down those paths are unknown to god. It was an attempt to retain both free will and the omniscience of god, but it doesn't work because if he doesn't know what choices we will make he is not omniscient.

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#619765 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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"approval"??
What do you mean?
God doesn't approve of any sin.
Do you mean "knowledge"?
Same thing in this context. Perhaps I should have said "tacit approval," but it really makes no difference. If you are all knowing and all powerful, then anything that happens, be definition, has your approval - you are necessarily allowing it to happen.

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#619766 Apr 25, 2013
Aerobatty wrote:
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This is one of those areas where I think Christianity-ALL Christianity-is harmful.
You think we can go on wasting resources and making garbage all we want because "someday" Jesus is going to come back and fix it all.
I think that's one of the reasons our infrastructure is crumbling, too.
Because the almost overwhelming opinion in this country especially, is that Jesus is coming.
Daft.
Truly daft.
Yep. The concept of "dominion" is truly disgusting.

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#619767 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Dudette....
How could one person prove to another person that God is real?
The same way one person could prove anything to another person. Except you seem to think that proof means "stepping inside someone's head and seeing what they know to be true." You "prove" something by demonstrating evidence for it. That the evidence for your god resides only in the heads of believers does not excuse your claim from the rules of evidence, proof, and logic.

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#619768 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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You don't get to define anything, OCB.
A war is not a sin because a sin is a personal act, not a national one.
Aren't national acts collections of personal acts? Obviously, not everyone in the US supports war, but the ones that do support it and take part in it can't just pass off their responsibility to "the nation." And if anything can be considered a sin, I'd say supporting or taking part in organized murder and domination would be one of them.

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#619769 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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You stated emphatically that "Omniscience, Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omnibenevolence, Evil. These five conditions can not co-exist."
Again, is that peer reviewed, observable and repeatable? Or just your opinion?
I'll betcha it's the latter.
Ae you being serious? Do you not understand simple logic?

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#619770 Apr 25, 2013
waaasssuuup wrote:
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well gee thanks tim, but since God is no respecter of persons (particullarly not of those who worship the lil grey blob between their ears), intelligence has nothing to do with it! obeying one's conscience, however, has EVERYTHING to do with having wisdom/common sense:)
Such self awareness too! Truly, a model citizen you are.

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#619771 Apr 25, 2013
Jorge W Arbusto wrote:
<quoted text>“Good Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.”~ Jerry Falwell
“Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them.”~ Jerry Falwell
“How did [the Holocaust] happen? Because God allowed it to happen… because God said,‘My top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.’”~ Rev. John Hage
“Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.”~ Ronald Reagan
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so… what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”~ Andre Bauer
”The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”~ Pat Robertson
“President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.”~ Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, testifying before Congress
Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.”~ Rick Perry
“From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”~ Rick Perry, on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010
“I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate. She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter.”~ Michele Bachmann on the HPV vaccine.(It doesn’t cause mental retardation.)
“I feel the best way to ensure Americans’ freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people.”~ Attorney General John Ashcroft
”I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”~ Rep. Michele Bachmann
“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”~ Rep. Michele Bachmann
“Capital punishment is our way of demonstrating the sanctity of life.””~ Orrin Hatch
“What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward.”
Michele Bachmann, unaware that the Soviet Union collapsed more than two decades ago
“It’s not uncommon to meet pastors’ wives who really let themselves go.“
—Minister Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church of Seattle, defending the homosexual escapades of Rev. Ted Haggard in 2006
Christian pretzel logic
Illuminating quotes, but I find it hard to believe that ashcroft said that. Even if he thought that way, I don't think he'd be stupid enough to say it out loud.

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#619772 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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Oh no, no, no....
The atheist handbook is quite clear on this.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary explanations.
And "Omniscience, Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omnibenevolence, Evil. These five conditions can not co-exist." Is pretty damned extraordinary.
What do they say? "The onus is on you"?
Ready?
Go.
That is absolutely not an extraordinary claim. That is very simple logic. It does not need defending. The only possible realm such conditions could exist simultaneously is in the olympic sized gym most christians have in their head, wherein hangs a giant banner that says "anything is possible with god."

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#619773 Apr 25, 2013
RiversideRedneck wrote:
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No, killing someone in war is not sin. Neither is killing in self defense.
Yes, a person (PERSON) stealing from a store IS sin.
Derp.
Do tell, how exactly does war make killing another human being ok. In some situations it may be necessry to preserve one's own life, like in self defense, but that does not make it moral. A necessary wrong, if you will.

So, a person stealing from a store is a sin, but a group of people, united under the modern idea of a "nation," plundering another nation's resources is peachy?

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