Now I Know Why There's So Many Christians Still

Because athiests have morons like Christopher Hitchens on their side. It's understandable. I couldn't sit through a single one of his pseudo intellectual speeches. This said the man is suposed to be an athority on atheism and yet at no point does he strive to make you confident in your choice. No, he's far too busy yammering on about how amazing he is and how easy he could take all the dignity from Christianity. It's almost as if he's just completely full of hot air.
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YinYangSurfer
I think Penn & Teller are the best at representing atheist against christians, but they can only do so much. They need help.
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ImsoMalign
Precisely.
I think my own personal issue with religion is that people need to be reliant upon themselves for hope, not turn to something whose existence can be questioned so easily.
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whatsername
Well think on this. God claims to be omnipotent however can he make a boulder than even he can not lift? Omnipotence in and of itself is an impossible paradox.
Just as a voice for the counterpoint. I'm personally conflicted on what to believe. I'm not the type to believe something without first exploring and challenging it on many levels. With that said.

1) What exactly would The Bible call dinosaurs exactly? Remember the word "dinosaur" wasn't really used until the 1800's. The Bible was written well before then. There are mentions of great beasts and other things of that sort in Genesis.

2) Hypocrites exist with any belief one way or the other and those who call themselves Christians who are ruthless and go against many of the teachings in The Bible are no better than people who wish ill will towards people. A good portion of The Bible warns against people like that. Regardless people in general Christian or not can be complete idiots.

3) The cross and crucifixion of Jesus, the symbolism involved shouldn't be taken for face value. Yes it quite possibly was the worst point in his life, at the same time it's a reminder of why we should be thankful because he made the ultimate sacrifice for us. That he died on a cross for our sins.ect. It's a symbol that most if not all churches have hanging up right behind the pastor or speaker that as a whole they hold sacred. I could go on and on about this but I think you get the point.

To I guess further explore doubts and whatnot, something I have an issue with is this:

Why does it seem that God made himself quite known with miracles and "wonders" in the Old Testament as well in the New Testament in the form of Jesus, but we haven't seen anything remotely like that? I just find that very odd.

Secondly why are there so many denominations for one single religion? I lost track of how many there actually were, but it's insane. Which one is correct, if any? How should we know?

I personally don't know what to think. I feel that some of us want to have that comfort that life doesn't end when we die that we have a purpose other than being a part of nature. That someone or some being has our backs if we just simply believe. That there is a simple explanation for death, life and everything in between.
Precisely. In addition have you ever noticed how God admits to killing thousands while atteibuting only less than ten deaths in total to Satan. Not only that but if you've ever read the olympian epics you'll notice that the Bible is little more than the majority of those stories retold albeit with heavy period propaganda peppered in. Then add the fact that most of the people who wrote the books of the bible died before the writer of the next book was even born and you can see why the continuity is so horrid.
Well at least you realized that when you read it! My dad read the bible too, and he thinks it's brilliant.

I grew up with my grandparents hackneyed belief system, and that was enough to ward me off of religion forever. They didn't even pause to actually think about what they believed, they just blindly preached it. My grandmother's bedroom is still filled with little statuettes of Jesus pinned to the cross, which seems barbaric to me. If you really, wholeheartedly believe in that whole story, then why would you want to comemorate your saviour's worst moment ever?
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whatsername
It took getting baptized and walking in on an excersism at a bs fist church before I actually decided to sit down and give my bible a thurough read from cover to cover. From that I discerned that regardless of whether there truly is a Christian God or not the God of the Bible was mad sociopath. Not only that but upon further examination I found that his follows where just as insane and wicked.
I remember being twelve and asking my father, who's a Christian, why there weren't any dinosaurs in the Bible, since Genesis allegedly outlined the beginning of Earth and whatnot, and his answer was, "Well, you believe in one or you believe in the other". O.o

"Wellllll, daddy, I'm gonna go with fossils." And he's been trying to get me into a church ever since.
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whatsername
See that's one of my biggest issues with the majority of Christians is that they're only good people until they come across someone who will readily point out the blaring flaws in their dogmatic hypocrisy.
Lol probably, especially what with him kicking off so close to Christmas.
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whatsername
Everyone's getting cancer these days. It's way too mainstream.

I imagine thousands of Christians around America got utterly smashed and partied themselves into coma's when they heard the news. I know a few who probably did something close.
I think he died of esophageal cancer, sometime in December 2011.
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whatsername
Well that's comforting I guess. How did he die? Heart attack is what I would assume given he looked relatively well in the video which was from like 2011 I think.
I've never listened to any of his speeches, but I found his God is not Great book to be an interesting read. Of course, he's dead now.
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whatsername