Christians often express disbelief that atheists truly have no belief in god. They accuse them of pretending not to believe so they can sin. This makes no sense. Yahweh allegedly will torture you whether you believe in him, pretend to believe in him, pretend not to believe in him or do not believe in him at all. Changing your beliefs does nothing to protect you.
If you are a Christian and want to understand atheists, read on. There are 60,000 gods. To the atheist, they are all the same. They are all absurd. There is no evidence for any of them being real. The written material provided about the deity sounds much more like fairy tales (talking snakes, donkeys and fig trees) and legends than serious history.
If you are a Christian, read some Muslim literature. It will seem absurd (splitting the moon in two, riding to heaven on a flying horse). To the atheist, the Muslim literature also appears absurd, and the Christian bible seems equally absurd. To the atheist, there is no reason to treat Christianity differently from any other religion.
As a Christian, you have two standards for plausibility:
- What you would believe happened this week if you read it in the newspaper.
- What you would believe if you read it in the bible. This is a more gullible bar based on the unsubstantiated belief that the creator of the universe wrote the bible.
An atheist has only one standard of plausibility. Imagine how incredible the bible would appear if you were sure a human had written it. That is how an atheist reads it because it is so inaccurate and so bungling a deity could not have written it.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)