A brilliant believer, but you think people who believe in God are ignorant.
Ignorance is a term used to describe someone's knowledge base on a particular subject. When it comes to people who believe in god, they are ALL ignorant; but that ignorance does not always stem from a lack of knowledge about what they believe, but just as often a lack of knowledge about the other side of the argument. Have you not noticed that atheists know more about religion than believers do? There are surveys out there that show this beyond any doubt.
Interestingly enough, the opposite is true about evolution. The people who accept evolution as fact understand it far more than people with little knowledge about the subject. You, for instance, have likely never studied the subject in any detail at all, yet you feel fully capable of talking to people who do and outright rejecting everything they say. Not because you KNOW more than them, but because it doesn't jive with your other beliefs (which are threatened by the theory). My atheism would not be threatened at all by evolution being found false. Not a bit. Evolution doesn't HAVE to be true. There were millions of non-believers long before the theory of evolution came along. And even if I didn't accept evolution, there is still no reason to believe in God. It just so happens that evolution IS true. It's real, and that truth doesn't give a shit about what you think. It's there whether you like it or not.
You are a completely lost cause until you are able to come to grips with the fact that you really, really could be wrong here. If you were ever to start with the question "Could evolution be true" and analyze that possibility seriously from an unbiased perspective, then you might find yourself on the right track. But I'm betting you'll never do that.
I am a believer that is questioning my beliefs. Why do I believe? I am really not sure why anymore. Is it because the Bible lets me know the word of God?
You know that just because a book says it's right, doesn't mean it's right, right?
Look I what to believe.
I think what you meant to say was.. "Look, I don't know what to believe." If that is the case, my response to you is yes, you do. You know what you believe, but it may not be what you WANT to believe. Is that not a better statement? Point of fact: you can't unlearn what you've learned, even though you may not like it.
It makes me feel alright with myself. It lets me remain calm in a world that is going totally stupid.
Where do you think a good portion of the stupid comes from? When you answer that, you will also have the answer to the question "Why do the atheists get so upset about this stuff?"
Also, the reason it makes you feel alright with yourself is because for most of your life, you've probably been told that religion is "good". And from the things you've seen and heard in church, that "good" came shining through. But it's not the religion that's good. The PEOPLE are good. Yes, religious people can be, and often are, really good people. The thing is, they aren't good BECAUSE of their belief in God; they are good DESPITE their belief in God.
(As an aside, sometimes I think people defend their beliefs so ravenously because they think atheists are attacking not just the belief, but everything about the church experience as a whole, including all the people they go to church with every Sunday. Almost like they aren't really understanding what we are fighting against.)
However I would like just once, for a christian or anybody for that matter to let me know how I can be sure that the word of God is real. I mean there seems to be so many different ways in which to worship. And everybody tells you their God is the true one. Their way is the right way. No wonder there are people that say we are crazy. How can you think they would just believe because someone told them to? I want to believe and I am confused.
When you find that person who says they can answer that question for you, bring them here. If they present a better, more logically sound, evidence based argument than we do, feel free to do what you want. I've been coming to this site for a few years now. Nobody's even come close riley. Nobody.
If you tell me to read the Bible, I have. However I seem to have a problem believing without a doubt something that whats me to put ALL my faith in sometime that tells me to remain separate from the world. And does not what me to check my belief or facts with anything other than the Bible itself. Isn't that the same as believe me because I said so?
Yes, it is. The bible's reliance on faith is nothing more than a glorified way of saying, "Dude, don't think about it. You just gotta trust me on this one." Does that REALLY add a single thing to the argument at all? If you read that in any book, would that even remotely swing your stance in favor? Yet this is the SUM TOTAL of the reasoning behind so many people's belief in God. Faith.
You gotta' have it. Why? Because the bible says you have to, that's why. That's bat shit insane.