in the midst of a heated discussion with a very devout young earth creationist who happened to be a good friend, I asked if god told him that I had to die, would he do it? Yes, absolutely, was his response, but he did think that it was unlikely. Apparently, god doesn't do that anymore, the entire bible not withstanding. I told him I'd just wait until he appeared to be hearing voices I couldn't then I'd get the hell out of there.
Yeah,well,that was the other thing I said basically if you thought this non existent entity you love so much wanted you to kill people,would you do it?
You sre are right Thisbe..And they just don't see this cause they are trapped inside.
I had a good laugh when I was stationed in Germany in the US Army. I had a German girlfriend(who I later married), and she used to drag me to church with her. One Saturday morning, the sermon was about Abraham and his psychotic episode where he heard voices in his head telling him to kill his son. When he got ready to do it, the voices told him "Psych!", and that it was just a test. The point of the sermon was how good an example Abraham was, somebody who would do ANYTHING those voices told him to do.
The same week, I got my copy of American Atheist magazine, and they had an article about how gullible people can be, and how dangerous having blind faith can be.