Athiest what do you believe?

by real one 108 Replies latest jw friends

  • Caedes

    everyone knows that these dont exist Caedes. dont worry they are make believe didnt your folks tell you that? I have evidence in my life that God exist and whoever dosent believe they are under a curse according to the Bible. each to his own

    They know because there is no evidence these gods exist, I know there is no evidence your god exists. That puts your god on an equal footing with Pan and Thor in my book. For the Romans their gods were as evident as your god is to you, you can no more disprove the existence of those gods than I can of yours.

    I dont question God's wisdom if as you say he made you an atheist then thats your belief. The Bible does say that God will cause non-believers to believe Satan's deeds so maybe this is what you are experiencing. im not sure.

    No, it is your belief. You claim your god is the creator of the whole universe don't you? Well then he made you and I, I'm an atheist so that's how your god made me, according to your own beliefs (not mine). You then go on to claim that your holy book claims that god makes non-believers follow Satan, if that is the case and your god made me this way, I ask again, who are you to question his wisdom?

  • Caedes

    You see it’s not really a question of ‘weak atheist’ and ‘strong atheist’ (a classic but dumb division as the reasons given by ‘weak atheists’ for not being ‘strong atheists’ should normally have them believing in the possibility of all sorts of nonsense they don’t give a second thought to.

    It’s a question of ‘weak theos’ or ‘strong theos’

    If you wish to use different labels then you really ought to go on to define those labels, or perhaps we are all supposed to use our psychic powers to ascertain your meaning.

    Perhaps you could give an example of the sort of nonsense a weak atheist ought to believe in (I assume you believe their position to be logically inconsistant) if you feel unable to actually state the faulty premise.

  • catbert

    Word order #1:

    Let us sacrifice a virgin to our gods.

    Word order #2:

    Our God was born of a virgin, and was then sacrificed.

    Virginity is an obsession with humans. So is sacrifice.

    Athiests are not obsessed with virginity or sacrifice.

  • AGuest

    and may you all have peace!

    At the outset, I want to say that I know the question was posed to "atheists"... which I am not... but it's an interesting thread and I'd like to comment, if you will permit. If you think I should "butt out," then please, by all means, just disregard and pretend as if I did. Thank you.

    I believe that by the passions of two people, I was concieved and created in the womb.

    It would be nice if everyone were conceived in that fashion. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case.

    Christianity is built on foundations of centuries of evidence that have been proven through prophesies.

    As a "christian," I would have to disagree with this assertion, dear Real One. Judaism was built on that foundation, as was the form of religion that we call "christianity." However, TRUE christianity is built on the FAITH of the individual... which is the EVIDENT DEMONSTRATION OF REALITIES... though NOT beheld. What does this mean? That the INDIVIDUAL has PERSONALLY received EVIDENCE... a DEMONSTRATION... of realities (that which IS real, vs. that which is merely perceived as real).

    Thus, Noah had FAITH in what he HEARD... and so built an Ark. Abraham had FAITH in what he HEARD... and so left his home to wander toward a new land. Moses had FAITH... in what he SAW and HEARD... and so put following the Christ and leading God's people back to the land of Abraham... before the riches he was bound to receive (as a member of Pharaoh's house) from Egypt. Faith... is NOT blind, dear one!

    The problem, howver, lies with us: first, that so-called "christians" go around trying to force others to believe in something/things they themselves cannot explain. Unfortunately, their faith is blind - they don't know (truly) who and what they have their faith in, so they are unable to help others see. But that shouldn't be the case: the TRUE christian will not only explain what the "evidence" was for them, but how the unbeliever can also experience the same (or closely similar) so as to know it for themselves. Thus, while it IS true that we are to walk by faith... and not by sight... such faith is NOT blind - it is not just a fumbling around in the dark. It is walking by that which is spiritual (and I do not mean that in the abstract but in the literal), and thus only unseen by the PHYSICAL eyes; it is VERY evident to, however, and seen by the spiritual (i.e., "celestial") eyes: those of the man we are... on the inside (of our physical bodies). Because we are NOT just our physical bodies, by any stretch. If we were, then losing a limb, or an organ, would diminish us. It does not.

    The other part of the problem is that although you can offer to show/help others also see that which is truly visible, 99% of the time they will reject that offer. They do so for three reasons: either they've already been misled, one or more times, and so no longer trust in such a thing (which is TOTALLY understandable and all so-called "christians" need to come down off their self-exalted high stations and recognize this, not with judging or pitying comments, but with balanced and loving consideration)... OR they are purely empirical and so anything outside the physical realm is totally incomprehensible to them (which is also totally understandable, as we currently exist in a very empirical status; it is much more prevalent than that which is "celestial" and so on what basis should these leave off from their "logical" perception and examination of the world? To these, it totally makes NO sense and others should understand that - had WE not had such "evidence" who is to say that would not also be among them at some point?)... OR they are afraid to take a chance and find out; for many reasons, including that perhaps it actually MIGHT happen for them... and then what? Well, then... they'll maybe look/sound/appear as "crazy" as the people they once thought were so. And they can't have that, as there is too much to "lose."

    To ridicule anyone for whatever they do/do not believe... is NOT, however, "christian." It is NOT of Christ. True, he condemned the conduct of the scribes and Pharisees... but that was because of their hypocrisy and hate, their fleecing of God's flock, their claim to know when they didn't and see when they were blind. These were misleading people... in the name of God... and he exposed them for what they were and what they were doing. BUT... you did NOT hear him malign the beliefs... or lack of belief... of the nations or the world. He didn't teach by judging or condemning - that was Paul's "style." We are to defend our faith, yes; attacking the faith, or lack thereof, of others, is not the same thing.

    Rather, Christ taught... by speaking the TRUTH, setting errors straight... and INVITING people to "come" - not telling them that they weren't worthy of coming because of their beliefs... or lack thereof. OUR job is to MAKE disciples... by teaching them all the things that HE told/taught/tells/teaches us... which "things" are summed up in leading them TO HIM... and manifested by LOVE... so that what occurred with us COULD occur with them (if they truly WISH it to)... and NOT by trying to have folks adhere to the Old Covenant, the "laws" of various churches, religions or societies, or by what's "in the Bible," per se.

    "Christians" fail utterly in this regard. Why? Because of always "comparing." Others and their beliefs... to "us" and "our" beliefs. Others and their conduct... to "us" and "ours." We vs. they. "We" do this... because we believe we are right. If one is TRULY right, however, then there is NO NEED to compare oneself with anyone... BUT Christ. For the "perfect" law... is a MIRROR... not a window. And if our comparisons are limite to this, no one else can... or should... be considered a "threat." To anything, including our faith.

    I implore you, then, dear Real One, if you TRULY want to know what these (atheists) believe... then LISTEN when they TELL you... and do not contend. Otherwise, the motive for your question was false, not from a pure place, but designed to incite contention. Which does NOT originate from a place of LOVE ("I really want to know/understand), but will actually appear as an ambush or springboard for attack. That... could NOT originate with the TRUE God... and His Christ... but from something and someone entirely different.

    Moving on...

    jesus, who has no historical evidence other than the bible and those who write about him based on the bible. Hey, many of us here no longer believe the myths of that book

    Part of what you say is valid; however, while I, too, do not have my beliefs founded in the Bible, I have to say that I received "evidence" that was NOT "historical" or written in a book. It was actual, real... and occurred. I do not need others to believe it - I am not concerned with opinions of me. What I AM concerned with is the TRUTH, and existing in the truth. I see my situation with many here (and the truth of what has occurred and is occuring with me, but the ridicule and failure to understand) NO different than these feel when speaking with JWs. You cannot MAKE any other person SEE or HEAR... what they do not WANT to see or hear. No matter HOW you write it, speak it, frame it, argue it, debate it, or explain it.

    What you have Real One is hearsay and opinion, you have no facts, you do not 'know' that god exists anymore than I 'know' he does not.

    While not accepted by courts, however, hearsay CAN be truth. And there are "facts" but most, including most so-called "christians" DENY those facts. I recently had a person "of faith" (???) tell me that he/she had run some of what I shared by others ("rational" people, but apparently "of faith")... and they, too, totally disagreed, stated it could not be.

    The FACT is, however, that some receive holy spirit... and by means of the "gifts" of that spirit... can do things (for example, hear spirits). It is the TRUTH... and a FACT. That others don't believe it because THEY can't hear/see/do... or because they cannot yet wrap their heads around the concept and/or the possibility... does not make it untrue or not a fact. It just makes it... unbelievable for them... unless and until some kind of empirival evidence is presented. Unfortunately, empiricalness has to do with the PHYSICAL world... and what I and others are speaking about is of the SPIRIT world. And the two are not the same.

    Now, can those who doubt also "transcend" so as to experience the same thing? They absolutely can! It has been offered to many here: some have taken advantage, some have not. Do those who have been successful publish that fact? Not ordinarily. Why? Because of fear... of being ridiculed, thought crazy, not believed. There can be a lot to lose (of this world) if that occurs. Some, however, have no such concern. They are few, however... and so they have the least voice, if any voice at all.

    But, my (Shelby's) knowledge that God DOES exist... really is more than that of those who "know" He doesn't. Their knowledge is based on perception: they don't perceive that God exists; therefore, He doesn't. Perceptions are not real. For ME, however, my knowledge is based on an EVIDENT DEMONSTRATION OF REALITY - meaning, something literally occurred... evidenced a reality... although my PHYSICAL eyes/ears did not see/hear it ("though not beheld" [by the physical body]). My SPIRITUAL eyes/ears saw/heard and see/hear it, however, and have ever since.

    That folks can't/don't/won't believe it, however, does not make it TRUE.

    Again, my apologies if I intruded. I know this thread was not about what christians believe, but I thought it appropriate given the interchanges occurring. If I am out of line, please forgive and, again, just disregard.

    I bid you all peace.

    A slave of Christ,


  • Tuesday

    I'm pretty positive, I believe humans as a whole usually are caring and considerate of each other. I also believe that this life is what we got and need to make the best of it.

    Not to start another debate with Real One after the last one on homosexuality but I do have one quick follow up question from a previous post:

    Christianity is built on foundations of centuries of evidence that have been proven through prophesies.

    I'd like to see this evidence. I'm not even looking for centuries, really just one prophesy that can be proven as written before the fufillment. For example all the prophesies Jesus supposedly fufilled are subject to the fact the writers of the Gospels all had access to these prophesies and could've just written Jesus to have fufilled them even if he didn't. Or the famous one prophesy where Babylon's fall is prophesied, but we don't have any proof that was written before the fall of Baylon. So my quick follow up question, show one prophesy that has been fufilled without a shadow of a doubt. Thanks.

  • darth frosty
    darth frosty

    Real one-people also wrote about zeus and hecules.

  • real one
    real one

    Tuesday are you serious? there are over 500 prophesies that have been fufilled. heres one: Isaiah 7:14

    darth frosty they are not real

    Aguest thanks for your imput. Peter walked on water, explain that .

  • Gopher
    Isaiah 7:14 ..... Peter walked on water, explain that .

    Actually if you're a believer -- there should not need to be an explanation. You simply believe.

    These accounts are not scientific or explainable , they're about faith. I don't have faith in fantastic ancient stories, and if that's bad in your eyes, so be it.

  • 5go

    As an atheist I believe Thor might exist but, I am not hedging my bets toward it or any other god for that matter.

  • inrainbows


    If you wish to use different labels then you really ought to go on to define those labels, or perhaps we are all supposed to use our psychic powers to ascertain your meaning.

    Ah, but surely you'd have to prove those psychic powers, eh?

    For the sake of argument discusssion a 'strong' theos would be an externalised supernatural entity capable of action, with a personality and the possibility of proof.

    A 'weak' theos could be anything from a non-supernatural (i.e. evolved entity) given supernatural explanation to an idea, that may or may not be externalised and/or subject to proof.

    Perhaps you could give an example of the sort of nonsense a weak atheist ought to believe in.

    Someone not really belieiving in Bible god but conceeding that it might exist would have to do the same to Qu'ran god, or indeed Norse pantheon gods, and having gone that far is not far removed from conceeding the possible existence of other anthropological super-natural projections. You can easily get from Bible god to the whole tooth fairy/spaghetti monster/invisable pink unicorn gamut and not actually change levels of demonstrable proof.

    real one

    Sorry, but to be blunt it's impossible to have a serious discussion with you. You remain blissfully ignorant (i.e., not stupid but deliberately uninformed) of the Bible's manifest factual inaccuracies and presuppose anything it says is true. At the same time you discount similar assertions with similar levels of proof in other holy books.

    It is like discussing the existence of fairies with someone who bases their beliefs on 'My Big Book of Fairies', who refuses to look at other books which would show that book is a collection of stories, and who at the same time insists that the Boogieman doesn't exist even though there are other books about him.

    Me; No one has ever seen a fairy.

    Fairy Believer; Ah, but on page 47 MBBoF says that Peter Pan flew with the aid of fairy dust provided by Tinkerbell.

    Feel happy in your beliefs by all means, but realise they are as out of step with provability as those of someone in a loin cloth and a bone through their nose worshipping a rock. Hell, no; they can prove the rock exists...

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