That said, there is no more evidence to support the notion that no god exists than there is to support the notion that a god does exist.
What in the world is "supernatural" anyway? What a vague and useless word that is. Fun fact... did you know that many ancient people did in fact worship animals for their various superhuman qualities?
I believe there are no purple ants on Mars. Just because I believe it doesn't mean I am certain. Belief does not equal certainty. I simply believe there are no purple ants on Mars due to my limited experience and knowledge of Mars.
There isn't a single person on earth who limits his/her beliefs to that which they are certain of. Human beings are not capable of behaving that way.
However, I'm not knocking your stance on God. You feel free to believe what you want, based on your experience of the world around you.
And that's fine, but if you don't know why would you pick one? And if you don't pick one, you're an atheist.If you want to get technical about it, the only logical option is to say that we don't know whether God exists.
Something I'm perfectly willing to do, because that's the conclusion the facts support.
Let's not go round and round on this.
It's not about converting, it's about examining reality for what it is. All propositions are either true or false. If they are true, they ought to be accepted by everyone. If they are false, they ought to be rejected by everyone. It's discovering what's actually true and what's actually false that really matters.I am a believer....you, apparently are not. You are well within your rights not to believe as I am to be a believer. I won't try to change your mind and get you to convert to Christianity. Do Christians the same courtesy.
You believe that. You can't prove it's so. Don't make arguments as though it's demonstrable.However, I do understand the angst that atheists have towards religion....look at the Middle East, look at Fred Phelps and his Westboro Cronies.....look at the judgmentalism and the attempts to squeeze as much of the Christian Doctrine as they can into our governmental laws.
That's not Christianity....God gave us free will to choose to accept him or not. I respect that. Others don't.
There is no common dogma, rituals or teachings that atheists follow, they're only associated by one simple fact: they reject all religion. You don't make up a word for people who don't eat cheerios.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
I don't think of God the same as Orthodox Christians do....especially the Evangelicals.
Here's an issue I take with any religion that claims to be the "one true" religion.
Let's suppose....just for the sake of this scenario....that you were born in India....you were raised a Hindu, or a Muslim. Your entire culture is built upon the religion you were brought up in. You are devout in your beliefs and you are of good character. One day a missionary tries to convert you to Christianity, but because of your lifelong indoctrination and culture, you reject the message from the Christian. I find it hard to believe that an all knowing, all powerful being would force you to suffer in a lake of fire for being the best person you you can be....I think that extends to non-believers too.
And yes...I know what the Bible says. But I have doubts about that too...no one gets to the father except through me....the parable of the talents......pay unto Caesar....we have to remember that when the voting process took place as to what was going to be in the Bible and what wasn't....the Roman Empire was in turmoil between Pagans and Christians. Constantine was trying to Unite the Empire under one religion...under one church.
You can't do that if you don't create exclusivity....you also can't control people, especially the poor and enslaved by saying that your master is not your true master. That's why I brought up the parable of the talents and Pay unto Caesar as examples. Those two examples are all about control...not about love, understanding and compassion.
I guess the truth is....I guess I'm more of a Deist who follows a Christian Path.
No....make no mistake, I don't condemn people....I live my life as I see fit and I let people live theirs.
I do believe in an afterlife...but I have no proof other than testimony from people who have had near death experiences and mediums.....which both are dismissable as chemical reactions in the body as it prepares itself for death, and con artists....I don't believe that is the case for the former and I think that the latter is debatable....yes....there are many who are con artists....but I think some aren't. Either way...it's testimony...not Empirical evidence....which is what you are looking for.