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01-04-2011, 08:08 AM
Does it make me a bad person?
This is dedicated to my wonderful wife of 10 years.

She posed a question on Facebook earlier in the week:

"Does it make me a bad person that I don't believe in a god any longer?"

http://centersolid.blogspot.com/2011/04/...erson.html

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01-04-2011, 08:27 AM
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
Of course it doesn't. In fact statistically speaking atheist are the most moral belief group.
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01-04-2011, 08:36 AM
 
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
Of course it doesn't make her a bad person.
It makes her a free person. Wink
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01-04-2011, 11:09 PM
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
It makes her a far better person. Check out Evilbible.com for examples.

The way to see by Faith, is to shut the eye of Reason. - Ben Franklin
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02-04-2011, 02:12 AM
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
How can you become worse as a person simply by being honest with yourself and no longer believing in something without proof?
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02-04-2011, 03:56 AM
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
No is the short answer.

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use." - Galileo

"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." - Voltaire
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02-04-2011, 06:33 AM
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
We know the answer is no, but it is shocking to see some of the replies from theist friends - which prompted the article.

I went on to write in the piece:

Had her question been posed along the lines of:

“If I told you I no longer believed in a god, would you think differently of me?”

The subtle nuance being, in her original question she puts all the onus on herself, asking the alternative – the onus falls on the respondent, who is then be forced to examine their own feelings before replying.

The point she was trying to make, possibly too subtlety, is that she is the same person today that people knew and liked when they thought she was a Christian. By letting people know she no longer followed a god, the only thing that could possibly have changed is the attitude people would now have for her.

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02-04-2011, 12:39 PM
 
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
(02-04-2011 06:33 AM)Seasbury Wrote:  We know the answer is no, but it is shocking to see some of the replies from theist friends - which prompted the article.

I went on to write in the piece:

Had her question been posed along the lines of:

“If I told you I no longer believed in a god, would you think differently of me?...

I think the mistake is expecting certain of those Theists to actually think about their attitude, when they choose to judge someone else. They very often think they're justified condemning someone for falling out of lock step, where the rest feel comfortable as followers and thus entitled to condemn anyone that leads their own life, because they imagine that will lead others astray.

Sheep.
All one has to do is think about the characteristics that apply to that animal, and it being analogous to the Christian to know exactly why believers in the Christ myth were called that by scribes who knew exactly what they were doing when they labeled them so, as people of the book.

Not to mention the sacrificial aspect afforded sheep, rams and lambs in service to the "glory" of god.
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02-04-2011, 11:07 PM
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
No. Believing in a god doesn't make one a good person, so not believing in a god doesn't make one a bad person.

When I find myself in times of trouble, Richard Dawkins comes to me, speaking words of reason, now I see, now I see.
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03-04-2011, 12:21 PM
RE: Does it make me a bad person?
(01-04-2011 08:27 AM)omega21 Wrote:  Of course it doesn't. In fact statistically speaking atheist are the most moral belief group.
Uhm not to contradict you or anything - but how are atheists a "belief" group ?

Atheism is a religion like OFF is a TV channel !!!

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