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    here's a good piece of evidence of the existence of a creator: the universe
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    How long? Probably since I realized that gods don't exist. That would be 30+ years by now. Have I ever helped to make someone reject superstition? Oh yes, I like to think I have. But I don't really discuss religion outside of discussion forums, I have found it really doesn't lend itself to social settings Of course I am susceptible to changing my opinions, on anything, really. Just provide a good argument or evidence and I will happily start believing in the supernatural. It is not a waste of time if someone finds my posts interesting, or if I am having fun. What seems to be a waste of time, though, is you complaining about me.
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    I agree. there is no guarantee other christians will cherry pick the good ones. but the problem doesn't start with religion. the problem starts with the "ignorant mass" which by definition is stupid, egotistical and doesn't care about values. Man is born a wolf, and it needs to be tamed somehow. I maintain, that criminal laws in and of itself aren't sufficient. See how full the prisons already are. Now imagine that on top of that population, a whole group of people is added that doesn't have religious limits to their behaviour. Religion is (was) a stronger incentive to act good, than criminal laws. Not too long ago, the fear of going to hell FAR outweighed the fear of going to jail. Good luck to a "worldy" set of morals to provoke the same amount of fear in people than hell and satan.
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    Well, as I said, I am happy you do. My problem is just, how can I know that other christians will cherry-pick the same texts? It is waaaaay too arbitrary for comfort. We REALLY shouldn't let a book based on the ethical systems of bronze and iron age people, peope who lived in very different societies in very different times, be the source for moral systems today. Especially not when the bible is claimed to be divinely inspired. That's a recipe for disaster. How long can we expect society to help guide christians to the right verses and reject the bad ones? How long until we again see violents sects pop up in chistianity as we see in islam?
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    You have been having this same tired old argument how long? Why? What is the purpose? Have you ever diverted somebody away from faith and onto the path of atheism? I don't believe so. Are you yourself susceptible to being persuaded about faith? No. It is a complete waste of time. Every few weeks you trigger another one of these boring arguments and it is an utter waste of time.
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    i'm not offended. when you point to wrong passages in the bible, I'll be the first to acknowledge them. these parts constitute a problem. But nothing that a person of good will couldn't downplay
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    That's not at all what vipassana is. For starters it's 100% free and runs on donations and volunteers. It's for everyone. It's not atheistic or religious(despite originating from Buddhism) and there's no mysticism involved and everything is explained. Vipassana meditation is a literal, physical, experiential meditation technique that is entirely observable. You've only demonstrated a little bit of bullshit and hey you look like that ghost from Mario Kart so I'll still read the whole Bible, as I've been intending for quite a while. Thanks for the compliments. I've got nothing but love and respect for this guy:
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    That would be all well and good if religion wasn't such a burden on humanity. And I try not to harangue anyone, and hopefully @action won't feel it that way, either. If so, I apologize. But I won't hold my tongue when criticising the morality of the bible out of some fear that christians will be offended by it. Nothing is above criticism, not even religion or their holy tests. Progress comes from discussions, and then we just have to try to not let it become personal.
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    fair enough. at the end of the day, we all have a choice to act good or bad. while I acknowledge, of course, that not everything in the bible has equal moral value, many things do. The bible is, you've said it, a compilation. "the church", which I despise, has decided which texts form the bible. Seeing how man has decided which texts form the bible, I reserve the right to cherry pick those that I "think" hold most value. As a start of being a good citizen, I think there are worse things than that here was me thinking you didn't like flower-power mumbo jumbo
  11. Avengers: Endgame

    (This isn't a spoiler, this is speculation): When you consider how many of these guys are done after this (Downey and Captain America) you would be led to believe that they will be the ones to kill Thanos. Since they're gone after this, might as well let them go down swinging hard, right? I don't think that's exactly the way it's going to be. When you think about it, why does the character of Nebula exist if not to kill Thanos? She's a secondary character, an antagonist and the sole piece of motivation since she first showed up, was to have vengeance on her father. It's much more likely to me that she will be the one to do the deed.
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    It is not a joking matter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Ukpabio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchcraft_accusations_against_children_in_Africa I am sure Helen Ukpabio believes she has the bible on her side when she torments children she thinks is possessed by evil spirits. I am sure she uses the aforementioned verse as support for what she does. Her actions, and her ethical system, is based (at least partly) on scripture. Which goes back to where we started: the good book is certainly not good and it cannot be safely used to build an ethical system. If you do that you risk ending up as a monster who torments kids for being possessed, or monsters who murder 390 Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka. It all comes down to interpretation and emphases.
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    Here is a novel idea: religious plurality. Allow the religious man to be religious without haranguing him, and the atheism man to be atheistic without haranguing. End of argument. Go and discuss Guns N' Roses or something or other.
  14. doubt it would happen. GNR is too big. but I kind of feel like if they do open for the stones, Izzy will somehow find his way up on that stage (hopefully with GNR). only way I could see it happening is incase the needed the quick publicity to promote another box set or dvd release. or heaven forbid to promote a new song.
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    I was referring to the sum of all of us too. Again, see Durkheim for further doctrine in this subject secular laws need to be of course. Not everyone takes christianity as a good enough incentive to act good. That's when criminal law comes in. But millions, billions of people have refrained from bad behaviour, for the past millennia, on the sole basis of being afraid from hell. Even the biggest scumbag in history, Hitler, on different occasions reckognised the need to please a "creator", which probably refrained him from killing even more people (Hitler, Adolf (1999). Mein Kampf. Ralph Mannheim, ed., New York: Mariner Books, pp. 65, 119, 152, 161, 214, 375, 383, 403, 436, 562, 565, 622, 632–633).
  16. Of all the scenarios mentioned in this thread, that one is the most unrealistic.
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    That's too bad for our sisters who practise the noble art of witchcraft. If it's of any comfort to you, I'll do my best to convince my fellow christian brothers not to kill any witches anymore
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    When I said "we will" I was referring to the sum of all of us. Not you and me. Of course religion originates from society. It is man-made, after all. And hence are its ethical systems. So I wasn't contradicting myself, I was contradicting your statement that morals come from god. And that last message is troubling in itself. So the message to ISIS is that they are forgiven for their atrocities because Jesus will wash away their sins? What kind of deterrent is that, really? Then I am very glad we have secular laws who can give them a proper punishment.
  19. I see your point now, I still wish they could have him and Matt back on a permenant basis and learn to put up with Steven as impossible as that maybe but I can't see it happening
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    sad to hear, but to be honest, I was expecting so. Meditation is just a modern capitalist invention for atheists to find some sort of soul-searching. It's costly, its artificial and frankly, I view it as meaningless. my advice to you, should you still want to listen after all the bullshit i've demonstrated: read the book whisdom in the bible. Even if you just read a couple of lines, like I did, you'll already feel different. I've went on the read the 4 gospels, and this made me a far more forgiving man than I was ever before. It may make a difference to you, it may not, but I suspect it will. you're a caring, kind individual. you would be a good christian.
  21. That one is. I've not heard any horror stories or logistical nightmares from it and it's been going a good few years already. How's Burning Man? Looks massive and there's stories of crazy stuff going on in tents there.
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    I am very sceptic when you say "we will" decide what is good and what is bad. In reality, with religion, we already have decided what is good and bad. From the beginning of civilisation it was already pretty clear what was good and bad. This stems from our inherent need to reproduce and to protect our genes. Are you familiar with Durkheim? He argued that religion "originates" from society. Every society has "their" form of religion because it originates within society. So if your concern is, that morals should be decided by us rather than by god, you're in fact contradicting yourself I think (but this is getting technical now), according to christianity, jesus washes away our sins. Even if we don't believe, jesus still loves us. in any case, the video does not say: become christian, it says: love will save you no matter how many people you kill
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    I don't despise religious people(or anyone really even the few I really fucking hate ) just bullshit behaviour. I've made it clear numerous times my good intentions and feelings and the kindness and patience I've shown is just forgotten and overshadowed by confusion and bitterness, which saddens me but I won't take any blame for other people's bullshit. So I don't despise you either just the bullshit you've demonstrated. I turn the cheek far more often than some people care to admit - I'm just not a mug and don't suffer fools gladly. I get love and hate, mostly love, on here and in real life so I must be doing something right, oh well, can't please everyone. I've been making no progress with vipassana meditation, haven't been doing it. Which is beyond dumb. It's just very difficult and I'm fucking lazy I guess. But it's very worthwhile and valuable so I'm intending on doing another 10 day course when I have the time and hopefully I can attain the discipline to do the daily practice.
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    Of course not. Without a moral framework we become moral anarchists. But fortunately even in the absence of religion we do have moral frameworks, as described in my previous post. Just look at atheists, they don't abide by any religious code of conduct yet they manage fine without it. I think most of it was directly referencing bible verses. Take the killing of witches, how can you say that has nothing to do with the bible?
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    Who will decide what is good and what is bad? The same as always: we will. Through the interplay between the expression of our genes that modulate our behavior and cause us to feel compassion, empathy and fairness, and how we decide that our societies should be through our laws and our established manners, we decide what is considered "good" and "bad". We don't need gods to tell us that. This is why morals are different through time and why it is different in different countries today. There was some talk about washing away the sins of the sinners, and I assumed that meant that they had to become christians. No?
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    I refuse to respond to this remark as it has nothing to do with anything that's written in the bible.
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