My Question of the Day – 5/30/16

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What would you change if you knew with 100% certainty that God does not exist? Or if you don’t believe in God, that he/she does exist?

38 thoughts on “My Question of the Day – 5/30/16

    • I believe there is a higher power, but if I found out for certain there was not, my life would not change that much. I would fall back on what you have mentioned, which is the internal knowledge of right and wrong.

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  1. If you believed that he was real and found out he didn’t exist then my whole way of thinking would change. I wouldn’t believe that certain things were meant to happen or that I was meant to meet the person I am with. God brings things that are suppose to happen to us. We have the choice to follow or choose a different path.

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  2. Dear friend, I would madman if I even think like that, because I have felt him, and I have love even when I was in sins. So well i don’t care what the world says, for i know it won’t change the truth, which is Jesus Christ lives.

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  3. Nothing whatsoever. I’m the way I’m whether It exists or not, because for me the important thing is to do good and lead a good life. Moreover I don’t think that whether who people call “God” exists or not is relevant at least my metaphysical insight tells me so. Besides as I wrote in one of my books the word God is derogatory because it means idol. In that book “God” says that It doesn’t like this definition so in a humorous way my fictional character asks It what name It would like to be called and “God” tells Its preference that is more similar to how the American Indians used to call it. (Just to clarify both the God of the Bible and Allah were once two idols of the hundreds that the Jews and the Arab worshipped so basically they are worshipping two ancient idols)

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    • I am not sure about the Arabic world, but the Jewish nation present and ancient worshiped one god, YHWH. This is what separated them from those around them and founded them as one of if not the oldest monotheism.

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      • I’m not sure, in fact nobody is, whether it was the Jews that created the first monotheistic religion or the Pharaoh Akenhaten who tried to reduce the Egyptian gods to only one but was strongly opposed by the powerful priests. Anyway originally YHWH was an idol of the polytheistic Jews called El who had a son called YAWH. Eventually El became YAWTH who had a wife called Ashera. She was deleted from the texts in later versions of the Bible because the Jews wanted a patriarchal religion with man as the most important gender and they couldn’t do that as long as Ashera was YAWH wife because she was as important as him. As for Allah he used to be a moon God and one of the over 300 idols worshipped by the polytheistic Meccans. As a rule history is always written by the winners so such information are swept under the carpet and never told to the masses.

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      • Because I’m American. I hear people say things like, “If you don’t believe in God, what’s stopping you from killing everyone you see?” I really hear this stuff. If the only thing keeping someone from going on a killing spree is fear if God’s wrath, they need to seriously think about their life choices.

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      • Could it be the types of people with which you associate? I ask because I am American and I can honestly say I have never heard that argument; it seems a bit extreme. Not to mention morality can exist outside of the belief in a deity. Just thinking out loud.

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      • I’m in Indiana. Perhaps you’re incredibly lucky. I hear my neighbors talk like this. And it’s not just local. I’ve seen posters on Q&A forums pose this question many times over the years. I remember news articles about that redneck reality show a while back. One of the guys said he’d like to break into an atheist’s house, rape his wife and ask him why he’s upset. There’s no god around to say this isn’t wrong. It surprises me greatly that more folk haven’t encountered it. We were just talking about this in my secular parenting group.

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      • I’m very seriously wondering if you “can honestly say that you have never heard this argument” I googled it, and it’s considered THE most popular argument against atheism out there. I looked through this thread and I’ve seen you were very quick to praise a theist for saying they’d refuse to believe even with proof and then when they finally stayed that they’d be deeply upset about it. With anyone who claims life wouldn’t be different, you keep poking at it.

        I’m starting to wonder if you’ve got your mind made up and think you’re going to stir things up for the nonbelievers. It’s not going to work. This is the most common and garden variety question posed to atheists and has been for the last 100 years or so.

        Also, remember or please do some research. There are real world religions out there that are atheist. They aren’t modern inventions. They aren’t obscure or rare. There are deeply religious folk out there who are atheists. It’s a common misunderstanding for many people raised in or around theist religions. There are many people in the world who would continue to happily devote their lives to their religion, because no god is required.

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      • I don’t even know how to answer you. You obviously do not know me. In the future, before jumping to conclusions, I would wait for a response before becoming accusatory. Please read my response to your previous comment.

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      • I don’t pay much attention to these ridiculous hypothetical situations. And now that you have expounded I am aware of these arguments as well and usually they are from the ultra-right religious types. I avoid these types like the bubonic plague as they tend to be incredibly closed minded.

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  4. Assuming I had the power to change things? Not just my own actions? Whether God exists or not, I would eradicate hatred. If we are limiting this to my own actions which is more realistic, I’d eliminate my own hatred. Gotta start somewhere!

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  5. If God doesn’t exist, the New Testament of the Bible is still a good guide for treating each other with love and kindness. The Old Testament has a more vengeful God, but Jesus is a man worth following with his forgiveness and tolerance. To put it in modern terms, Old Testament = Trump, New Testament = Sanders.

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