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I used to be an Atheist like You by Yarbro

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"I used to be an atheist like you" people, I just met one today- and I got exciting. Someone with a complete different standpoint to debate with. Yet, when I debated with her today, she was not making very good case about her religion uprising instead targeting the idea of "if you don't convert you will be going to Hell". To tell you the truth, it is kind of insulting. :/

I don't condemn or threat someone by burning them because they don't believe the same religion as I do.

So, I doubt that the "Once Atheist now Christian" maybe lying about her past- trying to get some false empathy.

I used to be an Atheist like You

Yarbro

18 February 2013 at 00:10:08 MST

One of the things that bothered me for the day.

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    It's interesting that threatening kids with a spanking is considered child abuse. But threatening them with eternal torture and burning in hell is not.

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      It bothers me. At times, I used it as a counter argument against the religion itself. However, I tried to be more creative and bring more arguments that are less heard of.

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        Their problem is that God, as a concept, cannot possibly be captured by a book. So it's easy to use their own book(s) against them, showing discrepancies or hypocrisies and so forth. However, any person of Faith will eventually refuse to acknowledge evidence, since Faith itself requires believing despite the lack of evidence.

        I've known an extremely devout Mormon couple who eventually lost their Faith after sufficient evidence was provided, but it literally took months to digest, and they had to discover this on their own, it wasn't forced on them or presented to them by a friend or something. It shattered their world. And now they are Wiccans. ;)

        I think some people need a "higher authority" in their lives, and they'd prefer it to not be a human. It's an evolutionary trait, in a sense: we're programmed from birth to be gullible, so that we more readily learn valuable lessons from our parents. Same is true of most young mammals -- very impressionable. This wears off over time, but it's slower to do so for some people, and once religion has taken root, uprooting it is traumatic. So they're naturally defensive against that happening.

        I view religious adults in the same way I view short people, or slow people, or socially inept people, or people with certain heart conditions, or people who still live in their parents' basements, or people with a perpetually youthful appearance, and so forth. The timing of things in their physical and social development has produced an individual with certain traits. Religion is just one of them. It's one of few traits that can feasibly be reversed, which is too tempting for some, but so often met with the infallibility of Faith.

        But, the trend is shifting. It's astounding how many more Americans these days are Atheists than, say, 40 years ago.