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      06-19-2013, 10:52 AM   #89
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What I find somewhat amusing is that it's always a benevolent God. What if God is a dick? What if you get to heaven and see God trippin on bath salts eating everyones face?

After all isn't the saying absolute power corrupts absolutely?
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you are correct
I got confused, I thought he was the one that said he was agnostic

sorry Team Plutonium, you're going straight to hell
just food for thought
that' where all the sluts will be, so it can't all be bad
There is some gold buried in this thread!
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damn, that's a pretty depressing view point
so we are all fucked, but Jesus will save some us only?
kind of makes the whole point of life pointless no?

No matter what you do, you're failing the test
but the teacher will pick a select few failures and give them a passing grade?
Well, I think that perhaps I did a poor job of really developing my point, because I don't find it depressing at all. Let me expand here.

I agree that we can be viewed as failures in that we've sinned, so we do not deserve heaven - effectively we are all going to hell at this point (absent any intervention by God). That view would be depressing yes.

But I think what I failed to drive home was that this isn't the whole picture - God did intervene by sending His only Son (Jesus) to die for us in our place, so that we don't have to go to hell. But this is only if we choose to accept him as our Saviour and believe in Him.

So I think its amazing that God would step in and provide a way for us to be saved from Hell - that cannot be construed as depressing at all. What is depressing is that so many people choose to reject Jesus (because we do have free will to do so) and reject the gift of salvation. These people are effectively choosing to remain "failures" to use your terminology above, but it is their own choice! That's the crux - it is their choice. Its not that God will randomly select a few failures and give them a passing grade at the end of the day - God has provided a way, but we have to accept it too. There is responsibility on our end.

When, as a believer, you think about what God has done for you on the cross you cannot help but be amazed and joyful - its not depressing. And to know that while this life is short, you will enjoy eternity with God is an amazing feeling and one that you look forward to - there is less fear in death. Some Christians have no fear, I am not sure I'm in that exact category to be honest, but I believe I know where I am going and it gives a sense of peace.

Anyways, hope that helps elaborate my original point a little more, I did not mean to convey a sense of hopelessness or depress anyone.
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I agree that we can be viewed as failures in that we've sinned, so we do not deserve heaven - effectively we are all going to hell at this point (absent any intervention by God). That view would be depressing yes.

But I think what I failed to drive home was that this isn't the whole picture - God did intervene by sending His only Son (Jesus) to die for us in our place, so that we don't have to go to hell. But this is only if we choose to accept him as our Saviour and believe in Him.
What about those who dont have time to think, decide, then make such an informed choice? I mean, if the "default setting", for lack of a better term, is that we are all sinners and will go to hell, without effort on our part to get off that path, then those who dont have a chance to declare their considered acceptance of Jesus being their savior, well they are unfairly screwed.

Many years ago, a colleague of mine lost his baby at just under 3 months old. Terribly sad.

By that age, a child has not had the chance to think and make such a conscious choice to accept Jesus as his savior.
Does that mean this baby will go to hell? You said we are all sinners, although it's hard to imagine what that child has done yet to sin... If that is his fate, then that IS depressing.

If I understand it correctly, your assertion is that actions one does here on earth regarding other people have no little to no bearing on whether you go to hell or not, it's only if you accept Jesus as your saviour. You could spend your life saving lives, helping the poor and the sick, but if you are an athiest, and it turns out you were wrong (ie: there IS a God after all), then your lifetime of good deeds here means nothing, it's straight to hell with you; meanwhile a mass murderer who finds God at the 11th hour enjoys eternity in heaven? That seems really wrong and depressing and hopeless to me..

Assuming I've understood the theory correctly, then once again, I find it more comforting to think there is no God, than to think there is one, but that's how he operates....
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If I understand it correctly, your assertion is that actions one does here on earth regarding other people have no little to no bearing on whether you go to hell or not, it's only if you accept Jesus as your saviour. You could spend your life saving lives, helping the poor and the sick, but if you are an athiest, and it turns out you were wrong (ie: there IS a God after all), then your lifetime of good deeds here means nothing, it's straight to hell with you; meanwhile a mass murderer who finds God at the 11th hour enjoys eternity in heaven? That seems really wrong and depressing and hopeless to me..
Vestiges of a time when the Clergy were the most powerful people in a society and the only way to stay powerful was to scare participation. We still see people follow the "better safe than sorry" logic today; Christianity hasn't evolved much since then.

If people didn't feel like they would burn in hell for skipping church, they totally would. Church blows.
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The power that fairy tales have over human beings is remarkable. My personal opinion is that we as a species will not take that next evolutionary leap until we are able throw off the shackles of the old mysticism(s). However, therein lies the rub, as a vast majority do not believe in evolution the point is moot.
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To me, God is more believable than aliens..
Not quite sure what you're implying here... that those listed things are a byproduct of christianity? I'd wager my money on aliens tbh...

Still wondering why this thread hasn't been moved to the Politics/Religion subforum.
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Circa ~2010. Took then GF home to Pittsburgh from Bible belt of NC. Went to Natural history Museum. Dinosaur bones everywhere... Science has proven they exsisted etc... She said she didn't believe in them as they are not mentioned in Bible. I got rid of here when we got back to NC. I could not believe it. Spent a little over a year with her.


The book of Job in the bible references "the Leviathan" a great beast with no equal. It could certainly be a dinosaur, from the description in Chapter 41 ("Who can strip off its outer coat? Who can penetrate its double coat of armor? Who can open the doors of its mouth, ringed about with fearsome teeth? It's back has rows of shields, tightly sealed together...").

The bible was not written as a science text, but rather as the story of the relationship between God and Mankind. So if God wants to use evolution to achieve His goals in creating the earth, I wouldn't expect to see it in this book - just because it's not mentioned doesn't mean it didn't happen.
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If it weren't so offensive, this post would almost be comical.

BTW, you were unsuccessful in moving on.


Yet, here is an example of what the post above is talking about. America is doomed since she represents 80% of it's inhabitants.
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Christianity is about recognizing that God has reached out to us, and our being reunited with Him as a perfect being is made possible by what He did, not by what we do - this is very different than other faiths. Despite various churches/denominations and their prescriptions of how to end up in heaven, the bible clearly states over and over that there is nothing we can do to earn our way - we simply have to accept what He did. It's kind of the point of the whole story - we are not on a good deeds/works quota. Hopefully if you "get it", and have a regular relationship with Him, you will want to live life as He instructs.

Are any of us good enough to earn our way to heaven, or get there by living a "good life?" How good is good enough?

Reading the bible also gives you an insight as to the nature of God. So when a 3 month old child dies, I'm certain He understands innocence and justice better than we do, and has it covered.
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The Crusades, and other similar actions by men, were not actions of God. As is stated throughout history, and this discussion, men are the weak part in the chain.

If the baby was baptized, it goes to heaven. If not, it does NOT go the hell.

Part that seems to be missed, but is my understanding, is there is also a third choice for the afterlife; purgatory. Not as nice as heaven, not as bad as hell. We are born headed to purgatory, not headed to hell. Your deeds CAN earn you a spot in hell. Your deeds CAN NOT earn you a place in heaven. All those who died before JEsus did not go to hell, they were in purgatory. Jesus' death as a sacrifice, as the umblemished lamb of God, opened teh gates to heaven. We can't get there unless Jesus prepares the way.

Often quoted is that we will get to a gate and meet Peter and be asked what we did. My current understanding is that the real question will not really be addressed to us waiting. The question will be to Jesus: "Hey Jeez, this your friend?" He waves you thru, you join the party at his Father's house.


TP, your daughter didn't "learn" about God from you, where did it come from? Those of us who beleive would think that is the Holy Spirit moving her, whispering in her ear. And don't take this as an insult, but if you are like many of the rest of us fathers, your most intimate desire is for her to do better than you, have a better life than you did, avoid as many of the mistakes we made as possible. Maybe your wishes (if not prayers) are being answered.


Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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Well, I think that perhaps I did a poor job of really developing my point, because I don't find it depressing at all. Let me expand here.

I agree that we can be viewed as failures in that we've sinned, so we do not deserve heaven - effectively we are all going to hell at this point (absent any intervention by God). That view would be depressing yes.

But I think what I failed to drive home was that this isn't the whole picture - God did intervene by sending His only Son (Jesus) to die for us in our place, so that we don't have to go to hell. But this is only if we choose to accept him as our Saviour and believe in Him.

So I think its amazing that God would step in and provide a way for us to be saved from Hell - that cannot be construed as depressing at all. What is depressing is that so many people choose to reject Jesus (because we do have free will to do so) and reject the gift of salvation. These people are effectively choosing to remain "failures" to use your terminology above, but it is their own choice! That's the crux - it is their choice. Its not that God will randomly select a few failures and give them a passing grade at the end of the day - God has provided a way, but we have to accept it too. There is responsibility on our end.

When, as a believer, you think about what God has done for you on the cross you cannot help but be amazed and joyful - its not depressing. And to know that while this life is short, you will enjoy eternity with God is an amazing feeling and one that you look forward to - there is less fear in death. Some Christians have no fear, I am not sure I'm in that exact category to be honest, but I believe I know where I am going and it gives a sense of peace.

Anyways, hope that helps elaborate my original point a little more, I did not mean to convey a sense of hopelessness or depress anyone.
Well that opens up a whole can of worms
Because basically we (all gods creations) were all badly designed
We were designed that no matter what actions we take
We will not live up to the standard
Unless we believe that he sacrificed his only son to spare us?

I am not sure i could worship a god that kills his own son to save his underlings
If he is all powerful couldn't he just wish our salvation and it would happen ?(without the crucifixion part)?

That's actually one of my favorite quotes from the Quran
That when god wants something
"He says be, and it is"
I mean that is what all powerful is in my book

So what if I accept Jesus as my savior, but I happen to have a weak spot for women?
And I sort of sleep around with a lot of them?
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F@ck. But I have to swim through the see of f@ckign fire to get to those sluts... that's gonna suck.

Maybe I should just switch form being an atheist to an agnostic just to be safe.
Men have done much worse things for pu$$y
And hopefully if all goes well with the sluts
It will suck
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What about those who dont have time to think, decide, then make such an informed choice? I mean, if the "default setting", for lack of a better term, is that we are all sinners and will go to hell, without effort on our part to get off that path, then those who dont have a chance to declare their considered acceptance of Jesus being their savior, well they are unfairly screwed.

Many years ago, a colleague of mine lost his baby at just under 3 months old. Terribly sad.

By that age, a child has not had the chance to think and make such a conscious choice to accept Jesus as his savior.
Does that mean this baby will go to hell? You said we are all sinners, although it's hard to imagine what that child has done yet to sin... If that is his fate, then that IS depressing.

If I understand it correctly, your assertion is that actions one does here on earth regarding other people have no little to no bearing on whether you go to hell or not, it's only if you accept Jesus as your saviour. You could spend your life saving lives, helping the poor and the sick, but if you are an athiest, and it turns out you were wrong (ie: there IS a God after all), then your lifetime of good deeds here means nothing, it's straight to hell with you; meanwhile a mass murderer who finds God at the 11th hour enjoys eternity in heaven? That seems really wrong and depressing and hopeless to me..

Assuming I've understood the theory correctly, then once again, I find it more comforting to think there is no God, than to think there is one, but that's how he operates....
In Islam it works a little different
We are sort of innocent until proven guilty
And it's written that all those that have not achieved puberty, if they die, Do not get judged.
I mean how can you judge a 9 year old who's worst deed was lying about not breaking the vase?

Regarding your last line
I think of it differently
He created the universe, sort of got the ball rolling
What happens at a later choosing is our affected by our choices

I think it might be better to believe there is a god, but that all religions are messed up
I totally understand agnostics
Much more than I understand being atheist
All religions have issues, but that should not undermine your belief in god
I have a lot of issues with my own religion
But overall, it's the most acceptable option, to me a least
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The Crusades, and other similar actions by men, were not actions of God. As is stated throughout history, and this discussion, men are the weak part in the chain.

If the baby was baptized, it goes to heaven. If not, it does NOT go the hell.

Part that seems to be missed, but is my understanding, is there is also a third choice for the afterlife; purgatory. Not as nice as heaven, not as bad as hell. We are born headed to purgatory, not headed to hell. Your deeds CAN earn you a spot in hell. Your deeds CAN NOT earn you a place in heaven. All those who died before JEsus did not go to hell, they were in purgatory. Jesus' death as a sacrifice, as the umblemished lamb of God, opened teh gates to heaven. We can't get there unless Jesus prepares the way.

Often quoted is that we will get to a gate and meet Peter and be asked what we did. My current understanding is that the real question will not really be addressed to us waiting. The question will be to Jesus: "Hey Jeez, this your friend?" He waves you thru, you join the party at his Father's house.


TP, your daughter didn't "learn" about God from you, where did it come from? Those of us who beleive would think that is the Holy Spirit moving her, whispering in her ear. And don't take this as an insult, but if you are like many of the rest of us fathers, your most intimate desire is for her to do better than you, have a better life than you did, avoid as many of the mistakes we made as possible. Maybe your wishes (if not prayers) are being answered.


Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

There is nothing in the bible about Purgatory, and the process you described. Catholics interpret several scriptures to validate the concept, but many disagree that there is such a "place" or process.
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Not quite sure what you're implying here... that those listed things are a byproduct of christianity? I'd wager my money on aliens tbh...

Still wondering why this thread hasn't been moved to the Politics/Religion subforum.
yes, christianity is irremovable from the development of mankind or the 'white race' .. which is pretty much responsible for everything you see in the modern world
now not all members of western civilization are practicing Christians, but it forms the bedrock

because there is no shouting and screaming
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yes, christianity is irremovable from the development of mankind or the 'white race' .. which is pretty much responsible for everything you see in the modern world
now not all members of western civilization are practicing Christians, but it forms the bedrock

because there is no shouting and screaming
Wow..., I don't even know where to begin..
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yes, christianity is irremovable from the development of mankind or the 'white race' .. which is pretty much responsible for everything you see in the modern world
now not all members of western civilization are practicing Christians, but it forms the bedrock

because there is no shouting and screaming
well it's not jus Christianity that forms the bedrock
Judaism and Islam added a lot
Islam added things like Algebra, Trigonometry, Cameras, surgical instruments, windmills, inoculation , and the one that has probably lead to the most number of other inventions, coffee
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well it's not jus Christianity that forms the bedrock
Judaism and Islam added a lot
Islam added things like Algebra, Trigonometry, Cameras, surgical instruments, windmills, inoculation , and the one that has probably lead to the most number of other inventions, coffee
Subtract everything you see in the world from those things that you mentioned and tell me white people/christians had nothing to do with it.


I'm not one to put down Islam, or Buddhism or whatever, but isn't it quite clear the WIN in the religion category belongs to Christians? (I am not a Christian.)
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Pretty sure Arabs invented WAY more things than the Christians, who at that time were worried about their crusades ;P
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