I was raised in a somewhat Christian family and believed in God. As I have become more educated and studied religions of the world, I relaized how self-serving most of them are. Most of the rules are created to preserve the religious belief and most of the stories are unbelievable with modern knowledge. In short, I don't beleive in god or gods because I have thought it all through and it doesn't make sense that a diety or dieties exist.<br />
Now, before you make the argument of what do I have to lose...<br />
Time, energy and the need to question everything around me. Without those three things, I will stagnate and if we all stop asking questions about the world around us, we will never learn to further our species. A non-existent god is not going to do it for us.<br />
I do, however, respect your choosing to believe in god. I will lose respect for anyone that chooses to ignore science so that you can hold on to a belief system.

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I was raised in an atheist household.<br />
I developed an intense interest in what people believe.. not just Christianity but all beliefs and variations.<br />
The more thinking and research I did, the clearer it became that faith and knowledge have no connection with each other.<br />
I find I simply cannot believe in the Biblical god.<br />
That is a character I could hate... there are so many examples of his supposed behaviour in the old testament that are horrific and cruel beyond imagining.<br />
Here's one example... Jesus was supposed to die to save humanity from original sin.<br />
I can not accept that any life should ever be sacrificed to absolve the sin committed by any other, whether done so willingly or not. Only the person who has done wrong is responsible, and only that one can make amends.<br />
If god was omniscient, omnipotent, eternal and good, then he has the knowledge, power and will to find a better way to deal with original sin.<br />
If he is good, knew how, and had the power he would have done so. He did not. <br />
That can only be because he could not. <br />
If he could not, then he fails in one, two or three characteristics that define him as what he supposedly is. The crucifixion is a historical fact. Therefore god does not exist.<br />
Look at it again. Why would a god omniscient and omnipotent being allow such pain and suffering to occur at all? It is abhorrent beyond imagining, sadistic and sick to the point of psychopathic.<br />
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I have met atheists who became that way because of hypocrisy and corruption in Christian congregations; they make up a high proportion of atheists.<br />
Personally I do get irritated by some of the Christians who disregard the right of free will that they believe their god gave all people; in particular the kind of bigotry that causes some to persecute and bully others. <br />
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But having said all that, I have friends who are Christians, deeply sincere, good and loving people.<br />
I would never reject any person ba<x>sed on their faith; it's who the person really is that counts.

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I'm very glad to know that u accept people for who they are, as do I. I was just curious in your reasoning. I also have met people who claim to be christians but they are so opinionated and judgemental that they really aren't seeing that those behaviors are not what god intends. I would encourage u to do some more research because even if good didn't exist, and I'm sure he does, what's to be lost by trying to live in a way that would please him? Ill leave it at that because I appreciate u taking the time to answer my question and I'm not a lecturer. :)

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I think people have a natural instinct for altruism, which manifests when dysfunctional family background have not interfered to the point of creating neurosis, chronic anger, anxiety and low self esteem. While I don't believe in god or christ, I do see Jesus as an exceptional wise man, who's advice is worth understanding and learning how to practise.
His commandments to Love thy neighbour as thyself" and to "know thyself" are still the best advice for life. The difficulty is that many people don't love themselves, and don't know how to love. Many people think love is a feeling, rather than the action of caring for the well being of life.

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When Captain Picard was captured by the Cardassians and asked to count fingers, was he "annoyed"? Did he hate fingers?

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Really? My only response. Ouch!

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