By Ben - 25/01/2010 03:31 - United States
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What I find hilarious in this argument is have either of you actually seen the information? Anyone looked into whether Jesus existed either way or are you simply quoting other people you've heard? Obviously not, or you wouldn't pointed us to a link proving Jesus was an actual real dude. I'm not taking a side either way, but it would be nice if people started researching either way. Jesus; as in the son of God, didn't exist. But Jesus; as in some guy who lived back then and made waves, who the fuck cares if he exists? It's the equivalent to some guy throwing rocks at the white house, OK he exists but we're not going to call him the son of God.
That was a pretty cool mustache when Charlie Chaplin wore it. Then Adolph had to come around with his "Heil Me"s, and his "I'm not fond of Jews", and who could forget that one time when he just ate a baby? He brought shame and stigma to that mustache. Now if I ever get that mustache, I shall face dirty looks in the street and possible discrimination. At least the skinheads would like me. Wait... That's actually not good. Either way, my point stands.
#168, you don't need to speak in tongues or dance with serpents to feel Jesus. Plus, "dancing with serpents" isn't a Christian ritual or anything. It's actually from Northern Africa and India, and is a cultural thing over a religious thing. You have the internet, you can look that up. Stop being so rude, just because you haven't experienced or felt Jesus doesn't mean He isn't there and can't communicate with us.
@184- How so? And actually, I know about evolution, thank you very much, and not just from what they teach you about frogs when you're in the fifth grade, either. I try to not disregard something unless I find fault in it, and so far I have yet to find fault in my faith. If you would like to try to show me where there is fault, be my guest, I'll listen.
@208: "Critical error in your argument there—we know that love is real, because it is caused by hormones in the brain (dopamine, norepinephrine, oxytocin)." Brain scans of people who believe in God have found further evidence that religion involves neurological regions vital for social intelligence, strengthening said regions. Also, the neurotransmitter serotonin affects the parts of the brain that relate to emotions and perceptions, and your body creates its own natural serotonin when "experiencing/feeling Jesus" for lack of a better phrase. Also, love isn't "caused" by those chemicals, those chemicals come as a side effect. Critical error in your argument there.
#214, you sure have a way of twisting the truth to fit your needs. I won't even start on your statement that theists are more intelligent than atheists, as that's total bullshit. Secondly, love IS a chemical reaction, chemicals aren't the result of love. If ther were, what causes love? Don't give me some supernatural response, anything and everything can be determined by scientific explanation.
No, but you implied it. And those results can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Does religion heighten one's social aspect of the brain, or does an increased social aspect of the brain mean that person needs to find something, anything, to fill that 'social void'?
I'm a committed and devout Catholic. I believe in God and Jesus and the whole deal (and evolution too... I believe that God directed evolution as Adam and Eve were Hebrew poetic myth). BUT I don't feel I need to prove my faith and my beliefs to you or any who would seek to deny the truth. I believe in God, and it would be nice if people would respect that and not try to tear my religion down because it challenges them to love one another and be kind, because unfortunately it seems to be too much to ask of them. You may not believe in God, but it's no reason to argue with other people and bring them down to make yourself feel better. I have faith and I have hope, and I am challenged daily to help others - and I'm happy with that.
Ahaha nice one OP. I agree with 5#. Oh man I can predict a religous debeat is gonna come in a few hours because of this.