• What is heavenly mother? some girls at my college stopped me and starting saying the bible is fact and the world is going to end in fire,wtf?

    various Middle Eastern-originated and occasionally other religions have been preaching 'end of the world' predictions for thousands of years. All it takes is selectively picking the crises of any single era as exceptional and ignoring those of all prior eras. I've lived through more 'end of the world' predictions than I can... show more
    various Middle Eastern-originated and occasionally other religions have been preaching 'end of the world' predictions for thousands of years. All it takes is selectively picking the crises of any single era as exceptional and ignoring those of all prior eras. I've lived through more 'end of the world' predictions than I can count. And so has every person who has lived throughout recorded history.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 5 years ago
  • Is anyone else here not surprised that the Republicans blocked a Democrat effort to scale down the Afghan war?

    nope. deficit spending is okay when it's trillion dollar wars, not when it actually benefits the taxpayers. We gotta keep the defense contractors supplied with profits, no matter how much we have to borrow to do it.
    nope. deficit spending is okay when it's trillion dollar wars, not when it actually benefits the taxpayers. We gotta keep the defense contractors supplied with profits, no matter how much we have to borrow to do it.
    3 answers · Politics · 8 years ago
  • Calling on all Liberals, Conservatives, Tea Partiers, and even communists!?

    some neat ideals, but too idealistic. The market does not solve all; it aids and abets abuses by the corporatist elite.
    some neat ideals, but too idealistic. The market does not solve all; it aids and abets abuses by the corporatist elite.
    13 answers · Politics · 8 years ago
  • Did you know the Columbine killers drank water?

    Best answer: They also lived in Colorado! Ted Haggard lives in Colorado! nothing is coincidence!
    Best answer: They also lived in Colorado! Ted Haggard lives in Colorado! nothing is coincidence!
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • How come USA Christians are the only ones opposed to Science?

    US Christianity as a collective (there are of course exceptions) is inextricably intertwined with nationalism and even imperialism (but of course it's never called that openly), And in some contexts, with racism, too (although less overtly now than in the past). a lot of American Christian ideas to some extent were rooted in the idea of a... show more
    US Christianity as a collective (there are of course exceptions) is inextricably intertwined with nationalism and even imperialism (but of course it's never called that openly), And in some contexts, with racism, too (although less overtly now than in the past). a lot of American Christian ideas to some extent were rooted in the idea of a god-given promised land, a vast resource-laden land, which Native peoples had prepared but had conveniently died off (in large percentages, anyway). Science allowed more rapid expansion and exploitation, so it was good and godly. the first curveball was Darwinism, which on its own seemed to challenge ideas of providentialism. But soon along came Social Darwinists, which allowed old Calvinistic ideas of divinely ordained wealth/power to be recast into ideas of genetic superiority. Many Christians jumped onto science in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, when science was misused to prop up ideas of nationalism and white superiority. All was good again, and science enabled US entry into overseas adventurism. Christianity was an excuse for the need to conquer Native peoples, Latino peoples (the southwest, Cuba etc), the Philippines, the Commies, etc.; and tech superiority often not only helped the conquest but the sense that 'god is on our side.' only once genetic and psych sciences ditched many of their racial content did science resume being bad. science no longer justifies national or racial privilege, so it's demonized as a competing way of thinking, rather than as a kindred spirit (as it used to be). and again, there are plenty of exceptions. but this overview tends to ring the most true with those branches of Christianity that most hate science.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Why the word "God" is translated into "Allah" in Arabic bibles ?

    because "Allah" means "god" in Arabic, just as you find "Dieu" in French bibles.
    because "Allah" means "god" in Arabic, just as you find "Dieu" in French bibles.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Why did 43% of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks?

    Bushie and Faux News propaganda.
    Bushie and Faux News propaganda.
    11 answers · Politics · 8 years ago
  • Christians, you were wrong about the World coming to an end on 21 May, do you have a new date in mind?

    Best answer: funny about all the denials above.... we didn't hear them until the past 2 days. Where were all the Christians claiming Camping did not speak for them beforehand? And who was giving Camping his tens of millions? According to the bible, in addition to the 'no one knows the day or time' bit, Jesus *did* offer a timeframe -... show more
    Best answer: funny about all the denials above.... we didn't hear them until the past 2 days. Where were all the Christians claiming Camping did not speak for them beforehand? And who was giving Camping his tens of millions? According to the bible, in addition to the 'no one knows the day or time' bit, Jesus *did* offer a timeframe - at least 2 of the gospels quote him as telling those he was speaking to that some of them would live to see his return. So that would put the date somewhere in the first or early second century AD. Over and done with, one way or the other... unless of course the bible's word isn't good enough.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • To the non-religious: How do you deal with religion conversations?

    I strive to remain polite, but will question definitions and constructs tossed at me as if they were absolutes. If a conversation gets back to a tradition or a bit of scripture, I politely say, "that's fine, but only if you accept that tradition as valid. I don't buy it." I don't hesitate to remind such a converser that... show more
    I strive to remain polite, but will question definitions and constructs tossed at me as if they were absolutes. If a conversation gets back to a tradition or a bit of scripture, I politely say, "that's fine, but only if you accept that tradition as valid. I don't buy it." I don't hesitate to remind such a converser that their opinion is a subjective one, one of many possible interpretations. Just because it is right for them does not make it right for me. I also stay non-committal on my own self-definition; I too am not an atheist. I may say, "I appreciate the diversity of all paths." And I do. Stay polite and smile. When cornered, go Socratic: ask "why?" Soon it is they who will be defensive.
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • How can we prevent future "Harold Camping"s from happening again?

    totally give up on the apocalyptic BS. Even bible literalists should admit that at least 2 of their gospels quote Jesus as telling his apostles he'd be back within some of their lifetimes. So the whole 'second coming' bit is about 19 centuries past its expiration date. one would think Christianity would have enough substance to it... show more
    totally give up on the apocalyptic BS. Even bible literalists should admit that at least 2 of their gospels quote Jesus as telling his apostles he'd be back within some of their lifetimes. So the whole 'second coming' bit is about 19 centuries past its expiration date. one would think Christianity would have enough substance to it that it doesn't really need the BS scare tactics.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Which is first religion in the world?

    most likely some form of animism. but no one really knows for sure.
    most likely some form of animism. but no one really knows for sure.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Is there a rapture going on?

    yes, but you have to give Charlie Sheen all your money before you can go.
    yes, but you have to give Charlie Sheen all your money before you can go.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Why do people keep saying athiests listen to the devil?

    circular logic: if my club believes that A is good and B is bad, and B is controlled/influenced by devil C, then if you don't think like us you're B, thus listening to C. likewise, if you're in our club but ask too many questions, point out things that don't make sense, or even question the above ABC, then you too are B, thus... show more
    circular logic: if my club believes that A is good and B is bad, and B is controlled/influenced by devil C, then if you don't think like us you're B, thus listening to C. likewise, if you're in our club but ask too many questions, point out things that don't make sense, or even question the above ABC, then you too are B, thus listening to C. you're not 'really' one of us. part of the need for C is to explain why people, when confronted with the A belief system, do not join in as supporters do. If I, as an A believer, present to you what I consider to be an air-tight argument and you don't agree, then there is either something wrong with my argument - or something wrong with you. If I have already decided my argument is infallible, then it is clearly your fault for not thinking like me. And if your rebuttal to my argument is stronger than my argument was, and my argument was infallible, holy and good, then you must be, knowingly or not, aided by a power that interferes with you 'getting' my infallible argument. thus there really is no room to acknowledge that an intelligent, good person could come to a different conclusion than they do - if you disagree, and especially if you do so with intellect, logic or reason - it's the devil. thus they have built a wall they'll never see over - their circular logic doesn't allow them to even notice the wall.
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Anti-christians, where's the logic in saying 2 or more religions that teach opposite things, can all be true?

    some individual, subjective truths can be opposing and contrary: It is true that I like chocolate better than strawberry ice cream. It is true, but my only proof is my assertion. It may not be true to you, nor should it automatically be (nor do I expect it to be). as long as something remains on the subjective level, opposing claims of truth can... show more
    some individual, subjective truths can be opposing and contrary: It is true that I like chocolate better than strawberry ice cream. It is true, but my only proof is my assertion. It may not be true to you, nor should it automatically be (nor do I expect it to be). as long as something remains on the subjective level, opposing claims of truth can co-exist. And indeed, on anything subjective, all we have are claims of truth - not any sort of universal truth. and since religion is by definition a subjective, there you have it. no religion, as much as they claim otherwise, has anything more than claims of truth. They work as 'true' within their own systems - but only within their own systems. To Christians, biblical truth works because Christians generally accept the bible as true. to the rest of us, who do not accept the bible as true, it does not work. it only gets murky when someone mistakes their subjective truth as a universal truth (which is easier to so, I assume, if you assume your path is somehow inherently more valid than others).
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Did you feel sorry for doomsday prophet Harold Camping? He had a tough weekend because the world did not come?

    not one bit. While a number of Christians (especially on Y!A) do seem to engage in 'End Times' hysteria, often in a gloating sort of way, no one forces them to do this, whether or not they believed Camping. Even besides the 'no one knows when' clause many Christians cite, 2 of their gospels quote Jesus as telling those around... show more
    not one bit. While a number of Christians (especially on Y!A) do seem to engage in 'End Times' hysteria, often in a gloating sort of way, no one forces them to do this, whether or not they believed Camping. Even besides the 'no one knows when' clause many Christians cite, 2 of their gospels quote Jesus as telling those around him that some of them would still be alive when he returned. No no matter how you slice the cheese, that window closed about 19 centuries ago. I find any preoccupation with some alleged doomsday to be counterproductive and irresponsible. Remember James Watt? Reagan's secretary of the Interior didn't believe natural resources were worth preserving because the world would end in 1988 (according to then-current prevalent apocalyptic ideas). There have been literally thousands of failed doomsday predictions over the last few centuries alone. Enough already. Take some responsibility for making this world something worthwhile. Or if you really want the world to end, get out on your own. Stop wasting our time.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • If the Palestine/Israel conflict was truly about "land" don't you think it would have been solved by now?

    If I 'give' you land, but retain the ability to control your use of it, am I really "offering?" If I offer you land, but shoot your kids when they play on it, what kind of offer is it? framing the discussion as you attempt ignores key aspects of the dispute. You come across as trying to present Palestineans as ungrateful and... show more
    If I 'give' you land, but retain the ability to control your use of it, am I really "offering?" If I offer you land, but shoot your kids when they play on it, what kind of offer is it? framing the discussion as you attempt ignores key aspects of the dispute. You come across as trying to present Palestineans as ungrateful and conflict-seeking, with additional motives you absolve Israel of. by reducing any situation outside of its full context, anything can seem bad or one-sided; its akin to arguing that Native Americans should be satisfied with getting stuck on reservations. If you have any sort of understanding, you'd know that 97% on paper does not equate to surrender of Israeli control. Don't forget that Israel's pledge to stop building settlements in the West Bank has totally been ignored - and defense of those illegal settlements is used to justify occupation - just as it would have been regardless of the "offer" (which was never a real offer).
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • What predictions will Harold Camping now make, now that his May 21st "End of the World" prediction has failed?

    after 40 days and 40 nights, he'll come out, make some of the usual statements of attrition, cry for forgiveness... and then start laying the groundwork for his next big con. already, Family Radio's website is back up, as if the whole 'doomsday countdown' stuff had never been there at all.
    after 40 days and 40 nights, he'll come out, make some of the usual statements of attrition, cry for forgiveness... and then start laying the groundwork for his next big con. already, Family Radio's website is back up, as if the whole 'doomsday countdown' stuff had never been there at all.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Is God angry with the United States?

    "more natural disasters in the US than we've ever seen"? says who? just because many people are ignorant of weather history, that does not make it so. There were plenty worse years in the 19th century, for instance - at a time when virtually everyone were "god fearing" Christians. trying to impose your dislikes onto that... show more
    "more natural disasters in the US than we've ever seen"? says who? just because many people are ignorant of weather history, that does not make it so. There were plenty worse years in the 19th century, for instance - at a time when virtually everyone were "god fearing" Christians. trying to impose your dislikes onto that of your god, and using bad weather as your evidence, has been a tactic employed time and time again. If anyone other than a monotheist employed this line of thinking, it would be called "primitive superstition." and rightfully so. and rebranding it under monotheism, it's still the exact same thing. your assertion makes just as much sense as to say these disasters are because your god dislikes the cancelation of the original Law & Order TV show. there is no more evidence for or against such an assertion than there is for or against yours.
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • How gullible are atheists, was God just gonna show up and destroy the?

    you neglected to mention that virtually all Christians wait until after the fact to call Camping a 'loon'. By hedging your bets, you don't come across any better.
    you neglected to mention that virtually all Christians wait until after the fact to call Camping a 'loon'. By hedging your bets, you don't come across any better.
    20 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • How do you be less cynical and more trusting and open?

    move somewhere apart from human civilization, without radio, TV or internet. And hope that all the toxins we create and spew out into the world somehow don't catch up to you. in this society, cynicism and distrust are necessary defenses. in part, because the system we acquiesce to rewards such behavior. Even among those who state the... show more
    move somewhere apart from human civilization, without radio, TV or internet. And hope that all the toxins we create and spew out into the world somehow don't catch up to you. in this society, cynicism and distrust are necessary defenses. in part, because the system we acquiesce to rewards such behavior. Even among those who state the intention of being better than that either give into it themselves, or are undermined and manipulated by those who learn enough of their lingo to prey on others.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago