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An Atheist's View On Life Vs. A Christian View

  1. the essayist profile image59
    the essayistposted 23 months ago

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/12105386.jpg

    Read from top to bottom, then bottom to top. 

    I always believed God existed.  I don't recall a time when I didn't believe that.  I know growing up in a religious family motivated this.  I remember many days lying on my back in our living room looking up at the cloth picture on the wall with the words " In God We Trust" printed on it and thinking, just thinking about this God.  Who was He?  Church was never really able to answer that question for me...so I didn't seek God.  Instead, I sought all other kinds of things.

    How anyone can look up into the sky and disbelieve in that some Higher Power exists?  How is it that the sun and moon never ever get confused and appear in the other's place?  Who else but God could have master-minded that?

    About a week ago, I responded to a thread where someone was talking about the the universe creating our solar system.  The universe?  Creating?  Nothing can create without a mind and will to do so.  The universe has no will and no mind. 

    I am posting this thread not to argue and not to really say anything that hasn't been said here before.  I'm posting this thread to say that the little girl who once lay for hours looking up at those "In God We Trust" words printed on a wall hanging has been found by God.  I was never an Atheist, never Agnostic and have been a Christian for nearly 15 years.  We are often misunderstood for wanting to share the message of our hope in Christ and sure we don't always handle the Word of God properly nor our approach to unbelievers, but still we try.

    Do I want you to know the hope I have today in Christ?  Yes, I do!

    If anyone wants to know who Jesus is, why He came and how to enter into a relationship with Him, I'm willing to help all I can.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      "How anyone can look up into the sky and disbelieve in that some Higher Power exists?"

      How can anyone make up myths based on ignorance, and then say they live according to that made up story?

      "How is it that the sun and moon never ever get confused and appear in the other's place?"

      It's called "gravity".

      "Who else but God could have master-minded that?"

      Same answer - "gravity", although there isn't much in the way of "minded" in the correct answer.

      1. mishpat profile image59
        mishpatposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        In all our "conversations," I don't recall ever seeing your take on eternity.  From most of what I say, it appears to me that it is inconsequential, i.e. ppsstt ... your here; ppsstt ... your gone.  I have read that there is a theory (yeah, there is a theory about everything but) that space is limited.  That makes no sense to me.  But what about eternity?  Is it limited?  Do we affect it at all?  Just thoughts.

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          I don't see eternity as limited in the forward direction.  Time began, of course, with the big bang in the opposite direction.  (That may make the term an inappropriate one for what I just said, though.)

          I WILL say, however, that an eternal life is something to be very frightened of, to dread as worse than any Satanic punishment.  It won't matter one iota whether that eternity is sitting at the feet of a God or burning in brimstone; it is something to be avoided if at all possible.

          1. mishpat profile image59
            mishpatposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            What you said just registered so the hockey game is on pause.

            What do you mean "sitting at the fee of God" for eternity?  Were you taught that all we will do in Heaven is sit or kneel in front of God and sing "Holy, holy, holy" for an eternity?  If that were the case, I would have to agree that there might be little difference between Heaven and Hell. 

            However, I don't believe it to be the case.  I expect to wander around Heaven and the new Earth, among other things, enjoying creation as it once was, but with out the fear of sin.  I expect that Heaven and eternity will be everything that Adam gave up and more.

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Yes, that's what I was taught. 

              But it doesn't matter.  Whether sitting at a god's feet or wandering the entire universe with a trillion trillion planets for a playground, in just a relative blink of an eye every possible experience will have been yours a million times over.  And you will STILL have an eternity to exist - a fate far, far worse than any death could ever be.

              No, give me a clean death anytime rather than an eternity of boredom quickly culminating in madness.  The human mind, whether corporeal or spirit, is not equipped to handle unending time without change.

              1. Cat333 profile image81
                Cat333posted 23 months ago in reply to this

                You are right that the earthly human mind is not equipped to handle unending time without change. Our natural human minds are subject to quick boredom, along with a host of other negative emotions. Though there is much of worth in our human minds/bodies and in this present earth, it is fallen and full of woes as well.

                When Jesus Christ returns for us, we will be raised up as spiritual beings with new bodies, as Jesus Christ was before us. Currently, as temporal beings, we were designed for a temporary situation here on earth. I trust that our eternal beings will be created suitably for an eternal existence, as our Creator God is more aware of our needs than even we are. God is a brilliant Creator and He may continue to create new things throughout eternity.

              2. mishpat profile image59
                mishpatposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Let's both assume for a moment that God does exist.  Consider the ability you have to grasp what is here and now in your corporeal mind and, without meaning to "pump you up", your grasp of so many things on other pages amazes me.

                Anyway, consider, if you were given the mental capacity to deal with this world, would it seem likely that the same would be true for the next?  I think so.

                1. wilderness profile image96
                  wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  You're making an awful lot of assumptions:
                  There is a god
                  That god loves us and wants us for companionship, not for food or other unknown purpose.
                  That god is omnipotent
                  That god is omniscient
                  That god does not lie
                  That god is not mad
                  It is possible, in the god's "universe", to make an entity that can survive eternal life mentally

                  Too many assumptions to be likely at all that a god that made us ALSO made us mentally capable of surviving an eternity.  It is one of the unsolved problems of religion; once one begins digging into the underlying concept it requires ever more assumptions.  Assumptions without even a shred of evidence or reason to believe they even might be true.

                  1. mishpat profile image59
                    mishpatposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    I'm really not using any assumptions with the exception that we both move to the same page for a moment and "assume" God does exist.  Let's set His attributes aside for a moment and consider my question.  If God gave us the mental capacity to deal with life as we know it here, wouldn't it seem He would do the same with the "new life" in His Eternal kingdom?

        2. jonnycomelately profile image85
          jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Mishpat, "Eternity," meaning "without beginning or end."

          If you think of eternity as being that bit of existence tacked onto the end of your life, as something you have to wait for, then it cannot be "eternity,"   because what you are waiting for has, at least, a beginning. 

          Eternity = Infinity = no beginning, no end.   The only experience of Eternity is right here and now.  The instant now.  If you tried to measure it, you would fine it so small, it's immeasurable.  "Infinitely small."

          Think of a circle, any sized circle you wish.  Can you "measure" the center?   No you can't.  You can use geometric calculation to indicate where the center is located, and you can mark a pin-prick point in that location, but then you can measure the size of the pin-prick.   And the pin-prick has a location also that you can point to as its center.  And so on, and so on.  Each time you mark the center you find it gets smaller and smaller.  Thus the actual center is "infinitely" small, meaning it cannot be measured.

          The center of yours and my life, our existence,  is just like that.   We are, individually, a manifestation of the Infinite, the Eternal.  The manifestation is momentary, we only last a maximum of 110 years, most of us not even that.  But our manifestation, our life, is finite., it has a beginning and an end.

          So, what does this mean?  It means you are already in touch with Eternity.  It is right here and now.  You don't have to go anywhere, you don't have to wait for even one second before meeting it.  This very moment, so small in terms of our sense of time that it's immeasurable.

          Just say, "I AM."   This was the message of Jesus.

      2. the essayist profile image59
        the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Wilderness, thank you for educating me on gravity, but I never asked "how were the moon and sun held in the sky" nor did I state that I didn't know why.  The point I was making was "how do they know, each one, when to appear and when to fall into the backdrop to greet the other?"  Who but God could make this possible?

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          "How is it that the sun and moon never ever get confused and appear in the other's place?"

          And the answer is still gravity.  Not a god, not a demon, not an ET, not any kind of intelligence.  Gravity is why the sun and moon never get confused and change places.

          Nor, in spite of the poetry, do they ever "fall into the backdrop to greet the other".  The earth turns; the sun and moon do not "greet each other" in any form at all.  They do, after all, remain 93,000,000 miles apart; about the same distance as the earth and sun.  Or do the earth and sun "greet each other" as well?

          1. Cat333 profile image81
            Cat333posted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Everything is exactly as it needs to be for us to exist here on earth. Not off just a little here or a little there, but precisely suitable. That's remarkable! And it will remain that way until the coming of the Lord.

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              JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Amen Cat!

            2. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Tell that to the people living under drought conditions for year after year.  Or those killed by a volcanic eruption nearby.  Explain it to the one who has just watched a hurricane or tornado destroy not only their home but their food supply for the next year (crops) and faces death by either exposure or starvation.

              There is actually very little of this planet that is inhabitable by man without massive effort and a good deal of changes to the environment.  The garden of Eden is long gone and what is left is not particularly conducive to our humanity.

              That we can survive at all is a great testament to the powers of evolution, adapting us to a hostile environment.  Not to a god that made the environment to match what we are.

              1. Cat333 profile image81
                Cat333posted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Things had to be just so for us to EXIST. The precision met for our EXISTENCE is amazing! No one said anything about ease of life or the absence of pain and natural hardships here. Remember that the world is under a curse and is to be worked by the "sweat of the brow". We can't expect Eden here in this fallen world. But praise be to God, who has given His promise and will create the new earth and new heavens for us!

                1. wilderness profile image96
                  wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Not at all - that concept is based on the premise that the universe was designed for our bodies and is something we have to show.  On the contrary, we know that our bodies are the way they because of the environment the earth provides;  we are as we are because of the way the earth is, not the other way around.  It's called "evolution".

                  We understand as well that there is no "precision" at all in what the earth is.  It is a matter of chance producing what it will and man evolving to fit it, not design producing something we would like, 4.5 billion years after creating it.

                  1. oceansnsunsets profile image88
                    oceansnsunsetsposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    Its just a matter of pointing out the faith involved, that we are here, able to ponder our own existences to this very degree..... that in order to do so, does in fact need some great precision to allow for that.  To think that matter and chance produced this without any direction or will from an outside source, a cause for the incredible effect we see, is simply an astounding amount of faith.  The fact that might just be so random, and because of chance and evolution as you say, is so incredibly defying of the odds, shows its quite the miracle no matter how you look at it.  An incredible amount of faith is needed in that "thing" that has yet to be known or suggested, that "isn't" or couldn't be god.  You can't really fault people for saying "hey, this idea of God could be the kind of thing that could get this done."  As far as options that have been put on the table.   Its not just pulled out of thin air for comfort or explanatory reasons, it actually makes sense for whatever it is you want to think is a more viable option I think.  Doesn't that seem kind of fair to you?  I know where you stand, but just trying to get you to consider the whole picture, and that it isn't really so crazy as its being suggested.....

                2. the essayist profile image59
                  the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Amen, Cat333!

          2. the essayist profile image59
            the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            And again, sir, who is responsible for gravity?

    2. mishpat profile image59
      mishpatposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I appreciate your words.  Don't be dismayed by the non-believers.  Some are true searchers.  Others, as you noted, just want to argue.  Their comments usually indicate the difference.

      1. psycheskinner profile image81
        psycheskinnerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        And some are just perfectly happy as they are.

        1. mishpat profile image59
          mishpatposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Well put.

      2. oceansnsunsets profile image88
        oceansnsunsetsposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        +1

    3. cjhunsinger profile image67
      cjhunsingerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      The following was witten some years ago in response to a newspaper article that depicted an Atheist as a hate mongering and arrogant beast. The response was never published, but did lead to a public debate.
      At the close of the debate, I was met by a group of fun loving Christians who accused me of being a communist and a mouth piece for the devil.   

      What Atheism Is:
      Atheism is---accepting life as the ultimate of human existence.
      Atheism is---understanding that the purpose for life, your life, is defined by you.
      Atheism is---an awakening, a sense, a feeling of life. It is the reasoned knowledge of who you are, what you are, where you are, and the purpose of your existence. It is an absence of ignorance, an embracing of knowledge.
      Atheism is---a cleansing of the mind, clarity of thought and of living.
      Atheism is---to embrace the unique preciousness of intelligent life and the unparalleled and fantastic capacity to reason----that is you.
      Atheism is---the freedom to think freely, to act freely without the stigma and guilt of contrived religious sin and government promoted social guilt.
      Atheism is---a respect for and a love of self and in that, a love of life, a respect for life.
      Atheism is---the ultimate empowerment of the individual----“I am”.
      Atheism is---a philosophy of self, self realization, self worth and with that, the greatest contribution to the human community, a reasoning, self sustaining, and self quantifying human being.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Well said.

    4. ro-jo-yo profile image85
      ro-jo-yoposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      The name Jesus is false, the true Hebrew name is Yehowshuwa. And what do you mean by 'relationship' do you actually mean worship, and do you actually think Jesus is God?
      The Messiah say the greatest commandment is to worship his father Yehowah.
      Mark 12:29 And Yehowshuwa answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear , O Israel; (the Lord) Yehowah our God is one (Lord) Yehowah:  And thou shalt love (the Lord) Yehowah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Direct quote from Deut 6:4 which has his Father's name written, often replaced with Lord)

    5. oceansnsunsets profile image88
      oceansnsunsetsposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Thank you for sharing that!  That is really nice. smile Happy New Year

  2. Cat333 profile image81
    Cat333posted 23 months ago

    Thanks for sharing and revealing your heart for those who don't yet know our Lord. You make good points and show a desire to humbly share your hope. A hope not only for this life, but more importantly for the one yet to come. A hope that will not disappoint. May God bless you and cause you to overflow more and more with His hope and love!

    1. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Thank you, Cat333!  Your words are humbling and appreciated!  God bless!

  3. Sed-me profile image82
    Sed-meposted 23 months ago

    Here are a couple of cool pics for you, essayist.
    Just another example of our amazing God. smile

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/12106054_f1024.jpg
    Center of the Whirlpool Galaxy

    http://s2.hubimg.com/u/12106057_f1024.jpg
    "The Eye of God" Helix Nebula

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
      Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this
    2. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Sed-me.  Blessings to you!

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    JThomp42posted 23 months ago

    First of all I would like to thank essayist for her beautiful testimony. What non-believers do not understand is that God is not to be sought after. If you are willing and have an open heart, he will find you. And yes God created all of the universe, planets, etc. I saw where one gentlemen said this was because of gravity. Nonsense. Who created gravity? Something cannot come from nothing. The great creator (God) has done a miraculous job in creating everything possible. Thank you again essayist.

    1. psycheskinner profile image81
      psycheskinnerposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      And what you don't understand is that I am fine as I am, thanks.

    2. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      JThomp42, very well said.  Thanks and God bless!  I really wanted to go further into my testimony and some other things, but for the sake of time I decided not to.  smile

    3. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      "Something cannot come from nothing."

      Your evidence, please?  Or do you make the claim simply because everything in your own extremely limited experience comes from something else? 

      Plus, of course, the claim gives rise to the inevitable question of where did your god come from if something cannot come from nothing...

      1. tsadjatko profile image78
        tsadjatkoposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        You want evidence? There is all kinds of evidence, you are too self absorbed to look for it. Read this and rest assured you know nothing of this when you speak of science. Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God. http://www.wsj.com/articles/eric-metaxa … 1419544568

        What has science discovered about the beginning of the universe?

        Astronomers now find that they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth.  And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover.

        This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.  And if the fixed stars are the centers of other like systems, these, being formed by the likewise counsel, must be all subject to the dominion of One.

        For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream.  He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries. http://www.tedmontgomery.com/bblovrvw/c … -evol.html

        1. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Sorry, I don't sign in to anything in order to hear a sermon founded on belief rather than fact.

          No, astronomers still show that formation of the earth took billions of years.  Your statement is, in fact, a complete falsehood.  Nor have they found that it happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover; the very statement is a logical fallacy.

          The system is beautiful because we live here and find beauty wherever we are.  Not because of a god making it.  Nor is there any indication that a god made other systems as well; this is again only wishful thinking without any supporting evidence.

          And finally, a quote from your second link: "For all the matter, energy, nine space dimensions, and even time, each suddenly and simultaneously came into being from some source beyond itself.".  Only a theologian, not understanding even the little we know of the physics of the big bang, would ever make such a foolish statement.  It's why I don't read such stuff - the basis for it is barbarian myths rather than observation and reason and is thus very nearly worthless as a source of knowledge.

          1. tsadjatko profile image78
            tsadjatkoposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            So you are so self absorbed you even admit you are so closed minded you can't even investigate any world view that differs from yours, yours by the way being that of a tiny minority of America's population which of course an elitist like you knows are nothing but followers of barbarians (your word not mine).   Well at least you admit to your prejudice. It is understandable that having that attitude you concoct the conclusions you do. And understandable that when it comes to barbarians your world view, that there is no God of the Bible, has been the spawn of barbarians and barbarous works throughout history. 
            The first link I gave you has nothing to do sermons but is about science increasingly making the case for God and the second link I quoted from, well I'm really not sure what it is that really intimidates you about Dr. Ankerberg, is it his PhD ? Where is yours? Maybe this will help you to understand what he is really talking about...http://cavern.uark.edu/~cdm/creation/universeorigin.htm whoops, another PhD, guess you won't sign in to that either. But what the hey, we all know I'm just talking to the wall.

            And mister know it all without doing your homework, the statement I posted which you claim "is a complete falsehood" wasn't penned by me or any theologian but by Robert Jastrow (September 7, 1925 – February 8, 2008) an American astronomer, physicist and cosmologist. He was a leading NASA scientist, populist author and futurist.

            You are so transparent. All you had to do was Google what I wrote and you'd discover that it was written by a scientist with credentials you couldn't hope to muster in a lifetime.

          2. the essayist profile image59
            the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Yet you contend God doesn't exist based on your beliefs, not facts...sounding somewhat hypocritical, there, wilderness.

      2. savvydating profile image86
        savvydatingposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Even in the Vilenkin model, quantum foam had to have existed. Yet, quantum foam is something, not nothing. And there is a basic mathematical concept named "the empty set," which contains zero elements, and from such, nothing can arise. This is a mathematical fact. Something creates something. It cannot be the other way around.

      3. the essayist profile image59
        the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        So you actually believe that something CAN come from nothing?  WOW!

        1. jonnycomelately profile image85
          jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Some-thing can exist at the same time as no-thing does not exist.   

          Work that conundrum out.

          Not something that the simplistic christian mind can grasp usually.... too steeped in guilt and punishment.

  5. Aime F profile image84
    Aime Fposted 23 months ago

    If something can't come from nothing then where did God come from?

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      JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      God is not a MERE something Aime. He is the beginning and will be the end as the Bible says.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Good sidestep: ignore the question and preach instead.  Are you a politician?

        But God, ALL gods, ARE "mere".  Mere imagination without any known connection to reality.

        1. the essayist profile image59
          the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          "But God, ALL gods, ARE "mere".  Mere imagination without any known connection to reality."

          Can you please provide proof?  Thanks smile

          1. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Identical proof to the claim that it is real.  When you make up imaginary entities that are undetectable you kind of set yourself up to be asked for proof.  Until it is provided, that entity shall forever remain only imagination. 

            And when you claim that your made up entity is true and real it goes beyond setting yourself up; you are virtually begging to be asked for proof.  Much better that such a creature is presented for what it is; nothing more than make believe regardless of how much faith one might have or how much they might believe.

            1. the essayist profile image59
              the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              You speak a lot of words, but still you offer no proof that God doesn't exist.  The burden of proof is on you and others like you, not on me.  So until you can prove that he doesn't exist, you set your own self up to be seen as hot air blowing, producing nothing.  At least in my eyes.  But I am hoping you will some day see the truth.

              1. jonnycomelately profile image85
                jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Essayist, go back to school and learn some simple logic.   When you claim the existence of something which has no form, no means of recognition, relying upon only the mental desires of yours and others, it is not possible to disprove it.   You cannot dis-prove something that does not exist...

                You have been brainwashed by your collegial studies.

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          JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Thank you wilderness. Not a side step.. the truth. It is beyond a humans minds perception to really understand God because all we know are "earthly" things. Very few, like yourself, just cannot wrap their minds around a creator.

          1. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            If not a sidestep, you might want to answer the question proposed.  Where did your god come from? 

            Evidence that your god is beginning and end might be helpful, too.  You made the statement - can you back it up with something more the millenia old words from barbarians?

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              JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Of course not wilderness. Can you back up your nonsensical view that there is no God? I do not believe you can. Quote science all you want, it is as flawed as anything else man made. Do you believe Jesus Christ existed? Even the most hardened atheists have had to agree that Christ was alive on this earth and did what the Bible says he did. No science needed, it is only men like yourself who are attempting to out think a deity such as God. Only to fail again and again I might add. There is no proof that Julius Caesar existed, but there is proof that Jesus existed. Look it up. Even your own beloved atheists cannot deny this fact.

              1. wilderness profile image96
                wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                You know better than that.  No atheist believes that Christ performed miracles, raised the dead or turned water to wine.  Outside of ancient writings from unknown authors there is exactly zero evidence of such nonsense.  That he existed is probable, that he was a god is impossible.

                So I ask again for evidence of your god.  Evidence beyond those writings.  Or do you fall back onto the position that anything you claim has to be truth until proven otherwise?  The world doesn't work that way, you know - claims require proof they are true, not proof from others that they are wrong.

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                  JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Well, 2 billion people are wrong and you are right? Give me a break!

                  1. wilderness profile image96
                    wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    How about 2 billion people are wrong and 5 billion are right?  Or are you ignoring the rest of the world's population?

                    Where is the evidence of your god?  I note that you carefully ignore that question once more...

                2. the essayist profile image59
                  the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  "that he was a god is impossible"

                  Impossible?  Based upon what?

            2. the essayist profile image59
              the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Where did our God come from?

              He came from everlasting...synonym of eternal (NO BEGINNING and no ending).

              Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from EVERLASTING (or no beginning) to everlasting (Psalm 106:48)

              He (Abraham) worshiped the Lord, the ETERNAL God, at that place (Genesis 21:33)

              Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the ETERNAL King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God (1 Timothy 1:17)

    2. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      If God could "come from", how could He be God?  He would have had to be created from something or someone greater than Himself and there is no such thing.

      1. Aime F profile image84
        Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        So why does that logic apply to God but not anything else? Why can't gravity have come from nowhere? Because there's no book written by Gravity that declares it the creator of all things?

        I'm okay if people want to say "yes, it's illogical, I don't know how to explain it", but to apply logic to one thing and then completely dismiss it from another makes absolutely no sense to me.

        1. the essayist profile image59
          the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          All things were created, except for God.  Why can we not also go further to say that you and I came from nowhere?  Actually we could say that, but that would be a lie.  All things were created by Him, including you and I and gravity as well.  What makes no sense to me is how anyone could believe that gravity or any other force just could suddenly come forth from nothing, yet disbelieve that there is a Creator of that force and all other things besides.

          1. Aime F profile image84
            Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Why is it so easy to say that us (or the universe) coming from nothing is impossible but that God coming from nothing is just the truth? It seems to me that they're both equally as perplexing but once you throw in the idea of an all-powerful, all-knowing creator, things become even more fantastical and unlikely.

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              JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

              I am not surprised that you are perplexed Aime. Sorry, I did not even realize you were still here.

              1. Aime F profile image84
                Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Is that really necessary? I was asking honest questions and not trying to be rude to anyone at all.

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                  JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Aime.. you said you were perplexed. Only making an observation.  I did not even realize you were still in this thread.

                  1. oceansnsunsets profile image88
                    oceansnsunsetsposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    I looked back after observing this exchange, and perhaps you are newer to these boards.... But this thread is only two days old, and she posted on it both of those days, as well as today.  I have observed people go for days without posting in a thread, to come back to it later on.   At least I know this is true for me and many others here.

          2. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            What makes no sense to me is how someone can say everything has a creator...except the one thing we don't even know actually exists.  What makes that god different?  Why is there no creator for it but there is for everything else? 

            Is it just because it doesn't fit in with the belief system that "created" the god but doesn't want to admit it?

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              JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

              @ wilderness... just because it does not fall under your belief system does not make it untrue. It is with your human perception that you are using to rationalize your own ideas and thoughts.

              1. wilderness profile image96
                wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Just so.  It doesn't make it true.

                Likewise, just because it falls under your belief system does not make it true, either.  Yet you present it as factual...factual without ever producing any supporting evidence that the statement is true.

                Because you don't have any?  Because you wish it true so strongly that reality doesn't matter?  Why?

                I have the exact same perceptive ability as you do, so no reason to put yourself on a pedestal that you can see things I can't.  Unless you think that denying the rationality you also possess will gain you knowledge?

                1. tsadjatko profile image78
                  tsadjatkoposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Obviously your perceptive ability is not the same as theirs or you would perceive that your belief system is a farce, a result of emotions and opinions not based in fact at all as even science is unraveling the facts to support her belief. Talk about belief systems, it takes way more "faith" to believe atheism than it does to believe in a supernatural creator and that is just the plain truth.

                  1. wilderness profile image96
                    wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    Absolutely.  It takes much faith to "believe" that we don't know everything, much more than to believe in another universe with a single omnipotent ET that loves us so much it created this universe just to have us worship it without ever showing itself to the ants of earth. 


                    Riiiight!

            2. the essayist profile image59
              the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Wilderness, why would anyone want to serve a God that could be created?  What would make Him different from any other creation?

              1. jonnycomelately profile image85
                jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                But come on!   That god has been created....in Essayist's own mind.   And he continues to create him/her/it, adjusting any of its attributes to suit the belief system.

    3. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Who said something came from nothing?  God is not nothing and again, all things came from Him.

      1. Aime F profile image84
        Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        No, but if you think God is something then by the very basic "everything had to come from somewhere" logic that people love to quote in defence of God, God would have to come from somewhere, too. Did he create himself? Did he appear out of thin air?

        1. jonnycomelately profile image85
          jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          No air to the throne!

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
            Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            ((Took me a while to get this... funny.))

        2. Cat333 profile image81
          Cat333posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          We know that everything in the natural world has to come from something. We who are in the natural have witnessed this to be so. But God is not a part of the natural world. He is Spirit. He created both natural and spiritual things, as it's written, but from our natural point of view, we are witnesses only to the fact that all natural things come from something.

          God is Spirit, not part of the natural world, which has been created by Him. We are dependent on Him for our knowledge of the spiritual realm. Who are we to say that God must come from something, when all we know in our human wisdom is that all NATURAL things must come from something? It makes sense for us to question where everything in the natural has originated, as we have discovered many laws for the natural. But anything beyond this is beyond our realm, beyond our natural laws, beyond our understanding, and so on. There's no reason to say anything outside our natural realm must come from something. Why apply a natural law to that which is not natural, but spiritual? If we do so, we're misapplying natural laws. Our only knowledge of the spiritual comes from God Himself and the spiritual realm.

          1. Aime F profile image84
            Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Thank you. I've asked this question at least five times on these forums and this is the first thoughtful answer I've received. smile

            1. Cat333 profile image81
              Cat333posted 23 months ago in reply to this

              You're welcome and thanks.

  6. oceansnsunsets profile image88
    oceansnsunsetsposted 23 months ago

    An infinite amount of events occurring in the past leads to contradictions. (That idea leads to contradictions that would also have to be answered.)  That it looks like our universe began to exist with the big bang is consistent with this idea.  We have reached this point in time right now.  If there were an infinite amount of events in the past, we wouldn't have ever reached this moment in time.  This is how we know in part, that we do have to have something that is an uncaused cause.  Not out of desire to line up with an ancient text or desire to have belief in a god or something else just for the sake of it. 

    Whatever it would be, would have to be an uncaused cause.  This is not just a problem for people of varying religions.  Its the case for every human being that wonders about any existence at all over just non existence.  Its a human dilemma we have.  What best explains it?  Not knowing what it could be and holding out hope that science will discover it is still just that, hope in something unknown, something, anything that couldn't possibly be a god.   I know some esteem that as a very superior view, but I think its good for us to talk about how other views actually weigh in very well with what best explains what we all do see and even agree on in science, humanity, etc.

    1. PhoenixV profile image79
      PhoenixVposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      A devil's advocate might suggest the possibility of cyclic universes, with finite beginnings in time. Even though there could be infinite amounts of old and new universes, in the past, it would be conceivable to arrive at this time because of a definite beginning. It may seem counter-intuitive or cheating because there could still be an infinite amount of cycles in the past. The question would remain however of "why any cycles of universes at all" ?

      Contingent things like a drawing of a triangle on a piece of paper can be explained. The paper was made somewhere, the pen or pencil was made somewhere, and someone or something drew a triangle on the paper. But who created the "nature of a triangle".  It exists in itself (by it's nature) and is not contingent in this analogy. All it needs is three sides to exist, if it has four, it is a conceptual contradiction ie a square, if it has zero sides, it is nothing at all.

      Which gets us back to : "why any cycles of universes at all" ? The "reason" cannot be a contingent thing. It must be something that "by it's nature" provided the reason.

      1. oceansnsunsets profile image88
        oceansnsunsetsposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        You bring up excellent points.  I think the answer to why is there any existence at all,  is because something with a will, willed it.  As you point out possibly, why any cycles of universes at all instead of nothing or none, I think the answer is something with a will.  A mind, with a will, and an incomprehensible amount of power. Yes, something that just "is" on its own, and that would line up with what we observe, and the necessity that our reality dictates as we can seem to understand it at this point.  I will have to think more on this.

        1. the essayist profile image59
          the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Oceansnsunsets, how can SOME THING have a will?  A thing has no mind, therefore no will.  It must be controlled by something greater than itself.

      2. the essayist profile image59
        the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        "cyclic universes with finite beginnings in time"?  Some people would rather believe anything over truth, while deeming themselves bright they sound foolish.  Wow!

  7. Cat333 profile image81
    Cat333posted 23 months ago

    Guys, I know it gets frustrating at times, and many have previously received rude or condescending comments themselves, so our defenses go up, but it's best if we avoid any unkind words. As it's written, let's just share the truth in a loving, humble way. Thanks, and God bless you as you continue to share words of truth!

    1. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Cat333, you are 100% correct.  We are to be a light in the darkness and not be overcome by that darkness.  Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Aime F profile image84
    Aime Fposted 23 months ago

    lol Says the guy who threw the first punch.

    Hope you find someone else to play your silly games with. Good luck! smile

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      JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Thank you! smile

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      JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Twenty + months ago. I cannot even remember 6 months ago. This had to have been before I took an 8 month hiatus from this site. Grasping at straws aren't we? 20+ months ago? REALLY?

      1. bBerean profile image61
        bBereanposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        I posted far more in that thread than you did.  Not a bad thread, actually.  wink

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          JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Thank you my friend!

  9. Aime F profile image84
    Aime Fposted 23 months ago

    I remember what forum I posted on 12 years ago, so unless I have the world's best memory, I think you're the one grasping at straws.

    People can come to whatever conclusion they'd like. Just wanted to put the correct information out there before they do so.

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      JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      You my friend are WRONG. I may have started that thread..... list all of the forums I have been on. Enough for me to forget that I was even on them at all. What you are basically doing is calling me a liar and are on the verge of getting reported for your harassment of me constantly. Now you are following me on the forums? Like I said, grasping at straws trying to save face for what you have accused me of. You are dead wrong!

      1. bBerean profile image61
        bBereanposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Here, I have an idea....Welcome back to the forums, JThomp42!  Everybody happy?  wink

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          JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          LOL smile

      2. Aime F profile image84
        Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Mhm. Whatever you say, JThomp. I don't buy it for a second. And go ahead and report me - just be sure to refer back to where this all started (when you decided to randomly insult me) when you do so. smile

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          JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Done smile

  10. Aime F profile image84
    Aime Fposted 23 months ago

    And on a completely related note.... Hey, does anyone know if you can block posts by certain users on the forum?

    1. bBerean profile image61
      bBereanposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I've seen the question posed several times before and don't ever recall anyone reporting a way, (if you just mean within the forums).

      1. Aime F profile image84
        Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Thanks. smile

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      JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      My lord! Of course not. I do believe you are ashamed for calling me out and being VERY wrong. Did you even bother to check and see if I participated in these forums or if my name was mentioned? Yes, every time your name is mentioned it shows up on the forum it was mentioned on. Did you have any idea of that?

      1. Aime F profile image84
        Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        The only thing I'm ashamed of is letting you suck me into one of these ridiculous conversations again. Hence why I would do best here if I just didn't see your name at all - apparently letting things slide is not my strong point. You were just saying we should cease interactions... I'm looking for a permanent way to do so.

        1. jonnycomelately profile image85
          jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Aime, you are being addressed, in public, as "My lord."   That is quite a veneration, congratulations!  wink

          JThomp42 wrote:

          "My lord! Of course not. I do believe you are ashamed for calling me out and......."

          1. the essayist profile image59
            the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            That's right, jonny, when we have nothing worthwhile to add to the conversation, take another hubber's words out of context.

            1. Aime F profile image84
              Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              How dare you make a joke, Jonny!

              (For the record, it made me smile, so I appreciate it.)

            2. jonnycomelately profile image85
              jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Sir, it seems you are only here for "target practice," but I do love a laugh.   If your god is incapable of laughter, I have no wish to know him/her, thank you.

              1. the essayist profile image59
                the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Sorry, Jonny, but the only person missing out here is you.  He's really an awesome God.  Don't take my word for it, I know you won't anyway.  Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.  He's not shy.

                1. jonnycomelately profile image85
                  jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Essayist, as a student I am surprised and disappointed that you have become so fixed in your knowledge and that anything new or outside of your comprehension gets kicked out of court.

                  I have been in that evangelical position, a long time ago.... you are free to make your own choices.   I am free to make mine.   

                  I can assure you there is NO god "out there" and that bible which you depend upon for your ideas is only a prop for your imagination.   It has no more "truth" within it than what you chose to perceive as "truth."  The real truth is what you manage to discover about yourself, by going inside of your mind and meditating.   This is what that person "Jesus" would have done if he was indeed an enlightened person.

                  You are, again, free to make your own judgment of my life, but you know so little about my life that any judgment will be totally flawed. 

                  I wish you lots of exciting discovery and success in your studies.

              2. the essayist profile image59
                the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                First off, I'm not a sir Jonny.  Secondly, I am on hubpages to practice writing my essays.  Yes, I call it "target practice".  I'm in the forums to do like you, use my voice.  I checked out your profile.  Impressive!  Now that's funny.

  11. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 23 months ago

    JThomp42 - You make my point well.  The belief is that all the bible is true, which means that much of it must be "interpreted" to mean something it doesn't say or simply ignore it.  At least if your idea of a "loving god" is to be considered correct.

    Either the historical reporting was correct or it wasn't.  If it was not then the whole of the book is thrown into massive doubt while if it is you are worshipping an evil beyond anything any man has ever exhibited.

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      JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Yes, there is massive doubt for those who do not believe. I think this to be out of fear. Fear of the unknown. As Christians we have faith. Yes, in life we must have faith. Faith in a perfect creation and creator. Historically everything that the Bible has predicted has come to fruition except for the rapture. Be watching those clouds in the sky. If you have anyone who believes you will be wondering where they went on this glorious day.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        You may be right - a lot of people do think that belief comes from that fear of the unknown.  It is so great that answers must be found, and whether they agree with reality is immaterial.  It is an answer, regardless of truth, that is desired and religious belief most certainly provides that.

        But the atheist does not appear to have that fear; while an answer is desirable to such questions as the origin of the universe, the desire is insufficient to accept an answer without discernible truth in it.  Truth carries a higher priority than the fear to an atheist, while to the believer an answer, any answer is preferable to the unknown.  Faith, in the sense of unsupported religious belief, is not a "must" for the atheist.

        A great many people have made predictions (Nostrodamus comes to mind) which, if interpreted loosely enough, comes true.  Others have made predictions based on political/social/cultural facts which are almost inevitable and also come true.  Neither of which shows any supernatural force at work.

        1. the essayist profile image59
          the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          wilderness, you said "Truth carries a higher priority than the fear (of the unknown) to an atheist, while to the believer an answer, any answer is preferable to the unknown."  I'm interested in knowing what truth you refer to?  What other truth is there besides Jesus, The Truth?  What truth is there outside of Him?  John 14:6 KJV - Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
            Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            - by "me" he meant, "my consciousness."
            TWISI

            1. jonnycomelately profile image85
              jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Thank you for putting that point, Kathryn, but I expect that, as usual, it will fall upon deaf ears.  The traditional understanding is so deeply ingrained that rarely will it be dislodged to make way for any other possibility.   I don't blame people for believing otherwise.   C'est la vie.

              1. the essayist profile image59
                the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                "The traditional understanding is so deeply ingrained that rarely will it be dislodged to make way for any other possibility."    Sounds like you're describing Atheism.  No?

            2. the essayist profile image59
              the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Kathryn, you missed the whole point of what I was saying...but it happens often on these religious threads.

              1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
                Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                -what was your whole point again?
                The fear factor vs wanting to know the truth?
                I was just adding my two cents. Sorry if it was off point.

      2. the essayist profile image59
        the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        JThomp, I agree that there is much doubt amongst those who are unbelievers and I also believe like you it's due mainly to fear, although in general, they point to the believer as the one fear-ridden and that it is that fear (of the unknown, of living, of dying, so on and so forth) that drives the believer to search for God.  Who doesn't have fears in their life?  Whatever it is that causes a person to seek after God, so be it.  I would rather be in a situation where fear had caused me to want to know God than to live a life supposedly so free from fear until I fooled myself into believing either God doesn't exist or if He does I don't need Him.

        And yes, what a glorious day it will be when we hear Him say "Come up hither."

  12. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
    Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago

    I want God to say "Come up hither" to me!  When will I hear Him say that to me?

    1. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Kathryn, are you born-again?

      1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
        Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        It depends on what you mean by that.
        - what do you mean?

        1. the essayist profile image59
          the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Have you turned to a personal faith in Christ Jesus through the acknowledgment that you are a sinner in need of salvation?  And, thereby, accepting his place on the Cross for you? (see John 3:3)

  13. the essayist profile image59
    the essayistposted 23 months ago

    Jonny, if I were to create a God...in my own mind...that god would be I.  Believe me!  You know, sort of like the one you've created in your mind.

    1. jonnycomelately profile image85
      jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Be honest with yourself.   That god in your mind is unique to your specific needs.   That god has no actual form, only imagined form.   So you can build your god, out of view of anyone and everyone else.  No one can scale the walls of your mind and disprove what you believe.   So you are safe from invasion. 

      Feel good?

      1. the essayist profile image59
        the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        "Be honest with yourself.   That god in your mind is unique to your specific needs.   That god has no actual form, only imagined form.   So you can build your god, out of view of anyone and everyone else.  No one can scale the walls of your mind and disprove what you believe.   So you are safe from invasion."

        It bothers me to see you speak of yourself in this manner Jonny, really it does.

        1. jonnycomelately profile image85
          jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Ok, so your mind is so steeped in your christism dogma that you can see nothing else.   Is there really any point in any discussion between us?

          You go your road, I will go mine.

          1. the essayist profile image59
            the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Amen and God bless you!

            1. jonnycomelately profile image85
              jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Yuo might consider the "Amen and god bless you" as something sincere coming from your heart. 

              But it rings very, very hollow for me.  You have been brainwashed into a christian perspective and nothing outside of that perspective is allowed to be true for you.   

              Your only reason for being here is to draw others into thinking the same way as your religious beliefs.

        2. jonnycomelately profile image85
          jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          That has been played before and it does not work, you know that.   If you are a student, please act like one.... one who is open to new knowledge.

          1. the essayist profile image59
            the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            I am open to new knowledge.  Trying to convince me that God is a figment of my imagination is not knowledge.  It isn't even new, for I have heard it before.  If I am seen as closed-minded because I believe, then I readily accept that title.

            1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
              Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              - what you are is willingly obedient. How did you become so?

              1. the essayist profile image59
                the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Thank you, Kathryn.  It's relationship with the Lord, over time.  Although I would be lying if I acted like I am always faithful (obedient).

                1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
                  Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  Yes, we are always adjusting our inner alignment with…?

            2. jonnycomelately profile image85
              jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              And what is it you are hoping to achieve here in HubPages?   
              Is it your objective to convince everyone, including myself, that we are "sinners" in the "eyes" of a god that does not exist except in your mind?
              You can keep trying to do that, sister, but you will be wasting your time 100%

              Your "faith" and your proclamations make you feel good, that is all.  You have no more authenticity than that.  As mentioned before, your God is your own concoction.  Your reading of, and your interpretation of that bible is all yours, designed to prop up your own ideas and beliefs.  You have a right to those, of course.   However, your ideas that everyone else has to have the same beliefs as you have is totally erroneous.   So, have fun.   You have totally left me out of your game.

              I have much more important and rewarding things to do with my time and my mind.   Around me I see wonders and beauty unimaginable.  In biology, physics, chemistry.   In the birds, insects, animals, fungi, the rocks that are millions of years old.   Life and all its manifestations go on around me all the time, just beckoning me to take notice and join with them.   Within 10 years or so, I will say good bye to these things.  Forever.   Why do you imagine any of us is justified in wasting time worrying about theoretical ideas of "life after death?"

              You choose to concentrate on that after-life and worry about passing the entrance exam to reach it.  You could, instead, spend that concentration upon the world at your finger tips.
              I choose to concentrate on this world as I sense it, through all my faculties, every moment of every minute of every hour.  Just before the moment of my death I will be aware of one understanding.... I wasted as little as possible of my time.

              You just go on wasting your time.

              1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
                Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                I believe we actually spend more time on the other side than on this side. Now, if the essayist chooses to focus on that world and what happens to her after the moment her heart stops beating, its fine for her…  So we can give her that leeway…  as she needs to give you the leeway to value being in the here and now.  Ideally we can value both life on earth and life after earth.

                Note to the essayist: Ideally we need to respect others' belief systems and allow others to choose their own. God is a personal matter.  Adults search and make up their own minds. We can answer questions, but not preach where not invited or accepted. 

                The Way I See It.

                1. jonnycomelately profile image85
                  jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  For your wisdom, thank you.

                  1. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
                    Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    smile
                    for your instance in being in touch with your own inner life and for having a rich one which you share,
                    thank you.

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                JThomp42posted 23 months ago in reply to this

                Jonny... this is the essayist's forum. You knew the topic before you decided to interact with your anti-God rhetoric. If you do not like what is being said, you can always choose to leave this forum.

                1. jonnycomelately profile image85
                  jonnycomelatelyposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                  You are too biased, JT.   This thread was certainly started by essayist, but she essentially pitted theist against a-theist.   She therefore was inviting a backlash from those she was against.

                  I joined the fight.  No regrets, no apologies.  I will never stand back and allow the self-appointed christian zealot to presume the whole world needs his/her version of a message.

                  I believe in free speech, and hope this has been demonstrated several times, but the same rights apply to each of us.

                  I hope you would agree, JT.

                  smile

                  1. the essayist profile image59
                    the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                    "You are too biased, JT.   This thread was certainly started by essayist, but she essentially pitted theist against a-theist.   She therefore was inviting a backlash from those she was against."

                    I pitted no one against anyone.  Everyone joined in of their own choosing.  I am against no one.  Who said I was against anyone?  And trust me, the backlash doesn't frigthen me.  I have a history on hubpages and the threads.  I know how it goes.

                    "I joined the fight.  No regrets, no apologies.  I will never stand back and allow the self-appointed christian zealot to presume the whole world needs his/her version of a message."

                    Lol!

              3. the essayist profile image59
                the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                "And what is it you are hoping to achieve here in HubPages?   
                Is it your objective to convince everyone, including myself, that we are "sinners" in the "eyes" of a god that does not exist except in your mind?
                You can keep trying to do that, sister, but you will be wasting your time 100%"

                What my objective is at hubpages is to practice writing of essays.  We've gone over that already.  Remember?  And to participate in the forums and wherever else I would like.  What is your objective on hubpages?  Hold up, never mind, it doesn't really matter to me.

                "Your "faith" and your proclamations make you feel good, that is all.  You have no more authenticity than that.  As mentioned before, your God is your own concoction.  Your reading of, and your interpretation of that bible is all yours, designed to prop up your own ideas and beliefs.  You have a right to those, of course.   However, your ideas that everyone else has to have the same beliefs as you have is totally erroneous.   So, have fun.   You have totally left me out of your game."
                 
                You are continually trying to convince me that God is a figment of my imagination while accusing me of trying to have everyone believe as I do.  Hypocrisy!  Isn't that what you are trying to do with me?

                "I have much more important and rewarding things to do with my time and my mind."

                Yet you keep showing up to engage this thread...

                "You choose to concentrate on that after-life and worry about passing the entrance exam to reach it."

                I'm not focused on the after-life.  My God is alive.  I'm focused on the present moments with him smile.  The after-life is not here yet.  It comes AFTER smile

                "I choose to concentrate on this world as I sense it, through all my faculties, every moment of every minute of every hour."

                I don't think so.  You choose to focus on this thread and my made-up God.  If it's unimportant to you, why do you keep showing up? Go on your way, like you said you would a few posts ago.  Remember? 

                Furthermore, I'm not wasting my time here, but I do believe you are.

                Hope you have a very Blessed day! smile

  14. mishpat profile image59
    mishpatposted 23 months ago

    Coming back to the theme . . . without God, what is the foundation (or purpose) of societal morality and what would be the baseline for such morality.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Whatever you choose to make it.  The baseline is what is good for society as a whole.  Outside of artificial rules designed to simply control others for no other reason than control, there has never been any other baseline.

    2. PhoenixV profile image79
      PhoenixVposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      The baseline should be survival of the fittest, kill or be killed. Only living people can feign morality. But in general humans have an inherent morality. They seem to know for the most part what is good or bad, cultural differences aside. Deep inside a human's mind is a conscience, unless they are incapable of one for whatever reason. I think it more plausible that a conscience is the desired fruit or product of an intelligent first cause, than some evolutionary by product.

    3. Aime F profile image84
      Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      People are, for the most part, inherently moral. At least as far as the basics (not killing people, not stealing from people, etc.) go. Basically the morals covered in the Ten Commandments are common sense for most of us.

      If we lived in a world where basic morals hinged on external factors (obeying a god/gods), we'd be living in a terribly immoral world. External motivation only takes you so far for so long.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        Then cannibalism has never been acceptable?  Human sacrifice?  It has never been moral to steal/pillage neighboring villages?  The slavery condoned in the Old Testament of the bible never happened?

        Almost anything has been considered moral at some time and some place, particularly when it involved treatment outside of one's own social gathering.

        1. Aime F profile image84
          Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          And I'd say all of that was influenced by external factors. I'm not saying morality is infallible or that it's always consistent across cultures (in fact I'd say only the 'basics' - murder, stealing, etc. are consistent). What I'm saying is that if people depended on God/religion, or even just law, to know the difference between right and wrong, we probably would've died out already... or at least been living in a much less civilized way. In my opinion it runs way deeper than that.

          1. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 23 months ago in reply to this

            And I agree with you, as long as we recognize that morals are neither universal nor static.  They come from the culture where they are found, not the world, and they change through time.  Even "basic" ones change - the US is one of the few countries still killing people for committing crimes and it is disappearing here as well.

            1. Aime F profile image84
              Aime Fposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              Yes, I think we're probably on the same page. My first response was quite general because I was responding directly to the implication that morality was tied to God.

  15. Kathryn L Hill profile image86
    Kathryn L Hillposted 23 months ago

    I do have a personal faith in Jesus based on love. Does that count?

    1. the essayist profile image59
      the essayistposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      John 3:16-18 says:  16"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

      We have to acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, sent to live a sinless life in order to be worthy to die a sacrificial death to atone for our sins (all are sinners by birthright because of Adam's and Eve's mishap).  He made right with God what Adam and Eve fouled up, thereby making it possible for man to again be able to be in right standing with God (which is where Adam and Eve were before they sinned, in right standing with God).  We CAN have right standing with God, but only through Christ.  "For he (God The Father) hath made him (God The Son) to be sin FOR US, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  2 Corinthians 5:21

      Jesus lived a sinless life on earth, as a man.  He did what Adam didn't.  What Adam lost through disobedience, Jesus restored through obedience.  The only sins He carried to the Cross were yours and mine and every other person's who would ever live.

      After we acknowledge He is who He and The Father have said He is we are ready to receive Him as our personal Savior.  He has already completed everyone's salvation, but unless we receive it through acknowledging we are a sinner in need of Him as Savior, His free gift to us remains as an unopened present.  He gave it, but it was never opened and enjoyed.  That's how I see every person who has ever died outside of Christ.  He gave them the gift, but it just sat there, unopened.

      Salvation comes when we earnestly (from the heart) confess to God The Father that "I am a sinner"  "I believe Jesus came to die for my sins"  "I receive His death in my place and ask you to forgive me of my sins"  "I turn from those sins (this is repentance) and accept Christ as my Savior and Lord today"  If those words are sincere, one is born again.  Christ becomes Savior as easy as that.  It's so easy until it causes many to disbelieve it is possible, but this is God's doing.  It's the way He set it up.

      9" That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9-10

      Jesus becomes our Savior the moment we pray that prayer.  We are born-again and through prayer, Scripture and time spent in fellowship with other believers, we learn how to let Him also become Lord of our lives.  That's why some refer to Him as Savior and Lord.  This is His rightful place in the lives of all who say they belong to Him.  Yes, Savior, but also Lord over all we are.

 
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