Why is it so hard for believers to understand that atheists are atheists because they see no evidence that the gods which believers believe in have any reality outside their own heads?
Never underestimate the power of unreason to overwhelm reason
That depends on how much the atheist knew about the Bible.If you were to find friendship with someone who has outstanding character and who expresses love towards others, yet you find they are an atheist, how would you witness to them?
If the atheist knew what the Bible says, but portrayed God the way atheists here do, I'd slap him all the way down the street.Would it be sort of like the statement you just made?
One thing is certain. Either two different Gods are being described, or the one true Gods nature has changed over time. Both options being contradicted by the bible itself...so that's theologically problematic to say the least.
For when nothing can be as it is, then whatever is turns into nothing. Yehushuan
I agree completely John. As a Christian, I have a responsibility to strengthen those who are weak in the faith. Roger describes himself as a "weak atheist". As a loving unbeliever, is there anything you can do to strengthen Rogers unbelief? Maybe encourage him not to make statements about the God he doesn't believe in.That's ridiculous. Would be as silly as me accusing you of not teaching abiogenisis.
Stephen, if you're going to be any use to Roger, you'll have to refrain from making any statements about the God you don't believe in.Plus, the justifications given in the Bible for God's activities do not excuse their enormity.
Well the way I see it and the reason I began a thread on it was the character of a human being - the value of a human being should be our focus. God made everyone, believer and unbeliever. God loves every human being no matter what. IMHO that is why I believe God is grieved when anyone turns away from Him, does not believe in Him, does not accept Him.
However, that commandment to show love, grace, help to our neighbor is next to the great commandment to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul. It is not my place to go into the ring with an atheist nor anyone else about God. It is not my place to do what only the Holy Spirit can do.
It is my responsibility to live my conviction to the best of my ability and not to sit in the seat of judgment on another person's soul.
"The mind is like a parachute; it functions only when it is open." Coe