Post by hypatiab7 Post by aaa Post by Robert Carnegie Post by aaa Post by Robert Carnegie Post by ernobe
Atheism is not a personal belief in lacking beliefs, or the lack
of them in someone who thinks he is a theist, it just indicates a
situation in which no real theist exists.
How about this: an atheist is someone who
doesn't worship gods.
And, a god is a supernatural person that is
worshipped. If not worshipped, then not a god;
if not a person, then not a god (and worship is
personal anyway); if not supernatural, then
not a god. Not a real god.
Not good enough. Life is worship. The way you live your life is what
worship is all about. Regardless whether you are consciously aware of
the concept of god, as long as you live your life, you are worshiping a
god or God.
No. Worship is actions performed - or avoided -
as a deliberate effort to please one or more
specific gods. Whether it's slaughtering an
endangered animal, giving a priest $500, or
kicking a beggar, if it isn't knowingly done
to honour a god then it isn't worship.
Of course it's always knowingly done to honor a god or God. If you live
your life for money, you knowingly honor and worship the money god. If
you live your life for love, you knowingly honor and worship the loving
God. No religious issues involved and no religious performance required.
No, it is NOT always done to knowingly honor any kind of god. It is done
to feed hungry people, because some people are scared to death of the god
they supposedly worship and the kicker could simply be sadistic. Again you
interpret things the way you want. Reality means nothing to you.
Well - if I give money to a priest only because
I believe that the god will kill me if I don't
(New Testament: Acts 5, look it up), that's
still worship, I say. Worship under duress,
but still worship.
If I give money to the priest because I believe
the priest will kill me, that is subtly different.
Really it's the same as giving money to Al Capone,
but then, so is the god one.
If I give money to a priest on the understanding
that he will use it to buy food for poor people -
in the name of his religion - I think that counts
as worship from me, as well. Do you agree with
me identifying money as a form of worship?
This may be what's confusing aaa about that, but,
look at all the shiny gold there is in temples,
and all over the Vatican.
Anyway, that's why I avoid giving money to any
religious charity. I may make an exception
for Santa Claus - but I will check the label
on his money bucket.