If God influences Christians, is it Satan who influences Atheists?
Is the constant debating whether God exists orchestrated by higher powers?
One has to (ask) God to come into their life to receive his guidance according to many scriptures this involves praying.
Since Satan is on the flipside of the God coin I would imagine those who (believe) in him also ask for his guidance as well.
Generally speaking Atheists don't believe in God or Satan. Their belief is good and bad things happen to everyone. It's just life.
I guess that depends on who you ask. Atheists would say no, obviously, because atheists don't believe in God or Satan. Believers might say yes, I don't know.
Personally, as an atheist, I don't feel that any higher power influences my choices about my beliefs. I use my own mind and my own experiences to come to what I believe to be the most realistic conclusions about life and religion.
I know it's probably supposed to sound like this big, scary, unpleasant thing to be under the influence of Satan but if someone believes that about me, I could not care less. I'm a kind, open-minded, empathetic and happy person... if Satan made me that way, then yay Satan!
It's not correct about ANYTHING to think that because people believe or don't believe in the thing that you believe in, that the opposite MUST be true for those that believe differently than you.
That is assumption from ignorance. You can't possibly know what influences anyone other than yourself.
No Atheists don't belief in God or Satan or fairies or unicorns.
As others have said, it depends on who you ask. Though even those who believe in god might find it a bit of a stretch to say that atheists are influenced by Satan. Simply because there are many non-confrontational atheists. Someone who goes around attacking Christians, sure. But that guy working at the coffee shop doesn't seem evil enough to be sided with the devil.
Many religionists of a more conservative/traditionalist bent strongly believe that Christians are inspired by God while atheists, agnostics, and other non-traditionalists are inspired by Satan. However, such thinking is pure illogical hyperbole. Christians are influenced by their own perspective and particular morality and outlook. There are Christians who are not independent thinkers but based their thinking by what their family and religious authorities teach. Many do not do any analysis as to whether their respective religions are logical in scope. Even their concept of God is not their own but implanted by family members and religious authorities.
Many such religionists strongly aver that atheists, agnostics, and other non-traditionalists are "inspired" by Satan because in their minds, anyone who does not believe in God, believe in the Devil. They contend that according to their respective religious teachings, that atheists, agnostics, and other non-traditionalists are in error, sinners, and need to be saved from their erroneous ways. They refuse to understand that each person is on his/her own particular spiritual path which may or may not involve God. However, such religionists maintain that those who do not believe in God and traditional religion are doomed if they do not change.
Atheists, agnostics, and other non-traditionalists do not believe in religion. While atheist do not believe in God, agnostics are unsure if there is a God or not. Non-traditionalists may or may not believe in God. If non-traditionalists believe in God, they do not believe in a God prescribed by traditional religionists. To say that Satan influences atheists, agnostics, and non-traditionalists is pure illogical and nonsensical conjecture by the more conservative/traditionalist religionists who tend to view issues of God, morality, and religion in strict dichotomies. Nothing is further from the truth. There are evil Christians while there are good atheists, agnostics, and other non-traditionalists.
Grace, this is spot on! I know so many "Christians" that NEVER question what they have been told all their lives. They just accept the indoctrination from birth. So illogical, yet few ever do manage to escape the ideology that they were born into.
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