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Subj: Re: Atheist turned believer
Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 at 11:56:18 pm EDT (Viewed 864 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Atheist turned believer
Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 at 10:23:41 pm EDT (Viewed 807 times)
A lot of these atheists from my experience are closet believers. They argue they don't believe in any god, yet when a precious loved one is near death they'll start praying *just in case*, if things get really bad for them, they'll start cursing and arguing with a god they don't believe in... Sure, they'll argue about science this, science that, hide behind sophisticated arguments, but when the going gets rough, they all cave in. It's all part of watching the inevitable, annoying conclusion. In the interim, they'll argue so they can feel better about themselves, gain attention, try to sound intellectually superior. Those arguing with you, *laugh*. One day, you'll see.
Well, I can say from personal experience that none of that is true.
When my uncle - who pretty much raised me - died back in 2012, I didn't bother with anything as useless as prayer. Nor when my grandmother, my last surviving grandparent died two years earlier.
But I do remember thinking on both occasions how glad I was that heaven and hell didn't exist. Because you know all those loved ones of yours that have passed? If religion is true, you can't be sure where they are. They might have done something bad earlier in their lives that they never truly 'repented'. They might have railed against an illness or old age and rejected your god at the last moment. If they did, where do you think they are now? All those people who are close to you. Parents, siblings, children, friends... They all have things they never tell you, and if you believe in the supernatural, you can NEVER be sure what their "destiny" was, or is.
I have peace of mind, because I'm sure.
And 17 years ago, my life turned to s*!t. I lost my wife, my kids, my job and my home all within six months. Everything I'd worked for, gone.
I didn't pray. I didn't curse gods or fates that I know aren't there. It took time to recover from those emotional and financial hammer blows (I'm good financially now, but the emotional scars will always be with me), but life got better. And no supernatural help was required. My family and friends pulled me through.
One of those friends had a pregnancy that went horribly, horribly wrong. She lost the baby, and nearly died herself. I didn't have 'faith' that a supernatural being would help her. But I trusted that the doctors and surgeons who treated her had the knowledge and skills to save her life. They didn't let me, nor her, nor her husband and five year old daughter down.
And when my time comes, why would I fear death any more than I'd fear going to sleep? I'll be sad at missing all the stuff that's going to happen after I'm gone, but that's all.
Sure, there are people who are atheists who do behave exactly as you describe. But there are those that don't. Perhaps YOU can't imagine a life without the supernatural in it, but there are many, many people who can not only imagine one, but live it.
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