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AbrahamG:

--- Quote from: ThisisOverload on March 03, 2022, 01:16:53 PM ---He is the Devil himself.

All religious institutions should pay taxes.

There is a big church in Houston, Second Baptist i believe. One of the Pastors lived in a $400k house inside a gated community. All paid for by church offerings and tax free. He drove a new BMW 5 series and wore $3k dollar suits. Used to preach that it's ok to be rich, as long as you pay it back to God.

Unreal.

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Bingo!

The Scott:

God, if He exists, does NOT need your money and while not in the same way, these men and women do NOT need your money. But being men and women, being of the flesh and nothing more, they WANT your money and all that it allows them to do.

Not in the name of God but in the desires of their flesh.  The needs of their ego.

If I, an Atheist with an IQ of approximately 80 can see and understand this and many other truths about people, why is it so many of you who are far above me cannot understand?  You have eyes yet your refuse to open them.  You have ears and still you cover them.  I am not picking on anyone here, but...

...We had best pray there is no God.   Ahhhh...But to whom does such as we, pray?

If I were an "atheist" instead of an Atheist, I would begin by looking in the mirror.

Agnostic007:

--- Quote from: The Scott on March 04, 2022, 02:15:21 PM ---God, if He exists, does NOT need your money and while not in the same way, these men and women do NOT need your money. But being men and women, being of the flesh and nothing more, they WANT your money and all that it allows them to do.

Not in the name of God but in the desires of their flesh.  The needs of their ego.

If I, an Atheist with an IQ of approximately 80 can see and understand this and many other truths about people, why is it so many of you who are far above me cannot understand?  You have eyes yet your refuse to open them.  You have ears and still you cover them.  I am not picking on anyone here, but...

...We had best pray there is no God.   Ahhhh...But to whom does such as we, pray?

If I were an "atheist" instead of an Atheist, I would begin by looking in the mirror.

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cool

But lets delve deeper. God... if he or she exists.. will not be like the god of the bible.. that God is obviously the work of those men of that time. So IF a god exists. all bets are on as to what the god likes or dislikes. My assumption based on my moral compass is he or she doesn't give a crap about if skin is exposed, or celebrating birthdays, or kneeling x times a day, or if you abstain from eating during certain periods. It will likely surprise 90% of the religious world what this "God" likes 

AbrahamG:

--- Quote from: Agnostic007 on March 04, 2022, 08:47:59 PM ---cool

But lets delve deeper. God... if he or she exists.. will not be like the god of the bible.. that God is obviously the work of those men of that time. So IF a god exists. all bets are on as to what the god likes or dislikes. My assumption based on my moral compass is he or she doesn't give a crap about if skin is exposed, or celebrating birthdays, or kneeling x times a day, or if you abstain from eating during certain periods. It will likely surprise 90% of the religious world what this "God" likes

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Good, realistic take on a far fetched idea.   ;D

Agnostic007:

--- Quote from: AbrahamG on March 04, 2022, 09:03:29 PM ---Good, realistic take on a far fetched idea.   ;D

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I'm agonistic.. SURPRISE

But I Come from a back ground of Christianity. Was preaching in a 1ST Baptist church as a guest speaker at 16-17 years of age. but in my 30's I began to have some doubts and started to do some research outside of the Christian community. Long story short I left Christianity. I don't have a problem with Jesus' teachings.. but the Old Testament is screwed up in my opinion, Sadly the majority of people who question my stance, never actually read the bible.

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