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Why do some people not believe in god? (Read the details before you answer!)

There's a saying: Better you do it now, than wait and see what the consequences might be. With that in mind, why not believe in god rather than suffering the consequences later for choosing to do otherwise? Not to say you should only follow god because of fear but.. it's a good reason to re-think your thoughts on it.

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For the sake of argument, what if your god isn't the true god. Then by believing in that god you're not believing in what the actual god is. You have your faith, other people have theirs. Maybe they're all right, maybe everybody's wrong. You have to wait and see. In not knocking your religion. I'm just trying to get you understand another religious persons state of mind.

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I believe in god 100% amen

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Amen :)
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Well, it's too late for me. I'm not a believer and I can't lie about it. If there was a God, he would know I was lying anyway. He shouldn't judge people for having faith or not having it either, in my opinion.

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I see... But I kind of cherry pick what I believe from Buddhism and Christianity. Lol
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Your not dead yet. Its not too late.
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Yeah. Better become a religious zombie before you've contributed to the world too much.
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Yeah..its so terrible to love God and love people.
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It doesn't take loving a myth to love people.
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Some people choose not to belive in god for that reason exactly, they don't think they should belive in something that the alternative to belief is eternal pain and suffering...

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I see what you are saying.
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I actually don't know any atheists that are atheists for that reason.
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I will second Skepti's comment. No one can choose to believe in something they don't think exists. No atheist I have ever known, including myself, chooses disbelief.
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Is there ever a lingering.....question.....wondering?
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Contrary to what many theists believe, we do not sit around wondering if your god really exists or "missing" something. Since there is no more reason for me to believe in your god than there is for me to believe in fairies, I dismiss the idea just as easily.
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Too many holes and too many unanswered questions. U can only speak for yourself.
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Yes, I agree that there are far too many jokes and unanswered questions in your religion.

And I have never met a single atheist who thought as you described. I've met hundreds, not including people online. How many do you know again, that you claim to know what we believe or think?
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Holes. What the hell, autocorrect? Jokes?
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I was saying...too many holes that science can't explain. Sorry for the confusion. When I use my notepad to type, it continually uses the wrong words, too. Drives me nuts.
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@Lolo: Religion doesn't explain everything either except to say "God did it" and he's smarter than we are, so there's no reason to question it. Science, on the other hand, never stops questioning. A valid answer may never be found, but it won't be for lack of trying. I prefer to leave my knowledge gaps wide open while waiting for a proven answer, or even an answer that has some basis in fact, rather than just fill them with "God did it" just to have them filled.
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And whp says a person cant question and look for answers as a christian? I think your views arent fully accurate of believers.
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So now because science doesn't know absolutely everything in the universe the answer must be magic? Too bad this "god of the gaps" thinking means your "god" gets smaller every day as science evolves.
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@Lolo: Certainly my view are not accurate of all believers. But the problem with designating an unanswered question with "God did it" is that it doesn't necessarily engender inquisitiveness. Religion used to hold that the sun orbited the Earth because that is the way God intended it. End of discussion. But eventually Copernicus decided to buck the religious establishment and subsequently set in motion the Scientific Revolution, and we can no longer imagine why religion would have been so adamant about its previous cosmological view of the universe.
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Indeed- when you believe the answer is "god did it", you stop looking for real answers.
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I disagree wholheartedly.
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I've heard it happen from believers here and in person constantly. Any time they don't get something, they fall back on "Goddidit" and think that's that.
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Well...everyone is different. Iv never been one to say...God told me so. But. Iv heard other believers use that. It would kind of bother me and i tjink its just anxcuse but everyone is different even as believers.
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Valice, I think you'd have to do a thorough look to find one person who is atheist for that reason.
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LoLo... As far as being able to question and look for answers as a Christian,... Sure, people are capable of compartmentalizing all sorts of conflicting ideas and behaviour. Even when a Christian also does some kind of science it still has nothing to do with the silly question of god being real.
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Because there is no proof of the consequences after death. Those words really are not convincing. If there ends up being God...then I'll except my punishment.

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I would rather just believe.
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It will be like that Simpsons episode where the just keep feeding homer donuts in hell.
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Lol?
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I prefer ice cream though!
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Um okay?
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Rotflmao!!!!
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Donuts in hell....don't fool yourself. Helix...good enough answer and at p
Least your honest with yourself. :)
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You cannot control what one believes in. A God makes sense to some people... A God makes no sense to others. Some people just cant have faith in something like that.... they want proof.
To some people, a God is merely a way to explain the things that have no explanation.

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Like the Romans gods?
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and the ancient Greeks and Egyptians too.
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I don't think Christians are like them.
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Christians have ONE God. they arent allowed to have any more than that.
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That's not what I meant, and I think I know what my own religion says.
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LOL...ok
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O_O 8)
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Its so much more. Its a relationship. A best friend. ...beyond any earthly thing. One day maybe you'll understand.
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Jesus is your Precious. Ah, being a schizophrenic is a wonderful thing!
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You can only speak for yourself. :)
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I'll answer that with a question, where in the bible does it say all non-believers go to hell? I thought hell was a place for sinners, by that logic you don't have to believe in him to go to heaven. Next if you believe all non-believers don't go to heaven, then wouldn't that mean lets say the great grandparents of jesus went to hell? Cause they died before he told every one about God.

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It's a sin to not believed god... Shows how much you read the bible.
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No the bible isn't quiet is cut and dry as you think, this reminds of those people who didn't even how what a church was. The bible says you must believe in one true God, would you agree with that? However the bible never clearifies what God is other than how God feels and things he has done. Futher more it doesn't say you have to be self aware of your following of God. In the end what i'm saying is it's insane to think every one who lived before jesus went to hell just because they didn't know about God, do you disagree if so I could try to prove my point further.
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How about the indians of Peru... that have never seen civilization. Why do they have to go to hell.... for not even knowing?? Doesnt make sense.
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*this reminds of those people who didn't even know what...
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I am agreeing with you Dillon... and your post wasnt up when I posted mine.
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*quiet as cut and... i shouldn't have got mad and messed up on spelling.
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Okay, you are an atheist meaning you don't read the bible. The bible does say: believe in god or you go to hell. As for everyone who didn't know god before they died its god's choice on where they go. He probably just graded those people on personality, and what they did in their life.
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The bible is a book... written by man. It has even been changed on a number of occasions to suit the changing of the times. How literal can it be??
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Wow you just contradicted your self,(angel) and said something along the lines of which I was tring to explian.
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God sent down his messages for man to write in it. The first couple of bibles are very accurate.
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The first couple?? of bibles? Why did man change it then.... Did God give man permission to do that?
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So i apologize if you said "He probably just graded those people on personality.." then i miss judged what you were tring to say at the start of this conversation. However that is more or less what i've been tring to say the whole time.
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@Nean I don't know maybe god sent them more messages to add and take away things.
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yeah... right.
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I'm glad we agree :)
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Angel, there's a story you need to think about. A mathematics professor once said that two negatives make a positive, but that two positives can NEVER make a negative. To which one of his students replied, "Yeah, right."
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um.. she might have been doing the same thing to neanderthal.
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I'll never tell
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Dillon...u ask a very good question. When Jesus died on the cross, he was gone for 3 days before he rose again. Its been thought he went to all the people who died before and gave them a chance. And regarding people who live in remote areas...God knows each of our hearts. That's what it comes down to. We cannot judge BC we don't truly know anyone's heart. If read countless stories where people have denied christ and the resistance of God their whole life and the die and meet Him. They experience His live and He gives them another chance. His live us beyond our comprehension. But He is judge and knows our hearts even more than we do.
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So many of my words I meant to type came out wrong on this darn notepad! U get the jist?
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angel, just because a person is Atheist doesn't mean they've never read the bible. The majority of Atheists at one point in their life, were Christians. I'm Agnostic. I don't believe one bit in the "Christian" God, yet I've read the bible. And having read the bible, is the reason I don't believe in him.
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Cj you keep saying that but you cannot base what others do off of the way you do. Not everyone became an atheist like you did.
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No, not everybody, but most of us did, Angel.
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Many people r like u, angel. Although, many people want God in their life but they dont want to fully follow christ. They don't love Him enough. Others, like u, prob have no idea what its like to love God. You knew the bible but that's it. There is a big difference. When people taste the goodness of God, they never want to go back. It never makes sense to throw something wonderful away. But, at least u r cold. God wants us to either be hot or cold. Too many that r Luke warm. :)
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I'm NOT an Atheist.
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Sure you aren't Cj. If you're going to say you don't believe in god at least stick to your words.
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I'm Agnostic. I don't believe in the Christian God. I've stuck to my words for about 15 years now.
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Most atheists are agnostic also.
I've never met an atheist that isn't.
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I believe in a God Evan. Just not sure what "God". Atheists don't believe in any God. I'm not Atheist.
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I believe in a "higher power".
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Let's not be confused about this. There is ONE god and he is great. He is the mighty FSM. R'amen.
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Cj, that would be more like deist than agnostic if you believe there is a god. I think the free thought of deism compared to dogmatic religion is what allowed the age of enlightenment and many founders of the good ol' USA were deist.
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And Cj, I never said you're atheist, ya know, I just said that most atheists are also agnostic.
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Raven, speaking of atheists and agnostics you might enjoy following this guy http://www.ask.com/answers/profile/29276441/johnogaunt?qsrc=3100
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Thanks. Oh Dodgy one.
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I've always thought of myself as Agnostic. I've done a lot of research on it, and feel that's where I belong. Technically I'm an Agnostic-Theist.

(An agnostic theist believes in the existence of at least one deity, but regards the truth or falsehood of this proposition as unknown or inherently unknowable.)
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It's my understanding that belief in a god of any sort does not fall within the definition of agnostic. Agnostic is just a term for the "unknowability" of whether or not there is a god. But, if you believe there is a god of some kind, how is that not deist?
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I will get back to you sometime when I'm "here". I'm running on 5 hours of sleep in 2 days, and I'm not exactly right in the head right now. I don't feel like arguing over my religion. Have a great weekend.
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It just seems like a logical fallacy to have belief in a god and also that, that proposition is unknowable; if it's unknowable there can't also be belief.
I would like the input of Seedy3 and skeptikitten and some others to maybe explain some missed nuance.
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Dodgy I finally put you on my follow list. I had assumed you were there but only found a Dozy impersonator.
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Cj, sorry, I didn't mean to argue; just figuring things out.
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Some people simply just don't believe, just like some people don't like the color yellow, or don't like apple pie. Its all a matter of personal believe. How come its so hard for some people to realize this and stop asking questions?

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Thanks, but I didn't need that last part of your answer. Note for the future don't put that, because if I was in the wrong mood it would start a flame war.
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Violence is the first refugee of the incompetent :) You asked, and I gave you the answer. This questions asked so many times, and really, it seems to me some people just can't realize that there are other people who have a different belief hat is of equal value as your own.
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Yes but it was not needed. If you don't believe me try it again and watch a flame war erupts. It doesn't how matter how many times you see a question, you don't act ignorant and say things out your mouth like that.
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Whats ignorant? Ignorant means like of knowledge, which doesn't fit in the same contents as you use the word. Why is your question needed? Its not. You're obviously not going to find an answer from someone who doesn't believe that will satisfy you, you're probably just doing this to look for someone you disagree with.
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context' sorry having some typing faux pas' :)
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See there you go again with the words. You are lacking knowledge, because you do not get the fact that what you say can effect people. Do you think about what you say, or do you let it just fly out your mouth? I didn't use this to argue with people, because I tried to keep from arguing with you, but all you're doing is saying offensive things by assuming I asked this just for evil reasons.
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I know what I am saying and I obviously know what my words mean, you're obviously just very sensitive and can't take what people throw at you. You say there is no need for my answer? How about your question. I don't go around asking people why they believe in god, so why go around asking people why they don't?
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I didn't say your answer was not needed.
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It was actually good up until the last sentence. That is what I said was not needed.
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And my question wasn't centered around only their disbelief but a specific part of why they do not believe. I'm guessing you didn't read the details, so why did you answer my question when I clearly said not to unless you read the details?
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"How come its so hard for some people to realize this and stop asking questions?" is my exact words. What is so wrong with that question? Is it really hard to understand someone doesn't and won't believe in God? That was my whole point. I was speaking in a general sense, yes, but my answer was directed at your question in why someone doesn't believe in God. I guess you don't have basic reasoning skills.
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THERE YOU GO AGAIN! "I guess you don't have basic reasoning skills." When will you stop? What you said in your answer makes it sound like your angry and sick of seeing the question. If that's the case why did you answer? And once again you clearly didn't read the details that much is obvious.
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I see questions like this often, but I'm not angry. A little ticked off from your ignorance, maybe, but otherwise, I'm doing just fine. And yes, I did read the details of your question. And I answered it. Then you started arguing with me for my answer. If you're going to ask a question, expect an answer, no matter if you like it or not. :)
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Okay you know what I am done. You aren't opening you eyes to what I'm saying, and I'm not opening my eyes to what you're saying. So there's no need to continue this conversation at first it was a discussion for me, but after that last statement "I guess you don't have basic reasoning skills." It is clear this is nothing but an argument to you not to mention you just said it. Plus I am going to stop talking about this, because your only making me irritated with your ignorance. You expect to say mean things and have people be okay with it. You are just like Koichan! I do not like her at ALL. So good day to you I hope you find someone else to argue with.
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You clearly over exaggerate things. I have not said anything mean. If I have said anything that has upset you, I suggest you take a little break from the internet and go put your big girl pants on :) Good day to you too :)
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Not to mention you just said, "I clearly over exaggerate things." You keep on saying things, and then you say something to prove yourself wrong. It's a never ending circle with you. You're CLEARLY wrong.
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I believe. I don't know why the heck other people don't, but they don't! So I just ignore them. If they want to rot in hell, fin by me! But remember, god loves everyone! No matter what they think.

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Why do they have to rot in hell? Lack of belief does not mean a lack of morality.
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Yes, your god loves everyone so much he favors them with eternal torture just for not believing in the right god.

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Ok, they don't have to rot in hell, it's just a saying of when you make NO right choices, you're negative your whole life! But, that probably won't happen, but still
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You lost me. Not believing does not make a person a negative person. It doesnt even mean that they made the wrong decision. You believe what you want... and let those that dont, believe what they want. No biggie.
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I never said not belieing in god makes someone negative, I said other choices might. Like getting someone pregnant at the age of thirteen possibly, it might hurt someone and tear them down the rest of their lives.
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How does that one choice though... affect the other choices?
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What does that have to do with not believing in any gods though? That's what the question was about, not any other choices.
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Because they might not put past decisions in their past, they may hold that grudge and think about it very hurtfully.
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Lol... this is getting funny.
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That's just nonsense. Not believing in gods has nothing to do with other choices a person makes, and atheism isn't hateful. What on earth are you even talking about?
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That's why I say I kind of believe in Buddhism, because instead of sending a human to hell I believe he reincarnates them until they get it right and can go to heaven
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....which is completely opposite to what Christian scriptures say.

You can't be both. You either believe the scriptures of Christianity or you don't.
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And who says I can't be both?
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Because the you don't believe in the major doctrine of the Christian faith. You just pick and choose the bits you like from religions and chuck anything you don't. Doesn't really work that way.

If you think the Christian god is real and that the bible is that god's word, you can't just chuck doctrine that makes you uncomfortable.
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Yeah... if you do that then you will end up starting yet another new religion. Thats how a lot of the other ones came about anyway.
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Because if he loves his people he wouldn't let them burn in hell. He says he loves them, and that's why I think he gives them another chance.
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It also says they'll burn in hell. Again- you are just ignoring the parts that make you uncomfortable. If you think the bible is god's word, you must accept it all.
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Why? How do you know people just didn't write it wrong?
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How do you know they didn't write it wrong about "god" loving people then?

If you think it's inspired by god you can't pick and choose. If it isn't inspired, how can you know WHAT to believe is true? Just the parts you like? Not reality.
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Maybe it isn't likely... But what if it's true? If everyone thought of god the way I did they would believe in him. Because he loves all and believes in second chances. :) I think it's better than reality!
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No they wouldn't. Many of us are logical and don't believe in things that have no evidence just because they found nice.

Are you a kid? Because making up a god that sounds nice to you with no downsides and believing in it based on wishful thinking sounds like the kind of thing a child would do.
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wow, u sure like to argue skep -.-
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No I am definitely not a child. And what I said sounds a lot more logical than being an atheist.
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And I know right over taker
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This is a discussion forum. If you make factually incorrect or illogical claims you should expect to be challenged.

If you don't like it why bother being here?
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Angel- there is nothing logical about admitting you cherry pick religious beliefs based on what you think sounds warm and fuzzy and chucking anything you don't like. You even admitted it isn't reality. And considering your original question was one giant logical fallacy, it's kind of amusing you'd claim to be logical.

Not believing in things for which there is no evidence is practically the definition of logical.
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OMG! You're so overly logical. Can u just stop being logical for just a few seconds???? Not everything is logical
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Actually she hasn't said any thing that would make her be a non-christian. the bible says you have to believe in one true god and live by the rules outlined in it, but doesn't say you can take like lessons from other things. So you made an argument with a false pretense.
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Why would I discard logic for magic? What reason would I possibly have to just chuck logic? Just because that's the only way your religion can be believed?
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*take or like...
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being logical is so boring. Do u ever have any fun?
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Except the parts where she discards major doctrine of the Christian faith. She doesn't accept hell but believes in reincarnation- not a Christian belief.
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So I should discard all sense just because you think it isn't fun?

Good grief.
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Okay, that's not what i meant, don't discard everything logical for good, just let loose and stop thinking too hard. Just go with the flow and live what life throws at u.
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reincarnation isn't a christian belief but there is nothing that says there isn't a grey area were you go to neither heaven nor hell and if there is who is to say reincarnation isn't used to see if those souls go to heaven or hell. She hasn't broken any of the rules laied out in the bible so you should bring christian belief into this.
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i have to go. I shall return sometime tomorrow :P:P:P:P
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*shouldn't... sorry
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Do you people even read your own Scriptures? It's kind of sad that I'm an atheist and know more about what they say than believers do.
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Overtaker- what I use to determine what beliefs are valid has nothing to do with how I live my life, which you know nothing about.

And I don't take life advice from teenagers.
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Sorry to say this, but I think he left man.
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wow. 41 comments. Normally I get 2
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Thank you at least someone understands where I'm coming from. Some people never want to open their eyes and explore new grounds. They always want to do things however it is told never thinking outside the box or that maybe some information is missing. An actual logical person would always know that there's always something missing.
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A logical person would not seek to fill the gaps in their understanding with things they make up just because it sounds neat. A logical person seeks actual evidence to fill those gaps.
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U should consider taking advice from me, i happen to give pretty good advice. I've been told by many people here. :D

and there is proof of God, u just don't see it bcz u think it isn't logical -.- The world is so messed up -.-
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Your beliefs have alot to do with your life. I think if u believe in God, your life would be better :D He changed my life :D:D
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Considering you advise chucking any sense and logic and believing in magic, I doubt that highly.

And my life is far better now than it was when I was a Christian.
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I don't chuck logic and believe in magic when giving advice =/
that's what u think -.-
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go to my profile and click on some of the questions i've answered and read them :)
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No thanks. I can barely get through your responses as it is due to poor grammar and spelling. I also don't have the free time you seem to.

I have no need of advice. My life is pretty darn great the way it is- I don't need imaginary deities or "advice" from people who have never even lived in the real world.
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Wow, 50 commenta(counting this one.) normally I get 2
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@Step Why do people always try and talk about grammar? That is the lowest insult someone can make, especially on a public site, where there is a bunch of people using text language. And I happen to be able to read over takers comments just fine. There is no struggle unless you are mentally retarded. And another thing apparently you have PLENTY of time since you want to argue with everyone about god not existing. If he didn't exist so many people would not worship him. There are more Christians than there are atheist, because most people of the world believe in god. And you my friend, you need god! You need to open up your eyes, because right now you are very blind to what's going on. Oh and another thing, most of what came out your mouth wasn't facts they were opinions. For something to be honestly logical would mean for it to be about facts, or it is clearly right. Which you are neither of the two. So how about you quit calling yourself oh so logical. Who do you think you are anyways? God!?! Is that why you won't believe in him? Because you think you are him. Your really something else.
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Well, pumpkin, if you expect other adults to take your arguments seriously, you use correct English and spelling. Am I really supposed to believ that a person who can't spell and uses text speak like a teenager has some vast wisdom on this subject? You will learn when you enter the real world that if you expect to be taken seriously, you present yourself in a serious manner.

There is no evidence any gods, much less your particular variant, exists. It is logical to withhold belief in a claim until it is supported by evidence. You folks keep screaming on about how people need to believe in your particular magic deity, but provide zero evidence it even exists.

So unless you have some real evidence and not just the usual baseless claims, run along. I don't have time for silly teenagers any more.
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Believe. Autocorrect.
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Ok, people are having conversations on MY answer, and I'm a part of none of it. Creepy guys. Seriously creepy.
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You've got plenty time "pumpkin". And why are you calling me a child? Have I used wrong grammar? No. I was saying I understand his answers fine. You were acting over the top as if he were spelling every three words wrong. And if you haven't notice all your doing is saying the same thing over and over. If anyone is wasting anyone's time, you're wasting mine. If you want to rot then do so, because there's no room in heaven for nonbelievers.
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@Pumba it's my question so I will have a conversation where I please.
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It's amusing because you had several major grammar errors during a rant where you claimed you made none.

"Incorrect grammar". "As if he was". "All you're doing".

There's no heaven for anyone, dear. Everyone rots- that's what dead bodies do. And I called you a child because you identified yourself as a teenager- teenagers are children.
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wow, ya'll still at this?
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Because your claim is a logical fallacy called Pascal's Wager and there are a HOST of problems with it.

First you created a false dichotomy, pretending your god and atheism are the only possible choices. As there have been hundreds of religions and thousands of gods, there is no way to "hedge your bets". You are just as screwed in your scenario if it turns out you picked the wrong god.

Second, you are under the misapprehension that a person can simply choose to believe in something that she finds absurd or incorrect. Try choosing to believe the sun is green and tell me how that works out for you.

Third, you imply your god is too stupid to know when someone is believing just to cover his butt or would not care.

There are actually further issues but these three already blow your argument out of the water.

We don't believe in gods because there is no evidence, the same reason you don't believe in fairies.

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lol "logical fallacy" :p u like those words don't u? :P
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Because I can actually use my brain and understand the basic rules of logic.

I realize those are foreign concepts for kiddies like you.
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i can use my brain too :-)
wow, we have something in common :D
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Waste of time, Kitten, but a nice exposition of Pascal's Wager.
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So I've discovered. The OP doesn't believe in hell anyway but reincarnation- or so she tells me- so how would this "just in case" mess she asked us about work in the first place?
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Since you brought up the subject, and since I'm in confessing mode, I must tell you that I can claim with certainty to have been Nefertiti's father.

Well, sort of.

His name was Ay but he pronounced it "I" so when I say that I was Nefertiti's father, it's nothing but the truth.
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I just read a story where 2 cars were about to collide in one another. They all would have been killed or seriously injured. But...odd ...they didn't collide. The little girl in one of the cars said that she saw angels hovering over the cars. A man in an SUV witness the whole thing (driving from behind) He pulled over and got out and said, " I use to never believe in angels but now I do. I saw many angels surrounding both vehicles keeping you from colliding into one another.'. So. I wonder, if u saw angels and witness the same thing, would u change your mind?
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So a couple people hallucinate during a traumatic experience and that's proof of something?

Let's not forget about the absurdity of "angels" protecting a car from accident, but not the tens of thousands of others a year. Or those millions of children dying from disease and starvation in the third world. You know, because somehow the problems of middle class white folks in America seem to be worthy of all the "miracles".
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How do u know miracles dont happen in third world countries. There may be miraclss all the time we dont hear about. And death isnt evil or bad. We r all going to die. Sometimes there is a reason why one lives and one dies. God has a purpose for everyone. So...i guess...u answered,my question...if u saw angels...youd disregard them. Just curious.
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Ah, apologetics. No good answer- resort to "god works in mysterious ways" or "god has a plan".
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Its ok to agree to disagree on this.
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There is also an old saying that it is better to ask forgiveness than permission. Meaning sometimes it’s better to do something you know in your heart has to be done, than to ask some one’s permission in some cases that can be a bad thing. Many people ask the question “can’t Satan read the bible?” Of course, he can; however, he is so self- deceived that he does not believe the Bible. Despite Calvary, Satan still believes that he is going to take the day. In fact, his greatest thrust is just ahead. He will empower the Antichrist as he has empowered no other man in history. When Satan revolted against God he took 1/3 of the angels with him. Like-wise many on Earth are deceived and follow him to perdition as well.Hell was never meant for man but only Satan and his cohorts. Isaiah 5:14

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Because I have no reason to. And telling me that I might as well just because isn't a good enough reason. We have to take chances in life. I'm prepared to take mine. Personally, my reason for being an atheist is because I don't believe in an afterlife. This allows me to enjoy my life more because I feel this is the only life I have and my life on this earth is limited. Believing in god doesn't allow me to do this. Like I said, I have no reason to believe in god. That's why I'm an atheist.

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Some people would rather not focus on the 'what-ifs'.
There is just as likely a chance of anything else being the 'right' god. Why put all your eggs in one basket? Praying to the god that you believe in gives you an equal chance of getting into heaven as you praying to a cow, or any other possible thing. So using your logic, we might as well believe in every other god and just make up gods as we go along because one COULD end up being the right one.

Believing in God isn't really much of a conscious decision. People have faith because they were raised with it. A real reason to believe in God, or at least to pretend to, is that it can make life easier, mainly with your family. If you were raised a Buddhist, I can almost guarantee that you would have stayed one. It's something you're thrown into and probably grow to really like, so you stick with it. But I agree that there are definitely benefits to religion- it can bring people together and give them hope.

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There are thousands of gods that existed since the childhood of mankind. All of those gods stands upon the same (if not better) ground as your god. All claimed supremacy; all is supported by inspirations/revelations, all is devised by miracles/prophets/sons/ghosts, all threatened punishment, all promised reward, all banks upon absurd faith. All these gods answered the prayers of its prayers exactly the same way as the father, son and ghosts.

Assuming from your question that you are Christian, you too don't believe in all those gods. The reasons for you to NOT BELIEVE in all those gods, are the same for every other religious people to NOT BELIEVE in your Christian god. Once you understand the reasons why you REJECT all the other gods, you will instantly know why others REJECT your god. At the same time, you too are an unbeliever of all other gods save the Christian god. Hence, the difference between a Christian and an Unbeliever is in the fact that the unbelievers DISBELIEVE ONLY ONE MORE GOD than Christians do; or Christians DISBELIEVE JUST ONE LESS GOD than the unbelievers.

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Why would I choose to live my entire life based on a fable? I would be knowingly lying to myself. I require substantial proof of something before I add it to my belief system. I would ask you why you would believe in something that not one soul on this earth has ever seen, touched or smelled.

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That's a fallacy called Pascal's wager. If you really carried that out, you'd have to force yourself to believe in every god ever worshipped, just to be safe.

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And all the gods you can think of!
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Now, what your saying is wrong. God does not want us to just trust in him only because he might bring us to heaven. No, he wants us to love him because he loved us first.

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Speaking for myself, anything; I mean anything, supernatural is rejected as worthy of consideration, unless there's a way to come up with evidence. Until then everything supernatural in concept is easily explained and understood as a product of human nature, human empathy, human third person perspectives, human society, human mythology and ideals, the human mind and the human imagination. Between human ears is the only place in the vast universe that gods can exist.
-If you want to know how I truly feel deep down inside when I contemplate the thought "am I wrong?" about the nonexistence of God, heaven and hell etc.
What do I feel, deep down inside when I wonder if god really does exist.
All I can feel is a chuckle of silliness. Like trying to believe there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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@Angel: Let's say someone held a gun to to a man's head and told him to believe in Zeus or he would die. Could he actually "choose" to believe in Zeus to save his life? He might "say" he believes in Zeus hoping his life would be spared, but he wouldn't believe it in his heart and his mind. That is the problem atheists have with being told to believe "just to be safe". It just doesn't work that way. Either you believe or you don't. It can't be faked--particularly if a God does exist. Such an entity would see right through that ruse.

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CalTex, it mystifies me why the point you make isn't obvious to all.
Could you go to my places lived and visited and just make note of it?
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I agree, Raven. It just seems like such a simple concept. I don't understand why some people wrestle with it so.
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