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Mr.Playstation said:

So what I want to know from you guys and especially those people here who are Atheists is why you guys are Atheists. Is it because other religions aren't precise enough when it comes to what they're saying? Is it because you outright believe other religions are wrong?.....and so on.

 

Disclaimer: Any people here who follow another religion will not be allowed to quote any other users who are stating why they are Atheists and telling them they are wrong. This is only here so that I and other people can learn more about Atheism and why people who are Atheists choose this "path" instead of  "paths" offered by other religions.

God lies within the mystery of existence.  God does not necessarily exist with a religion, God exist no matter what.  There is no good, no bad, just the power of a God that has created what we perceive to be the universe. 

Labels like Christianity, or Buddism or even Atheism mean nothing as there is a version of a God, the meaning, the definition of the word.  God, is like Wind, that it may not be seen, but there is evidence of it's existence as grass and leaves sway.  There is no tangible evidence that God exist, but as with the Wind blowing in the breeze, there is God changing and shifting the universe as only God can.  God exists within the mystery of existence.  Mic drop!



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The same reason I don't believe in Santa Claus, the easter bunny and the tooth fairy. I grew up.



Hiku said:

The main criticism is aimed towards people who blindly following things that definitely have a profound impact on their way of life.
The things you mentioned don't. Unless you want them to, as you said. In life, we are used to analyzing and questioning many things that affect our lives in a major way before making a decision. Whether it's a new career path or moving to another country, etc.
Of course there are those who are curious about the meaning and nature behind various things. I'm sure we're all interested in that at times.
But the incentive to find out about these things is much much stronger when it's something that's definitely going to affect the way we live.


"I'm sure we're all interested in that at times.

But the incentive to find out about these things is much much stronger when it's something that's definitely going to affect the way we live."

 

well as i said it depends on how willing you are to embrace the fact that these things do in fact significantly impact our lives

most people are not willing because again as i said most people like to be told what to think the difference between atheists and theists is simply which authority figures they follow

to not consider that perhaps the people who gave us something as fundamental as the names we call the days of the week may have a deeper level of influence on society is not rational imo but that's just my opinion



fps_d0minat0r said:
o_O.Q said:

its funny how many people consider themselves atheists and then go on to for example drive around saturns and mazdas or exchange rings with their spouses when they marry all without realising the symbolism involved in these activities

 

then many of the same people turn around and call theists ignorant because of their blind following

Its not that they havent 'realised' the symbolism, its just that they've changed the symbolism to suit them.

Thats the difference between a religous person and a non-religious person. One is comfortable with changing man made constructs, the other is not.

lol you believe that they've changed? what has changed?



I don't need, nor want a religion to dictate my moral guidelines. I'd rather live life according to my own set of values and morals, and what is practical instead of adhering to a set of rules decided by rulers or regular people hundreds-thousands of years ago: most of which have become largely irrelevant today. As far as the existence of a God goes, there's no reason to believe in something that has zero evidence to support it.



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FragilE^ said:

I would really like some numbers on these "irrational blindly following atheists". Seems like a rather interesting read!

 

Something that we actually have numbers on though, is that atheists in general know far more about religion than actualy religious people. That kinda seems to indicate, that atheists actually DO question stuff and don't just blindly follow everything. I know, what a crazy thought, right? But it might just be perfectly reasonable and true as well.


no atheists analyse and criticise what they are told to analyse and criticise which is obvious from the fact that they define themselves by their opposition to theism

and after they do it inflates their ego which is the very reason they were lead to do it in the first place so that an era of arrogant people ignorant of other issues could be created



o_O.Q said:

no atheists analyse and criticise what they are told to analyse and criticise which is obvious from the fact that they define themselves by their opposition to theism

and after they do it inflates their ego which is the very reason they were lead to do it in the first place so that an era of arrogant people ignorant of other issues could be created

I find this post extremely confusing... Not only is this purely conjecture, but you haven't exactly showed evidence of what you have claimed.



Aura7541 said:
o_O.Q said:

no atheists analyse and criticise what they are told to analyse and criticise which is obvious from the fact that they define themselves by their opposition to theism

and after they do it inflates their ego which is the very reason they were lead to do it in the first place so that an era of arrogant people ignorant of other issues could be created

I find this post extremely confusing... Not only is this purely conjecture, but you haven't exactly showed evidence of what you have claimed.


i gave examples in my first post in this thread



o_O.Q said:
FragilE^ said:

I would really like some numbers on these "irrational blindly following atheists". Seems like a rather interesting read!

 

Something that we actually have numbers on though, is that atheists in general know far more about religion than actualy religious people. That kinda seems to indicate, that atheists actually DO question stuff and don't just blindly follow everything. I know, what a crazy thought, right? But it might just be perfectly reasonable and true as well.


no atheists analyse and criticise what they are told to analyse and criticise which is obvious from the fact that they define themselves by their opposition to theism

and after they do it inflates their ego which is the very reason they were lead to do it in the first place so that an era of arrogant people ignorant of other issues could be created

I have to confess, I'm confused too.  Who exactly is telling them to analyse and criticise?  The higher power that the don't subscribe too?

Atheists don't necessarily define themselves as atheists.......that's just what the word means. It's not some corrolary to teenage rebellion, not believing in God just to spite everyone who does.  I don't start conversations with, hi I'm Rob the atheist, but if asked I will state I don't believe in God.  That makes me an atheist because the word was created to define people like me but I'm not walking around with a flag, a t-shirt and passport emblazoned with the word.

Finally, if you want to have a constructive discussion, I'd advise leaving that kind of nonsense out of your post.  Even if that has been your personal experience, thus far most have been respectful in this thread, I haven't seen these egotistical, arrogant people of which you speak.



o_O.Q said:
Aura7541 said:

I find this post extremely confusing... Not only is this purely conjecture, but you haven't exactly showed evidence of what you have claimed.


i gave examples in my first post in this thread

You only managed to confuse me even more... I don't think they're even examples.