Atheists. You have died, and find yourself before Yahweh. What do you say?
OK, we can all play the big, funny tough guy over the internet. But let's be honest here. You're stood in front of the all powerful overlord of reality, who you have been actively defying for your entire life... there's only one thing to say.
I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY, PLEASE DON'T CAST ME INTO HELL, I WANNA GO TO HEAVEN!
Have you read the divine comedy? There ain't nothing funny about it...
I used to be like that. All nonchalant and headstrong. But there comes a point after fighting against religion for so long when one realises something.
You're in a lose-lose situation.
If you're right, then you wasted your life. All that fighting against mere superstition, all the rebelling and fuss over something as primitive as religion. Even if you managed to "achieve" something, you won't be around to see it.
If you're wrong, then oh man, you're in trouble. An eternity of torture and suffering awaits you. Your spur of the moment defiance against God would be quickly forgotten, as you're cast into the innermost bowels of hell. You cannot complain, you cannot change anything.
Is that a reason to believe? No. But it is a reason to to stop caring about such trivial matters. And hey, if you're wrong about the whole God thing, maybe he'll be a little more merciful when you come to meet him.
I'm a Buddhist. And I believe all religion and deity has served societies well in any given country and given time. China has prospered under the belief of Taosim, Confucianism, I- Ching and Buddhism. They have prospered without Yahweh. A jealous God that lays not even A finger on Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Osiris, Kali, Zeus, Quetzalcoatl... The existence of multiple deities in every society on earth is to cater for different culture and ideology in every parts of the world. Odd coincidence, no? Yahweh the odd one out. I would face Yahweh but I wont do it alone. You mess with an innocent child from Egypt, India, China, Europe, America you mess with all the deities. and Buddha is fine with atheist too.. you both have more in common than you think.
To The non believers
Some of you are either showing your age or your IQ level but since your IQ is lower than your age when is your 21st Birthday exactly - I had hoped for some sensible intelligent debate in here but alas the education system in the last 30 years seems to have let us down somewhat. How can you debate something you have never even studied I see people dont know what Yahweh is or the difference between fact and theory
Maybe its a youth thing Cool to be a non believer rebels without a brain. Now listen up I wanna tell you a story
And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, some sixty, and some an hundred.
And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And the moral of the story is that you have the opportunity to hear the word you have ears, now all you have to do is sit quietly and read, reflect, study and think it all through then come back and discuss it properly
You are massively presupposing as one's age increases, their intelligence increases. However, if you'd bother to look around the site, you'd notice this isn't the case. There are a couple of highly people who aren't even over twenty. Chuckhades and Apollo go into that group...as do I.
And don't get me started with at I.Q. bullshit. That test is SO massively flawed.
You think I haven't studied other religion. Another presumption. No, I WAS raised (indoctrinated) as a Christan. Although, I eventually deserted that belief due to lack of evidence. And yes, I'm quite young (15). However, my atheism isn't "to be/look cool." It is simply a matter of truth. If I EVER see evidence for the existence of god/s, I will change my position.
"Hear the word in your ears?" What in the hell is that supposted to mean. I reckon its something along the lines of 'belief in the one almighty god, even though that particular belief has NO evidence to support it. Nah, I'll pass...