Thinking Of Becoming Religious?

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  • Salixes
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    Thinking of becoming religious in the hope of leading a meaningful, righteous life or are you just a little bit "God-curious"?

    Despite the fact that religious organisations such as Christian churches have been steadily losing members in droves over recent years there are still die-hard followers who are only too keen to bring you down to their level and try to convince you with all sorts of devious explanations to join their particular brand of belief.

    So, here are a few of the common tricks these apparently over-friendly people will try to put past you in order to suck you into their webs of deceit and lies.

    * God is real: There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever, not even a single shred, as to the presence of God or any other supernatural being.

    Evidence of God cannot be disproven: Completely absurd since it is impossible to disprove something that hasn't even been proven.

    * Existence of God is beyond the realm of science: This is the latest deceptive trick in saying something that is completely meaningless and obvious at the same time since, how would anyone know that anyway? There is no such thing as "beyond science".

    * God is love: A completely contrived metaphor designed to appeal to your emotions.

    You will be a better person: Rubbish. There have been studies that reveal religious people are no more or less happy or honest than normal people.

    You have a spirit and an afterlife: This is the ultimate guilt-trip religious nuts will lay on you. Of course, they don't know there is some sort of afterlife and they are using the "Hell alternative" as a dishonest fear tactic to lure you.

    Many people have believed in God for centuries: So what? Many people have believed in all sorts of superstitions such as witches, ghosts, and fairies for centuries but does that make them real?

    In reality, there is no such thing as God and we were not created. We know for sure how life started but nobody knows yet how matter came to be. There are many theories but the theory of God and creation has been long since thrown out the window and modern, civilized society has moved on way past clinging onto primitive, naive superstitions.

    So, You be the judge and ask yourself the question, "Am I that gullible and impressionable as to believe a load of utter tripe for the benefit of a few dishonest charlatans whose business it is to manipulate others for their own personal gain?"

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    There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever, not even a single shred, as to the presence of God or any other supernatural being.
    The burden of proof on you to prove that claim.

    Completely absurd since it is impossible to disprove something that hasn't even been proven.
    What makes you say that?

    This is the latest deceptive trick in saying something that is completely meaningless and obvious at the same time since, how would anyone know that anyway?
    It's just said that God is outside our space-time.

    A completely contrived metaphor designed to appeal to your emotions.
    Bold claim.

    There have been studies that reveal religious people are no more or less happy or honest than normal people.
    Would you provide those studies? And, what about meta-studies?

    In reality, there is no such thing as God and we were not created.
    In reality, there is such a thing as God and we were created. How about that?
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    The burden of proof on you to prove that claim.
    What do you want me to do? Lift up every single stone and grain of sand in the universe to prove that there is no sign of God?

    You can keep on being as pedantic and arrogant as you like but the fact is that you have absolutely no viable retort whatsoever to the issues I raised. 
    Not one.

    "Well Sal, I think that you are wrong and I contend ".............." because "............."

    Oh no, instead we get, "What makes you say that?"

    "Oh, and Sal, there is a God, because the overwhelming evidence of "................" proves such.

    Oh no, instead we get, "In reality, there is such a thing as God and we were created. How about that?"
    Which is simply a reversal of the exact words that I used.

    I'm afraid that if you want to engage in intelligent discussion you need to do a lot better than that sort of snotty pre-school banter........

    .........and actually have the guts to say something.

    The alternative, of course, is to admit the obvious:

    "Yes, Sal, you are of course right and you have used sound logic in the presentation of the issues raised both in this thread and the other confronting issues you exposed in other threads. No, I don't have any evidence nor reasoning to refute what you say and because I am in a position of no return with my beliefs I must resort to extreme, illogical and meaningless tactics in a vain attempt in making it look like I am standing my ground. You have to appreciate though that I intend to visit the appropriate professionals in order to deal with my delusions."

    Now, suggesting that is neither arrogant nor preposterous. It's being correct.
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    If Christianity is so obviously false, why does anyone need you to repeatedly tell them that it is?
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    The Ultimate Reality is God.

    God exists.

    Anyone who denies this God has adopted a foolish position.

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    --> @Dynasty
    You should come up with your own evidence if you wish to confirm that God exists.  You shouldn't cite a book that is hard to read for most people.

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    Time for me to play Devil's advocate while advocating for God.

    Get it?
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    If God doesn't exist, how did the pope come into power?  Even atheists acknowledge that the pope exists.

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    If God doesn't exist, how did the pope come into power?  Even atheists acknowledge that the pope exists.
    Well yes, the Pope exists. But does that mean that God exists?

    If you go back into history you will find out how the Roman Catholic Church came to be and how it amassed power. And that is what it was all about; power.

    History will also show you that religion has always been a matter of those in authority using the fear of God to command control of the masses who were by and large uneducated and ignorant of the facts.

    Nowadays civilised society is not influenced by religion and people have access to knowledge and good education. There is no valid reason whatsoever for anybody to believe in supernatural phenomena. Those who do actually believe there is a God are deluded. However most people who claim to believe in God, in fact, do not but use religion as a means to better their own interests. For example, politicians and community leaders who will use religion as an "image booster".

    There is no such thing as God.
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    The Ultimate Reality is God.

    Therefore, anyone who says God doesn't exist is ignorant.


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    The burden of proof.
    If you were prepared to be logical you would admit that the logical progression would be GOD - I WILL PROVE GOD EXISTS rather that GOD - YOU PROVE GOD DOESN'T EXIST.

    The existence of something without proof, would not be questioned unless it had been proposed.

    Theists shifting the burden of proof is just a convenient cop out, in other words a way of avoiding the primary burden of proof.

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    If you were prepared to be logical you would admit that the logical progression would be GOD - I WILL PROVE GOD EXISTS rather that GOD - YOU PROVE GOD DOESN'T EXIST.
    Incorrect. If Dynasty were arguing from ignorance, you'd have a point. But Dynasty clearly isn't. Dynasty's response to Salixes' ontological claim--i.e. "there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever, not even a single shred, as to the presence of God or any other supernatural being"--is quite apt. Salixes is affirming the claim that no evidence for God exists; therefore, Salixes has the burden to prove that claim. Neither the order nor the proposition of inverse claims--e.g. "there's absolutely evidence that God exists"--mitigates Salixes' onus.

    The existence of something without proof, would not be questioned unless it had been proposed.
    This is pertinent just as much to affirmations of negative claims.

    Theists shifting the burden of proof is just a convenient cop out, in other words a way of avoiding the primary burden of proof.
    There are no "primary" burdens of proof. There are only burdens of proof. If I were to assert "God exists," I would have the burden to prove that assertion. If you were to assert "God doesn't exist," you'd have the burden to prove that assertion. The order in which these claims are proposed doesn't matter. And using Salixes' retort, if one has no intention of scouring the universe, searching under every stone or grain of sand, then one must be mindful of one's claims. The absurdity of one's burden reflects the absurdity of one's claim.

    This would be a different matter if the typical atheist--at least the ones I've come across in my experience--assumed the position of the skeptic, but they don't. They use the lack of submitting material evidence as information for their arguments of ignorance, which by logical description is a shift in the burden of proof. Thus, by your own description, "a convenient cop out."
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    They use the lack of submitting material evidence as information for their arguments of ignorance
    I think it goes a bit further than that though.

    Whether or not an atheist has the burden of proof has no practical use anyway since it is impossible to prove the absence of something.Similarly it is impossible to prove nothing.

    So, in fact, it is a convenient cop out for a theist to demand such an absurd task.

    In any case; so what if the absence of God cannot be proven? That in no way places any validity whatsoever on the claim by theists that God exists.
    It would be a totally absurd world if we could validate any and every assertion purely because "it can't be ruled out".

    Similarly, society would be in total shambles if our legal system was based on the premise that "if you assert your innocence you must prove it"

    Asserting innocence in a court of law has absolutely no onus of proof. The positive assertion (you are guilty) has the burden of proof.

    So, why don't theists get off their high horses and stop making impossible demands of others in some vain attempt at trying to divert the topic...."Prove your assertion that God exists?"

    Not anybody, has ever done so, neither has anybody ever come up with one single shred of evidence.

    A claim (positive assertion) made without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

    Those who believe in God should stop trying diversionary tactics in order to avoid the obvious: there is no such thing as God.

    They would do a lot better for themselves and the community at large if they took positive steps towards dealing with their delusion
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    Because it is an extraordinary claim that there is no ultimate reality, and it is a totally unreasonable belief, the idea that you could prove such a thing without undermining your own argument is ridiculous.


    Atheism towards The One True God is nihilism, and is a patently idiotic position to take. Not only does it not deserve to be considered, such a ridiculous superstition deserves to be mocked mercilessly.

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    I'm just referring to burden of proof. 
    Not burden of proof relative to a specific context or exchange.

    So:
    I propose that the universe is contained within a solid box, therefore the burden of proof rests upon you to prove that it doesn't.

    Is this a logical progression of reasoning?

    Or just an easy cop out for me.



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    Atheism towards the one true God etc.

    This statement cannot be substantiated.

    This statement is only your opinion.

    Just as Salixes statements are their own opinion.
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    I speak of what I know. Salixes opinion is uneducated, just as yours is.


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    Just as Salixes statements are their own opinion.
    Completely wrong.

    My "statements" are properly researched and fully proven facts.
    I challenge you to single out just one of my "statements" and try to claim otherwise.
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    I'm just referring to burden of proof. 
    Not burden of proof relative to a specific context or exchange.
    You may have not referred to a specific exchange but you were referring to a specific context--i.e. "Theists shifting the burden of proof is just a convenient cop out, in other words a way of avoiding the 'primary' burden of proof." One of my points is that there is no primary burden of proof; there is only a burden of proof manifested from affirmations of any claim.


    I propose that the universe is contained within a solid box, therefore the burden of proof rests upon you to prove that it doesn't.

    Is this a logical progression of reasoning?
    No it isn't. I don't dispute that this is logically fallacious reasoning (i.e. argumentum ad ignorantiam.) Conversely, if I were to propose, "the universe is not contained within a solid body" I would neither demand that you prove otherwise to inform my claim, nor shirk my responsibility to substantiate my proposition because you submitted your proposition first.

    Or just an easy cop out for me.
    The shifting of one's burden is indeed a cop out.


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    All opinions are educated.

    That's how we are able to have opinions.
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    It is that type of nihilistic mentality, rendering all statements as being equally valid, that undermines the very expression of truth itself.


    I am not stating an opinion, I am speaking of what I know. The Ultimate Reality is God, and denial of this God is nihilism.







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    You are an independent mass.

    You input, assimilate and output data independently.

    That which you output is your own opinion, irrespective of what input you utilise as a basis for it.

    Also, the validity of both input and output is a separate issue and not relevant to the point in question.

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    I refer my fellow debater to the above comment.
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    There is no reasonable doubt concerning the existence of God.


    If The Ultimate Reality doesn't exist, nothing is ultimately real.

    If nothing is ultimately real, there is no reality.

    This is nihilism in the purest sense. 

    It is also self defeating and patently idiotic.