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I am just asking because I have to keep explaining just how impossible that is. I am curious if anyone else has this same problem.
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However, even without a "god", religions can be just as restricting and just as silly. As with "magic", reincarnation, karma, etc etc
well, "magic spell" garbage aside, a lot of his personal philosophies I just find interesting. On things like lust, anger and self interest. being your own "God". I just feel that one should not let these things own them or turn them into too big of a prick. Greed is just wanting more than you need. EXCESSIVE greed is when you don't give a fuck who you screw over to get something. It's about balance
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I am by now mans an expert either. LaVey may very well have been a nutty Atheist making money off of crazy people pissed off at God. I've met a couple of people who follow his teaching and pratice his rituals. Which personally I find disgusting. Even if he didn't believe in his writtings some people do. Since people follow and beleive in his teachings as if it is real I beleive it should be considered a religon. Most if not all the worlds religons come their version of the dark side and both are equally frighting to me. That is my opinion anyway.
I didn't think he was a 'theist' because of the magic crap. I just thought the magic parts were silly, just as I think the same of atheistic Buddhists who believe in reincarnation. But I'm no expert.
To comment on the LaVey comment that he was an atheist, I find that a little hard to swallow because after reading The Satanic Bible and other books by him I find him telling people about placing curses on poeple and performing black masses. I believe he took this stuff serioulsy especially after he warned a woman to stay away from someone he placed a curse on. He may have started out as an atheist however I beleive in the end he bought into his own bullshit. I see to much of Aleister Crowely in his writings and he damn well believed his bullshit.
anyone who thinks that way........y'know.....when I hear things like "so you just believe nothing happens when you die", I fully understand the need to believe in something more, even if I find it silly mythology, however when it turns them into black and white generalization filled absolutist "thinkers" like it does with many of the more traditionalist sects, I have issue. I mean, these people, for example, are often the types who find out you have even one slightly left leaning view on ANYTHING, and automatically label you some "nazi commie socialist fag who wants to kill babies and help[ terrorists destroy America". Nothing even slightly open minded about them, and I blame their religion for doing this to them. The real world is full of shades of gray, not black and white. And even the idea of a place of never ending torment,which was NOT in the original Biblical texts to start with) sounds insane to me, and I can be a prick about punishment. (my idea to deal with shoplifting punks is chopping a finger off when caught but even I wouldn't send my worst enemy to never ending fiery torture.) Basically, while fully understanding the need to believe in something more, it scares me that people can be made to believe ANYTHING as long as you add "God loves you" to the end of it. In summary, religion impedes critical thinking and THAT is 'evil' to me.
Also, to the below poster speaking of atheistic or metaphorical/LaVeyan Satanism. I love some of Anton LaVey's writings, but still, the guy was an asshole and kind of took things to the extremes at times. ("If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.”) I take the parts I like from it, still, but I would never be one to have my entire philosophies confined to one book. It just seems restrictive
Found this to be ... interesting way of putting it via urban dictionary
Atheists don't believe that christians are going to hell.
Thanks for the responses, I was just curious about some of the experiences that some of you may have had. The just seems to be the first thing people say when I tell them I'm an atheist. It just boggles my mind how they can come to that solution so quickly. It seems to be just a canned response. Then again so many things that believers say are just canned responses aren't they?
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