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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 04:39 PM
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14. Do you believe in Luke Skywalker?
Edited on Tue Mar-31-09 05:01 PM by Meshuga
Or that Jabba the Hutt existed? I'm sure you don't since they are fictional characters in a story. And you would not say, "I believe they don't exist." You would claim that they do not exist. To atheists, God is a character created by ancient people and a myth that is accepted in our society today. That simple. They feel it is nothing to be believed by someone who sees God as a human made character in stories that people believe in today. Just because it is common for people in our society to believe in God, or in many other deities, it does not mean that the person who lacks faith "believes" God and gods do not exist.

Take a look at religious study and you will see that every idea is made up and changed through the ages. Look in biblical scholarship to see the conflicting God concepts and you will realize that the ideas and perceptions changed as the books were written. God (and gods) concepts were created to solve problems for the people who created these God ideas. Some people find it useful so they believe in religion. Some people were born into it so the beliefs are part of them. Some people don't have use for religious faith and refer to the big picture (of how different religions came about) as opposed to "believing" that a certain God idea does not exist. There is a difference and I think that is the part you are not able to see and that is the reason why some here might be getting upset.

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