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Venting.

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Post by Silvertusk » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:06 am

Just had a brief discussion with my brother (which I cut off) about the fact that he doesn't believe Jesus actually existed. It beggars belief that people actually think that might be the case. It seems that atheists are so desperate to deny Christianity that they try anything. And they accuse us of being deluded.

Anyone else here in a family surrounded by hostile atheists?

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Re: Venting.

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Post by RickD » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:29 am

Sorry Silver, I can't help you. I can't think of anyone in my family or my wife's family who doesn't believe in God. I can see how it would be frustrating in your situation.

I can think of one thing you could do. Pray for your brother, and pray for yourself too. Pray that God will give your brother the questions, and give you the answers.
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Re: Venting.

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Post by Thadeyus » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:23 am

*Holds up hand*

I am an Atheist (On the agnostic side of the sliding scale).

Does that count as being surrounded? ;)

Much cheers to all.

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Post by 1over137 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:50 am

Silvertusk wrote:Just had a brief discussion with my brother (which I cut off) about the fact that he doesn't believe Jesus actually existed. It beggars belief that people actually think that might be the case. It seems that atheists are so desperate to deny Christianity that they try anything. And they accuse us of being deluded.

Anyone else here in a family surrounded by hostile atheists?

Silvertusk.
Surrounded by atheists, yes. Hostile, well, probably not that as your brother.

But there was really hard time for me not so long time ago when my family had to get used to the fact that now am Christian. Now there is more peace and I would not say even that they are hostile.
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Post by 1over137 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:52 am

To the delusion: I sad once this: you have your data and I have my data.

Data based on which I believe.
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Re: Venting.

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Post by Mallz » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:40 pm

I'm surrounded with atheists, or uninterested people living solely for themselves and their own agendas. I live with one, my friends are them, the only people I see are them. You do what you can to try and have meaningful conversations. Explanations, reasoning, history, science, philosophy, morality, etc... nothing seems to matter to them. They usually hold on fiercely to one thing that goes against their way of life and throw anything out that can point them to truth and go on an agenda about. While not having the patience to try to understand they might be wrong, but to get there you have to start with fundamentals. Who would believe they're wrong unless it can be shown? People don't like to be shown, even 'nicely'.

I follow prophecies, pay attention to the world and am continuously thirsty for the Word of God and a daily battle to transform myself to someone clean of good heart and intentions. All I can think, is that if we truly are not living in the end times then all hope will soon vanish. The way the world is degrading politically, naturally, morally and spiritually, I really don't think there will be much of real Christianity to be seen by the time I die (I'm 27), if at all. And by how the world is evolving, I'm not going to want to live in it 20 years from now.

As for my family, its split. The majority are atheists or spiritual in some sense, not much of a difference in my opinion, just two different types of crazy. Then the rest are Catholics, which is really just a Jewish religion off-shoot masquerading as Christians. So that's the closest I have to a Christian influence in my family!

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Re: Venting.

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Post by Furstentum Liechtenstein » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:24 pm

Silvertusk wrote:Anyone else here in a family surrounded by hostile atheists?
Yeah, me. What do you want to know?

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Post by crookedvulture » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:29 pm

I used to be the hostile atheist of the family. Heh.

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Post by neo-x » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:49 pm

I have a few...also I had this one time argument with an atheist friend of mine and he said, that Jesus never existed, Paul never existed and so far as the crucifixion goes he does not think even Herod or Pilate existed too and then pointed me to a book which briefly tries to make a case that Pilate was just a mythical figure. I had nothing to say to him because I didn't see the point. I am fine with "I don't believe in god/gods" but I am really not into conspiracy theories.

I can understand why they do it though and that's fine. It is the same reason why any person sticks to their convictions/faith/worldview/philosophy...that is they have shaped their lives around their convictions and its hard to change that. Nobody likes to admit that they are/could be wrong.

In the end what changes anybody is not just theories but something more substantial than that. I mean lets say even if an atheist does concede that Christ was a real historical man, so what? so was buddha, muhammad and plenty others. No, it has to be more than that to get someone impressed with the truth of christian faith.

EDIT: I do agree with you silver, making a case that Christ never existed is simply very weak. It is not a very impressive argument.
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Post by Silvertusk » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:21 am

Thank you for all those comments guys.

For me it still comes down to the same question is why are some atheists so hostile in the first place. If they don't believe in it - then fine - why put so much energy into it sprouting off so much venom. What is it that they hate so much. Which then makes be think - is there objection to Christianity intellectual or in actual fact just emotional.

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Post by 1over137 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:46 am

Why some people are so hateful?

(it does not have to be specifically atheist to Christian)
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Post by crookedvulture » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:08 am

Well, that's a long discussion. But when it comes to the atheist v. Christian dynamic, I always felt it was something to do with the mortality factor. When a Christian tells an atheist there's a God, it often translates to "there's a God, and since you're an atheist you're going to hell" no matter how nicely you put it. And the other way around, when an atheist tells a Christian there is no God, it translates to "there is no God, and all life is meaningless, so you will receive the same end reward as any thief, serial rapist, or murderer."

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Post by 1over137 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:43 am

crookedvulture wrote:Well, that's a long discussion. But when it comes to the atheist v. Christian dynamic, I always felt it was something to do with the mortality factor. When a Christian tells an atheist there's a God, it often translates to "there's a God, and since you're an atheist you're going to hell" no matter how nicely you put it. And the other way around, when an atheist tells a Christian there is no God, it translates to "there is no God, and all life is meaningless, so you will receive the same end reward as any thief, serial rapist, or murderer."
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Post by 1over137 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:50 am

On proper conduct towards unbelievers http://carm.org/christianity/sermons/co ... nbelievers
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-- 1 Thessalonians 5:21

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Post by Silvertusk » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:05 am

Well had another argument with my Brother. I deleted him as a friend from my facebook account because he was posting quite offensive things on it about Christianity. When he learned that this was the reason he went off on one stating that I have broken one more line of communication and that I care more about a man that lived 2000 years ago than I do about my family. Also that he has even less respect for religion now because it has made his little brother disrespectful and that he thought Christians were suppose to be "tolerant" and accused me of being intolerant to his postings.

To be honest I just despaired. I did not reply because I knew that it would result in a full blown argument. I know Jesus said this would happen but it makes me desperately sad that some people seem to hate what we believe in so much. I can imagine that my brother thinks I am being brainwashed against my family but the truth of the matter is that my family have moved away from me and cannot accept what I believe. What about their tolerance?

Makes me sad. :crying:

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