Yes. Most athesists, like myself, have chosen to be atheists for very good reasons. We have studied the bible, and the works of other religions closely and in depth. Do not mistake rejection for ignorance. The average atheist is more knowledgeable about the bible than the average christian. We simply don't believe it's a true story. We prefer facts and evidence over blind faith in fairy tales.
They think they know, but they don't, because they are not willing to accept the true, loving, and perfect nature of the God that the Gospel comes from. They are not willing because they believe they either don't deserve this love, or that they don't need it.
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Yes. They do (at least many do, I for one). Do those who accept the gospel (and following previous answers, which one? We have over 20 inter- and intra- contradictory ones, and there are at least that many which are lost and we don't have) know what they are accepting?
Maybe it's a good thing some Christians haven't read the bible through and through! At least then we still have something to believe in unlike atheist. In my opinion we all need to believe something out there is helping us and listening to our problems. For Christians that's Jesus and for Buddhist that's the spirits of nature. See? We all need something to follow and something to believe in. Otherwise the world would be complete chaos.
My understanding is, A person fallowing someone else's disbeliefs because it's easer than reading the Bible,This is why Prayer is Powerful, God is good,and gives us a lot to Pray for,your neighbor, Friend, people you remember from long ago,never ending List of prayer.
Do you understand what you are accepting? Or are you accepting the version/meaning that someone else gave to you. All faiths require hope, hope that we are special, that there's some special meaning to life and the world around us, hope that we and our loved ones will never really die. This hope can so overwhelm someone that their mind will literally block out anything that casts doubt on their source of hope. If they cannot block out this doubt they will turn it into a source of "evil" and begin to believe it is being purposely done to test them, or to turn them away from their faith and will make it their enemy. Atheists understand this hope, but we don't allow blind faith to guide (or cloud) our rational thought process. We won't waste time hoping some magic will make it rain during a drought, we'll dig a well.
John 1 says that He came but they would not receieve Him. Its that way today also. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Yes. Recent research has shown atheists and agnostics know more about religion than the religious. Additionally, only about 10% of American Christians have read the entire bible, while nearly 60% of American atheists have.
In America, most atheists also used to be Christian. We understand Christianity quite well, which is the reason we aren't Christian.
The attempt by many believers to claim anyone who rejects their beliefs must just not understand them is a way for them to reassure themselves about their own beliefs and rationalize how people discard them.
I cannot speak for every un-believer but I can for my self. Yes I know exactly what I am rejecting, I am rejecting a myth drawn up from hundreds of myths before it. Your Jesus had many before him that were nearly identical to him, his story is not unique, even his "Virgin" birth was a copy. You would say Hercules, and Zeus are mythology, and reject them, because there is no way that any of that hokus pokus could have ever happened. But look at your own religious story, it's identical.
Did those who stablished the so called Christianity understood why they rejected some of the gospels? Have you forgotten the fact that the book was assembled by people some 250 years after Jesus? It's simple in my opinion. Read it alone, use your god given brains and think about it for a second. Don't let others tell you what it means. Try and we will see.
Yes, I know exactly what I'm rejecting. In fact, I was raised to believe it's all true. But the point is: most atheists know more about the Bible than even Christians do. So, the question is not, "Do those who reject the gospel know what they are rejecting?" The real question is, "Do those who ACCEPT the gospel know what they are accepting?" In this case, no, they obviously don't.
Yes; that's precisely why they reject it. They reject it because for the lack of intellectual rigor, they couldn’t ask for any worse than the bible. They reject a mythology written by savages – savages who believed in slavery, polygamy, incest & wars of extermination. They reject the fabulous tales that are impossible, & miracles that were never performed. Any reasonable person would reject the bible who reads it as they would any other book – by removing the bandage of reverence from the eyes; driving from the heart the phantom of fear; freeing the coil of superstition from the brain – and would be amazed that they ever, for one moment, thought that a being of infinite wisdom, goodness and purity, to be the author of such ignorance and of such atrocity.
When we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the bible is filled, it seems more consistent that we called it the “word of a demon” than the “word of a god”. Bible is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and for my part, I sincerely reject the bible as I reject everything that is cruel.
The Bible does contain a lot shocking, immoral and extraordinary events. That's the way life was. It wasn't warm fuzzy stories for bedtime. It tells of real events of history and prophecies that are in the process of happening as we speak. If we don't learn from history, we are destined to repeat it.