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Questions from an Atheist #5

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#15 - bangala has deleted their comment [+] (6 replies)
#4 - nunubot (04/11/2013) [+] (6 replies)
There are several problems with your question(s):

1. You use the word "God". Did you know there are hundreds of different religions and thousands of different gods?

2. You posting it under the "atheism" channel. You're (most likely) going to get an unbiased answer or an uneducated. I'm not saying atheists are uneducated but you might want to ask someone who is currently religious as they probably (should) know more about their religion.

3. Religion is pretty much faith in the unknown. You can never really know what (a) God thinking or the reasoning behind said thoughts. Image is relevant.

TL;DR: Who gives a **** .
User avatar #3 - satanisthesavior (04/11/2013) [+] (8 replies)
I'm gonna try to answer these, as I did consider myself christian for a good chunk of my life (not anymore though):

#5: It has to do with humanity being sinful. As in, every single person, both those who live now, who lived in the past and who will live in the future. Human nature is considered sinful.
#4: I believe it was so that we could see the torment of someone dying for our sins. The floods and stuff were to show people what happened to sinners, but that apparently wasn't enough so we had to see someone suffer. Or something. I'm not really sure on that one myself, and I've yet to hear anyone explain it.
#3: The bible is not meant to be taken literally. Most christians will tell you so. The stories are just that: Stories. They serve to teach morals, not to give an accurate depiction of history.
#2: I cannot answer this. I do not know the bible that well.
#1: Again, the bible is just stories. It's fiction. Some of it is ripped off. I believe Jesus was a real person who did incredible things, but I do not believe he was the son of god, nor was he capable of impossible things (like turning water into wine).

Those are my answers, based on my (admittedly limited) knowledge of christian faith.
User avatar #9 to #8 - satanisthesavior (04/11/2013) [-]
I know, it makes no ******* sense. Why do you think I'm not christian anymore?
#48 - fefe (04/21/2013) [-]
Its not so much a question of paying for our ancestor's sins, but for original sin inherent in us. Before Adam and Eve ate of the apple, they had no knowledge of good or evil, so they could not knowingly violate laws of morality. After they ate of the apple, them and all of their descendants were tainted with original sin due to human nature. Its mainly saying that human nature, although good at its core, is inherently flawed. In order to purge ourselves of these flaws, we need salvation through Jesus Christ. (Not necessarily my beliefs, just 7 years of sunday school and confirmation)
User avatar #44 - everheat (04/15/2013) [+] (1 reply)
''God created us in his own image.''

Pretty much says he's violent, greedy for power and wrathful.
#36 - fefe (04/11/2013) [+] (8 replies)
U little smartass... I couldn't let this one pass.

There is absolutely nothing immoral about us paying for the sins of our ancestors. Just like you can inherit wealth, you can inherit debt.

As a comparison to something more mundane, think of slavery in the USA. Black slaves provided a huge amount of wealth unfairly to white people in the past. Nowadays, black ppl are not slaves, but they're still screwed bc of their past. Bc the ancestors of whites are the ones who caused this, it is absolutely fair and moral that white ppl help blacks out of it. Thus, the ancestors of whites sinned against the ancestors of blacks, and modern whites are paying that debt in the present. Happy?

#29 - KungFuZerO (04/11/2013) [+] (3 replies)
The church needed a way to make the lower class feel guilty and continue to pay their tithe. Simple as that.
User avatar #26 - puggles (04/11/2013) [+] (1 reply)
not a christian, but the way it was explained to me was that you can't make something perfect from something imperfect, kind of like trying to make a perfectly shaped cake from a dented cake pan (not joking, the person really explained it to me that way), so after adam and eve sinned they lost perfection and therefore couldn't pass it on to their kids. but since god is, by their definition is omnipotent, you'd think he'd be able bang out the dents in humans' genetic/spiritual cake pan.
#18 - fefe (04/11/2013) [-]
I've heard you're born with sin just because your parents had to FORNICATE to make you.
#14 - fefe (04/11/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Still at work, but figured I'd pop on for a quick answer. Feel free to PM me btw (You know who I am haha)

We are each punished for out own sins. Provided Adam and Eve hadn't sinned, we would be perfect. Our natural inclination would be to do what's right rather than wrong. But, alas, we're imperfect. Imperfect humans with imperfect tendencies.

Even if we truly try our hardest, we're bound to sin. It's just our nature.

I see what you're saying about us suffering imperfection due to our ancestors though.Here's the best way I can think to put it. If you have a cake pan, and you drop it and put a dent in it, it's impossible to make a cake WITHOUT having that dent in it now. Unfortunately, we inherited our ultimate ancestors imperfection. Referring back to your previous question in #4, thanks to Jesus sacrifice, we're given the opportunity to be forgiven for our sins and imperfection and be in favor with god, eventually earning our reward.
User avatar #1 - likeallthecomments (04/11/2013) [+] (1 reply)
considering that you are an athiest, that question has no meaning as you dont believe in a god.
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