This question is intended for me to know what really makes an atheist. Maybe, by this question, I can understand more an atheist and see where they are coming.
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Quoting an ancient book does not enable you to read someone's mind, or their heart. How do you know what someone's purpose in life is?
I think if you believe in God, in order to be consistent in believing what His nature is, you have to believe that everyone HAS a purpose. Perhaps a better distinction would be about whether or not they know their "true" purpose...
secularist, the book is not really that ancient--not even 2,000 yrs old. The works of Livy pre-date it. If I see more random quotes to make a point, I'll just write an essay picking apart the entire I Corinthians, placing it in historical context.
Going back to that ancient book...We are told that God created man for fellowship. God desires to have a relationship with His creation. It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does God.
Preacher--you completely avoided my question. That is unfortunate.
Secularist--I believe I purpose here on earth is to fellowship with God and yes others. When God created Adam, even God recognized that Adam needed a companion.
Apparently, I have only so many letters to type...I would love to continue this discuss
Just an observation, without trying to sound judgmental or sarcastic, but I find it kind of ironic that you're using Aristotelian philosophy in your argument when that tends to be a very Christian way of argument. Just made me chuckle a bit.
Hmmm. I see. Simply because an atheist cannot grasp something they will dismiss them altogether. Yes, I think being an atheist is the height of human pride.
Not true. The universe is filled with wonder and mystery. Atheists know that there are many things that are unknown and that humans cannot grasp yet. They just don't fill those gaps with fairy tales and made-up gods.
Let me turn the tables on that brilliant argument: A believer in divinity is a person who cannot grasp basic science or is too afraid to comes to grips with the fact that nothing happens to us after we die.
I think there are plenty of believers who can grasp basic science... science and faith are not mutually exclusive... and having faith or believing in divinity does not AUTOMATICALLY make you illogical...
I think you might be right. By contrast, I would say that the most hearty Christians are atheists deep-down. This is why they worry so much about be proved wrong or why they work so hard to justify themselves and their beliefs.