What do atheists think that "to know God" means?

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  1. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    Your explanation was a conditional... followed by much that remains unclear.
    Have I claimed them as fact? I have merely been exploring what I consider to be the rational position, based on what IS explained and what IS evidenced.
    I'll call them as I see them.
    And I still fail to understand the "mything" thing.

    Within the context that it was discussed there was no need to establish core principles.
    So what, exactly, is your issue?
     
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  3. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    I am not religious: I like my life too much for that.

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    Sure - but the principle still holds. Just imagine the aim was something you felt that strongly about.
    Perhaps. Perhaps even none at all. Maybe the gain is not in what you ask but that you ask in the first place.

    I'm clear what I want/need - at least to myself.
    A better analogy would be that I'm a runner who needs to keep running, but doesn't really care where. Although I may be partial to river-views.
    If I find something worth stopping for... all the better.
    Sure - while I run I might meet people who want to reach a certain destination. They run to get somewhere; I run because I enjoy it. Or so the analogy goes.
     
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  5. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Sure. And so far, things transpired in such a manner that when I did prusue something that was really important to me, I was never mislead and there were never any major problems.

    It's when I dabble and fiddle and flirt and try to enjoy myself - thats when things go awry.


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  7. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    So you did have a problem, in that what they were leading to you was not where you wanted to be... in that you wanted more than they were able to give you.
    If I tell you that if you walk north you will reach X, and you do walk north and do reach X, I guess you're not being mislead - unless you actually wanted to reach Y which was in the East.

    And yes, that was the story I was thinking of.

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  8. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    What are you talking about??


    I said that when I was dabbling, fiddling, flirting and trying to enjoy myself that things went wrong. In these situations, the problem was my impure intention.
     
  9. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    I know what you said.
    Do you not want to enjoy yourself?
    Does the place you want to reach not allow you to enjoy yourself?
    And what exactly is it "impure" with regard to?

    If you do want to enjoy yourself, and the place you want to reach (or were at) does not allow for enjoyment... then perhaps you were/are in the wrong place?
     
  10. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    There the teeeeny weeeeny problem that in this Universe, it seems it is not really possible to enjoy oneself.

    One can sure get an imitation of it, for some time, but eventually, it all gets really boring and empty and a matter of teeth-gritting. Which is why in order to squeeze some pleasure out of experiences, one ordinarily has to be on the run all the time.
     
  11. Grumpy Curmudgeon of Lucidity Valued Senior Member

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    wynn

    Seems more the difference between how the liberal and conservative mind works to me. I thouroughly enjoy my life even with the suffering that comes with being alive.

    But let's look at the so-called problems.

    Pain is unpleasant, but those born with no sense of pain usually don't live long and suffer from things much worse than the discomfort of pain.

    Getting old is unpleasant but if we didn't we could have no children. Getting old is a necessary part of life, not a problem for it.

    Dying is a necessary part of life, if nothing died we'd be shoulder deep in people, bugs and germs.

    And none of these things are a problem for existence, it's only subjectively a problem for us.

    Grumpy

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  12. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    And we are not part of existence, or what?
     

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