the wrath of God
Sometimes I wonder if atheists like
- Bertrand Russell,
“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
- Richard Dawkins
“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”
“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”
- and Sam Harris
“There is no question but that nominally religious scientists like Francis Collins and Kenneth R. Miller are doing lasting harm to our discourse by the accommodations they have made to religious irrationality.”
“Religious faith is the only area of discourse where immunity through conversation is considered noble. It’s the only area of our lives where someone can win points for saying, ‘There’s nothing that you can do to change my mind and I’m taking no state of the world ultimately into account in believing what I believe. There’s nothing to change about the world that would cause me to revise my beliefs.’”
are right or merely stupidly selfish to test and piss off an almighty deity or group of deities. Well as a Christian, we believe in one almighty God.
Are the belief of God, religion and other faiths merely
- a form to answer the unknown like the origin of the universe and life,
- self-imposed morality and basic (almost primitive, as I categorize modern humans in my book) laws to respect and be respected by others (the concept of the Other by Levinas),
- in other words, that which stops us from beating the living daylights, torturing and killing those who piss us off?
Are we such cowards that we need to believe in God in hope for eternal life (Heaven) rather than simply expiring?
Do atheists know something that we (believers) don’t?
Better yet, are atheists brave to ignore the wrath of God?
Maybe we should just follow the mantra from the Universal Life Church that says to “not infringe upon the rights of others and are within the law of the land and one’s conscience” and forget religion altogether.
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