FAQ

 

It’s been a goddamned week (no holy) and I’ve already had more questions than I can answer individually. So, I’m going to compile a list of those questions and answer them so you can read them here. Please note, I said I would answer them. I didn’t promise I was going to be nice about it. Of course, feel free to ask anyway. I won’t bite. Well, maybe a tiny bit.

  1. Are you religious? Um. No.
  2. What do you identify as? An atheist. Hence, “Godless”.
  3. What’s an atheist? Someone who lacks belief in a god or any other sort of deity.
  4. Why are you an atheist? Because there is no evidence to support the existence of a god.
  5. Isn’t the bible evidence? No. It’s a book. If I took every book literally, I’d vacation in Mordor every spring.
  6. But it’s widely accepted that the bible is true. Yes, by religious people who believe it is true. It was, at one point, widely accepted that the Earth was flat. Crowds agreeing is not evidence.
  7. Have you even read the bible? Yes. Probably more than you have.
  8. Do you have religious friends? Yes.
  9. What do your religious friends think of godlessmom.com? They don’t know. I don’t think. If they do, they don’t care, just like I don’t care that they are religious.
  10. Why haven’t you told them about it? Are you suggesting I “spread the good word”? Nah, that ain’t my style. They believe what they believe and they are entitled to that. I don’t need to flaunt my atheism in their faces.
  11. Aren’t you flaunting your atheism on your blog to strangers? It’s aimed at other atheists. If religious people end up here, it is by their own choosing. Including my religious friends, if they end up here.
  12. Do your religious friends know you are an atheist? I’ve never actually used the term ‘atheist’ with them, but they know I am not religious and not once have they ever tried to change that.
  13. Why are you so blasphemous and use such harsh language toward religion? It’s how I write. I am a professional writer and my style is like Doug Stanhope getting a rim job from Jack Kerouac. No one’s forcing you to read.
  14. Why do you add “(no holy)” to some of the things you say? It’s my way of taking back and belittling the use of “no homo” by homophobes everywhere. It means that when I say stuff like, “good god” or “god’s green earth” I am not actually referring to a deity or any belief; that I have just used the god-injected phrase as a figure of speech and nothing more.
  15. Have you ever been religious? No.
  16. Are your parents religious? God no. No holy.
  17. Were your parents parents religious? My maternal grandparents believed in god and went to church on occasion but it was never super prominent in their lives. My Dad’s parents were atheists. In fact, we go back to Anne Hutchinson, who rebelled against the Puritans and was banished from Massachusetts Bay. She was very religious, but that rebellion against a religious hive-mind is a tale passed down by my ancestors, and each time it was told, we stepped further and further from religion all the way to godlessmom.com
  18. Do you/have you ever celebrated Christmas, Easter and other religious holidays? Yes. Every year. For my family, these holidays are about tradition and family, not Jesus.
  19. How old are you? 37
  20. What do you do for a living? I’m a writer. Mostly copywriting.
  21. What town do you live in? Nuh-uh. You could probably figure it out if you tried hard enough, but I’m not going to hand that shit to you on a silver platter.
  22. How many kids do you have? 1 biological son and 1 stepdaughter.
  23. How old are they? 6 and 12 respectively.
  24. Are you raising them atheist? My stepdaughter is only with us for weekends and holidays, so it is not my decision with regards to her, but as far as my son goes, yes. I am raising him to think critically.
  25. If your son or stepdaughter turns out to be religious, what would you do? Accept and love them, like all parents are supposed to do with their children.
  26. You wouldn’t be disappointed if your kids turned out religious? No. I understand why people are religious.
  27. Where have you traveled? I lived in Australia (Perth & Adelaide), and Mexico (Playa Del Carmen) for two years each. I have traveled the South Pacific, Asia and everything in between. My son was born in Mexico.
  28. So, do you speak Spanish? Yeah, but not well.
  29. Did you go to post-secondary school? Yes.
  30. What did you study? Anthropology and creative writing. The idea was, I was going to either be a writer or an archaeologist.  Archaeology, turns out, is like 90% report writing. I just wanted to dig, man.
  31. Do you have any pets? Yeah, a 13 year old rescue German shepherd/rotty/husky/lab ish type guy who never stops shedding. He’s my ol’ man. Been by my side for 12 years.
  32. Why is the cross sideways in your web site’s logo? I hope this answers your question:

     

  33. So, you oppose the death penalty, then? Of course, I am a woman of deep, rock solid moral convictions. Killing people is wrong. I have been an activist against the death penalty for many years.
  34. If you don’t believe in god, how can your life have purpose? Well, the question itself is not a logical one, because you have to be religious to think that purpose is tied to a creator. My purpose is to be a great mom, teach my kids good values and guide them to adulthood. I also would like to publish a book or two. I’d like to leave the world a better place than I entered it.
  35. Do you support same-sex marriage? You mean, do I support love? Fuck yes. With devoted and unending ferocity. Do not get in my way.
  36. Are you straight? I am a heterosexual, yes.
  37. What do you look like? A mom. I think you can spy a small pic of me next to my comments around this here bloggity. You can also follow me on Instagram: godless_mom
  38. What do you do for fun? You’re reading it. Other than writing, I am usually outside doing something. Hiking, swimming, sitting on the beach.
  39. Who is your favourite famous atheist? I would have to say Ricky Gervais for the hilarity factor.
  40. Who is your favourite author? My top 3 are Jack Kerouac, Tom Robbins and Joseph Campbell.
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  43. Can I advertise on Godlessmom.com? Yes. Please visit this page for more info.
  44. Can I guest post on Godlessmom.com? Yes. Please submit your post here.
  45. What is the best way to get in touch with you? Email me, please, I beg of you. I get DMs on Twitter and questions on Vine, I get private messages on YouTube and even more on Facebook. I get questions in comments on Pinterest and Google Plus… I try very hard to get to all of them, but in between actually creating content for this site, swimming every day, being a Mom, a wife, a pet owner and a freelance copywriter, I do miss one or two here and there. I absolutely hate when that happens, but it can’t be helped, unless you email me. When I start getting too many emails, I’ll update this page. mommy@godlessmom.com
  46. Can I send you stuff in the mail? If you have a book you want me to read or just wanna send me a saccharine love letter, send it to:

    Courtney AKA Godless Mom
    P.O. Box 22060 Penticton Plaza
    Penticton B.C. V2H8L1
    Canada

If your question is not here, send it to mommy@godlessmom.com and I’ll try to answer it the best way I can and maybe even add it to this list.

  • Ashley

    I just found your blog through pinterest. I think you’re awesome! And your writing style makes me feel like a teenager again. It’s all edgy and in your face, no compromising, no sugar coating, just truth. Maybe some sauce on it. I need to get back to this. I’m over never stepping on toes!

    • Thank you! I totally understand what you mean, too. It took me a while to get back to this as well. glad I did, because it’s fun as hell (no holy).

  • Crystal

    I’m so glad I found your blog and website. I can relate to much of what you write. Thank you for putting it out there!

    • Thanks, I very much appreciate your support!

  • Rick Lozano

    Wow – I stumbled upon your site via twitter and let me just say your site is as informative as it is entertaining – well done. Keep up the good work!

  • I want MORE women like YOU on the internet … and I want it NOW.

    Love You Godless Mom!

    Yours
    msginca

  • adogapagoda

    i liked you but I wasn’t 100% sure, then you said “Doug Stanhope getting a rim job from Jack Kerouac.” I might be in love

    • Hahaha… Yeah Doug and Jack.. not a mental image you shake easily.

  • You go girl! You have it right and you have the right.

  • Volly Man

    Excellent! Well said! You go girl!

  • Volly Man

    I want to throw this out there – When a Theist ask you why you hate God. I answer like this:
    “I do not hate something that does not exist. That is silly. What I hate is the lies that religion tries to pass off as truth. When do you plan to stop telling lies about religion?”
    It is amazing how when you challenge a theist to prove their point of view without faith they do anything but that.

    • Oh, I know they beat around the bush. Sometimes I feel embarrassed for them.

    • Thebob

      What specific lie can you claim religion tells anything other than the fact you say God doesn’t exist. I don’t mean anything from a specific person or sect, just the general message what is a lie?

      • Volly Man

        you want a list? OK.. a list of lies they tell
        1. The universe is 6000 years old yet overwhelming evidence says otherwise
        2. A god created the universe. What happens when science shows time and time again this is wrong? The Theist puts the fingers in the ears, covers their eyes and chats things all to ignore the facts.
        3. if something is not in that holy book that parrots the views of Constantine, the response is “God wanted it that way”. Really? How do you know that?
        4. An omnipotent being sends his son to be tortured and to die so humans can be forgiven by the same omnipotent being. Really? WHy can’t this same omnipotent being just forgive and not have anyone “punished?
        5. Noah’s ark – the entire story. Where did other types of humans come from? Chinese? The Aboriginal race of Australia? Escomos?
        6. A god kills babies all because a man says no – Moses anyone? Yet independent Egyptian records say nothing about the incident.

        I can keep going here and list hundreds of them. Again and again, they use faith as proof. I give them a simple choice to all theist. They may pick one of two choices:
        A. You can use faith as proof. Understand if you do then I will simply say my faith says their deity does not exist.
        b. You can NOT use faith as proof. Understand then each time when you make your argument in trying to prove your deity existence you CAN’T use faith to do it. Anytime you do use faith as proof, I will remind you that you are not allowed to. You will need to use something else.
        note: just remember – you can’t have it both way theist. you can pick one and ONLY One.

        I pulled this n a theist a few days ago. It drove them nuts for either choice they did not have a way to prove their point. They tried again and again to use faith and I reminded them again and again they could not use faith as proof for they agreed it is not proof. The thought of going the other way and I reminded them if they did, then I get to use my faith to discredit their argument.

        That is the thing about facts. They can’t be changed no matter how much faith you have.

  • Alfred E. Newman

    .1) we do not believe that supernatural beings exist. The existence of these “gods” is nothing more than an idea/supposition/fantasy.
    2) people who argue that God exists automatically argue from the point of view that their version of God exists.

    I suggest that we ask our theist friends to come together and decide amongst themselves, which God is the real one, because we atheists do not have enough time To debunk all religions and sects, one at a time.

    • Thebob

      You people sure do have a tough time at this, if you don’t believe in a God or even higher power, being greater than ourselves, then what is it you stand and believe in with no faith. It takes you guys longer and more energy to try to prove something doesn’t exist, when you really don’t have any proof of it in reality, and saying science proves it, doesn’t work. Science is just like any religion out there, all based on that person’s opinion….Evolution is a theory, a theory is a theory until proven fact. Evolution to a point does occur but more along the lines of natural selection. Animals adapt to their surroundings to survive. Do you believe in evil, good, dark, light, and miracles??? Ghosts? the Soul that exists inside of you around you? If you don’t believe in good and evil then what are your morale’s as a human based on? You can’t say nothing, cause that contradicts your own “not faith” as you see it. If you do believe in good and evil that also contradicts your own statements and “no faith” outlook. I don’t know if I would be a theist as you see it, def. mono-theist but more of a deist. Fact in the bible, the flood happened do your research, there are stories of the flood in every part of the world, in every religion, and every type of peoples on the planet. Also, there are no atheist in a fox hole….I take it you have never had a life threatening(changing) event in your life….Denying what is in front of you doesn’t make it go away, embracing none truths doesn’t make it true no matter how many people think it’s true. The truth is still the truth even if no one believes it is….

      • Alfred E. Newman

        Mr. the blob, what you said “then what is it you stand and believe in with no faith.” Does not make any sense.
        We do not try and prove that your God doesn’t exist because you make the assertion that it does. science is not just like any religion, because unlike your imaginary world of faith, science corrects itself as new facts come to life.
        Science is a theory, yes! However you do not understand the definition of a theory in science. In science, a theory is an accepted fact, with credible evidence, and duly studied and debated.
        Do you believe in evil, good, dark, light, and miracles???
        If you mean evil is bad, then yes. Good – yes, dark – yes, light – yes, and miracles – no!
        Let me give you an example, if I was to cram shit up your nose – that would be bad & if I did not cram shit of your nose – that would be good. Normal people do not need to have faith in what ever deity you subscribe to, to understand the difference between good and bad.
        Your Bible is as worthless a holy book as all other holy books are is worthless to you.
        And you’re stating that there are no atheists in a foxhole, just shows your ignorance and assumptions. You’re thinking that some deity which you read about in some ancient book is some basis of truth does not make it true no matter how many people think it’s true.

        Your reply to my previous post only show that you can Regurgitate your brainwashing and delusional ideas with no regard to the subject of my post.
        What are you and all your theist friends of all faiths come together and decide what the real supernatural deity or deities are. Why don’t you see yes decide amongst over 3000 of your gods, which is the truth? Your theist Bull Shit comes into many flavors, colors, and sizes for rational people to try and help those people with irrational thought patterns and ideas

        • Thebob

          I do not think all other “holy books” as you put them are worthless. They are books more along the lines of history books than anything we have in modern times. History is forgotten especially by people like yourselves. And this “However you do not understand the definition of a theory in science. In
          science, a theory is an accepted fact, with credible evidence, and duly
          studied and debated.” Is one of the dumbest statements I have ever read. Theory is a contemplative and rational type of abstract or generalizing thinking, or the results of such thinking. Depending on the context, the results might for example include generalized explanations of how nature works. per wikipedia GERNERALIZED STATEMENTS ARE NOT FACT. As I posted before a lie is still a lie no matter how many people think it’s truth, The truth is still true even if no one believes it, or FACT…. Also, your statements make yourself sound like an angry person who hates themselves. Maybe you should try to find God, and that is one thing I can say, it will be different for everyone. I don’t think there is one rational this is my GOD damn you all for not seeing it my way. I think it’s up to the individual to see things how they are to themselves. But by denying something just because you can’t prove it by science is childish. Science has proven the existence of the human soul. And yes, you do try to prove God doesn’t exist, you try to rationalize things you can’t comprehend or science can’t comprehend into rationale thinking, just because it can’t be explained. That to me would be the definition of a miracle happening. I don’t need to prove to you that God exists, I don’t need you to believe me either, I have seen, felt things I cannot explain, which is where my faith comes into play. You say you don’t believe in the super natural, I take you have never seen a ghost/spirit/demonic being. I can’t explain things that I know exist. I don’t think any of those 3000 deities you speak of are real, not do I think they don’t exist, I think God is what you make of it to yourself. Everyone will have a different image, opinion, or belief of what God is and/or should be. I hope it never happens to yourself or anyone of your own, but wait till your child is dieing, or you watch your mother die, or close friend wife brother sister is on their death bed hell maybe even yourself. You will come to a point in your life were you will be given a choice that will be the point you can’t explain how or why or what happened to you, you will just know or feel. That is when God or whatever you believe will speaking to you. As I say God, that is just how I know it to be. Just a name, Allah, God, Jehova, the great white spirit, gin’esh, odin, thor, whomever. WE are all connected beings on a spiritual level. I can’t explain how or why I know my child is in trouble or sick when I am dead asleep, I can explain how I get that sense as a parent, but many many times I have been woken up for no reason, just in time to help a vomiting child or scared child that wasn’t crying out. I can’t explain why my dog growls at nothing while standing in my hall way, I can’t see anything but he sure as hell feels something there. I can’t explain the sense of calmness that came over me right after I watched my mother pass away after years of suffering from COPD. Nor could she quite explain the first time she almost passed away 10 years ago, when she was clinically dead for 6 min and came back.
          Your statements above, prove to me you have never been/had a life altering changing experience, i.e. death…happen to you. so unless you were in that fox hole next to me, you can’t speak on this subject at all, cause you just don’t know. Nor probably have you ever watched someone die right in front of you, either by passing or violent death, either way it would change you. Most of you people just don’t live in the real world especially if you are American. To entitled, to stuck up in your own ass to really see the world how it works. If you have never been to 3rd world country as we call them, you have no clue…

          • Alfred E. Newman

            the·o·ry (th-r, thîr)n. pl. the·o·ries
            1. A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena.
            2. The branch of a science or art consisting of its explanatory statements, accepted principles, and methods of analysis, as opposed to practice: a fine musician who had never studied theory.

            Needless to say, you CHOOSE to be ignorant when confronted with facts.

            For some reason, you believe that major events in a person’s life is reason enough to believe in fairy tales and in particular your brand of fairytales.

            As I said before, you and all the other insane people who believe in fairy tales get together and decide which fairy tale is true and then we can discuss how your belief in the supernatural is just a form of insanity.

            Rational arguments have little effect on irrational people with irrational thought processes.

          • Thebob

            What facts are those, cause as I have already stated making a guess at something isn’t a fact. Also just in your definician that you posted “widely accepted and can be used to make PREDICTIONS about natural phenomena.” Predictions are the key word there I can make a prediction about anything I want just like a scientist can. Sorry but nothing you have stated backed by tangible FACTS…which doesn’t work either way, because neither one of us has the PROOF you so desire, unlike you I don’t need proof…so as I stated below in another post That doesn’t work. It’s the exact same thing when you say you don’t believe in a God as me saying I do believe in a God they are both faith based statements that we in our own OPINION believe to be true…neither one is actually a factual statement without proof….which neither one of can prove….

          • Pretty Skeptical

            For someone who is so calm because of their religion, your rants suggest you are actually pretty angry. The “no atheists in foxholes” argument is pretty weak; I have met atheists who have served in the military during wartime, and they are still atheists.

            As for never having to struggle, you sound pretty presumptuous. You don’t know us; you don’t know our stories. Everybody has a story, and most stories have difficult parts in them; that’s because we are human.

            It’s fine that your religion brings you “peace beyond understanding” in difficult times. I just wish you would apply some of that peace to people you disagree with. Or, as it says in your Bible: 43″You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44″But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.…” (Matthew 5:43-45).

      • I don’t know why you think atheism is so tough. There is no supreme being; that’s it. Nothing more and it only took 7 words.
        Your diatribe is without fact or research. Believing something to be true is completely different from knowing something to be true. I know gravity is true cuz it’s been proven time and time again. I know floods happen because it’s been proven time and time again. I don’t know a supreme being exists because no one can prove it. (the corollary, I believe that a supreme being doesn’t exist because in 4.6 billion years no one has been able to prove it.)
        And thanks to you, I know supreme idiots exist because you’ve proven yourself to me

        • Thebob

          Truly hateful people here for not having a belief system. I am sorry but, I don’t think there is a true atheist on this site period. Your value systems are ALL BASED on religious ideals/morale value systems, no getting around it, you can’t that is the way it has been since the beginning of TIME. The same would go for a satanist or even a scientist….Who deems what is good or bad. In your system nothing is good and nothing is bad. With no grounded moral systems child rapists would get away with whatever because it’s part of our beliefs…Same for the scientist, who deems or were what deems them a good or bad person. A true Atheist is none of these things Morales and Values don’t exist. Nothing is evil so there for nothing is bad, nothing is good/light, so there for being good doesn’t matter. You cannot have one with out the other. Light cannot exist with out darkness. Evil cannot exist without Good. This follows right along with Newton’s Third Law For EVERY action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So let me ask you this, was the Sandy Hook slaying an evil act or was it just an incoherent thought someone had hey let me go slay a bunch of kids today. If that was an evil act then were did that come from, or was it just bound to happen to that kid who did it. Whether it would have been the school or a business… If it wasn’t evil it just as you would see it I guess, it is what it is, which is what? Explain that one for me. Or the guy in Ohio who locked up those 3 girls for 10 years and made them his sex slaves, tortured and beat them. Was he just a normal guy like yourself…. Was that in your morale values to torture little girls? Or was that bad? If so why was that bad? Can you not explain why that is bad??? Or is your answer going to be it just is that’s why… well why? cause you say it’s bad? A satanist might not think that was such a bad thing, their deity got what they wanted..A satanist might also like the slave guy, probably could identify with why he did what he did. There is evil in this world and if you can’t comprehend that you are deaf, dumb and blind all at the same time…Also you have nothing to base your morale’s on with out a belief system. If you do have morale’s what is it are you basing those morale’s after…HMM could it be the religious ideals that have so plagued this so called Godless world we live in. Sorry but you can’t have it both ways. If there is no high power, your world is chaos, no beliefs or the thought of beliefs is for simple minded dumb folks like myself. Then chaos reigns nothing is good or bad nothing is right or wrong nothing good or evil. Chaos at it finest. Murder, rape, robbery, child abusers, and slavery are all acceptable behaviors in your atheist world. But so would so loving thy neighbors, treating others with respect, and love are also acceptable behaviors on the other end. That is your world, which is not a world I want to live in. I would rather think God is real, feel, believe in a higher power than be dumb for doing so than live in the Godless immoral world you want to live in. And you may say you have morale’s I believe you. But those morale’s don’t come from a Godless world, every peaceful religion across the planet all pretty much have the same morale values….hmm that’s kinda funny since God doesn’t exist. It is proven fact people with a base belief system, have better more grounded lives than the chaos that I bet consumes your lives….

          • Sounds to me that you’re the one with the issues. You feel that unless I answer your questions, I have problems. But it sounds to me that you want me to validate your mistruths and value system. So you want me to tell you that “you’re doing the right thing being religious”. I’ll tell you that if you want to hear it.
            But don’t slam myself or my fellow atheists with your “Christian” comments. For a religion that professes love, I hear a lot of hate and discrimination in your words.
            What Godless Mom posts on her blog are her thoughts and morals and opinions. And we are part of her community, and we love her and support her. And when someone presents opposing viewpoints, we will listen and discuss (like adults). But we will never impose our opinions on those who cannot understand them or try to. So if you don’t like what you read here, leave. Otherwise act like an adult.
            Because if you want a slam…why didn’t your mother go through with the abortion?????

          • Pretty Skeptical

            Many ethical philosophies have been created in which a god is not necessary to determine what is right or wrong. They’re as worlds apart as Objectivism (Ayn Rand) is from Marxism (Karl Marx) and Epicureanism (which has nothing to do with being an epicure, by the way). There’s also Secular Humanism, Skepticism, Naturalism, Rationalism . . . those are just off the top of my head. Some of these pre-date Christianity, by the way.

            “But those morale’s don’t come from a Godless world, every peaceful religion across the planet all pretty much have the same morale values….hmm that’s kinda funny since God doesn’t exist.”

            Considering most of these world religions have different gods or even no god (such as Theravada Buddhism), that doesn’t help your case. It implies that no matter what god you worship (or don’t worship), you can still be moral, and that ethics exists outside of god.

        • Thebob

          Oh yeah, your great leaders were all atheist’s as well, Joseph Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Che, and Kim Il-sung. All atheist like yourselves all the biggest mass murder’s ever in history… Sleep on that one You have the same morale values of mass murders.. more along genocidal maniacs. All because people had a different belief than they did…yep that’s the world I want to live in. You don’t like it then leave. I am sure you would have a great life in North Korea or China….have fun with your atheist ideals that don’t have ideals or morale’s……back asswards

        • Thebob

          Oh, ignoramus, you just argued more of my points, you can’t or won’t answer any of the questions I posed… And sorry, I was neither bitter or forceful in my statements. For someone who doesn’t believe in anything you sure do get defensive.

  • SabanNation

    My favorite atheist meme is “If the Roman Empire had selected Mithraism as it official state religion rather than Christianity, you’d be a Mithraist instead of a Christian. I’d still be an atheist.”

    • Drew

      Love it. Usin it.

    • Thebob

      I’d rather believe in Mithra… God of sun, justice contracts and war than not any un-moralistic heathens like yourself. Sounds a lot like my God, the sun, justice, peace, keeping ones word yes even war when needed….hmmm maybe just maybe some of these “gods” are one in the same….. Just a thought.

      • SabanNation

        Mithra predates Jesus by centuries, making your Jesus nothing but a cheap imitation, so yeah, convert to the original.

        Sounds like you need a god, no matter which one it is. This big old universe too scary for you to live without one?

        • Thebob

          Sounds like you are the scared one, also every major civilization across our beautiful planet has a “Jesus” like figure. I don’t think you really get my beliefs at all. I believe in a greater power than you or I, we in this country call it she/him God… And according to wikipedia Mithraism and Jesus were about the same time Jesus 7-2 bc to 30-33 AD Mithraism 1-4th centuries AD so Jesus actually predates Mithraism by about 70 years…according to wikipedia….Not my facts…so you might want to read up on stuff before you start stating facts you don’t know. Oh, and it’s fact Jesus was a real person…. Not a mythical being or person…. Your bitterness sounds like you need to find something to believe in.

          • SabanNation

            You may want to get your info from somewhere other than Wiki. Mithraism began in Persia in the 1st century BCE. It even says that in your Wiki entry. Cherry pick much?
            Now explain to me how I’m the scared one? If I were truly scared I’d be grovelling to some god. My beliefs go where ever the evidence leads. You have evidence? For somebody who claims not to be a Christian you sure seem to have your panties in a wad trying to defend it.

  • Thebob

    Just Dumb, Prove that God doesn’t exist. Also I hate religion, but I am religious….And there is evidence all around that God exist, you just need to look around you….Explain space and the universe, something science can’t explain, the who, the how, and the why…. Only leaves one answer, inteligent design

  • Thebob

    Straight from that link you had. “A Scientific Theory
    is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is
    acquired through the scientific method, and repeatedly confirmed through
    observation and experimentation. It is confirmed with enough evidence and
    facts, that it is unlikely that any new evidence will alter the core of the
    Theory itself. Through the Theory, we can make predictions about the natural
    world, even if we don’t know all the facts.”

    Predictions is the key word here, to declare or tell in advance; prophesy; foretell:
    to foretell the future; make a prediction.

    Still not FACT. When a Scientific Theory is proven, it is no longer a theory. All this is; just a nice way of saying I guessed, and some of the things I guessed at just happened to come true. A fact is you are going to die, I can theorize all I want on how you are going to die, but the only fact about my statement is you will die, I just don’t know when where or how. Doesn’t matter how you came about the theory, it’s just and educated guess until facts are present themselves, then it is no longer a theory or a guess.

    Good quote to your agruement

    ” “science has proven there is no god,” or “science has not found any god.” In both cases Atheists are either deceived or deceive themselves, for science has never made any claim that there is no god, and science is not looking for god. Any scientist will tell you that science is only beginning on its developmental road.” Peter Murphy

    “Since we know we did not create the creation or ourselves, yet we and the creation do exist, it is logical to believe that God, or an Eternal Cause or Creator created us. This belief has absolutely nothing to do with revealed religion. In fact, all the absurdities of revealed religion are responsible for many sincere thinking people to reject and close their minds to natural religion/Deism. The priests, ministers, and rabbis need to suppress, or at least complicate, the pure and simple belief and realization of Deism for their own job security. And the power elites have no use for Deism because they can’t use Deism to “inspire” mankind to wage war against itself for the elitists’ own selfish purposes. In fact, Deism, by focusing on the first creed of all religions, belief in God, could frustrate the war/money machine permanently.” – Bob Johnson

    As I have stated I hate religion just as much as you guys do. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be a religious person who takes what the Vatican says with a grain of salt. Man is corrupted so is religion. If being religious has to conform to your version of religion then I am not religious, but if being religious is believing in things that are out of your control; greater power; intelligent design, then yes I am.

    Almost isn’t life threatening. Feeling a bullet wiz my your head is almost. if you had actually been in that car accident then walked away that would be almost, but just swerving to avoid a dumb driver doesn’t qualify in my book. Yes gilgamesh is along those same lines and I do believe the flood was way older than what most of Christianity believes. I think we have a whole chunk of our humanity missing. And how does a world flood go against physics and laws of nature. We had an ice age did we not, only reason we know the entire or 3/4 of the planet was covered in ice is because we could track the movements of the glaciers, i.e. lakes, track marks, valley’s they left behind. Evidence of a flood is found all over the world by science not just religious books (history books with a religious tone). The great flood as I will call it, was like a big reset button for the planet and humanity. I also don’t believe Adam and Eve were the first humans either, no where in the bible does it say they were only that they were the first created in God’s own image. I also don’t believe eating a fruit was the first sin or disobedience of God, I think they had sex pretty simple…The greatest trick on earth (is/was just what you guys think) that the devil doesn’t exist…..

    Thomas Jefferson once said “I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the universe, in its parts, general or particular, it is impossible for the human mind not to perceive and feel a conviction of design, consummate skill, and indefinite power in every atom of its composition. The movements of the heavenly bodies, so exactly held in their course by the balance of centrifugal and centripetal forces; the structure of the Earth itself, with its distribution of lands, waters and atmosphere; animal and vegetable bodies, examined in all their minutest particles; insects, mere atoms of life, yet as perfectly organized as man or mammoth; the mineral substances, their generation and uses, it is impossible, I say, for the human mind not to believe, that there is in all this, design, cause and effect, up to an ultimate cause, a Fabricator of all things from matter and motion, their Preserver and Regulator, while permitted to exist in their present forms, and their regeneration into new and other forms. We see, too, evident proofs of the necessity of a superintending power, to maintain the universe in its course and order.”

    Also why is it that Atheism is such a modern way of thinking, since we believers are such dimwitted ancient thinking…And your answer better not be science, cause science has always been around…DO you think you are more advanced, a better person because of this?

    Also how old is the earth, humans? How long have we been here?

    • Pretty Skeptical

      ” I also don’t believe Adam and Eve were the first humans either, no where in the bible does it say they were only that they were the first created in God’s own image.”

      Umm….

      “26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

      27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

      28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28)

      “5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

      6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

      7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

      8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Genesis 2:5-8)

      “18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

      19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

      21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

      22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

      23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Genesis 2:18-19, 21-23)

  • Thebob

    If you don’t believe in God or a loving God, how do you account for the existence of love? Reptiles don’t feel love. Amoebas don’t feel love. Why do humans? If we all originated from the same type life forms without any divine guidance or intervention evolved ourselves into existence we shouldn’t feel obscure and scientifically unnecessary emotions such as love, jealousy or happiness.

    Suggested reading for from an atheist.

    Lee Strobel’s, The Case for Christ.

  • Thebob

    You all ask the wrong question. None of you can disprove God exists, and none of us can prove God does exist.

    Let me ask you this is an absolute Truth possible?

    Also, someone made an example below, about gravity, they know it exists because they stay on the ground. Gravity is something we know exists, it just does, we have a mathematical equation to measure gravity, but science still even to this day has no real explanation as to how it works the way it does. We can calculate how mass and pull of that mass by gravity, but science can’t explain with absolute certainty how why it works.

    • Pretty Skeptical

      “You all ask the wrong question. None of you can disprove God exists, and none of us can prove God does exist.”

      That’s because the statement in non-falsifiable.

      “Also, someone made an example below, about gravity, they know it exists because they stay on the ground. Gravity is something we know exists, it just does, we have a mathematical equation to measure gravity, but science still even to this day has no real explanation as to how it works the way it does. We can calculate how mass and pull of that mass by gravity, but science can’t explain with absolute certainty how why it works.”

      I suggest you look up the “Law of Gravity.” You may be enlightened.

  • Thebob

    Welp it’s general knowledge people animals creatures lived longer back then, than we do now. The flood, all the water, came from the sky and the ground where did it go, look at our oceans and the ice age. Earth was once a constant temp I don’t remember specifics but 85 degrees F or something like that. Essentially the Earth was a giant green house. This layer helped protect the beings of the planet from the solar radiation from the sun. This was a water layer kinda like clouds and the ozone we have. We no longer have this protection hence we get cancer’s and die younger now. The flood happened, which then caused the earth to cool which then created the massive glaciers that moved over the planet. Evidence of the flood is all around, just need to do your own research.

    Another Topic:
    Is an absolute truth possible?

    No? How do you know this, is that then your fact which then makes it absolute disproving that an absolute truth is possible.
    Yes? How do you know this for fact? Absolute truth is possible are you God then because you know this to be certain are you all knowing?

    You cannot prove God doesn’t exist anymore than I can prove God does exist. You cannot ask a question you don’t know the answer to.
    If you say you can, then I ask you this is it at all possible that God could possibly exist.

    Yes?No?
    If yes it is possible, because anything is possible? Then you are not a true atheist if you believe this…you would be an agnostic…
    If No, which you can’t say for FACT or scientific purposes, this is just YOUR opinion or educated guess or theory, which isn’t fact. Unless you can say with absolute certain God or a Creator doesn’t exist how do you know this to be true, which then comes back to my question Is an absolute truth possible?

    Also why is so offensive to you all that we practice a religion. If you don’t have one, I don’t care nor do I really give a shit what your personal beliefs are, so stay the hell out of mine and ours. If a High School football team wants to pray before a game they have that right to do so or a cheer squad who wants to bless a game or a child who wants to pray before eating their lunch or a child who wants to read a bible in school during free reading time….. Why is being religious so offensive to you people? Why does it bother you people so much? You have the right to not practice what you don’t practice, we are free just like you are so by imposing stupid rules or laws to drain that out violates our rights. We do not force prayer in school, nor did we while we prayed before going on a mission. If you didn’t want to participate then you didn’t have to, but by denying them even the opportunity basically goes against everything you people don’t believe in; believe in…

  • Thebob

    FYI one of your favorite authors wasn’t an Atheist as you call yourselves. Joseph Cambell’s work is great, but he wasn’t an Atheist….but I won’t go and say he was a Christian or Religious person either….strange but a way of thinking that I can agree with. We are all divinely interconnected, either by energy or spiritual means…auras we all have them, electromagnetic fields that surround our individual and are also interconnected to the planets field…

    • Lots of my favourite people aren’t atheists. Am I supposed to only like atheists? I didn’t get that memo.

      • Thebob

        Yet everyone of the Authors you listed have written about, studied, and expressed Religious themes and tones about them. Especially Joseph Campbell…And No, I wouldn’t expect you to only like atheists writers cause there really wouldn’t be that many so you wouldn’t probably have that many books to read…Just as I don’t only like Christian/Religious writers…. But I highly doubt that a majority of people on here are true atheists…Why do you feel the extensive need for proof? Let me ask this of you since you are a mother as well; When does life begin? And does that life have it’s own choice?or should have?

        • Pretty Skeptical

          “Why do you feel the extensive need for proof?”

          What does proof mean to you? Do you like living a life based on things without proof?

  • Thebob

    @sabannation: That’s what I thought, when presented with the facts you don’t know you can’t come up with anything else…Typical you don’t fit in my beliefs put fingers in ears and kick and scream I am not getting my way atheist….

  • Albert Phinnee

    My favorite quote that puzzles a surprising amount of religiosos is, “If triangles had a god, it would be three-sided.”