Not only because some of them hold uneducated opinions about God in general or just insult religion for the heck of it, but all of them have one thing in common, be it due to a lack of God or just because they are sad people-they lack the hope and joy that can only be found in God.
Anyone who feels like religion is taking the 'easy' way out seriously must reconsider...it's one of the hardest things to do, because you just can't change the rules and expect the same results.
I am not saying I believe this, just that it is interesting that both atheist and religious sides of an argument find reasons to call one another uneducated, while I see no reason why a person can't be atheist and educated, or religious and educated.
More to the point, you spoke of finding hope and joy in God - do you believe that that hope and joy cannot be found in another way? Do you think that some people can find self-fulfilment from a source other than a belief in God?
To be honest, I have heard people say that atheism is taking the easy way out more often than I have heard people saying that about religion.
Also, I do think coldsky was just hypothesising and meant to harm, because I can guess as well, but as an atheist I cannot actually know why religious people are so.
An old priest of mine called it "being hit by a brick". He said it is when something awful happens to you, and you're forced to reevaluate your entire world, including the place of God in your life. He said it is a time when we realize we cannot possibly live alone or without God’s aid.
So someone can be educated, and not educated about religion. Thus, they can be an atheist and be educated.
I think this depends on that person's personal definition of "joy". Some people do not define joy as an extreme moment of happiness, but as constantly being at peace, being so elated you don't know why.Some people define joy as an extreme moment of happiness.
Really? I have never heard that before.
Everyone says that we are conditioned to have some kind of impulse for God or religion, but I am not so sure, mainly because of my own experience. I even go to a Catholic school and have taken religion class, including a class this year on World Religions, every year of high school.
Holy darkness, blessed night,heaven's answer hidden from our sight.As we await You, O God of silence,we embrace Your holy night.I have tried you in fires of affliction; I have taught your soul to grieve.In the barren soil of your loneliness,there I will plant My seed.I have taught you the price of compassion;you have stood before the grave.Though My love can seem like a raging storm,this is the love that saves.Were you there when I raised up the mountains?Can you guide the morning star?Does the hawk take flight when you give command?Why do you doubt My power?In your deepest hour of darknessI will give you wealth untold.When the silence stills your spirit,will My riches fill your soul.As the watchman waits for morning,and the bride awaits her groom,so we wait to hear Your footstepsas we rest beneath Your moon.
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