Hmm. Nope, not really.
Here's the thing - if I died, and found myself in hell (which is apparently my most likely destination), then I would just about cease to be an athiest on the spot. In the face of proof like that, I would naturally admit that I was wrong about the lack of an afterlife.
However, the point you don't seem to grasp is that I wouldn't immediately start worshipping God. The biblical god is, essentially, evil, and certainly not worthy of worship or servitude. What I WOULD do, is enquire whether old Lucifer there wants a new recruit for his armies. Certainly from the way the bible portrays him he is far less evil than god.
9/29/2010 8:18:32 AM
Of course we don't want god to actually exist.
One look at the fucked up world god supposedly created can tell you that if there is a god, it isn't worth worshiping.
9/29/2010 8:29:47 AM
I would fucking love there to be a God! The idea of some benevolant being looking after me and the thought that there actually is an afterlife would be wonderful.
The problem is, there is no fucking evidence whatsoever for that warm and fuzzy fantasy and I am better off seeing reality as it is and not as I would like it to be.
All I see is a bunch of smarmy snakeoil selling scam artists using the warm and fuzzy fantasy for personal enrichment. Fuck that!
9/29/2010 8:40:11 AM
That pretty much sums it up for me as well, dude.
And furthermore, even if there is a god, it doesn't mean it is "their" (Note the proper usage) god. Nor would that automatically vinicate their scriptures and loony belief in a ficticious god who makes absolutely no sense.
9/29/2010 2:27:57 PM
Even if there was a God, I would still decide what is good and bad for myself and I would still oppose his/her/its tyranny over myself, humanity, and the universe in general.
9/29/2010 2:40:22 PM
Unfortunately, an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing god doesn't exist. Fortunately, neither does your god.
9/29/2010 9:14:28 PM
Wanting or not wanting to die has fuckall to do with the reality of the situation. Plus, once I'm dead it will be a bit late to make any sweeping changes in my life, wouldn't you say?
9/30/2010 1:46:24 AM
We neither want nor don't want there to be gods. We are realists, and as we can't find any evindence for any gods, we refrain from believing in things that seem to not exist.
Many atheists already live decent lives, treating others as they want to be treated, and respecting their fellow men.
No big changes are needed, really.
Why would atheists want to die, by the way? We think this is the one chance we get at life, we want to use it for as long as we can.
9/30/2010 1:51:37 AM
Allegory for Jesus
I doubt Christians live a much different life than I do. The only clear difference is that they go to church and believe in stupid things (and vote for people who also believe stupid things). Woooo. Big fucking deal.
6/4/2011 9:30:33 PM
An omnipotent deity doesn't need servitude. And if this deity happens to be Yahweh, then no, I won't ever serve that little incompetent prick of a god.
5/22/2013 1:32:07 AM
The problem with your hypothesis is that fundamentalists don't seem to make any changes to their lives after they are saved. They talk a lot more about god, point fingers at everyone else and make a stronger effort to hide their vices, but that seems to be it.
5/22/2013 5:48:33 AM
...the athiests would have to make sweeping changes in their lives...
Certainly. I mean I would have to...
...learn to be a compulsive liar.
...start treating women like they were cattle.
...declare war on any and all scientific advancements.
...forego my trust in modern medicine and alternate it with biblical voodoo nonsense.
...replace all the scientific knowledge I have acquired through education with unimaginative, dogmatic fantasies of psychotic, bronze-age nomads.
...learn to be okay with having my children molested by various religious authorities.
And perhaps most important of all, get a lobotomy to drastically reduce the number of neurons in my brain.
Sorry, no sale, your imagined deity asks for far more than what I'm willing to part with, but do have a nice day.
5/22/2013 6:29:11 AM
5/22/2013 4:29:08 PM
@ Blarghonius: Our Fuhrer who art in Heaven, Heil to thy name... :p
5/22/2013 7:31:33 PM