So I'm sure we all have Facebook friends that post crazy, amusing, disturbing things about god. So what are the worst or most amusing things that you have seen? That and do you ever respond to these posts or just ignore them or even just delete people from your friends list? Furthermore how have other people reacted to your own posts about Atheism or subjects that might go against the faith of friends or family?
I love the updates I see like this:
I know the love of Jesus in my heart, he has touched my life to make me a better person... Amen
Followed by this post:
I got faded last night and that slut tried to take my man... bitch has got to be crazy
I'm not seeing too many more of those anymore since I posted a comment about my public library having a book of Jesus in the biographies of the children's section.
This is from a recent doorstep debate with a born again christian - “the distances in space are just too astronomical to be measured accurately”. That was the end of the conversation.
Look at this marvellous piece of logic and reasoning here. This is a guy I used to know in high school and like many religious people (and many non-religious) he is a decent person. However he thanks God not for his genius and for his hard work but for creating him and as a direct result of creating him, giving him an opportunity to work hard and be a genius. He says God is the creator and is also a non-interventionist; how convenient. He goes on to say that we have free will and we can do what we want and that we have agency.
Major contradiction here; he says God does nothing, I did all the work so I get most of the credit, but somehow God is involved since he has some magical, mysterious and inexplicable hand in everything, SO WE THANK HIM!
I work in the same field as your friend and its always amazing to see smart people who still buy into this god stuff. I always wonder if they really believe or are they doing it for business reasons or perhaps just are too afraid to admit that they don't believe to anyone let alone themselves. A few family law or criminal cases really should cure you of this bible stuff to be honest...
1- I dont trust facebook!
2- I discourage arguing those kinds of people, they just want to argue and argue!
"So I'm sure we all have Facebook friends that post crazy, amusing, disturbing things about god."
Actually.. No. Guess I'm the lucky one. :)
My aunt posts things like this from time to time:
What an absolutely AWESOME day today! Great Sunday School lesson with our 6th grade girls, beautiful and inspiring music from our orchestra and choir followed by a wonderful sermon given by our Awesome Pastor, and to top it off, Frontline blessed my heart this evening! I am so proud to be a part of First Baptist Church Jonesboro! The tone for my week has been set! Giving God all the Praise and Glory! ♥
And my mom will posts things about praying and whatever. I ignore my aunt's posts, but my mom whines enough in her statuses until I finally had to mute her. My mom and I never see eye to eye when it comes to religion, and I see her as too much of a hypocrite, so it's for the best.
I've muted a few people for this reason who ask hey did you see my post earlier about such and such and I'm like oh umm... I must have missed it... you know how crazy this new facebook is.
That normally works pretty well.
This is my default answer for my mom. Since she constantly uses her posts to bitch about nonsense and then ask if I saw it, I've adopted those exact words.
People who talk about god's love I suspect mostly have gone to the cheerful churches that pave over most of the bible because they know they would lose most of people if they really knew more about the bible. I had to tell an adult friend that he shouldn't use a kids bible to understand the bible since its edited for content he didn't seem to realize this.
I eventually "defriended" a long time friend after multiple letters about her "joy in the Lord" and multiple viral emails about "miracles" in African countries which were horrifically naive. For example, I can see nothing "miraculous" about the survival of a freshly born infant whose poverty stricken mother had just died on the table. What kind of a monstrous god would kill the mother and then leave the defenseless child to suffer and die slowly from hunger and mal-nutrition.
Nor can I see anything "miraculous" about a man who comes out of coma while being prayed over by some evangelicals. He had been involved in a car accident, was taken to a reasonably staffed hospital but left against the doctors advice in order to see another doctor in a different town who had the "right" Christian beliefs. This incompetent doctor pronounced him dead on arrival and and sent him home in a coffin. The video footage of him after the "miracle" showed that he had gait and speech problems that indicated permanent brain damage - something that might have been avoided if his "god" had persuaded him to stay at the first hospital. As a retired neuro-scientist, that one really disturbed me.
It made me angry that my friend's brain appeared to have been taken over by some kind of mind eating slug.