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'You don't believe in Jesus?' 'No' 'What can you believe in?' 'I'm Hellenic polytheist' 'What?' 'I believe in the Greek Gods' '………….' 'Zeus…. Aphrodite…. Athena…' 'How can you not believe in Jesus?' 'I just don't' 'Its not real' 'What?' 'Those are just myths' 'And what do you think Christianity is?' 'The truth' 'My gods are real to me' 'They aren't real' 'Dude, are you serious? Religion is based on faith.' 'Not this, Jesus is real.' 'No Christianity is based on the faith and trust that Jesus was real. Show me one piece of evidence that Jesus lived.' '…' 'That's what I thought.'
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Have you ever get jealous over someone's talent? Or think someone is better than you, and you are nothing? Have you ever said to someone "I wish I have your talent?" If that's you, here is my tips for you. Instead of just dwelling on that sour feeling of jealousy, do something about it. First: 1) Remember: No one pops out good works like magic, no talent would shine without hard work. When you are envying, or complimenting other's "Talents" you are really complimenting their results of hard work. No matter how talented one can be, without hard work talents are NOTHING.    a) Everyone has a different starts, different envi
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The videos I mentioned in the text:

Richard Dawkins and Alister McGrath - unedited and unused interview that is very philosophical (translation: big werdz) but omgz watch teh theologian waffle!!!

The Root of All Evil? Part 1: The God Delusion - really good, just really... wow. excellent.

The Root of All Evil? Part 2: The Virus of Faith - a continuation and also really great stuff

Note that the videos are pretty long... and as far as the text goes, I could have added a few more subjects... but eh, it works. And I guess it's something I've wanted to say for a while, if only to figure out just what the heck I do believe... It annoys me when god-folks assume a person is absolute evil or totally left-wing-liberal if they don't believe in god. Just cuz I'm not part of an organized religion doesn't mean I don't believe things! :P

Thanks again to teh *AtheistsClub for spreading teh enlightenment, and the journal entry I mentioned in the text is here: [link]


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'You don't believe in Jesus?' 'No' 'What can you believe in?' 'I'm Hellenic polytheist' 'What?' 'I believe in the Greek Gods' '………….' 'Zeus…. Aphrodite…. Athena…' 'How can you not believe in Jesus?' 'I just don't' 'Its not real' 'What?' 'Those are just myths' 'And what do you think Christianity is?' 'The truth' 'My gods are real to me' 'They aren't real' 'Dude, are you serious? Religion is based on faith.' 'Not this, Jesus is real.' 'No Christianity is based on the faith and trust that Jesus was real. Show me one piece of evidence that Jesus lived.' '…' 'That's what I thought.'
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Have you ever get jealous over someone's talent? Or think someone is better than you, and you are nothing? Have you ever said to someone "I wish I have your talent?" If that's you, here is my tips for you. Instead of just dwelling on that sour feeling of jealousy, do something about it. First: 1) Remember: No one pops out good works like magic, no talent would shine without hard work. When you are envying, or complimenting other's "Talents" you are really complimenting their results of hard work. No matter how talented one can be, without hard work talents are NOTHING.    a) Everyone has a different starts, different envi
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humanisticparadox's avatar
One point stick out in what you wrote, this: "I believe I would change any of these beliefs if I were presented with convincing evidence that I was wrong"

You could've said, you believed in the flying spaghetti monster in that sky and I would still find you a very logical person just as long as it ended with that statement.
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:D I like the flying spaghetti monster concept but I like the Discordian agenda of WTFness more, so... :giggle:

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kobyinperspective's avatar
I agree on every count except two. Let's say you were raped.You are thirteen. You find out you are pregnant. Wouldn’t you want an abortion? Sure, you could put the baby up for adoption, but why would you want to bring the child of a RAPIST into the world? You would be passing on the gene of a horrible person to a child that would consist 50% of that person. How could you bear to carry that child? This is why I think abortion is ethical. Now for evolution. Evolution is so proved that it is mandatory in the U.S. school curriculum. The word “theory” in it means that it is as much of a theory as relativity is. Natural selection is evolution. How can you believe in natural selection and not evolution? So basically animals appeared out of nowhere and then the whole survival of the fittest ensued is what you’re saying, correct? That doesn’t sound all too logical to me.
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Thanks for replying, been a while since I've gotten feedback on this (wasn't sure anyone reads it anymore).

I'm still undecided on the evolution issue, and it has more to do with the evidence presented in its favor that throws me off. It is entirely possible to believe in natural selection without believing in Darwinism (I'd say "evolution" but that word can be misleading, though when I mentioned it in the text I meant Darwinism and the sort of evolution he presented.). Also I have major issues with the Big Bang itself... and if you read up a bit on the progress of "science" you'll see that the validity of Relativity is actually in question, and for good reason. (I put quotes around that word because too much of science now is just pandering for money from the ruling political groups of the System, which means if a scientist needs to skew or fudge data to get his grants... it's quite likely to happen).

Whatever genes a person has, their own life choices are just that... their choices. It's unfair to blame offspring for the same crimes as their parents as if those children will turn right around and do the same thing. If genetics worked that way, I have 100% abusive genes in my body and I'd be taking advantage of everyone around me and stomping my beliefs all over theirs. (Welcome to my parents.) Ugh. Why in the heck would I want to do that? Now, I will say that I'm not entirely sure what to do about the so-called "hard cases" of abortion. I still don't think it's right to take it out on the unborn child, though. That child could cure cancer for all we know...
kobyinperspective's avatar
I do agree with you about certain aspects of science when it is funded by biased companies, but I am still firm on my belief regarding Darwinism. I do not see a single flaw in his theory, it pans out perfectly to the once unanswered questions (in my opinion). And OF COURSE I believe a person's personality are almost entirely their own choice. I say almost, because of course, genes do definitely take a significant part. I think environment has to do with it the most, though. Say a child had abusive, controlling parents. He might have incredible potential to become their opposite, but if he was never introduced to an idea that anyone could be different, he'd turn out the same. But if there was SOMEONE in his environment that was different, he might become an amazingly caring and kind person.

There is no way to regulate "hard" cases of abortion. But I can assure you no one wants to endure an expensive, extremely painful surgery without due cause. Not to mention the emotional damage. Plus, anyone who doesn't want their child would not be providing a healthy environment in which a young cancer-curing mind would thrive.
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Many of these are also very true for me.

But I honestly believe in the evolution theories... not all of them, but several of them. In other words, the ones that are closest to actually being real. :nod:

But yeah- it's all cool by me. Ghosts are awesome-- especially when your b-day is the day before Halloween. :w00t!:
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Whoah, excellent birthday! :highfive: Mine is Winter Solstice lol... most years anyways (bah to anybody who dates it on any day other than the 21st lol).

Thankye muchly for teh fave and for teh watch! :excited: :glomp:
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Yer welcome. ^^

I enjoy meeting other atheists like me, even if we don't share all the same beliefs. :nod:
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Same here. :highfive:
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Oh, yes....

I've decided to write up something like this.

I'm so very bored. xD

(wow... it's been about a month since I last posted here... ^^';)
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:giggle: DO IT! :w00t:

Err... :tea:
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Already did. xD
BetweenTheEchoes's avatar
When I ran across this, I got angry. The fact that you deny evolution saddens me. The entirety of modern biology is based on the knowledge of evolution. Organisms adapt to their environment over a long period of time through mutations in inherited traits. There are many proofs of evolution, one of the best being the female Gypsy moth, which do not fly, and yet still have wings. We call these "vestigial" and it means that it is an organ or body part that was inherited from its ancestors but no longer serves a purpose because evolution has caused it to either fuction differently or survive in a different environment.

Another good example is wisdom teeth. These were evolved inside our mouths in order to better chew plants as simians. The precursors to homo sapiens, such as australopithecus, had larger skulls to accomodate for this.

Evolution isn't just "believed" by most scientists, it is accepted as fact. A scientific theory is completely different than the vernacular use of the word theory. In order for something to become a scientific theory, it must go through rigorous experimentation. Evolution has been witnessed in labrotories between single-celled organisms.

If none of that convinces you, these two things ought to, and if you don't know what they are, look them up: 1) African killer bees, and 2) various viruses that have literally evolved traits that are used to be resistant to antibiotics and 3) which has, in fact, been shown that certain hormonal reactions in the hawthorne fly have actually began occuring later in the season. This is because they are non-Native to America and have adapted a way to grow and mate at a rate most suited for their environment.

Don't take this as an attack, but you obviously just don't understand that evolution is to biologists as gravity is to physicists.

It has been proven, many times, and there is more evidence for evolution than I could possibly fit in this comment.
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Eh, if it actually makes you angry, it's possible you need to look at your own motivations a little more closely. I've actually been questioning my own disbelief in evolution lately, but I have more pressing matters on my mind (like finding a safe place to live) that make for an entirely different perspective.

All good points, and you seem to know what you're talking about. I'm not a scientist and I've had to throw out a lot of my initial education so it's tough to figure out where I am now. I've noticed an irony in my thinking though: I'm more likely to accept evolution on a grand, universal scale (like planets eventually evolving out of dust clouds or something) but less likely to believe it on a closer, more biological scale. The thing is, I've been presented with so many inherently false things in my life (*cough* religion *cough*) that it's hard for me to be anything but sceptical of pretty much anything that gets thrown at me. And yet I do believe some things to be true. Eh, I guess that's part of being an individual.
BetweenTheEchoes's avatar
*ahem* I meant laboratories, and when I said "two things," I meant.

I guess I should try not to get so distracted while posting, not to mention proofread a little, heh.
BetweenTheEchoes's avatar
And I did it again. I meant "three things."

Man, have you got me worked up over this lol.
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LOL it's all good. *has no brain cells at the moment anyways* I don't think I even noticed... ^^;
KuraiguNoir's avatar
Interesting piece - though I don't agree with all of your points, it's good to see people who are unashamed of their beliefs, but would also change them if something more convincing came about (that last bit I find is particularly lacking in too many people). C:

Just out of curiosity, if you don't believe in God or evolution, what do you personally believe in? (I'm an atheist evolutionist, btw)
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Eh, I'm a Discordian, but of course if you know what that means (or look it up on Wikipedia lol) that means I don't even have to believe in anything basic to the Discordian tenants. In fact, it would be most Discordian of me to not believe in *anything* related to Discordianism. :giggle: If I bother to really think about it, I'm most likely to believe in Descartes' malicious demon theory (think The Matrix)... but I'm sort of the easygoing type and am not really bothered that I don't understand the secrets of the universe. :D
KuraiguNoir's avatar
I dunno...this all seems too much of a stretch of the imagination for me but, meh, ppl can believe what they like C:
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Ayesh. :D I do actually like the core belief of Discordianism, that everything is chaos, and we all see that chaos through different filters... no one person will *ever* truly see what another sees.
RoseOscura's avatar
if anyone argues with your statement on abourtion, send them to the "queensland right to life" website, they should change their mind after reading that.
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Eh, some people you can't change the mind of at all... I don't really care if anyone disagrees with me. :shrug:

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RoseOscura's avatar
meh. i guess, i enjoy arguing with people, espesherly if im right.
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