faazshift wrote:I find it much more believable that we were designed, and not just randomly, magically evolved from rocks or something.
Wow, you just explained in one shitstorm of ignorance exactly why so many people choose to believe in fairytales and stories. "Magically evolved from rocks or something" actually made me wonder to whether to laugh or cry that you really are that blind.
you find it more believable that a magic man in the sky made everything... even when someone asks something difficult like "Why isn't the world perfect then?" you have all the answers. In Christianity's big book of ancient drivel you can always find some vague, nonsensical, but above all believable
Just because it suits you, because it's so much more convenient, or because it "makes sense" to you, doesn't mean you should blindly accept it against all evidence, and in the face of common sense or any kind of reasoning whatsoever stick by it. Anybody who's under the illusion of free thought but is religious is seriously deluded - it doesn't take a genius to apply a single basic concept: Consistency.
Take, for example, the way you consider new information when you collect it over the course of your life. If you're watching the news, and a report comes on detailing a murder, you are pretty likely to accept that as the truth, as most people do: You trust the source. You trust the source because they give some evidence with their claims; they interview experts, officials, and regular people who've witnessed things firsthand, for example. You can be confident that when they show a video of a burning building, you can go there the next day and see the damage.
Conversely, if a random person approached you on the street and claimed that he owned a talking dog, you'd naturally be a bit skeptical. This is obviously because you don't feel like you trust the source... It has never before been demonstrated to be honest or accurate in any way, and has no credibility. In fact, even if a reporter on the news made this claim, you'd still have doubts, and quite rightly; the claim is contradictory to everything you already know about how the world works (from observation and experimentation, of one kind or another). You'd demand to see and hear the dog yourself before accepting something so ridiculous, and even then you'd be careful that it's not some kind of trick.
My point is that people are blissfully unaware of the mammoth exceptions they're making for religion. If you consider yourself a reasonable and intelligent human being, with a fully functioning brain, then how could you possibly choose to accept such a whopping assertion about the universe? It directly violates everything you can prove or show evidence for, it comes from a source of seriously dubious integrity and reliability, and what's more is you simply don't have any reason to actually accept it as truth.
There can't be any exceptions, least of all for something as incredibly audacious and all-out ridiculous as the "answers" held in sacred writings. I'm not interested in debating whether or not the Bible contains truth or if there's a god or not, because that's unnecessary: Nothing you could ever claim about god or spirituality could be substantiated or backed up in any way by real evidence, and even if it could, then only the small part for which there was
evidence would be proven, not the whole thing. To make myself absolutely clear... even if, for example, you could conclusively prove that there was indeed a man named Jesus who lived around 2000 years ago and could perform apparently magical feats, then what have you proven? Just that, and nothing else. It's at this point that most believers either completely fail to understand what I'm getting at, or they bring up "faith".
Arguing for faith is simply submitting to total ignorance - you surrender all rights to logic or reason, and actually choose
to believe it against your better judgment: You may as well believe the man in the street... well after all, he's since then said that the dog's undetectable in any way, so why not accept it? It's not like you can disprove
something like that.