But what is stopping the atheist from being bad? Since you bring up the power of beliefs, the belief that there is not absolute morality should be the most frightening belief of all!!!! Sure, most atheists are pretty good people, but so what?!?!?!?....that has no bearing whatsoever in that there is nothing at all from stopping them from being pretty bad people other than the fear of punishment and their own arbitrary beliefs. The fact that *you* have some okay morals says nothing *whatsoever* with respect to the person that has evil thoughts. Their thoughts and your thoughts are the same in moral value.The11thDr. wrote:It really doesn't matter to me what Muslims believe. I don't think I could believe anything religious. To me god has no power, beliefs have power. They have the power to make extreme Muslims blow themselves up and the best of Christians to be pretty nice people(although nothing is stopping a Atheist from being good is there?)
Beliefs are extremely powerful, yes, and there should be worry over the fact that the beliefs of atheism require absolutely NO morality whatsoever.
God in the Old Testament and Jesus is really no different. The Old Testament provides the history of the development of the Law, calls out God's people to establish His covenant, and establishes the need for a redeemer. Through the Covenant between Abraham and God (not bad but God, requiring righteousness from humanity), we see the fact that we cannot, as sinful people, fulfill the law. We cannot be righteous. Jesus, as the second person of the trinity, as Fully God and Fully man, has the same requirements but we see in Jesus our Redeemer, our propitiation for our sins. That which we could not accomplish (paying for our sins), God (the same "bad guy" from the Old Testament) provided Himself as the sacrifice to pay for our sins. Infact, if you examine that relationship etween Abraham and God throughout the Old testament, you will see that God stays be His people and constantly stay by their side while they are the ones that forego Him and reject Him over and over. If anything, the Old Testament reveals His mercy in sustaining Humanity.11thdoc wrote: So I can respect your beliefs, I would like to be better informed though, How do you explain the massive difference between God(the BAD guy) in the old testament and Jesus? If Jesus is god, then where is the massive body count?
Please provide your reference???11th doc wrote:I'm still reading the bible and I got to a funny bit...Apparently god cant do a thing if the enemy has iron chariots?