i asked somewhat the same type of q to the sunday school teach back when i was a kid. did not get an answer that i recall. other blasphemous and sacrilegious q continued each sunday til i was old enough to not be successfully ordered to church. they did have me, actually, for about a month i was a believer during communion brainwashing classes. reality may have lost its battle with them, but i snapped out of their insipid cult luckily.
the reason i believe that the bible says that hell awaits the nonbelievers is that it is a remnant of innumerable clan religions. the priest or temple master had to keep the clan together. leaving the clan would weaken the numbers and undercut absolute authority (probably the only kind they had) . there were other clans, tribes, all saying that the gods favored them. all the tribes were in conflict, so god or gods were something to be feared. the other clans gods were evil, etc.
To ask q like yours would be tantamount to treason. we have not changed very much, have we?
Remember G. H.W.Bush the Senior stating that you could not be an atheist and be a patriot. He refused to take it back.
it is tempting to say forget the christian fascists. you are better off without them. unfortunately part of being an atheist is the ability to take being alone without a god, or priest behind the curtain faking like the wizard of oz. wouldn't you rather not love big brother. wouldn't you rather not drink the koolaid.
relationship |riˈlā sh ənˌ sh ip|
the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected : the study will assess the relationship between unemployment and political attitudes.
• the state of being connected by blood or marriage : they can trace their relationship to a common ancestor.
• the way in which two or more people or organizations regard and behave toward each other : the landlord–tenant relationship | she was proud of her good relationship with the household staff.
• an emotional and sexual association between two people : she has a daughter from a previous relationship.
so in light of that def. perhaps made stronger relationships w/current and new friends that are also freethinkers. granted the reason all this has surfaced is due to the election of 2000 and attempt to subvert our rights as secular citizens. fair enough?
According to my wife "You don't believe in anything" She has no idea how much I do. Nature in it self is the most amazing thing. I just don't have room for fiction. Well... yes I do, but I know the difference.
I - unfortunately - live in the Bible Belt area of the U.S. Therefore, I am subject to many religious discriminations alone, not including the relationships that have been altered because of it.
For an atheist, I have more Christian friends than I do atheist. However, my friends, for the most part, accept my free thinking. One friend, although, continually tries to prove atheists wrong. It's quite humorous, actually. We've argued to the point were she nolonger wanted contact with me because of our religious debate. Shouldn't she, as a devout Christian, be trying to "save my soul"?
Tyler, evangelical christians are expected to save your soul. I don't know about others, but I do know this.