I am confused by a number of different posts by the same people. In some posts they claim there is no way God exists and in others they claim Him to be a
hateful, vengeful being/force that causes so much harm and brainwashing-
I am trying to understand how you can attribute these things to something which you believe does not exist- doesn't something have toexist to also be vengeful, hateful and terrible-so which is it- does He exist or not?
PS- I believe Him to be a kind and loving being/force-
Well there are those that really can not grasp how you see it the way you do and will point out that it does not make sense to have a god that is all loving and all powerful and still have those horrible things happen. Then there are those that are not really atheists but think they are. Just like there are christians that say they are christian and fight tooth and nail because deep inside they really do not believe in god but they are not willing to admit it, there are atheists that deep down inside do believe but do not want to believe it.
That first line is in no way trying to discredit anyones faith or anything just give the point of view of those that are seeing things diffrent than you do.
Answer by Alanaplus3 at 10:19 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
Answer by anime_mom619 at 7:59 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
I think I understand your question--you are asking how we can debate these things and not believe in the existence of a deity at the same time. It would be the same, as Anime suggested, as discussing/debating the characters in other books. If you are sympathetic to a particular character, but someone else has a different perception of that character, you might discuss it, but it doesn't necessarily mean that both or either of you believe that the characters are real.
If we believe that the Bible is fiction, we can still discuss the characters in the book as we would the characters in other books we have read. I might ask how Rhett can love Scarlett with such passion, yet be able to leave her--but it doesn't mean that I think either were real people.
Answer by jsbenkert at 8:53 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
Answer by anime_mom619 at 8:18 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
Answer by cbk_mom3 at 8:14 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
Answer by spiritguide_23 at 9:45 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 8:11 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
Answer by 2tinyhineys at 8:18 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 8:22 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
I think Anime gave a pretty good explanation of the questions some Atheists have regarding the belief in the God of the Bible. While those who believe in it may not see the contradictions, or are able, through their faith, find a reasonable explanation for those contradictions, those of us who don't believe have a hard time grasping the concept of a loving and benevolent god who would smite entire nations of people or have his followers kill other people in his name.
Answer by jsbenkert at 8:50 PM on Jan. 28, 2011
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