Are atheists lost sons ?

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  1. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Do theists, or at least Christians, consider atheists to be 'lost sons' ?
    Do they want them to return ?
     
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  3. Lori_7 Go to church? I am the church! Registered Senior Member

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    i want for an atheist whatever an atheist wants for himself and so does god.
     
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  5. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    No, they are just atheists :crazy:
     
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  7. Bradley364 DIG HARD! Registered Senior Member

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    I sure hope not, id rather christens consider me the devil, fear me, stuff like that...

    If anything my only role to religious people is to make them question themselves, if I can do that, I've done my job.
     
  8. Lori_7 Go to church? I am the church! Registered Senior Member

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    why? do you not respect other's free will to believe as they wish? if not you should be religious, because that's what many religious people do to atheists, and if i'm not mistaken, atheists don't enjoy or respect that kind of behavior.
     
  9. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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  10. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    Don't hold your breath "!
     
  11. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    I'm glad that you can at least admit that there are just atheists.
     
  12. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    if the living entity is eternally and constitutionally connected to god, what other alternative is there?
     
  13. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    So that's a yes ?
     
  14. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    that's a "yes" with a puzzlement how there could be any other alternative answer
     
  15. stretched a junkie's broken promise Valued Senior Member

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    Are you saying the living entity IS connected or does the IF constitute uncertainty? If yes, what is your rationale for this statement?
     
  16. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    Look at your fellow theists, not at me..
     
  17. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    meant in the first sense
    Not sure exactly what you are asking to unpack in the name of a rationale though .....
     
  18. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    LG,

    So you say atheists are like lost sons to theists. Do theists want them to return ?
    I assume you are familiar with the parable.
     
  19. Pete It's not rocket surgery Registered Senior Member

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    It's in your premise, lightgigantic: "if the living entity is eternally and constitutionally connected to god..."

    That's not a notion that all religious people want to accept. There are those who are happier with the idea that the "bad guys" (those who disagree) will suffer eternal disconnection from God.

    For example, Ann Coulter says in Godless: The Church of Liberalism: I defy my coreligionists to tell me they do not laugh at the idea of Dawkins burning in hell.

    That doesn't give the impression that she considers Dawkins to be "eternally and constitutionally connected to God."
     
  20. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    the OP was an open invitation to theists

    depends whether one considers hell to be eternal or not
     
  21. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    sure

    in general, I would imagine so

    no
     
  22. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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  23. Pete It's not rocket surgery Registered Senior Member

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    Right. And you know that you're not representative of all theists... so why do you have "with a puzzlement how there could be any other alternative answer?"

    Right again... And you know that some theists do consider hell to be eternal, do you not?
     

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