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Do atheists get a hard time?

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The pillar of light took some time to work out. What DO you call an intelligent independnt entity, who takes enough interest in you to remove a nicotine adiction, save your life etc, who has the power to do so and also to light up hundreds of square metres of night landscape. I CHOSE to call it god. Dont forget "god" is just a label invented by humans to apply to certain entities.

This raises the question of why he helped you in particular among all those who desperately need help. He cares about you personally smoking cigarettes but not, for instance, a devout follower afflicted with a deadly disease? Why would he care about a human smoking cigarettes to begin with? "Hey, those are bad for you, you know"??? And why would he want to create an artificial light for that matter? He can't see at night? He wanted to impress a human? Why???

Not to say this was your case, but I've had dozens of experiences I could call metaphysical or supernatural that upon closer examination I found out it wasn't. Humans senses are so easily tricked and the subconscious sometimes exaggerates events for us. Here's an example of mine: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=235753&st=0&p=4499896&hl=halloweenentry4499896. That scream sounded loud enough to wake the dead. When I replayed it in the daytime the next day it was a low normal toy sound. If someone else had been there, they would've corroborated my story, yet we would've all been wrong. My mind was playing tricks on me.

On the internet stories are even more sketchy. The next time you see God ask him what the name of my favorite pet was when I was little and post it here and we'll have something to work with. Of course, if I could speak to God, I'd have a million more important questions to ask than that. Like where did he come from?

For you personally, why are you interested in educating us about what you may know about God? Is it that you like sharing your experiences, or is it that you're trying to guide people down the right path?

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Of course, if I could speak to God, I'd have a million more important questions to ask than that. Like where did he come from?

This is what is encountered on these forums, ad nauseam. A will to have God conform to your terms and expectations. For whose benefit is this interview ? Surely it is yourself ! You have a will to interrogate God, in truth the only man worthy of God is he who would listen in utter silence, the idea that God would need prompting from your questions is laughable. Not as laughable, I admit as Alienated Being who trumpeted a $10,000 reward for an irrefutable demonstration of the existence of God, but stipulating it required to be simultaneously world-wide, and confirmed by a gaggle of scientists as genuine. I cannot imagine what conditions would have attached to a $100,000 reward !

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Why do you think atheists are illogical, dogmatic and clouded?

Because that is the general condition of most of humanity? Why should atheists be any different.?

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This raises the question of why he helped you in particular among all those who desperately need help. He cares about you personally smoking cigarettes but not, for instance, a devout follower afflicted with a deadly disease? Why would he care about a human smoking cigarettes to begin with? "Hey, those are bad for you, you know"??? And why would he want to create an artificial light for that matter? He can't see at night? He wanted to impress a human? Why???

Not to say this was your case, but I've had dozens of experiences I could call metaphysical or supernatural that upon closer examination I found out it wasn't. Humans senses are so easily tricked and the subconscious sometimes exaggerates events for us. Here's an example of mine: http://www.unexplain...n. That scream sounded loud enough to wake the dead. When I replayed it in the daytime the next day it was a low normal toy sound. If someone else had been there, they would've corroborated my story, yet we would've all been wrong. My mind was playing tricks on me.

On the internet stories are even more sketchy. The next time you see God ask him what the name of my favorite pet was when I was little and post it here and we'll have something to work with. Of course, if I could speak to God, I'd have a million more important questions to ask than that. Like where did he come from?

For you personally, why are you interested in educating us about what you may know about God? Is it that you like sharing your experiences, or is it that you're trying to guide people down the right path?

How do you know he doesnt help others? I personally know dozens of people he has helped and have read the stories of hundreds of others. What you are saying, perhaps, is "why hasn't he made himself real to me?"

I dont know. I can reason why god made himself physical to me Without tha ti would never ahve chose to belie in god But once i knew god was real I had to change the person i was quite radically and i was prepared and able to do that Not eveyone would be. As a consequnce, many hundreds of people are alive today who would not otherwise be, and many thousands live better lives. Because, in becoming one with god, i became one with all people on the earth and do all i can to help the most needy, both locally and around the world .

Perhaps god knew that ,in transforming me, he would help those hundreds and thousands of people over a period of 40 years giving them food, education, safe drinking water, and adequate sanitation in their villages, along with help for women to start small busineses and help for animals and the environment. If god made himself real to you, would you give up every harmful habit in recognition that god lives within you and deserves no less And to facilitate clear and productive understanding of gods words. Would you listen to, and follow, gods personal, words teachings mentorings etc even where they were difficult and hard to understand why they were necessary? Would you give away everything you did not need for a very modest lifestyle to make sure others lived and had a healthy life/

If not why might god bother to open himself to you. But that is just one logical possibilty Some peole are simply god blind they cant see god, or hear him, when he is standing right next to them and yelling at them.

I came to Um both to find answers to many things by sharing the experinces of others and also because i like talking with people and telling stories. I am a writer, a teacher and a lover of words and people.

If you read my sig you will see my basic philosophy. What disappoints me, even though i understand it because i was a bit like it for 20 years, is how people just close their minds to real things because they exist outside of their own personal experiences. Humans are like that They accept what they experience. They accept commonly held beliefs and perceptions without really understanding the science behind them, but they can't accept things which contradict their own experience and commonly accepted beliefs. That is an evolutioanary trait of humankind, designed to keep us safe, but it limits us.

When i was a child i thought all humans were like me When i found out they were not, i closed off my real self because it scared people and made me an outsider As akid i wanted to be accpeted, normal and without any difernces form others. Now, with the internetm and as an old man who couldnt give a damn what anyone else thinks of me, i can tell a life time of experiences and truths without fear and without exaggeration .How others deal with those stories is up to them. But left untold they diminish the variety and diversity of huma experince just a little. Untold they allow others to deny such things really occur.

It is the same in mundane things. When i tell present day children what we did as young children, they simply refuse to believe any of those true stories. The y live today in a world where children just don't live as we did, half a century or more ago, with the freedoms we had to do anything, and use our creative skills to make, and act out, anything we wanted to.

In telling thousands of young children how i lived sixty years ago, not only do i entertain them mightily, but i tell them a personal/individualised and local, but true history, of what it was like as a child and a young person living then, and what tha t tells us about the/my world as it was then. I n recounting my stories of my god, I hope for no more than this. To show that other people's lives can be different to your own. That the reality you live in and know today does not extend all that far out in space and time fromm you Other peole live today, and have lived, in substantially different realities whether you believe that or not .

So it is not just paranormal experiences, it is ordinary cultural ones this applies to.

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After reading yet more claims and opinions.... I would like to ask the atheist members who have read this thread....Do you feel like you're having a hard time?

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Not in so far as being an atheist is concerned No. this is one of the very few places i tell others about my belief system ( or lack thereof. ) and as they say out of sight out of mind. what people don't know they won't bother me about.

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Because that is the general condition of most of humanity? Why should atheists be any different.?

So is that how you see yourself ?

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I cant stop claiming what is a fact, as a fact. That would be lieing. or allowing an untruth to stand as such. Of course you are free either to disbelieve me or to think I am wrong/ deluded, but that is your responsibility, not my own. I only have a responsibilty to be as honest and as objective as i can, in retelling what i know from experience to be true. Of course sometimes I also logically extrpolate what might be possible, from that which is true, but we all do that.

But you haven't shown us one piece of evidence!! Your stories are just that to me - stories, and quite unbelievable to me.

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I dont actually have any religious beliefs or attend a church, just a personal relationship with god.

And how do you know this is God you're hanging out with? If this God told you to kill people, would you?

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And how do you know this is God you're hanging out with? If this God told you to kill people, would you?

He doesn't; he is deluded. He believes that this god character provides him with money to donate to the community, and with money to sustain a household. He is able to have a great meal and eat apple crumble, whilst an African boy dies tonight because he consumed contaminated water. Somehow god provides him with this money, but decided an African boy's life is not good enough to allow him the liberty of living a happy, healthy life.

EDIT: Now, watch. He is going to make an unnecessarily long post in defense of his love for "god", and how this "god" character loves each and every one of us. Or he will say something to the effect of "perhaps his relationship with god is not as intimate as mine".

He has made it clear that god is present during times of sexual congress with his wife. That is how intimate his relationship with god has become.

Frankly, Walker... I think it is time to step away from the peace pipe, if you know what I mean.

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Frankly, Walker... I think it is time to step away from the peace pipe, if you know what I mean.

I think I also should step away. I've found that anyone who says their religion is a bunch of private ESP experiences with supernatural beings is not someone who responds to logic.

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This is what is encountered on these forums, ad nauseam. A will to have God conform to your terms and expectations. For whose benefit is this interview ? Surely it is yourself ! You have a will to interrogate God, in truth the only man worthy of God is he who would listen in utter silence, the idea that God would need prompting from your questions is laughable. Not as laughable, I admit as Alienated Being who trumpeted a $10,000 reward for an irrefutable demonstration of the existence of God, but stipulating it required to be simultaneously world-wide, and confirmed by a gaggle of scientists as genuine. I cannot imagine what conditions would have attached to a $100,000 reward !

Exactly! That's what I was pointing out when he said he could talk with god the way one person may talk to another.

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---some atheists--- they just are. In nearly any given argument, inevitable there will be several apeal to ridicules ( flyng spaghetti monsters & sky daddies), ad hominimns, begging the question, etc etc etc. They are usually ripe with them. Not to mention most are basing their entire arguments off of a premis that has already been prooven to be false.

Some common example arguments

--It is illogical to believe in an all seeing sky daddy-- obviously " sky daddy" is an attempt at ridicule. This is an attempt of the arguer to cast the opposing view point in a rediculouse matter instead of actually make a case against the argument itself.. ( it dosnt matter if they think it is or not). This is a logical fallacy. Its fine to believe, but do not claim to be logical while using fallacious logic. It just makes the person look silly.

This permiates most of the atheists/skeptics that I see here. There are many more grievous examples pretty much running the gambit of formal fallacy. On other issues there are corolation problems, straw men, and a simple lak of knowledge and massive assumptions on the subjects they are preaching about.

I end up being the skeptic of skeptics, they should thank me and it's a lot of fun.

When debating someone with such an extraordinary claim who doesn't posses extraordinary proof, it is not uncalled for to ask him/her to take a step back and acknowledge the absurdity of their position. If at that point he/she shows he is serious and entrenched in his/her position, you know there is no reasoning with such an individual.

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How do you know he doesnt help others? I personally know dozens of people he has helped and have read the stories of hundreds of others. What you are saying, perhaps, is "why hasn't he made himself real to me?"

I dont know.

I think that statement is in the center of this issue. You are following a path blindly not knowing why you're headed there. That's something I personally couldn't do. Not knowing also creates the possibility for error. Off the top of my head I can think of dozens of alternate explanations for your experiences. Even more if we delve into supernatural ones where no evidence is required (say, Satan has been tricking you - who knows why? no need to explain it, right?).

Back to the topic. So you've had experiences in your life that led you down your path. Because the authority is supposed to be a supernatural being, you feel compelled to convert others. Atheists regard that as you giving us a hard time. It is fair you explain why in this thread. It is not fair to do so outside of such discussions. When you meet atheists in real life, do you attempt to convert them? Just know most of us find that very uncomfortable and offensive.

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I think that statement is in the center of this issue. You are following a path blindly not knowing why you're headed there. That's something I personally couldn't do. Not knowing also creates the possibility for error. Off the top of my head I can think of dozens of alternate explanations for your experiences. Even more if we delve into supernatural ones where no evidence is required (say, Satan has been tricking you - who knows why? no need to explain it, right?).

Back to the topic. So you've had experiences in your life that led you down your path. Because the authority is supposed to be a supernatural being, you feel compelled to convert others. Atheists regard that as you giving us a hard time. It is fair you explain why in this thread. It is not fair to do so outside of such discussions. When you meet atheists in real life, do you attempt to convert them? Just know most of us find that very uncomfortable and offensive.

I'm not defending anyone here... But I would assume that for Walker the idea of not knowing is irrelavent. Faith is beyond the testable; thus, faith is knowledge insofar as the knower is convinced of its (whatever it is) validity; whatever the source of their faith may be.This is a typical a priori versus a posteriori mindset.

Now, I'm not mentally geared in the way he is; I need tangability derived from various variables, assuming they are objective variables, to provide proof.

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I'm not defending anyone here... But I would assume that for Walker the idea of not knowing is irrelavent. Faith is beyond the testable; thus, faith is knowledge insofar as the knower is convinced of its (whatever it is) validity; whatever the source of their faith may be.This is a typical a priori versus a posteriori mindset.

Now, I'm not mentally geared in the way he is; I need tangability derived from various variables, assuming they are objective variables, to provide proof.

He claims to have been an atheist before the "proof" he witnessed. No faith involved there.

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Possibly one contributory factor might be that the more militant (i.e. Dawkinsian) Atheists always seem to want to perpetually point out how they're Rational and have overcome Old fashioned Superstition, and the feeling of intellectual superiority and smugness that this tends to put across. And also, of course, the way that Dawkinisian Atheists invariably seem to be on a crusade to convert the believers, you might say, which is always highly ironic since that's what they always accuse "religious" people of constantly doing. It is, of course, wrong for Religious people to do this, but it's entirely right and indeed, essential for Rational people (i.e. Atheists) to do it. This might be seen by some as hypocritical. If all that they wanted to do was stick up for their beliefs and talk about them, I'm sure no one would have any problem with that at all, but it always feels like you're being shouted at all the time.

This sword cuts both directions. I've heard atheists, a la Dawkins, behave this way, but I have also heard Christians behave just as badly. It seems that the hottest arguments are between people who know the least.

Doug

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He claims to have been an atheist before the "proof" he witnessed. No faith involved there.

There are so many tales of alcoholics and criminals having an epiphany and completely accepting a religion. How come atheists don't have these heartwarming tales?

"I was a sinner. There was nothing I could do about it because I was told humans were born to sin. So I cheated on my wife and embezzled from my company. I thought God hated me and was punishing me for my sins so I numbed the hate with alcohol.

"Then a friend explained to me that God was nothing but a myth created by people in power to control the masses. I realized that I have free will and I should rely on my friends, my family and myself for support, not some made-up supernatural creature. Once I took responsibility for my behavior, I was able to give up the booze and get my life in order."

See, that doesn't sound very good, does it! For some reason it's more appealing to surrender our lives to a religion and have it solve our problems than to use our own brains to solve problems ourselves.

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He claims to have been an atheist before the "proof" he witnessed. No faith involved there.

lol okay then... odd. I wonder to what degree he was an "atheist" because most don't start off believing in anything initially. We are taught... told to believe. I've never once met a child who developed a sense for god worship without it first having been presented to them. Not to mention I don't think I've ever met a child who without prior indoctrination had an innate understanding of god and what god wants, etc...

That being said, I also don't think one is necessarily an atheist unless he were to have a real understanding of what that meant.

So, to what extent was Mr. Walker an "atheist" prior to divine revelation?

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So is that how you see yourself ?

Na! as with almost everything, I am in a tiny minority. The comment was in part ironic. But actually very few humans exercsie their full potential to be all they can be. Many seek contentment in mediocrity and averageness. Thats ok but it just didnt work out for me. I have taught thousands of children. Less than a dozen ever became all they could have become. Sometimes that was because of external limitations placed on them , including how they were conditioned by their parents, but almost always it was because they didnt want to make the effort, exercise the self disciplines required, and sacrifice pleasure etc to do so.

Without serious motivation, most people are incredibly lazy and complacent, especially in the west. Few ever learn how to use the many forms of intelligence and thought availailable to them, or how to reason, use logic, philosophy etc. Many never even learn to read well enough to do so effectively and efficiently or to develop useful higher maths.. Few ever extend themselves with challenges, in any form of life, but especially intellectual ones.

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But you haven't shown us one piece of evidence!! Your stories are just that to me - stories, and quite unbelievable to me.

Of course. You have no comparative evidentiary experience and you make your own choices of belief based on your own life experiences. But while that works for you it makes you wrong to deny the reality of my own experiences. Wrong in fact, not wrong to believe what you believe. its like you arguing form a position of disbelief with a person who has met an ordinary run of the mill alien Or indeed a real ghost. You can believe what you like, but their evidentiary experiences makes you choice of belief (disbelief) factually wrong (if their experiences are real)

Its irrelevant if i show you evidence or not as long as the evidences are clear factual and conclusive to me. I dont have to prove to you any claim about my life. I couldn't and i wouldn't, because to do so is unneccesary, as long as I know what is true and real.

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Of course. You have no comparative evidentiary experience and you make your own choices of belief based on your own life experiences. But while that works for you it makes you wrong to deny the reality of my own experiences. Wrong in fact, not wrong to believe what you believe. its like you arguing form a position of disbelief with a person who has met an ordinary run of the mill alien Or indeed a real ghost. You can believe what you like, but their evidentiary experiences makes you choice of belief (disbelief) factually wrong (if their experiences are real)

Its irrelevant if i show you evidence or not as long as the evidences are clear factual and conclusive to me. I dont have to prove to you any claim about my life. I couldn't and i wouldn't, because to do so is unneccesary, as long as I know what is true and real.

So basically, 'here are the facts as I see them but gosh golly I don't have to prove them to you'. Sounds like a politician.

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And how do you know this is God you're hanging out with? If this God told you to kill people, would you?

Dont be inane.

How do I know my dog is a dog and not a cat?

The second question is laughable but just to make it clear First duch an entity is a loving caring compasioante empowering teaching mentorig one it would no more tell me to kil someone than i would tell anyone to kill someone And second just suppose it did hypothetically No i would not. (Unless there were other logical, rational reasons for doing so, that applied anyway)

Suppose god woke me up from a deep sleep and i saw an intruder standing over my wife with a large knife. If god said, "kill him quick, he's about to stab your wife" I'd do so, but I'd do that anyway, without any advice from god and without any ethical qualms. In my case god doesnt work like that. He'd find a better solution to the threat and apply it.

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So basically, 'here are the facts as I see them but gosh golly I don't have to prove them to you'. Sounds like a politician.

Why do you see /feel/believe, that I need to prove any truth about my life to you, or to anyone ? It's my life, not yours. I am not telling you to live as i live, just explaining how and why i live as i do.

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Why do you see /feel/believe, that I need to prove any truth about my life to you, or to anyone ? It's my life, not yours. I am not telling you to live as i live, just explaining how and why i live as i do.

What's the justification behind hiding it? If it's easy to prove, if it's something you claim as solid facts, then of course you're going to have people asking for evidence? Is that wrong? To prove your point to others who may be swayed by the evidence you provide? Keep it to yourself or back up the statements and claims you've provided, it's up to you, but it would be like if I claimed I had a flying car and used it to hang out with Owen Wilson every Saturday. No one would believe me if I didn't show us flying over Paris or something. So why tell us this if you don't feel the need to back it up? With any claim, you should back it up if you can, or you're just telling a story.

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