Are you there God? ...it's uh, Sciforums.

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  1. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    My point is that one can believe in God and not care about God or believing in God.

    Something like having a scar on your skin: It's there, you acknowledge it, you don't deny it, but you pay it little or no attention and you don't think it defines you - because you have better things to focus on, like the strength of your muscles or your ability to concentrate.
     
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  3. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    No, I'm not. I apologize if I came across as too interested.

    I can only give you my personal testimony that seriously being willing to believe in God, seriously allowing for the possibility that believing in God is the best thing one can do, can lead to tremendous suffering. I've been there.

    But if you're not taking this experiment seriously and are into it only half-heartedly - then I'm afraid you're just squandering precious time and energy.
     
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  5. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    I've never heard of that position, greenberg. There is a God, but so what, I don't worship it, and it doesn't play a part in my life. Strange.
     
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  7. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Well, if you mean by half-heartedly that I am an atheist then yeah I suppose you are right. But that's the whole point isn't it ?
    Vitalone says he can convert atheists by using prayer, that's what's being tested right now.
    All I really have to do is say "go ahead, test prayer on me". But I don't have to believe in it, otherwise the experiment is kind of nonsense don't you think ?
     
  8. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    It's not strange at all. It's from a fairly common Christian doctrine about who goes to hell. Namely, according to that doctrine, there are people who know God, but who refuse to worship Him, people who refuse to acknowledge God's superiority. According to that doctrine, these are the worst kind of people, destined for eternal damnation.

    That there are people who know God, but who refuse to worship Him - this is also a fairly common assumption many theists are making when addressing atheists. When they accuse us of "lying to ourselves", "being proud", "being dishonest", "knowing the Truth but wilfully rebelling against it" - this is when they are implying that we know God, but refuse to bow to Him.
     
  9. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    No, that's not what I meant.

    You said earlier -
    I hope I'm wrong, but your attitude strikes me as a bit light.
    It appears you're not all too worried over the possibility that believing in God could be severely detrimental for you.

    Take another example: If someone claimed they can cast a spell on you, and then you'd become crazy - would you invite them to cast that spell on you?
     
  10. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah sure, I know that can't be done. Spells are a fantasy.

    Thing is, I am not too worried about waking up to believe in God because I don't think it is ever going to happen.
    Let me put it this way, it would be a downright miracle if that happened.
     
  11. Donnal Registered Member

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    ok spider if you pray iso i dont mind as long as no one gets hurt it dont matter what a person does with their beleif as long as they dont hurt others
    but ahmm well prayer works for sum people and dont work for others
    are you after a miracle or perhaps a superstring or are you just playing round with prayers to see if they work or not
    i guess a child can give you that answer if you ask a child did they pray for sumthing and did it come true the answer is NO IT DIDNT and they still waitng for their wish from the falling star to work
    well am sorry but if you do think it works does it look like it works to other people do you ever wonder why people laugh at others when they believe sumthing works to them it dont so you may see differently to others and you may look funny to kids if you say it does work prayer only works for people who believe adn dont care if others cant see it or not
    as long as you believe and dont hurt no one is ok by me

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  12. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Oh my, our dear VitalOne appears to have been banned. I wonder if he can pray the system to unban him as well?
     
  13. SnakeLord snakeystew.com Valued Senior Member

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    I don't get it. Usually you can't stop a theist "praying for you" and yet the minute someone asks you to pray for them you don't have the time?

    Be honest: Are you scared you're going to fail?

    [edit] Bugger, just saw the post above. Oh well
     
  14. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    lol I wondered why things were so civilized all of a sudden

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    Well, at least he has some time to focus on creating intend, or whatever..
     
  15. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Oww..!! I must have missed this LOL :roflmao:

    Is it true Spidey ?

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  16. mis-t-highs I'm filling up Registered Senior Member

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    vital ones banning: it's only short term he'll be back in a couple of days.
     
  17. Godless Objectivist Mind Registered Senior Member

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    Well yes the position is called deists. Deists believe in god, but they don't follow any typical religion nor do they believe that god is involved in human affairs.

    As for the prayer to change someone's point a view, is it this kind of pointless?

    I've been prayed for many times, so they claim, yet I'm still 100% rational, I've not given up reason for myth & supernaturalism, I don't intend to give up logic over faith, so the prayer VO may or may not project is bound to fail, for the same fact that neither Spidergoat nor Enmos would abandon reason for myth. I suppose I'm correct in this assumption...:shrug:
     
  18. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    I believe it's bound to fail, which is why if it does succeed, it would be miraculous.

    To think of God as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of everything in the universe is a useful idea, but would this be much different than atheism? Since we aren't commanded to do anything in particular, it still leaves secular humanism in charge.
     
  19. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    Actually, you are, but Vital One left that out.

    You are commanded to love God, on your own accord.

    The whole point with believing in God is that a person deliberately submits to God.

    So for proper belief in God, two things are required:
    1. knowing God
    2. deliberately submitting to God.

    You are not fulfilling these criteria, this is how this "experiment" doesn't work.
     
  20. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Who in his right mind would submit to something he doesn't belief in ??
     
  21. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    But if God isn't involved in human society (deism), then he never commanded anything.
     
  22. greenberg until the end of the world Registered Senior Member

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    That follows, yes.

    But I'm not sure that a deist belief in God is of any use or makes any difference, or that it is even discernible (other than merely nominally).


    (My point earlier about knowing God but refusing to worship Him, was not deist, though.)
     
  23. Michael 歌舞伎 Valued Senior Member

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    So Spider are you theist yet??

    Also, when I look at your avatar I can actually automatically imagine a roaring ghost-like noise. Anyone else have this happen to them?

    Michael
     

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