My best friend is pretty awesome but she doesn't think. She was raised Catholic but doesn't follow anything they believe. She goes to a non-denominational church with her fiancée and his family. We sometimes speak about religion but she & her fiancée usually just agree with me. [I wonder why sometimes they aren't at least agnostics or deists...]


So, yesterday, my other friend Keith who is also an atheist came over to my house. [Lauren was all ready over.] She was talking about the "questions" on facebook and some "which books have you read" question. When I looked at, Lauren had checked off the Bible. 


I had to call her out on it. The convo went something like this:


Me: Lauren, you've never read the Bible!

Lauren: I go to church and the preacher explains it for me. 

Me: That's like going to a book review and saying because you went, you've now read the book!

Lauren: I've read enough of it to say I have.

Me: Oh yea, how about when god sent those bears to kill 42 children? Wasn't that fun?

Lauren: *eye roll*

Me: I think you really read the Bible, you wouldn't like it


Keith started laughing. He picked up his imaginary "Bible", threw it on the ground, and started stomping the air. The whole time he was screaming "fuck you god!" Lauren didn't think it was too funny but I did. 


It got me to thinking about how there are soooo many people out there that claim to have read the Bible. I've never read the entire book but I have read enough to know it's BS. One of the reasons I started doubting Christianity was because I would go home and look up the verses the preacher had talked about in church. Then, I realized that he was taking a lot of verses out of context and they really had nothing to do with what he was trying to preach.


Now, as an atheist, I cannot find reasoning for worshiping something without reading all of the "word".

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Comment by Scarlette Blues on April 4, 2011 at 11:43am
I found a few website that referenced the study. That is too funny. More people know the ingredients of the a big mac than they know about "Honor thy mother & father" It puzzles me why so many people do not follow their religion but will be the first one's to check it on a list.
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 4, 2011 at 12:20pm
Most moderate theists I know seldom open the bible, never mind sit down to read it. I constantly catch them out on this but always enjoy listening to their excuses. Many do not actually have a copy. Even basic things like “Which Testament is the Book of Jude in”? Most incorrectly say the O.T. “How many times is God mentioned in the book of Esther”? (zero).
Comment by Scarlette Blues on April 4, 2011 at 12:30pm
It really proves the point that atheists read the Bible more than the people who actually worship it. It's extremely backwards, I'd say! Then again, reading the Bible is what helps many people become atheists lol
Comment by Ava Wilson on April 4, 2011 at 12:31pm
Or how about ones like, is it true Jesus is a dragon killer?
Comment by Morgan Matthew on April 4, 2011 at 1:07pm
lol Nelson with the Big Mac Chart :]
Comment by Jacob LeMaster on April 4, 2011 at 3:17pm

I like to point out that they say we took something out of context whenever we throw out scripture and bash it... I quickly throw out there that the bible is taught to its followers out of context... 


And agreed every time a bible is read (critically and in context) a Christian loses their faith,,

Comment by Zombie Atheist on April 4, 2011 at 4:52pm
Yup I've read it. Twice. I read all the time. Though honestly the bible was a better read than any Twilight book XD
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on April 4, 2011 at 7:18pm
What does the bible say about cognitive dissonance if it has all the answers ?
Comment by Paul Carrollton on April 4, 2011 at 8:26pm

Being raised a Christian, this one is a little difficult for me.  There are certainly parts of the Bible that are surely made up.


The book of Job is interesting.  One could believe how a man could lose everything and is comforted by his friends.  But how did the Bible writers experience the conversation between God and Satan?


The parting of the Red Sea made for a great movie, but really?


Jonah being swallowed by a whale was interesting.  Even more interesting was the gourd that grew to shade Jonah in a day, then was eaten by a worm the next day.


I cringe when I hear the believers refer to the story (in Daniel) of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three Jews thrown into a furnace for not worshipping a golden god.  They survived, of course.  Even though the Babylonian King  Nebuchadnezzar II proclaimed the Jewish god to be great, apparently this god (Jehovah) still allowed the Jewish captivity.


I just laugh at some of the things said in the Bible, as they are obviously fabrications.  But I get uptight about believers who reason that Jesus rose from the dead.  The Bible writers don't even tell a good story of the resurrection.  It obviously didn't occur.



Comment by Kenneth Montville D.D. on April 4, 2011 at 8:52pm
@Nelson. Wouldn't surprise me since a Big Mac only has 7 ingredients, the Bible is 66 books. Slightly more to remember there. I have read the bible through multiple times and even I will forget a book or two if asked to list them off. Though it wasn't books of the bible it was the ten commandments, which is moderately comparable and frankly, quite sad.


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