Atheists Needed as Human Sacrifices

Discussion in 'Religion Archives' started by Woody, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. SnakeLord snakeystew.com Valued Senior Member

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    Do you have a readily available set of statistics concerning this? It's one thing to live in the US, and another thing to state that they don't lock up criminals.

    But of course they do. What do you expect, that they go work in Mcdonalds?

    That sounds like a serious exaggeration.

    Where can I read up on this 'fact'?

    You've missed the point. On the other thread you spent some time telling me that these old laws are meaningless. You stated that old jews can obey these laws but all you have to do is love your neighbour and god. You go on to repeat this here. So why do you obey the ten commandments? Isn't it apparent to state that if you disobeyed them - and went and killed someone for example, that you end up failing in the law of love? It is unlikely you love your neighbour if you kill him, and unlikely that you love god if you disobey his laws. As a result, you show that same lack of love by eating pork, not being circumcised and not stoning witches.

    You can certainly try and justify it as for old jews only, but it doesn't change anything. The fact of the matter is that you're disobeying god, and in doing so, do not show love for him.

    Note that in your own jesus quote it says "new". It doesn't say "replacement" - but in either case, love encompasses all the laws - because to fail in obeying them, you fail in showing love.

    This is clearly ridiculous. So, you're telling me god's law of being circumcised is for non-believers? Uhh but if they don't believe then the law is meaningless. It could only serve a purpose for someone who believes.

    "Here are the rules for those who don't believe in me..."

    That's daft.

    He didn't need to. His father had already given the lots of rules. He just gave them a new one. god is allowed to hand out new laws if he feels like it, yes? But do note that "new" does not mean "replacement". As jesus informed you, but you seem happy to dismiss, all the laws are just as important and are to be obeyed.

    That's somewhat rude. Now you're speaking on god's behalf and lumping all his rules in the trashcan. You're implying that for thousands of years god was just messing around - unsure of what he actually wanted, and that now finally he's smart enough to work it out, that all his laws become null and void.

    Right, it's like this: I do not believe in a god or gods. I could spend my time in this forum simply saying: "there is no god", anytime anyone makes a statement concerning one of them. Alas I personally feel there is no merit in discussion if it comes down to that alone. As a result, I will generally argue a case from the other side, (so arguing biblical matters means arguing from a basis of what it says as being true). As part of that, one would generally conclude that the biblical god is an asshole - if not for anything other than the annihilation of every single human and animal on the planet.

    However: As an atheist I don't believe in any god or gods, and as such do not consider them as assholes or anything else for that matter other than non-existant. So from a biblical standpoint, yes.. From a reality standpoint, no.

    Sure, so they're all doomed to hell. You knew that already. But I personally don't see the merit in using their failures to listen to god as a justification for you to do the same.

    In a way though you have to admire jews. They have been through the shit time and time again, and yet still come out smiling. Well, as the bible says, they are gods people. At the end of the day you're worshipping their god - and even your mini-god was a jew.

    It's explained above. If you prefer I could just sit here saying "no such thing" whenever you make a post. You'll know quite distinctly when I'm talking 'like an atheist' because I will just say "no such thing". In general though, you wont often find me do it in debate - unless people start questioning 'how I feel' about a specific being, in which case I can't honestly say anything other than: "It's non existant" because it is non existant.

    However, I asked you why you don't obey the majority of god's laws. So far your excuse list has been rather weak. You stated that:

    A) gods laws are for old jews

    B) jesus gave a new law, (which you seem to mistake as meaning replacement law)

    C) I should just argue with jews because they don't obey him either

    Now C is just passing the buck, B is a mistake on your part, (attested to by jesus statement saying all the laws are just as important), and A is of no merit whatsoever - but if you regard it as valid then the ten commandments don't mean anything either. Indeed those rules would be more 'for old jews' than some of the rules you do disobey that came later.

    Just the name of an airport and a date. It really isn't asking for too much.

    Know how easy it is to change that?

    I'd be more inclined to call you the story teller. I have reason to believe this 'Ken' is just another fictional being.
     
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  3. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    There you go Woody, the Christians (OK catholics) practice a symbolic cannibalism in their communion. They eat Christ's body, and drink his blood. So, the only difference between this and followers of the occult is that one is formal, and the other is freelance.
     
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  5. water the sea Registered Senior Member

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    Desperation leads to desperate measures ...


    And once one realises one's own stupidity, weakness, evil, domination, etc. -- with many people, the first reaction is that of a martyr. "Oh, I am so bad! I will devote my life to mending this mistake that I have made! I am oh so sorry!"

    It's exaggeration, testifying that the person is not able to understand forgiveness.
    When you think: It is the one asking for forgiveness that has more to comprehend, a greater leap to make. People are usually willing to forgive, they only need to be asked. But the mistake the asker often makes, after being forgiven, is that he takes on a role of crawling before that person -- "If I ask for forgiveness and am forgiven, I will forever owe this person". Which is wrong.

    Others make "inverted martyrs", and are violent in pursuing their cause.


    Yes, we want meaning in everyhting we do, purpose. And we conceptualize it thus that it puts us in a good light, or so it seems.


    How do you mean -- "I stumble, you fall"?


    If you examine it, it has pretty much the same structure as Jesus', sans the divine part.

    1. A loves B.
    2. B doubts it; or B doesn't love A.
    3. A must prove it.
    4. Only a final sacrifice is a valid unilateral proof of love.

    But only God can afford to do 4 and still keep 1 true.
    Only God is obliged, by 1, to do 3.
     
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  7. Woody Musical Creationist Registered Senior Member

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    Snakelord said: However, I asked you why you don't obey the majority of god's laws. So far your excuse list has been rather weak.

    Woody: You have no explanation whatsoever for God's grace or for the reason behind Christ's death.

    I have a real good reason to believe standard fundamental christianity:

    Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

    If you are right about the law, then there really is no purpose in the New Testament of the Bible, and there is no purpose in Jesus Christ.

    Like I said before this is standard, basic christianity. Christians are no longer under the law, but under grace, which you can not understand. This subject is one of the oldest ones in christianity. Do you think you bring it up for the first time? The entire book of Galatians is dedicated to this one subject alone, just to make it absolutely clear to Christians concerning this issue.

    The legalism argument does not work. Believers are no longer under the law but under grace. Isn't it OK for God to give us a gift? Apparantly not according to you. You have explained the law, now let's hear you explain grace.
     
  8. cole grey Hi Valued Senior Member

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    Can't wait to hear you expound on this one SL, because you are so "informed" about the bible.


    Water,
    I meant that love creates a (hopefully "symbiotic") relationship where each person is affected by the other in strange ways. My comments on that probably weren't especially enlightening, but I must have been losing oxygen to the brain thinking about love, I'm sure.
     
  9. LadyHydralisk Registered Member

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    Well it is convenient, now that you mention it. After all, what a perfect way to get whatever you want, from having the garbage taken out to having enough food. I certainly lack for nothing. :>

    As you can see I have very little need or desire for anyone's approval. My ventures on occult forums are purely for research amongst others who have taken the initiative to experiment and not waver.

    On the other hand, if I live in fantasy...someday I'll be shown the error of my thinking and go live in a cubicle. Until then, I'm happy just enjoying how 'lucky' I am.

    What are Charmed Ones? Is the the TV show I saw on a billboard? I don't get TV or any entertainment news venues so I'm a bit out of touch. If you mean like Harry Potter, no. (I really love Harry Potter though, I have kids!)

    Occult is hidden knowledge, so yes. Anything undiscovered could be used for good or evil once it is discovered, it depends on the explorer.

    I said sister art, not science itself. Occultists utilize observation of the natural world, experimentation and elimination to discover truth, but to do this they first use giant leaps of faith to get results. For instance, any normal scientist isn't going to just suddenly go around seeing if he can control human behavior by using ancient and mysterious methodology found in some obscure text, or some random technique he read off the internet forums. He's going to dismiss it because it's just way out there. That's a scientist for you. The occultist...the alchemist, will take that concept backwards, find something impossible and make it possible. I have observed for myself the way you can control humans by using "unknown" powers. Science will eventually catch up, trust me. We're just taking a shortcut by leapfrogging over the normal process. Why do most of you believe black holes exist...because someone told you in a book or a magazine? Or because you observed it using a telescope and math with long hours of work? I'm asking you to trust my own observations. Or just argue with me, it's not like I'm going to be aggrieved.

    Please define "utter nonsense" you're not just bordering on offensive, this is, I believe, considered flaming on other boards at least. Suffice it to say the correlation between Gleick's book and my discarding mundane process had alot to do with pink jelly vibes.
     
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  10. Hapsburg Hellenistic polytheist Valued Senior Member

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    not all athiests believe that the occult doesn't exist.
    i think it exists, ghosts and such. i just dont believe in angels or god or whatnot like that.
     
  11. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    On the other hand, if I live in fantasy...someday I'll be shown the error of my thinking and go live in a cubicle.

    Living in a cubicle is your only alternative to fantasy? No other reality exists for you?
     
  12. Silas asimovbot Registered Senior Member

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    Please don't disappoint me by using caricatures of scientists as straw men! "Any normal scientist" is probably employed in some particular area of science - physics, biology, chemistry - in which area they are getting funding to do their work. These areas get funding because they get results. "Retrying systems of magic written about in ancient texts" is not something that a professional scientist is very likely to get funding in order to investigate. But you absolutely misunderstand most scientists if you believe that they automatically dismiss such esoterica. Many have run carefully controlled experiments which have unfortunately yielded nothing useful.
    It is my opinion that you must have been fooling yourself. Because if people really could control humans solely by mind power, the world would look very, very different.
    Science is at a point so far beyond your comprehension - or indeed my comprehension - that it is hubris of the highest order to claim some specious superiority for your worldview.

    To explore the real world, science has developed microscopes that look at individual cells, electron microscopes which will magnify 1/10,000th part of a human hair, and X-Ray diffraction which will delineate the helix of DNA. Telescopes which first saw the moons of Jupiter can now see and spread out into a spectrum the light from quasars 2 billion light years away (I saw this on TV being done in a Sussex garden by an amateur astronomer just last night). To try to determine the ultimate form of primitive objects underlying all matter, accelerators a mile in diameter have been built at a cost of billions, and hadrons and leptons have been accelerated to enormous velocities to be smashed into each other so that physicists could examine the detritus.

    And you claim that by sitting in a room with incense candles, closing your eyes, and crying "I summon the spirits!", you are somehow "leapfrogging" science? You and scientists have the same goal. You both wish to discover the secrets of the Universe. The difference is that you are evidently not willing to undergo the hard work which is involved, work of the brain to understand difficult concepts or remember a myriad of related facts, work of precision to ensure a valid uncontaminated result, before the Universe really lets on to its secrets.

    But the scientists who have described black holes actually did the long hours of work. And they have built upon the results of previous scientists who similarly worked hard, and all of these people have substantial bodies of verifiable work which confirms their credibility to state that there is such a thing as a black hole. You, however, do not have any such credibility, I'm afraid. You close your eyes and concentrate hard, and you can 'feel' stuff going on. You think you are channelling some kind of mystical energy. But I think you're squeezing the blood flow around your face in a way that makes you "feel funny". I can't be responsible for your interpretation.

    I personally believe in black holes because I understand through personal experience what gravity is and what it can do, and I read a description that convincingly and rationally took me through the consequences of an ever-increasing gravitational field. Try reading The Collapsing Universe by Isaac Asimov - he always tells the story "from egg to apple".
    Well, apparently you are:
    Well, this ain't the Occult Forums, Lady! This is the sciforums, and the presence here of people who consider such mumbo jumbo to be "utter nonsense", not to say dangerous nonsense and who express their opinions, is not necessarily considered as flaming here.

    Some of the things I've said have undoubtedly hurt your feelings. But I have no desire to insult you in any way.
     
  13. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Occultists utilize observation of the natural world, experimentation and elimination to discover truth, but to do this they first use giant leaps of faith to get results.

    That is a contradiction.

    For instance, any normal scientist isn't going to just suddenly go around seeing if he can control human behavior by using ancient and mysterious methodology found in some obscure text, or some random technique he read off the internet forums. He's going to dismiss it because it's just way out there. That's a scientist for you.

    Its 'just way out there' because its complete nonsense.

    the alchemist, will take that concept backwards, find something impossible and make it possible.

    Please provide something, anything at all, in which an alchemist HAS successfully made something possible from something impossible?

    The alchemist, like most pseudoscientists, will come up with a so-called theory and will attempt to find observational evidence to support it. They never do find anything, of course.

    I have observed for myself the way you can control humans by using "unknown" powers.

    Yeah, sure you have.

    Science will eventually catch up, trust me.

    Science will ignore it, trust me.

    We're just taking a shortcut by leapfrogging over the normal process.

    ... and getting zero results.

    I'm asking you to trust my own observations. Or just argue with me, it's not like I'm going to be aggrieved.

    But we don't trust your observations, as they are most likely fantasies. And it's not like anyone here supplants reality with their fantasies. Oh no.
     

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