Dunno why you'd "quote" me, but snip it all out. Sorta defeats the purpose, don't you think?
Hello kcrady. I see that you brought out the "secret decoder ring" bit. Charming....
As Omen said, it's also accurate. Each one of you comes in here with your own personal, idiosyncratic beliefs, assured that you've got it right and that things will Go Badly For Us if we don't believe what we are told, but you can't get your story straight amongst yourselves. You never have,
all the way back to the earliest Christian writings, which are riddled with contentious arguments against other Christians, e.g. Paul vs. the Judaizers, Gnostics vs. Judaizers and proto-"orthodox" and so on. Hence, the "magic decoder ring" as the metaphor for whatever it is that assures each one of you that you
are one of the few, the proud, the Real, True Christianstm
rather than all those other sods.
So you have come to the conclusion that GOD is not real. How is it that you determined this...? You seem very well read.
Before I answer this, there's one thing I'd like to know about you: If your beliefs were false, would you want to know?
Your honest answer to this will help me determine how much time to invest in an answer to your question. If you don't actually want to know
reasons not to believe in god
and would willfully ignore them if presented, I would be better off in terms of the use of my time if I provided a brief, rather than detailed response.
Or we could go about this in another way: we don't actually have to debate
this issue at all. All we have to do is come to agreement on some test or observation that has not already been done, set up in such a way that if the results go one
way, you'll agree in advance to admit that you are wrong about your beliefs, and if they go another
way, I'll agree in advance to admit that I'm wrong about mine. We can let reality decide
, so that bias or stubbornness on either or both of our parts is rendered moot. So whaddaya say, would you like to try this latter approach?
Any particular religion you were indoctrinated in or believed by association...?