I'm new to the site, at first I joined only to correct someone about Christian morality but I think I'll stay to see what some (not all) atheist think about everything. So yeah, I'm here to see the "culture" I guess and what are the trends in thought among at-least some atheist and when I decide I can, correct misunderstandings in Christian principle and I like the chat-room, so you might see me use it. Alright cool, thanks for reading and if you have any questions about the Christian faith, I'd be happy to answer em if I can.
You will find that its not because of a lack of proper understanding of christian principles that has brought them to this place.
These idiot theists always think atheists are atheists because they just didn't know enough or just didn't know the truth about their particular dogma. Oh those poor atheists, if only someone told them what our religion is like, they wouldn't be atheists. Wrong. Atheists don't believe that shit precisely because most of the time they know a whole lot more about any given religion than it's own followers do.
No. Speaking for myself, at-least.
I think, Wes, that the reason folks are being so gentle with Israel, rather than shredding him as we do most Christians who come here with barely concealed agendas, is because he has made it clear that he is NOT here to convert anyone, but only to clear up any misconceptions we may have about Christians.
He's obviously young, naive, and knows little more about his own religion than he's been told by people he trusts, and we can't fault him for that. Hopefully, while he's here, we can help him to clear up any misconceptions he's had about us.
I personally think it shows a great deal of courage, just coming here and exposing himself to possible ridicule, we've got to give him some credit for that. Worst case scenario, he'll come away from his experience here with at least a slightly different perspective than he had when he arrived, and will hopefully have some questions to ask of his religion.
That's what I picked up as well.. My father was a methodist minister for over 40 years.. AND one of the best people to ever walk the planet in my opinion of course. He taught us to think for ourselves.
I won't go through my history but suffice it to say that I went through the gamut of 'spiritual' experience...and that it was the sincere search for truth which has led me to my current position as not accepting of any of the god proposals. It wasn't an easy decision but a long drawn out hard fought battle that has taken me to today.
One of the finest men I ever knew was a Methodist minister as well - he drove a 15-mile round trip at 6:30 in the AM, to officiate at my first wedding, as I preferred to be married in a park, rather than a church. He literally built his own church, brick by brick, working six days a week, as his Bible told him to do, and upon it's completion, the god he followed so faithfully all of his life, rewarded him with a slow death by cancer.
Sounds like a nice guy. He may have died of cancer, but he probably didn't regret his life, and IF there's an afterlife, he's happy now.
When I first signed in here, I wasn't looking to save people. I just wanted to check it out. Today, however, I wouldn't mind trying to evangelize.
Okay. I just read the guidelines. Its clear that, that's not allowed. Thank you
Here to correct others misunderstandings but will not accept the correction of your own misunderstandings regarding evolution and geology.
The earth is less then 10,000 years old? This is beyond ignorance and does not reflect well on your credibility. There is literally no evidence to suggest the earth is that young. It is impossible. The very existence of such diversity on earth refutes that position. Hell, there is a colony of trees in Utah older than that.
I am sure any "correction" that you will make will be rationalizations and the extreme mental gymnastics so common amongst apologists. Just as I used to do while in seminary. Good luck to you.
But there's "believing a load of bullshit" and "behaving properly", and they are two separate things. So far Israel has proved he knows how to behave properly. Most people believe strange things, and it's not a moral failing.
There are different kinds of truths, of which moral truth is only one. It seems to me that people are mostly questioning Israel's reasoning and understanding, not his character. The most important in any person is who he treats others. I've seen all kinds of theists do terrific and horrible things in the name of their deity, theism, or a lack thereof, is not a requirement for moral behavior.