Some would suggest that as a non believer who has read the Bible, I lack understanding. I don’t think so. I think the overall concept is genius because of its social intent to bring humanity together under an umbrella of “goodwill”. On the other hand it is flawed because it cannot contain the egos of the individual. If you have read the bible then why are you still a non believer?
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I think the most disappointing part of religion is that the idealism found in the Bible is no longer evident in reality. I hope you are at peace within. It’s not easy to shed the illusion of a god without losing some faith in humanity in general.
My "faith" in humanity has actually grown since becoming an atheist, and I"m more filled with a sense of wonder of the world around me since freeing myself of the shackles of religious dogma than ever before.
JMcFarland, couldn't agree with you more about your "faith" (let's call it "hope") in humanity having grown and your sense of wonder. I am totally awed at the universe and find that too wide for religion.