Originally posted by LightSon
It is not my place to condemn you John. Condemnation is God's alone.
I maintain that there is great value in a showing honor to the person of God; He gave me life and has cleared the way for my eternal joy. That's gotta be worth something to me.
I also want to recognize the fact that while you dispose of the trappings of the useless religious mindset, you still come to this theology board and spend your time engaging with us. What might be the value to you in arguing with us?
Are there answers that you are looking for? Is there anything that you do not know? Do you have the innate ability to open your mind to the possibility that God loves you and has a better plan for you than the existence you now experience?
God has been gracious "John". Even your name presumes His Providence.
Condemnation takes many forms. One may be direct, as with the snide comments of Knight, or it may take the indirect form of pointing out that "God'll get yah".
If thanking "God" is done at the expense of thanking your fellow man, then I beleive that even in your own worldview you have cancelled out any benefit that you may have achieved for doing this.
Indeed, on Thanksgiving, I have made it a point to send thank you cards to my friends, mentioning something personal to each of them that I am thankful for. If people did this, they could put their thanks where it belongs, and not waste it on religious plattitudes and phoney public "deisms".
As to why I post in this "theology" group, I primarily view it as entertainment and an opportunity to hone philosophical arguments. In our society, secular as it is, it is viewed as being ok to wave Jesus in a person's face, but make one hint of non-belief and this is viewed as being "rude". (It's kind of like telling a small child that there is no Santa, I suppose.) As a result, I believe that there are many nonreligious people who are afraid to be honest about their skepticism.
I would tell anybody reading this who has doubts, and may have felt that religion simply doesn't add up, to explore those feelings more deeply. They should stop pretending to be religious, and definitely stop the pretense of prayer---which is merely vehicle for self brainwashing.
As to my name presuming anything, it merely indicates that I have been born into a culture that names children after dead people in the Bible. This sort of thing is interesting, but is not in itself significant.
As to why you have chosen "LightSon" as your handle, perhaps it is because you hang out with gritty old smokers who foul-breathedly growl through their rotten teeth "gimme a light, son".