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Matt Foley

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A personal observation from people watching over the years is that religion is a kinder, gentler crutch than drugs or alcohol for many people.

It's an easy way to get out of thinking about the idea that we all die and that's it.

It's a nice communal experience, and there's usually juicy gossip going around.

It can be a great way to get yourself to believe that your opinions are better in some way than others.

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A personal observation from people watching over the years is that religion is a kinder, gentler crutch than drugs or alcohol for many people.

It's an easy way to get out of thinking about the idea that we all die and that's it.

It's a nice communal experience, and there's usually juicy gossip going around.

It can be a great way to get yourself to believe that your opinions are better in some way than others.

And there is the control aspect. None of us really control when we are going to die, if we our parents get cancer if our child is born defective. But Christians beleive they can control it with prayer. though we all know that despite what Jesus said about prayer that prayers don't always "get answered" and when they don't they just call it God's will and see it as God doing what is in there best interest. its a win win situation. who wouldnt want an all powerful being looking out for your best interest?!!!

its delusional but comfy

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I know them too. It seems that, unfortunately, some use that 'relationship' with Jesus as a crutch to do terrible things and then just say they are sorry in church and carry on feeling like they've been forgiven.

That is truly awful and is a choice that people have. However I would submit that those with a true relationship are changed in a real and permanent way. That of course doesn't mean we're perfect, but being perfected.

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And there is the control aspect. None of us really control when we are going to die, if we our parents get cancer if our child is born defective. But Christians beleive they can control it with prayer. though we all know that despite what Jesus said about prayer that prayers don't always "get answered" and when they don't they just call it God's will and see it as God doing what is in there best interest. its a win win situation. who wouldnt want an all powerful being looking out for your best interest?!!!

its delusional but comfy

In America, there is a contingent of cultural Christians; it has become something that is passed down from parents to children like those born Jewish. But there are those who truly know Christ and have a changed life. The idea that its comfy here is true. We are very blessed to have the freedom to worship. However those who worship in secret in Iran, China, Cuba, etc. are the ones who would dispute that following Christ is comfortable.

I would say that what is in our best interest eternally is rarely what is comfortable and prayers are always answered; sometimes the answer is "No"

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That is truly awful and is a choice that people have. However I would submit that those with a true relationship are changed in a real and permanent way. That of course doesn't mean we're perfect, but being perfected.

"under renovation" :)

every christian i know claims they are in a true relationship and of course many of them have seriously different fundamental beliefs. funny how that can happen, anyways...I can say that my christian friends gossip and treat people much worst then my non-christian friends. There is always some kind of drama going on with them where as my group of non christian friends rarely get into any drama and all get along really well (i noticed this when i was a christian) Christian friends are so into themselves and consumed with knowing more about God and "gods work" that they miss out on becoming better people and treating people with respect

again just my observations

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Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense." -Chapman Cohen

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Quotes! Fun!!

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. Thomas Jefferson

Man created God in his image : intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.-Marie

I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.- Thomas Jefferson

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One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always - AW Tozer

If there were no God, there would be no atheists - GK Chesterton

How to trap an atheist: Serve him a fine meal, then ask him if he believes there is a cook.

The atheist can't find God for the same reason that a thief can't find a police officer.

The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still. - AW Tozer

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Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them - AW Tozer

:D I figured you would edit that post and remove the above quote since it contradicts what you've been saying all along. That's just hilarious!

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Blindly copying and pasting because you think the first quote is cute. Still hilarious.

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