• Atheists: Is John Lennon's "Imagine" a good atheist song?

    I think "Stuck in the Middle" with jokers to the left of me and clowns to the right is more suiting.
    I think "Stuck in the Middle" with jokers to the left of me and clowns to the right is more suiting.
    19 answers · Rock and Pop · 18 hours ago
  • Atheists: Why aren't there more fights between atheists and pantheists?

    Because it is not delusional God belief that is the problem, it's organized religions that sell nonsense and ignorance as from God. If we had no harmful dogma (religions), God belief in and of itself is not harmful.
    Because it is not delusional God belief that is the problem, it's organized religions that sell nonsense and ignorance as from God. If we had no harmful dogma (religions), God belief in and of itself is not harmful.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 18 hours ago
  • Does the devil use athiesm to get people away from God and Christ?

    I think common sense and good reasoning skills are often what produce ex-theists. The problem is that they go through a period of irrationality that blocks common sense and good reasoning. It is usually when the person sort of notices the unresolved problems of their religion and actually cares enough to investigate for "real" solutions,... show more
    I think common sense and good reasoning skills are often what produce ex-theists. The problem is that they go through a period of irrationality that blocks common sense and good reasoning. It is usually when the person sort of notices the unresolved problems of their religion and actually cares enough to investigate for "real" solutions, that the cracks begin to show. There have been people who wanted to become stronger in their faith by actually reading their holy books that walked away in disappointment. The thing about irrationality, is there are all kinds of breadcrumbs to lead you back to rationality if you actually care to follow them. Most theists attempt to look the other way when they see the breadcrumbs to avoid being lead away from their irrational delusion.
    36 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 18 hours ago
  • Atheists: Is your atheism based on logic and reason or rebellion against religious abuse?

    Best answer: It's based on "good" reasoning and a huge knowledge base where the concept of God becomes that of a square circle where I can actually know why both are impossible. Usually when people are upset with a religion, they change/convert to another religion that they feel is a closer fit to what they perceive a real God might be... show more
    Best answer: It's based on "good" reasoning and a huge knowledge base where the concept of God becomes that of a square circle where I can actually know why both are impossible. Usually when people are upset with a religion, they change/convert to another religion that they feel is a closer fit to what they perceive a real God might be like. It's like buying a lemon of a car, you don't swear off of cars, you recognize certain makes and models as lemons or you realize you did not do you due diligence in checking out a problematic good car. Theists will be theists regardless of getting upset at a religion or denomination of a religion. My atheism is based on having a "natural" uncaused cause, which is energy itself, since it cannot be created, nor destroyed. Energy can only convert into other forms of energy, with no extra or no diminished return from the conversion. The other thing is the natural order of all existence, which is always from simple to complex over time. There is not one thing that naturally forms or is intelligently created by us humans that does not go through a series of simple steps over time to form/create the finished or more complex product. There is a reason that nature stops at our "natural" resources and will never form an automobile. We contrast our intelligence to nature which is void of intelligence. This contradiction to the natural order absolutely places the concept of God into the square circle category and is not possible. Combine this with the human ignorance found in all holy books and the irrational reasoning of theists, and it becomes clear why a case will never be made for Gods/Goddesses, the concept is magical because it cannot naturally occur.
    26 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 19 hours ago
  • Atheists: Why do you disbelieve in that which cannot be proven or disproven?

    Simply put, you are under the false assumption that evidence is a two way street when it comes to existence. Evidence is purely a one way street because only existence can leave evidence to share. So there is either evidence for existence or there is not. When dealing with possibilities, there is still an obligation to demonstrate or reason a... show more
    Simply put, you are under the false assumption that evidence is a two way street when it comes to existence. Evidence is purely a one way street because only existence can leave evidence to share. So there is either evidence for existence or there is not. When dealing with possibilities, there is still an obligation to demonstrate or reason a "real" possibility to declare it "potentially" undiscovered. For example, life on this planet makes it clear that life is in fact possible in this universe, so we can be "rationally" agnostic of other life because it has been demonstrated to be in the realm of "real" possibilities. Imagine doing this with magical fairies. Also your assumption is that Gods cannot be disproven and this is false. Gods can be disproven in a similar fashion as square circles can be disproven. You only need an impossible contradiction to "know" they cannot exist. With the concept of Gods, you could write a book on impossible contradictions to know exactly why Gods are purely man made. Putting that aside, the reasonable, rational default position has to always be nonexistence until such time as evidence or reasoning can determine a "real" possibility to be agnostic about existence and much more evidence to support actual existence. There is no reliance on science here other than having an understanding of nature, anything is open to using, including human psychology and an understanding of what irrationality and poor reasoning looks like. Without these reasonable rules, than in your world, anything and everything is possible if you can "imagine" it. That is the sole purpose for the rules, to prevent irrationality where if you are going to "claim" existence, or "potential" existence, you have a burden to show your work on how "you" determined this real possibility or actual existence. Your failure to understand the pitfalls of human psychology and that your "thoughts" produce "real feelings" even if the thoughts are of an imagined concept. That is why we love fiction, it produces real feelings that captivate us. God believers never make that connection and use their very "real" feelings to assert the thing they are thinking of (God) is real. There are rules of nature that cannot be violated, which is why an understanding of certain scientific fields allows you to "know" what these rules are and why they are. It the reason that anyone who understands the definition of a square and a definition of a circle can "know" why a square circle is impossible. If you lack knowledge of squares and circles, you would not know why square circles are impossible. God believers often lack knowledge and often distort real science to fit their delusion. There is other knowledge besides knowledge of science and all knowledge is valid as long as you can demonstrate the "claimed" knowledge is actual knowledge and not just opinion stated as knowledge.
    39 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 20 hours ago
  • Is the universe like an egg, and we are the baby chicks inside and we must break out shells in order to not die without ever being born?

    Actually the universe is shaped like a beam of light leaving a flashlight. The face of the flashlight is the Big Bang moment and the beam of light is direction that the universe if expanding in.
    Actually the universe is shaped like a beam of light leaving a flashlight. The face of the flashlight is the Big Bang moment and the beam of light is direction that the universe if expanding in.
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 20 hours ago
  • Is religion all a lie?

    Not "all" a lie. Religions are based on some truths and offer some wisdom. The parts that are untrue are not necessarily lies, but rather superstitious people assigning magical answers to otherwise natural events. The main reason I wouldn't use the word "lie" is because we typically think of lies as an intent to deceive,... show more
    Not "all" a lie. Religions are based on some truths and offer some wisdom. The parts that are untrue are not necessarily lies, but rather superstitious people assigning magical answers to otherwise natural events. The main reason I wouldn't use the word "lie" is because we typically think of lies as an intent to deceive, where a good lie is meant to look like it is true but using many truths to cover the purposeful deceit. While we have seen purposeful deceit with many religious leaders, that is not to say the founders of religions were purposefully deceitful, it is likely that they were just ignorant and superstitious and really had no clue they were telling untruths.
    34 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 20 hours ago
  • Do you have to be off mentally to worship the devil?

    No more than worshiping Gods/Goddesses. There is certainly irrationality involved if you want to call that mentally off.
    No more than worshiping Gods/Goddesses. There is certainly irrationality involved if you want to call that mentally off.
    19 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 21 hours ago
  • Can someone explain how the Kalam Cosmological Argument "proves" a god exists?

    It doesn't. For theists, it simply leaves a door available for their God, but for reasonable people there is no door for God. What usually happens is the argument is combined with the assertion that there needs to be a first cause that must be a Creator because theists see everything in terms of being built/created. While the first cause does... show more
    It doesn't. For theists, it simply leaves a door available for their God, but for reasonable people there is no door for God. What usually happens is the argument is combined with the assertion that there needs to be a first cause that must be a Creator because theists see everything in terms of being built/created. While the first cause does make reasonable sense, the Creator/Builder part is what becomes nonsensical if you understand natural formations and the natural order. We don't see the universe forming automobiles, only the natural resources required for an intelligence to build/create an automobile. While we can say the universe began to exist, we cannot say that about the Cosmos (all that is) because energy itself cannot be "created" giving us at least one "natural" uncaused cause without the need to invoke a magical Wizard into the mix. Because energy can only convert into other forms of energy, saying the universe "began" to exist could also be equated to water turning into ice, were the ice "began" to exist, but the water was already there. The Big Bang was nothing more than a huge "natural" energy conversion and in science, time "begins" at the beginning of any system that time can be kept track of. There is no such thing as outside of time, because time is merely a measurement of moments. The problem with time is that there needs to be a reference in order for that measure to become useful. There is time "before" the Big Bang, but we have no reference since the Big Bang is currently our earliest known reference. Finally there is the natural order that theists never consider, which is always from simple to complex over time. If nature forms things, it's simple to complex formations over time. If humans build things or even plan things, it's a series of simple steps over time before the complex project is finished. Energy fits both the uncaused cause and the natural order since everything is one form of energy or another, meaning no matter how simple the existence is, energy is a simple building block that will be found there. While there are plenty of contradictions to the concept of God, this contradiction to the natural order absolutely puts the concept of God to that of a square circle, where we can "know" why both are impossible.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 21 hours ago
  • People can believe whatever they want however, if asked, shouldn't they give a rational justification for their belief that doesn't include?

    Maybe in a perfect world but how often does an irrational person know they are the irrational one? Toss in ignorance and superstitious minds and you simply get irrational people who don't understand what rationality and good reasoning looks like. Christians provide all sorts of evidence and reasoning that they believe support their position but... show more
    Maybe in a perfect world but how often does an irrational person know they are the irrational one? Toss in ignorance and superstitious minds and you simply get irrational people who don't understand what rationality and good reasoning looks like. Christians provide all sorts of evidence and reasoning that they believe support their position but irrational people by definition don't want to listen to better reasoning, they only want poor reasoning that can get them to their desired conclusion. The evidence for this is clear as skeptics continue to explain why Christian reasoning fails on the many points discussed, but they still use the same failed arguments because they are unwilling to understand the better reasoning against them. These are not scientific debates where better reasoning usually wins out because the goal is understanding the truth. These are intellect vs emotion debates where the skeptic thinks reason alone should be enough to show them the error of their ways, but their emotions block such reasoning from sinking in.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 21 hours ago
  • Assume the Bible is true: Why should you or I be punished for what someone else did, thousands of years ago? How is THAT "justice"?

    Christianity is based on "original sin". Understanding that most religions reverse engineer their stories, meaning they notice a natural phenomenon and make up a magical tale to why that is, in the case of original sin, it was our human nature the writer of Genesis was spinning the magical tale about, using Adam and Eve. With this... show more
    Christianity is based on "original sin". Understanding that most religions reverse engineer their stories, meaning they notice a natural phenomenon and make up a magical tale to why that is, in the case of original sin, it was our human nature the writer of Genesis was spinning the magical tale about, using Adam and Eve. With this understanding, it makes sense why sin is inherited because all humans are born with their human nature. The punishment is not about what anybody did in the past but rather that our very nature is corrupt. What this leads to is the question of why an all powerful God would want this corruption around Himself? Because you cannot fix what naturally occurs, the solution is that God has to forgive the corruption, which He chooses to use a sacrificial Son, which violates a rational question of why not skip the bloody sacrifice and simply just forgive. It is hard to believe the Bible could be true because even in pretending it is true, there are too many errors and contradictions to the reality we already know. The mere fact that humans are in this state of chaos contradicts an all powerful and perfect God. In terms of justice, christians see humans as broken toys that a God should not want to play with, but God produced an irrational plan for redemption that if you accept His Son as payment for your brokenness, then God will overlook your imperfections and be your friend.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 21 hours ago
  • Does the Bible contain the accurate account of the world or is it a series of metaphorical stories to teach people how to behave in society?

    The bible is far from accurate and there are certainly metaphorical stories in there, but the gist seems to be how to live a good life with magical explanations about why bad things happen. It is more likely that someone saw a pillar of salt looking like a human, inventing the sodom and gomorrah story, than the story happening as described. Likewise... show more
    The bible is far from accurate and there are certainly metaphorical stories in there, but the gist seems to be how to live a good life with magical explanations about why bad things happen. It is more likely that someone saw a pillar of salt looking like a human, inventing the sodom and gomorrah story, than the story happening as described. Likewise with the Adam and Eve story that attempts a magical explanation about our already observed human nature. It is often entertaining to see theists who don't understand this reverse engineering and see prophetic predictions as magical and from their magical Wizard, rather than the clear evidence that the later writers used the earlier writing to create their stories.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 21 hours ago
  • Can you be an atheist and a Christian at the same time?

    While it sounds like a contradiction, the point of Christianity is to be a student of Christ and most of what Christ taught was about behavior. While your typical christian has selfish motives for following the teachings of Christ if you can call it following, there are people who don't believe in the magic of Gods, but do see Christ as a wise... show more
    While it sounds like a contradiction, the point of Christianity is to be a student of Christ and most of what Christ taught was about behavior. While your typical christian has selfish motives for following the teachings of Christ if you can call it following, there are people who don't believe in the magic of Gods, but do see Christ as a wise teacher, even though nothing Jesus taught was original since those lessons were known long before Christ was even a thought and even found in older religions. There are atheist christians who deny the magic but accept the wisdom of Christ that is very useful in daily living. Even Thomas Jefferson was a fan of Jesus but did not accept the magic and wrote his own Bible with the magic removed to concentrate of the actual teachings of Christ.
    67 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 23 hours ago
  • Why did God make the human body so disgusting?

    It was all of those burnt offerings, it destroyed His ability to smell properly.
    It was all of those burnt offerings, it destroyed His ability to smell properly.
    19 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 24 hours ago
  • I want to become a Christian?

    There doesn't have to be one God and at one time people believed in many Gods and Goddesses. People are lazy and one God is easier to worship than many. The fact that you are already having doubts suggests you will be looking for "good" reasons to accept the claim where curiosity and good reasoning is the fastest way to debunk... show more
    There doesn't have to be one God and at one time people believed in many Gods and Goddesses. People are lazy and one God is easier to worship than many. The fact that you are already having doubts suggests you will be looking for "good" reasons to accept the claim where curiosity and good reasoning is the fastest way to debunk Christianity. Christianity only makes sense at the shallow end of the reasoning pool and is probably the worst religion when attempting to maintain "one" God due to the Trinity that Christians can never agree upon. The fact that a God would need anything, much less a sacrifice, is nonsensical right off the bat. If God is "all powerful" why does He need a "sacrificial Son"? Why would God wait thousands of years before applying the sacrifice? Christianity happened when it did because of the circumstances at that time, some of them political and some in protest to the Jewish Temple that had been corrupted by the Roman Empire. If you look into the history of Christianity or even if you carefully read the New Testament, it becomes clear that there were no eyewitnesses and the stories were generated over decades where Jesus begins as a disgruntled Jew looking to reform a corrupt religion and by the end becomes God Himself. This is one of the reasons Christians argue over the religion because many perspectives are supported depending on which writer you rely on for support. There are many great things about the social club known as Christianity, which is probably the reason you want to become a Christian. The problem is if you are one of those curious people who is going to attempt to make sense by using "good" reasoning. Christianity is like children believing in the magical Santa, it is all wonderful until you ask too many questions. Once you understand why the magical Santa cannot exist, Christmas is just not the same anymore. Likewise with Christianity, as good as the social community is, once you understand why it fails, it's impossible to see it in the same light anymore. I still go to church on occasion with some of my christian friends, but while the audience is wowed by the magic, I am the magician sitting in the audience who understands how the trick is done. I can appreciate the message, but I strip all of the magic off of it to get to the real and usable message.
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • I'm not a Christian but I like answering bible questions. is this herecy?

    No. There are answers that anybody can know about the bible. The only reason Christians may not like non-Christians answering is because if you know the answers why aren't you a Christian? The difference is "tone", where you have a Christian who believes in magic, given off this tone when answering. It would be the difference between... show more
    No. There are answers that anybody can know about the bible. The only reason Christians may not like non-Christians answering is because if you know the answers why aren't you a Christian? The difference is "tone", where you have a Christian who believes in magic, given off this tone when answering. It would be the difference between and child who believes in the magical Santa giving answers to who Santa is and an adult giving the technical answer to who Santa is supposed to be. The answers could be identical, but the tone would be very different.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Do you believe in god?

    I have not found a god to believe in.
    I have not found a god to believe in.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Why is the new testament so boring?

    You should try the Old Testament, that is painfully boring in many areas. There is not much to the New Testament. Three of the four Gospels repeat the same outline, in the same order, mostly due to Matthew and Luke using Mark's outline as their reference. John's writings might be more interesting because I think the guy was high as a kite... show more
    You should try the Old Testament, that is painfully boring in many areas. There is not much to the New Testament. Three of the four Gospels repeat the same outline, in the same order, mostly due to Matthew and Luke using Mark's outline as their reference. John's writings might be more interesting because I think the guy was high as a kite when he wrote most of his writings, especially Revelations that almost did not make the cut for the final Bible.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Did Jesus only love the one apsostle. if so which one was it?

    Ironically Jesus loved Peter. Of course based on the sources the NT writers used to formulate their stories, Jesus never actually existed.
    Ironically Jesus loved Peter. Of course based on the sources the NT writers used to formulate their stories, Jesus never actually existed.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • What is good to read in the bible for unbeleivers?

    Isaiah 7, 8, 52, 53 and Matthew 1 particularly around 1:23 to see where Matthew lies about Isaiah 7:14. This will help the nonbeliever understand the scam of Christianity, where the writers reversed engineered Jesus from the Greek translated OT called the Septuagint. Not only will they remain nonbelievers, but they will have "good" reasons... show more
    Isaiah 7, 8, 52, 53 and Matthew 1 particularly around 1:23 to see where Matthew lies about Isaiah 7:14. This will help the nonbeliever understand the scam of Christianity, where the writers reversed engineered Jesus from the Greek translated OT called the Septuagint. Not only will they remain nonbelievers, but they will have "good" reasons not to believe.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago