Atheists read the Bible differently than they read any other book. When a Bible sits open before them, they forget all grammatical constructs like metaphor, idiom, hyperbole, similes, and personification. They become temporarily incapable of comprehending the difference between imperative and narrative statements. They ignore context in every form: textual, cultural, and historical.
This dysfunction of the atheist’s mental capabilities is completely intentional. Subconsciously, and maybe even consciously, the atheist knows that if he or she reads the Bible the same as any other book, it would not only challenge the atheist’s deeply held beliefs, but it would demand an investigation into its claims. Most atheists are terrified at the prospect of discovering that what the Bible says might actually be true.
This is a fundamental difference between Christians and atheists. Christians are not afraid to research and try to dig into the very core of the atheists’ beliefs. But most atheists are terrified of giving the Holy Scriptures the same treatment.
Discounting all of the normal reasons (religious differences, money, different philosophies on children, unfaithfulness etc.) what would be the breaking point for you in a serious relationship (pretend you've put about three years into it)?
I’m actually really bad at breaking up with people. Like, wicked bad at it. I would rather suffer through a load of shit with someone than end up alone. But I’m getting better at that so yay! I guess if she grew disinterested in spending time together or doing things outside of the house sometimes. And, as silly as it may sound, refusal to watch my movies. Movies are so much part of who I am. And sex. If the sex life died and we couldn’t fix it after a long period of time that could become a problem. This is a difficult question! But knowing me these things and all of the tiny nagging things that we’d do to each other would persist for two+ months before I brought them up for discussion, then another six months to a year without change that they caused me to actually do anything. I mostly need cuddles and conversation :)
“This is a napkin. A napkin is what a napkin is. It isn’t a paper towel. It isn’t a car.’ You can call a napkin a car, but it doesn’t make it a car. You can call a paper towel a chair, but it doesn’t make it a chair. Marriage is what marriage is. - The genius that is Rick Santorum
Oh, Anal Leakage - You sure know how to live up to your nick name.
“Consider the Lawrence case decided by the Supreme Court in June. The Court determined that Texas had no right to establish its own standards for private sexual conduct, because gay sodomy is somehow protected under the 14th amendment “right to privacy”. Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution. There are, however, states’ rights – rights plainly affirmed in the Ninth and Tenth amendments. Under those amendments, the State of Texas has the right to decide for itself how to regulate social matters like sex, using its own local standards.”—Pseudolibertatian Ron Paul, explaining that there is no right to privacy and Texas has the right to regulate our sex. (via amazingatheist)
“You can’t just say, “There’s a God, because the world is beautiful.” You have to account for bone cancer in children. You have to account for the fact that almost all animals, in the wild, live under stress with not enough to eat, and will die violent and bloody deaths. There is not any way that you can just choose the nice bits and say, “That means there is a God,” and ignore the true fact of what nature is. The wonder of nature must be taken in its totality.”—Stephen Fry (via religiousragings)