I participated in an answer recently on Hubpages. It was a question directed towards and addressing atheists, yet when atheists responded, the poster accused then of attacking him and other Christians. He deleted my answers and my comments intentionally so it looked like he got the last word, and then proceeded to tell all of the other atheists that their weeks were evil and he was not expressing an opinion or belief - but the "truth of God" If you ask a specific group of people a question and ridicule them for asking and delete their answers, isn't that inherently dishonest?
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What a beautiful response... especially the last paragraph! So true yet hilarious.
I'm in a similar boat. I keep thinking a well composed response will open doorways, but ultimately it's just tiring. It's like arguing with a wall. Sooner or later you realize the wall isn't going to change, despite being in the middle of a road.
Yes, there is comfort in knowing we are not alone; comfort in knowing that others reject the strategic personal attacks.
I hear you. There seem to be a lot of people out there who just want to, as you note, "pick fights" and then bash people. My question: Why does Hubpages attracts so many cyber-bullies? I don't see this lack of civility other places.
Actually overall HP is pretty good, except for religious/political forums and apparently now questions. A lot of very supportive people though to shift our focus towards :)
But atheists do not need to prove God doesn't exist. They are not the ones making the extraordinary claim. Basic burden of proof rests on theists
First I would ask for your definition of God and then we would work from there, just to make sure we at least have some kind of common ground to work with. Religion people do not need to prove that God exist that is what faith is about.
Faith is believing in something without justification. You cannot prove anything doesn't exist. Prove Bigfoot or aliens or leprechauns don't exist. If any God answers prayer or interacts, there would be evidence to support belief.
You cannot prove something doesn't exist. If you think otherwise, try to disprove leprechauns. Faith is believing without evidence, and I don't see that as a positive. If a god interacts humanity, there should be evidence.
Faith is not believing without evidence. The evidence comes from more of a personal revelation. The revelations would have some kind of past reference point as well, that is where the scriptures are supposed to help guide people.
And why are revelations considered good? How do you determine where they came from without confirmation bias? Which Scriptures? How do you know those Scriptures can be trusted? Lots of mental patients have visions. Do you trust them?
All your questions are valid. I would humbly say i am not the judge. There are so many possibilities, trying to figure them all out would drive a person insane. There has to be a connection with the person and the God/deity.
And how can you connect with something unless you can demonstrably prove it exists? Having to believe first in order to receive the evidence is backwards. Can you think of anything else that would apply to?
I read the Bible cover to cover, and I had a nightmare after reading revelations and I was confused. Then I read other texts. Then I read Bhagavad-Gita as It Is and I started chanting. Yes, it was a experiment, one that went very well.