Heaven Is NOT For Real

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The Dream

Colton Burpo was four years old when he was wheeled into the operating room for an operation to remove his ruptured appendix. At the time, his parents were worried that he would not survive the surgery, as doctors offered very little hope.

But what happened next is what is mind boggling...mind boggling, because it suggests that we live in a society of deluded citizens.

During his operation, young Colton reported having a Near Death Experience. While having this experience, he reported seeing his grandfather, whom he had never met, and an older sister, who actually died before she was born. So he had never met her in real life. He also said that he sat on Jesus' lap, and that he saw rainbows, while angels sang “Yes Jesus Loves Me”


The Book Deal

Colton's father, Reverend Todd Burpo, is an evangelical minister. He, along with Lynn Vincent, decided to write a book about his young son's experience. The book became a best seller on the USA TODAY's Best Selling Books list.

The big question is: how can something like this happen in the 21st century? Has it occurred to any of these gullible buyers that what this four year old boy described is merely what he was already exposed to, as his father was, in fact, a minister?

It's perfectly normal for a four year old to live in fairy tale land, but the great disturbance is that there are many adults who believe the whimsical story of this toddler. How any adult could identify with the whimsical imagination of a young child is beyond absurd. It has become, painfully, clear that we live in a land composed of grown-up children, parading around as adults, while still believing in primitive, childish, Bronze Age fairy tales.

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These adults seem to actually believe more strongly than the child, hence the stellar sales of this fictitious book that has been, erroneously, labeled as non-fiction. It doesn't matter, at all, that these silly stories in the bible have been, thoroughly, debunked, these believers still flock to the bookstores, thinking that they are getting a glimpse of God, only to be conned by an opportunistic publisher. These deluded believers never stop to think that their Christian beliefs are just one of many other, equally sacred, and equally absurd beliefs. What message is this sending to Muslims and Hindus, and all other faiths? The message seems to be clear that Christianity is, absolutely, the only true religion. And they have this kid's story to prove it. How arrogant!

Willful Ignorance

It is amazing how this nearly dead child could readily see Jesus, yet no one alive has ever seen Jesus, including starving children in Africa, no matter how much they have cried out for him. Also, there is the fact that the bible actually doesn't make any sense, and can be totally dismissed by just a little common sense. Hence, we seem to live in a society where many individuals are thoroughly immersed in the folly of childhood fairy tales, and unable to discern reality. They never want to grow up and face reality, and prefer to pretend to love freedom, while bridling themselves with the chains of superstition, infused into them by a deceptive and vile authority.

And Now The Movie

After already conning the religious into spending millions on a deceptive book, there is now a movie coming out next year. It's hard to imagine that someone could make a movie depicting brazen superstitions, and promote it as a real story, but believers are expected to flock to the theaters just as they did the bookstores...looking to confirm that a fairy tale is reality. Only in a society where the majority of people still believe in Bronze Age superstitions can someone pull a con like this.

And what about this kid? He is older now, eleven or twelve. Will he ever be able to think, critically? What if one day he recognizes, and accepts, through his acquired knowledge of science, that his NDE was simply what it actually was...a hallucination, brought on by a temporary malfunction in the brain? Maybe one day he can inform his parents that they should grow up, and stop believing in silly childish fairy tales.

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Deepes Mind 3 years ago

This is a very well written and concise post. Very logic driven and does drive people to think. Good Job


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@Deepes Mind

Thanks again for visiting. Glad you didn't take offense.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

There was no reason to take offense IMO. You are simply expressing your point of view. I like to think that I can disagree with an opinion without taking offense for you speaking your mind. The only thing I take offense to is people beating me over the head with their beliefs while attacking my personal beliefs.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

The world would be better off if people can just agree to disagree without getting so overly sensitive


Rad Man 3 years ago

I don't believe I've ever seen a believer look at these stories critically. They seem to just agree. I think the doctor and the preacher know that that have an easy mark. Get rich on the gullible, I'd do it if I didn't have principles.

Nice Job, damn I wish I wrote it.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@Rad Man

Yes, it is frightening that we live in a world where most adults believe in stories written by primitive ignorant people. It's sad that they are taken advantage of because of their indoctrination.

Thanks for stopping by.


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jamessjordan 3 years ago

You are so open minded, so tolerant. so willing to allow others to have their own beliefs without being judgmental toward them.....


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lone77star 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

@getitrite, an interesting read. I sense a clear bias, though. You say, "it suggests that we live in a society of deluded citizens." I agree that there's a lot of delusion, but you jump to this conclusion without laying a foundation for your beliefs and assumptions.

Minor correction? "who died before her birth," looks like it should be "who died before his birth." After all Colton is a "he," right?

Thoroughly debunked? Don't you wish. And you seem to wish this very strongly. I'm curious why.

I have studied many religions -- from Christianity, to Yoga and reincarnation, Buddhism, Scientology, Judaism, Kabbalah, Taoism and back to Christianity.

But I have also studied science including, computer science, astronomy, astrophysics, geology, chemistry, physics, archaeology, climatology and others. I've even studied electronic engineering. My major in college was Computer Science and I gained a bachelors degree summa cum laude. So, I'm no stranger to critical thinking. Writing 3D astronomy software requires a fair amount of it.

What troubles me about some atheists and Fundamentalists alike is that they think they "know it all." I guess you could say they share the same madness, but on opposite ends of the spectrum.

Yes, the religious can be so arrogant! I agree with you there. But don't be so dismissive of things you truly do not understand.

I have seen miracles comparable to those of Jesus and Peter walking on water and Moses parting the sea. After several decades, I have finally started to understand how they are possible. That's a damn sight better than the achievement (or lack thereof) of the scientists tasked with the CIA's remote viewing project. When you're studying the behavior of flame as it burns, you don't piss on your own experiment. That's the effect of the potent bias of "doubt," inherent in skepticism. "Restraint" and "humility" are far better paradigms, especially when studying the paranormal, spiritual or religious.

Ridicule seems a popular pastime with those who do not think critically and some of those who think their "critical thinking" is better than that of others. Too many scientists have fallen into the habit of ridicule to stroke their own egos, claiming that fellow scientists are deluded for,

* digging below the Clovis horizon,

* thinking that arsenic-loving microbes could exist,

* dabbling with cold fusion,

* thinking that their FDA-approved drug was dangerous after it killed thousands who had been prescribed it,

* stating that asymmetric damage never leads to symmetrical collapse as in the 3 WTC buildings on 9/11, and

* having the queer idea that free fall collapse could only occur in a sky scraper because of controlled demolition.

Scientists do occasionally commit fraud, and so do the religious. But that doesn't mean that all scientists and religious are bad or deluded.

Belief in religion has nothing to do with IQ or critical thinking faculties. Sir Isaac Newton tried his had a outdoing Archbishop Ussher on creating a biblical timeline. I admit my IQ isn't that great at only 139 (borderline genius, by some standards), but all 3 of my younger brothers have far higher IQ's -- 168, 149, and 200+ (unmeasurable) -- and all 3 believe in God, but have little to do with dogmatic religion. Big difference.

Thanks for a stimulating read.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

Dear lonestar

"died before her birth" is correct, because as I am to understand, she was a miscarriage, therefore she died before "her" birth.

I don't understand why you would accept the bible, or any holy book, as anything other than primitive fiction, concocted by humans much less educated than we are. Doesn't possessing a higher IQ compel you to use your critical thinking...and doesn't that critical thinking compel you to conclude what the most reasonable answer is? How can your scientific mind lead you to believe that blind faith is the most logical answer?


Rad Man 3 years ago

Lonestar is correct in that a belief in God has nothing to do with intelligence, but I do believe to have faith one must be gullible. It's worth noting intelligence has nothing or very little to do with one gullibility.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

Rad

I also believe that there is an emotional component as well...such as fear of losing family ties, community ties, and possibly being subjected to outright ostracism...and ridicule. Sometimes this is just too much for even the most adept scholars. They cave.


Rad Man 3 years ago

Let's not forget father issues.


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RealityTalk 3 years ago from Planet Earth

Well written! It never surprises me the only arguments the religiously inclined make in rebuttal to arguments such as yours are laced with illogical statements and no facts. For example, the bible is quoted. Any truthful priest will tell you, however, the bible is a collection of folktales pasted down through the years; it was not written by the hand of god. Many counter arguments start with a laundry list of all the sciences they have educated themselves with proving they remain open to the truth while you fail at doing the same. But, this rhetoric is merely that and is nothing more than "fluff" to boast that person's own ego - another allegation he makes against you of having an inflated one. It never ceases to amaze me at how angry the religious become when faced with facts, truth and reality. The same arguments made by the religious for the truth of god can be made for the truth of the Easter Bunny, and we all can agree there is no Easter Bunny. I can also argue that I am god, prove me wrong. Following the religious argument they can no more prove I am not god than they can prove there is a god.


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liftandsoar 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks, lone77star, for a gracious and informative response to this diatribe typical of those who have decided up front that there can be nothing miraculous and supernatural. So, of course, anyone who believes in God and heaven is labeled irrational, childish, deluded and much worse.

What Colton saw is consistent with Scripture, but it proves nothing. The Christian faith does not rest on any one person's experience but on the historicity of Christ and, in particular, of his resurrection - a fact sufficiently documented to render it a reasonable conviction, in the light of which all other Scripture falls into place.

Note that I said "reasonable" not "certain". This, not because I doubt the resurrection of Christ but because I distrust any human's (including my own) ability to process any data with absolute certainty.

So, getitrite, you write a stimulating hub, but it would be much more persuasive if it weren't so full of invective.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@liftandsoar

There is no historical proof of any resurrection, so you have no substance to your argument. The fact that you believe something just because you want it to be "sufficiently documented" is nothing more than wishful thinking, prefaced by blind faith. It doesn't seem to matter to you that the only book to document this nonsense is the Bible. The fact that NO OTHER historical documents even suggest such a whimsical and stupefying event shows that there is not sufficient evidence to make a reasonable conclusion...not in the least.

Santa Claus was also sufficiently documented. Do you render it a reasonable to conviction to believe in Santa?


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liftandsoar 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

Santa Claus never claimed to be an historical figure.

Now just forget that a vast portion of humanity down through the centuries has regarded the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Just regard it as any other found writings from antiquity. Remember that it's not one writing but at least 66, perhaps more depending on how you count them. A serious scholar will have to account for the report found of Jesus' resurrection. Fact is that there are scores of scholarly works documenting the resurrection of Jesus. I suggest Morrison's Who Moved the Stone? He set out to debunk the resurrection of Jesus. Wound up believing it completely.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

I don't care about the popularity of an idea, but rather the veracity of it. In "The Emperor's New Clothes" the popular view was that the Emperor was wearing clothes...but the TRUTH was that he wasn't. It takes nothing to be a blind follower, but it takes a real dedication to honesty to defy convention in search of the truth. Only one child, in the story, had that conviction. Why don't you?

The fact that you are a grown up, living in the 21st century, trying to convince a REASONABLE PERSON, that a man rose from death is frightening! You have nothing but blind obedience to authority, or you would see just how utterly absurd this mindset is. You have no regard for the progresses of science, nor any respect for logic, common sense, or the laws of nature.


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liftandsoar 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

Well, getitrite, we inhabit different world and life views. Indeed, "The Emperor's New Clothes" packs an important lesson, but if you think it applies to the millions who follow Christ, you are woefully misguided.

Given your presuppositions, I don't expect to convince you of my position but neither will I ridecule or belittle you. You see the Christian faith alone offers a reasonable framework for respecting those who disagree with us. Albeit in this regard, many Christians, no doubt, have behaved contrary to their faith. Vituperative attacks only betray the shallowness of a person's position.

One thing is certain. We both will die and then we'll know.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@liftandsoar

Where is your evidence that your deity's existence is not identical to imaginary clothing? Why is it only the fearful who have the propensity to follow religions, no matter how crazy most religions sounds? Is this not identical to the fearful who declared that the emperor was wearing fine clothing...which is beyond the parameters of sanity? HE WAS NAKED! Resurrection is beyond the parameters of sanity.

Don't think I don't understand the Christian faith. I came from a very religious background, even having a minister for a father. So I was "SAVED" at the age of ten, went to church regularly, and prayed daily. As a preacher's kid, I got to see it from the inside. This is all a pie in the sky scheme, designed to scare the weak and ignorant, so that they can be made more malleable for control. Since I detect that you seem to have an advanced degree, I am perplexed that you haven't, at least, questioned some of the assertions of the faith that sounds completely insane. Maybe you have...

I apologize for the tone of my preceding posts. My aim is to put the beliefs into context...thereby revealing the fallacies in them.

You state that "One thing is certain. We both will die and then we'll know" Actually, logically, the dead know nothing.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

You make good points, but not all churches use the "scare tactics" to get people to become saved. I will agree that there is a super high percentage, which makes it easy to make a generalized and all inclusive statement, but there are some that are different. (But since you look at it all as rubbish, I won't bore either of us trying to further classify this statement other than to say I've been to churches that don't use the scare tactic fire and brimstone teaching)


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liftandsoar 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

While there are many reasons to believe in God, his existance cannot be proved by the use of evidence. For one thing, evidence is subject to manipulation by scientists who suffer the same human frailties as the rest of us.

As for the resurrection of Jesus these facts garnered from the scriptures viewed merely as ancient docs are sufficient to render it a reasonable conclusion.

1. After he rose He was seen by and ate with those who knew him best.

2. The Jews and Romans had every reason to demonstrate that he was truly dead. All they needed to do was produce the body. They didn't.

3. A timid band of followers was transformed into fearless witnesses who would rather die than deny that Jesus had risen.

4. There was absolutely no temporal gain for those who followed Jesus in the first century, yet they remained faithful.

The docs that report this were written within 75 years of Jesus' death and resurrection, a very short time as ancient docs go. Yes, I'm quite familiar with liberal "scholarship" which posits communities putting their oral traditions into writing centuries after Jesus. These theories have been debunked quite thoroughly by serious scholarship.

Sorry for your bad experience with Christianity as a child. Helps me understand your attitude. I don't defend the excesses and failures of those who follow Christ.

As for your take on our own resurrection? Convenient indeed.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@liftandsoar

How do believers expect to be taken seriously when they admit, themselves, that there is no evidence to support the core of their claims? Do they even understand the concept of honesty, or is it that terms like honesty, integrity, and credibility have no meaning in blind faith? How can one spout off assertion after assertion, then admit that there is no evidence to corroborate anything they have asserted...but then go on debating as if they are being reasonable?

BTW, please don't apologize to me for my "bad experience"

Fortunately that experience was what caused me to start on the path to healing from the despotic indoctrination that others, like yourself, are too programmed to overcome. What a shame.


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liftandsoar 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

Let's just agree that we come at life from opposite world and life views.

Life would be impossible to live if one insists on evidence before he commits to anything. What real evidence do you have that the truck coming toward you will stay on his side of the road? What evidence do you have that your dentist won't drill through your teeth into your brain? What evidence do you have that cereal you purchased today isn't laced with arsenic.

Yet we continue to drive, go to the dentist and buy cereal believing it reasonable to do so. That's the sense in which Christians affirm that it is reasonable to believe that there is a God.

I expect this will be my last post on his chain.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

Actually, liftandsoar, The two are totally different. there is a difference between logic and reason and belief. Logic would dictate that the dentist knows what he/she is doing and would not want to ger hit with a malpractice suit. logic would state that the truck driver (unless he was drunk) would not want to be sued or even to kill anyone with reckless driving. Reason and logic would state that all cereal would be tested and deemed safe before it is shipped out. ..

belief in something does not often require logical thinking. That's why it's called a belief.

Now the disconnect between logic and belief is one that I will attempt to explore in a hub that I am working on


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@Deepes Mind

Sometimes people are smug in the notion that they have made an accurate analogy, but fail to see the glaring fallacies. I think you have pointed out some of these fallacies here...

And on the issue of fear tactics, I am sure there are churches that don't preach these tactic...didn't mean to generalize. My faith was Pentecostal, and that reference from my childhood was from that Pentecostal experience.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

What type of Pentecostal if I may ask? I've had two or three different types of pentecostal church experiences..

I Had to play Atheist advocate for you with pointing out the fallacies... LOl. But realistically, There are some believers out here that can use some logic.. The primary irrational and illogical thought that we share is the belief in God, Which in itself is a theory that we cannot truly test until we pass from this earth (unless the "silly book of myth and fairy tale" is right and he shows up before then)..

But this is leading in a direction that I am not going to touch on right now. Thinking about writing a hub on logic versus belief.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

As for as I can remember, we were from a sect of Pentecostal called "Jesus Only"

a very rigidly brainwashed sect.

http://www.gotquestions.org/oneness-Jesus-only.htm...


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

I've heard it.. Totally and thoroughly brainwashed.. As are many Organized religions.


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SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

As a Christian I have to ask how many gualible people buy books made up by story tellers like "Revelations of hell" by Mary K Baxter and "23 min's in hell" by Bill Weiss? They actually believe that we have dungeons deep under the earths surface with giant lizards, snakes and spiders. Nuts!


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A.Villarasa 3 years ago from Palm Springs

Now that humans have firmly established their current niche in the natural order, it seems that some of its members have lost their ability to use intuition and instinct to perceive, conceive, and receive what are NOT naturally susceptible to elucidation and interpretation by their 5 physical senses.

When and if this comes to pass and becomes the order of the day, human devaluation and degradation would be complete.

It is indeed stunning to realize, that atheism and secularism are now marching across the societal landscape holding arm and lock with objectivism, reductionism to spread their abhorrent brand of nihilism.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@Villarasa

I fail to see how your statement has any relevancy to the topic of this hub. Are you one of those adults who believes stories that are made up by 4 year old children?


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A.Villarasa 3 years ago from Palm Springs

@getitrite:

And therein lies the rub....you are so enamored of anything and everything physical and material, that you have allowed your natural instinct and intuition to atrophy... to the point of rupturing the connection of your physical nature from the spiritual realm.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@Villarasa

I would have to totally disagree with that assessment. My natural instinct and intuition are well intact. And, as far as my physical nature being connected to a spiritual realm....well that seems to be something that someone just made up. If you have some evidence of this spirit realm please don't hesitate to share this amazing break through with me.


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A.Villarasa 3 years ago from Palm Springs

@getitrite:

Sorry, but you have to unravel the mysteries of the spiritual realm yourself, but you have to let go of your overpowering EGO first. It is you EGO that is hindering your natural instinct and intuition (or whatevere is left of it after close to dying in the vine of egotism) to come to grips with the concept that humans are first and foremost spiritual beings, before they were allowed to inhabit a physical form or body.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@Villarasa

I have not seen any evidence to support any of the claims that you have made. The evidence seems to suggest that upon death all consciousness ceases. I am only going with what the evidence support. There is absolutely nothing to corroborate your claims about an ego being involved...nothing.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

@villarasa

How is it possible for a human to be a spirit before they are given the genetic code that comes as a result of a sperm and egg joining?


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A.Villarasa 3 years ago from Palm Springs

@ Getitrite and Deepes Mind:

The consciousness that is mediated by the brain ceases upon death. The consciousness mediated by your soul continues to exist, either in the spiritual realm or is again allowed to inhabit another potential human being upon conception (fertilization).... the concept of re-incarnation.

Now the two of you may not believe in the existence of souls, but I do... a belief that is an act of faith untethered by the need for empiric evidence that you are so shackled with.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

@Villarasa

I am a believer. I was just asking your perspective on souls. So you actually believe in reincarnation as well?


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A.Villarasa 3 years ago from Palm Springs

@Deepes Mind:

Yes I believe in re-incarnation... I look at it as God's way of re-cycling the energy that emanated from His own energy, in this case Energy is synonymous with Soul.


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A.Villarasa 3 years ago from Palm Springs

@Getitrite:

I re-read your Hub and to my complete un-surprise, it just re-inforced my initial impression of it as the most un-original, un-imaginative, incoherent/inchoate ranting ever against the belief system of close to 1.5 billion people. No wonder Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are flinching in disappointment and shame.


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getitrite 3 years ago Author

@Villarasa

To this point all of my responses to you have been respectful. However, you have finally let your emotions get to you and you launch into an unprovoked personal attack. What is it about these silly beliefs that causes people, like you, to become so incensed? You seem like a person with well above average intelligent, but you seem to suspend all of your intellect when dealing with your primitive beliefs.

You have provided no real rebuttal to the premise of my story. The only thing you have submitted is just your whimsical opinion, based upon nothing but silly indoctrinated and childish conjecture. You talk of your imagined reality as if it is a fact. Yet when pressed, you have NOTHING AT ALL to corroborate. Just like the adults I spoke of in the article, this is clearly disturbing. It is fine if a four year old discerns the world in such a whimsical and foolish manner, but when adults do this, it is a cause to have great concern. Do you understand the definition of accountability? Do you understand that, as an adult, you are accountable for proving the veracity of the statements you make? My article is perfectly on the mark, and is extremely well written. You should be ashamed of yourself for launching into that silly rant, and misrepresenting my well thought out article. What a rude and angry Christian!

BTW, even if 1.5 billion people believe in such nonsense, that is still no reason for me to believe in or respect their silly beliefs. Apparently some people can't see beyond the perception of a fearful sheep.


Deepes Mind 3 years ago

@Villarasa

So how do you think reincarnation works? when we die, does God take our soul, hit the reset button, then plug us into another body? and does this apply only to those who went to heaven since people condemned to hell are to spend eternity there? Which leads to another question, If it's only the heavenly people who in this case are the righteous, then why would God send them back to only become someone potentially evil? There are a million other questions your point raises


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LoisRyan13903 3 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

Reading this with an open mind since I am a Christian. It is well-written. I have not read this book yet but I can see this point because the parents may have changed it. Still it won't convince me that Heaven is not real. Personally I don't know why I have this faith, I have had it all my life even before I started going to church. Even if I am wrong, having this faith may have saved my life more than once.


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Joseph O Polanco 23 months ago

“Essentially, I realized that to stay an atheist, I would have to believe that nothing produces everything; non-life produces life; randomness produces fine-tuning; chaos produces information; unconsciousness produces consciousness; and non-reason produces reason. Those leaps of faith were simply too big for me to take, especially in light of the affirmative case for God's existence … In other words, in my assessment the Christian worldview accounted for the totality of the evidence much better than the atheistic worldview.” - Lee Strobel


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getitrite 23 months ago Author

Joseph, just what are you attempting to convey by quoting the narrow opinion of Lee Strobel? Do you have your own thoughts on the subject, or do you feel it is best to have others think for you? Have YOU really thought about the concept...in depth? Strobel simply concludes that since there are things that he does not understand...this is proof of the existence of God. His statement is also a woeful misrepresentation of Atheism. That kind of thinking is extremely flawed, and answers absolutely nothing.


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Joseph O Polanco 23 months ago

The massive leaps of logic I would have to make to accept philosophical Atheism; it takes more faith to believe in God's nonexistence than it does to accept His necessary existence.


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A Thousand Words 19 months ago

Getitrite, while there are many opinions that you have that I tend to agree with, I would like to share my view. I believe that there is a reason and even a use for superstitious belief. Superstition is quite illogical in nature, as we know. But it seems that humans have an uncanny ability to lie to and delude themselves. Why? I believe it's an evolved mechanism. Think about the ever-pervasiveness of a comforting lie. They have the power to noticeably reduce stress and they can create peaceful and positive thinking which are all actual pretty important to our survival. That's not to say that you can't be happy and healthy without holding to superstition, but can we know if that's really possible? I know from personal experience that I am not as care free and annoyingly happy as I was when I was a believer, and I think it's because of my very inability to lean towards the illogical. And I have a hard time being positive and always tend toward being realistic. I am content, but I am not "happy." Which would you say feeds the proverbial "soul" better? Truth or superstition? Thinking "positively" or superstitiously (in whatever form) might actually be healthy, though it is hard for those of us ruled by logic.

I suppose really my point is that while America's superstition mostly exists within Christendom, it is not exclusive to American society. There is a human tendency towards superstition in various forms. A person might believe that he/she was meant to get that close parking spot or that her/his team only wins if everyone is sitting just so in the living room, or the athletes favorite sock he wears every game is why his team is undefeated, or there those that believe rubbing Buddha's belly will bring them luck, etc, etc. You find superstition everywhere and I believe it has it's usefulness. It's just unfortunate how it is implemented when it becomes the root of malicious actions, laws, etc. But every good thing has its cons. As it's obvious that this tendency is often capitalized on my people in power or who wish to be.

And at the end of the day, logic can only bring us so far. Our intuition as animals (our instincts if you will) might be ruled by something quite different. While logic is important, I dare say we should be careful to always understand that we don't know everything and it is quite possible that there is more to life than meets the eye. But don't get it twisted, I'm not necessarily suggesting you believe in God, as I don't. But a better understanding of the brain might open up a world to you that isn't so crystal clear as our minds perceive it to be (also a survival mechanism). Imagine if our brains didn't interpret data the way they do. (The brain does a lot of filtering/interpreting/filling in the blanks)

It's been a while since I've done this, I feel my thoughts aren't as cohesive as they once were. I simply mean the best things in life seem to not be ruled by (conscious) logic and there seems to be an element of happiness associated with this fact.


Stargrrl 19 months ago

How do you know for a fact that the kid is wrong? Were you there with him? How would you know? How would you know if starving children in Africa have actually cried out to Jesus? Have they told you? It seems there is a lot of fact-claiming here. Where is YOUR evidence the kid is wrong? And why does your profile state that you have written 11 hubs, yet I only see 3? Did you delete the others, or are they unfeatured?


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getitrite 19 months ago Author

Thousand Words, Yes, I do understand that we all have differing levels of superstition, and it does seem to be in our DNA. I once read some articles on this subject. The article pointed to how humans have always observed patterns, and if there appears to be a pattern, then we think that two totally nonrelated events are somehow connected. A friend of mine once told me that he needs me to watch the Super bowl with him, because he says that every time that I have, in the past...his team won. I wasn't even aware of that pattern.

Then there was this experience that I had: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Negative-S...

I think it is possible to be happy without being superstitious. I think that its ok to be whimsical at times, as long as in the end, we know that there is no evidence to support our unfounded superstitious beliefs.

Maybe humans aren't ready to go full logic yet. They my never be...or one day in the distant future, humans may evolve to the point of where superstition is no longer pertinent to relieving the stresses of life.

In my experience, I was no more happier as a believer or an atheist. But I can see how, while trying to recover form the trauma of indoctrination...dismissing a comforting fable in lieu of an inconvenient truth....people can go through a phase of depression.


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getitrite 19 months ago Author

Stargrrl, I am amazed at the amount of scrutiny that you apply to anything other than your religious beliefs. When it comes to your beliefs, you seem to require nothing accept that a book told you--that the book is the word of God...and you have absolutely no problem believing it. Do you hold your bible to the same ridiculous level, when it states that a man resurrected himself and others?

Unlike you, I am ok with admitting that I don't know. But based on reality, it is way more likely that this kids story is not at all factual. Since Jesus and God were just characters written into an ancient story, the likelihood of this being true is right at zero, unless YOU have some new evidence. You can post that evidence right here...then I will know that I am wrong.

And on the issue of my hubs, I fail to see what the status of my hubs have to do with anything we are talking about here.

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