Originally Posted by Fastback
What happened to make you "turn" from Christianity?
-Man over the course of time has created countless Gods and why? 2 reasons:
1. Fear of the unknown/mortality/death
2. the unexplainable
-In all my years of the church, dealing with fellow christians, others who were atheist or agnostic and my mother who was a satanist, I noticed 2 things. 1-excluding the christian extremist, all parties pretty much conduct themselves in the same manor. Christians, supposedly people of God, who pray and work hard to be better people, often are quite the opposite. Don't you find that odd? Shouldn't someone who's playing on God's team have somewhat of an edge or advantage in moral fortitude? Yet, they don't.
-God is supposedly omnipresent, etc. Man prays to him for help, guidance, etc. Yet children at an alarming rate are molested by priest, in a house of God. Where is this God? If God won't help an innocent child, why do you pray to him? why do you bother with request if he won't defend anyone? Don't you find it funny that he hasn't shown himself in this millennium? And only in biblical times? Todays miracles consist of things that happen on a daily basis. Its as if the public is desperate to find proof of their God.
-the only proof of God relies on an often read, but rarely examined book called the bible. In a thousand years, will people see Dr. Seuss as a religion? A god? There are books on dragons and vampires, yet no one believes in them. Burden of proof is on the believer, yet, all that can be offered up is "faith". Do you have faith that unicorns are real? Why is so much weight given to the bible, when what we do know about it's authors come from the very book they wrote. Kind of like me writing my own autobiography claiming i'm a stand up guy. Says who? Says me? Usually a 3rd party is required to validate such claims.
-The falacies in the bible, the long list of contradictions (no I won't name them because i've posted them in several other threads over the past 4 years, do a search if you really want them).
-A perfect god created man...then how can something imperfect come from something perfect? What is perfect cannot make it's self imperfect.
-A perfectly compassionate god who creates beings which he knows are doomed to suffer is impossible.
-the thought of Infinite punishment for finite sins sounds ridiculous.
- Think of all the people in remote regions who have never been exposed to christianity, so they are sentenced to eternal damnation regardless of how they have lived? no just god would ever judge a man by his beliefs and not his actions. Sounds like a fairy tale.
I have more reasons but frankly, I think i've provided enough.