| ragincajin wrote:|
| TokyoRose wrote:|
| ragincajin wrote:|
as even Christians are atheist when it comes to the 2,000 other gods they could have chosen to worship, yet rejected. They are just one god away from complete atheism, themselves.
Which gods are false? How is the Christian god "the one true god"? Truth is subjective. If you were born in India, you would believe Hindu gods were the "true gods."
Truth is never subjective.
It's the slanting of the truth that is subjective.
Takeaway lesson is that an a-the-ist believes in no gods at all.
a·the·ist [ áythee ist ]
1.unbeliever in God or deities: somebody who does not believe in God or deities
Synonyms: nonbeliever · disbeliever · unbeliever · skeptic · doubter · agnostic
Yeah, these definitions aren't all quite the same and I seriously doubt Webster has enough space to do a proper analysis. You, for example, as a Christian, are skeptical about the claim that Thor is a real god. You probably also doubt that Isis existed. You disbelieve that Buddhism is the real religion everyone should be following. Just as there are many kinds of belief, there are many kinds of atheism and no two atheists will have the same view points.
theism= belief in a deity
gnostism= knowledge that a deity does (or does NOT) exist
atheism= ABSENCE of a belief in a deity
agnostism= no knowledge that a deity does ( or does not) exist
Really, two of these opposing terms deal with belief and two of them deal with knowledge, so it would be more accurate to discuss this topic with a combination of the two.
When it comes to religion, what "truth" is is totally subjective. (I think you are confusing truth with fact, tbh.) You claim to worship "the one true god." Well, if you traveled to India and discussed it with a person who practices Hindu, your "truth" would not be truth to that person. Even among believers of the Abrahamic god, there is a vast difference in HOW to worship that god. If you go to Thailand, they will tell you that Buddha is the one true deity. If you were born and raised in Japan, you would most likely not believe there was any deity watching over you and making judgments about your life. Religion is more so a cultural phenomenon in which gives a person a basic framework for which they can understand the world, death and beyond and their position in it all.
Agnostic theists more commonly tend to take the position of a Pascal's Wager. They aren't sure if a deity exists, but they will believe because, well, they don't want to find out what happens if they don't.
At the end of the day, a Christian can no more establish their god as a "true" god than a Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, believer in Rah, Thor, Amaterasu, or any other religion can because you have to have faith in your truth. There is really no way that you can prove that one god is truer than another. There is no way that a Muslim's prayers WEREN'T answered by Zeus. (Unless you start getting to the point where you say, all gods are the same--meaning all gods are MY god--then that just gets to the point of sheer arrogance.)
For whatever their reasons may be, whether it be based on faith or fear, most Christians tend to fall into the gnostic theist category. They will not have doubts about the possibility that their god exists, even if provided proof to the contrary.
Atheists operate a bit differently--and I think this is the most confusing thing for Christian believers to understand about atheists. Most atheists will fall into the category of agnostic atheist. Their fundamental position is, "It is highly unlikely that any deity exists, however, if I am provided proof of existence of a deity, I will change my position." Or to put it in simpler terms, "I can't be 100% sure that a flying teapot doesn't orbit the Earth, but if I am provided proof of such a phenomenon, I will accept it." I have met very few gnostic atheists.
Edited by TokyoRose - Jan 10 2014 at 12:00pm