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Ancient One 
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Dragon Red

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Subj: Re: Atheist turned believer
Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 at 05:29:02 pm CDT (Viewed 881 times)
Reply Subj: Atheist turned believer
Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 at 04:03:35 pm CDT (Viewed 873 times)



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    Many people have near death experiences, and when they come back they explain they saw their great uncle Jeff who has been dead for 50 years etc... they get told they were hallucinating or in a state of delirium or just outright dreaming and nobody believes them. Very sad that. Or perhaps, they don't want to believe it because believing it would open them up to too many scary possibilities they'd rather not face and simple denial of the possibility is much easier. Atheism is the easy option from my point of view, you don't have to work at it at all.


How is it 'very sad'? We know why near-death experiences and other personal religious experiences happen. We can even induce them to happen. We've gained knowledge about how the brain functions - that's great, not sad.

It's not that most atheists DON'T WANT to believe, it's that we need solid evidence in order to believe. And that just doesn't exist for the supernatural. We could no more believe in a god than the tooth fairy.

There aren't any 'scary possibilities for us. The likelihood of going to hell or being plagued by demons is as remote for us as getting killed by an Orc or getting captured and tortured by Darth Vader. We don't lose any sleep over it.

Please, don't feel bad for us. We were 'dead' for 13.8 billion years before we were born. Never did us any harm. So we die. That's ok. Nothing is eternal.

Personally, I feel sad for the people who spend their life on their knees hoping for an afterlife or some other form of continuance which isn't going to come.


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    So can you worship at the altar of science? AND at the altar of religion? I think you can.


Yes, you're right. Of course you can. The astronomer who discovered the 'big bang' was a very devout catholic priest, for example.

The trick is not to confuse one with the other. Problems arise when people try to use these ancient writings as science textbooks. As Galileo said: 'The bible shows you how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go'.


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