“The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. … How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!” – Autobiographical dictation, 2 December 1906. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 (University of California Press, 2013)
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Social Media is starting to replace the community that the church provides. More and more people are leaving religion due to the lies.
Yeah, your lies.
Isn't there also a saying, "truth brings you peace"? You all don't seem very peaceful.
@Leper Re: "You all don't seem very peaceful." (THIS coming from an individual who believes owning female slaves and forcing them into prostitution is perfectly hunky-dory since the female slave is forgiven for being a prostitute. Irony much?... Anyway...)
Well, I WAS planning on working on a few arts and crafts in my basement tomorrow. (Trying to get ahead on making Christmas gifts.) However, if it makes you feel any better, I suppose I could put that off for a day and instead go around town slaughtering all the people who do not believe in your precious Allah. Would that make you happy? Living in the middle of the Bible Belt, that will mean a VERY busy day for me, though. And since I may not have enough ammo, I guess I'll just have to sharpen up one of my axes or machetes. (Hmmm... I think I'll go with the machete. Easier and faster to swing, especially in a crowd.) Actually, come to think of it, that is really the method your loving Allah and Mohammed prefer anyway, right? And based on what I have read from your wonderful Koran so far, your Allah and homophobic pedophile Mohammed would be incredibly pleased with me. Of course, I suppose you will now starting blabbering on and on and on about "CONTEXT", and how some of those hundreds of DIFFERENT interpretations of totally OBJECTIVE rules that are exactly NOT in contradiction of one another have not been properly understood due to your ALL-KNOWING Allah being able to spread his precious message ONLY in Arabic. Hmmmm.... Ya know, on second thought, I do believe I will just stay home and spend a peaceful day working in my basement tomorrow. Besides, I happen to like my neighbors, despite the fact they are Christians.
@Leper: "truth brings you peace"?
We've seen lots of examples of the peace brought by religious truth in Auschwitz, Ireland, Rwanda, the Middle East, India (especially during the Partition), to name just a few.
Atheists don't seem peaceful? Perhaps that's because most atheists are recovering theists. It's a long hard climb up out of the pit of childhood indoctrination. But you'll be surprised how big the sky is if you ever get your head out of that hole.
It's an asinine saying then, the truth need not bring you peace, and that is axiomatic. just as it is axiomatic that religions have lied.
If you require no evidence which supports a belief then you can value no evidence which discounts it.
@RE: Why Religion Exists in a Modern World: "People are ignorant and want to be led. They go from being led by their biological mommy and daddy to being led by their mystical mother church and magical father in the sky. They are trained to be led as children by their parents, teachers and government, so when they mature biologically they simply take the need to be led by the nose with them. They do it because it is comfortable to them. They do it so they do not have to deal with their own responsibility in this life.
Sounds like an old wives' tale; or perhaps trolling.
@Leper: ""truth brings you peace. You don't seem very peaceful."
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ..... None of us are following a religion that kills apostates and the infidel.
Like human behaviour generally, religion exists universally because it has a purpose . I think that purpose is to meet some very basic human needs. Those needs include ; some relief from the fear of death, having the illusion of order, a sense of purpose and of control over life. Also a sense of belonging to a group. I'm sure this brings comfort today .Up to the sixteenth century at least in Europe, belonging to a certain religious group could be a life and death matter.
Imo ,to dismiss believers as ignorant or stupid is a gross generalisation and simple bigotry . Same goes for demonising Muslims .
@Kataclismic: "Why Religion Exists in a Modern World"
Do you think in 500 years they will call our age "modern"? ;)
I don't understand, you've a quibble over an adjective?