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monkebrau 25 points ago +25 / -0

"We are AND we're not."

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ZodShael 14 points ago +14 / -0

You would think these folks would at least look at Christianity or any other religion and try living a "good" life for a few months, just to try it out, see what happens. But they just can't seem to want to give up all the things that make them miserable. And what's worse is they see other people doing it, they know the outcome, and yet they refuse.

It's like that monkey trap where all you have to do is let go and you're free.

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1776pill 8 points ago +8 / -0

I have a really good friend that is and he admits he sees the virtues of a Christian lifestyle and enjoys a country founded on that. He admits that without it, most of what he enjoys wouldn’t be possible.

His problem is he says he never felt it. The problem I say with that is you have to go through a lot of convoluted fallacies to try to say there isn’t a higher power through life’s valleys and mountains.

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MichelleObamasBulge 9 points ago +9 / -0

You're describing me.

I had some edgy atheist years, but then I met a Christian and then I met another and over time I met like a dozen and at some point I realized they were my closest friends. I still never felt whatever it is they felt, but we respected each other enough for it to not matter.

Then I got into Jordan Peterson when he was all the rage and he helped me reconcile some of my dismissiveness for not just personal faith but even organized religion.

At this point in time I look at it like this:

  1. I have no idea what the answers to the big questions are

  2. Most people seem to need to believe in SOME kind of higher power and, in the absence of that power being an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent creator, people tend to fill that void with far more dangerous things like consumerism, political zealotry, narcissism, and idolatry of pop culture, celebrities, brands, materialism, etc

  3. If I have to share the world with atheists, statists (practically synonymous with atheists anyway..), christians, jews, or muslims, I'm actually choosing christians

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1776pill 3 points ago +3 / -0

I used to be agnostic/atheist, but my turning point was a life event that brought me to God and to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. He hasn’t really had that experience, but I think about all the on ramps I saw before that event that I ignored due to my own pessimism. It’s very true that you can be your own worst enemy.

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KarenKarenKaren 6 points ago +6 / -0

Feelings are the weakest of senses. It’s results that matter. Say something to him like, “try praying every morning, and evening something like this:

“ God, today help me set aside everything I think I know about You, everything I think I know about myself, everything I think I know about others, and everything I think I know about my own experiences so I may have an open mind and a new experience with all these things. Please help me see the truth.”

Try it for 90 days feelings or not and track the results

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PepesCovfefe 4 points ago +4 / -0

Fantastic advice!

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InversionAgenda 2 points ago +2 / -0

didn't feel it

He wants to reap all the benefits from a Godly society but not contribute to anything. Faith is not a feeling, but a commitment. He has to make an intellectual effort to believe. I was the same. When I wanted to believe, I made an effort to believe. I was honest to myself and said I don't believe fully in God, but I was reading the Holy Scriptures, researching and praying until my faith manifested.

The simplest approach is the best, but for those who don't want to trust and believe, you have to take a longer and more difficult road.

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PepesCovfefe 4 points ago +4 / -0

All one has to do is be open to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and pray for them to help and it will all be revealed.

But you have to be open, and take the first step.

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HookersonBlow 2 points ago +2 / -0

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

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Kempff95 19 points ago +19 / -0

From HuffPo:

He has a Master's Degree in Philosophy from West Chester University and is a stay at home dad.

.......

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TrueRealist 9 points ago +10 / -1

stay at home dad

The state of soyboys. Eugenics should be government enforced to ensure that these people can't pollute the gene pool.

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Fabius 3 points ago +3 / -0

There is nothing wrong with raising your children.

That's his only redeeming quality.

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TrueRealist 1 point ago +1 / -0

He might as well not. He is only giving them a horrid example of what a man should be. They would be better off being fatherless.

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samoan62 18 points ago +18 / -0

Wait, so embracing nihilism and narcissism by rejecting all meaning life and pursuing hedonistic pleasure leaves you empty and suicidal. Hmm.. imagine that

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Call_Me_Kaiser 17 points ago +17 / -0

Who knew rejecting God and any greater meaning in life would have negative impacts

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_deleted_ 12 points ago +12 / -0

"Atheism has a suicide problem"

I wouldn't call it a"problem"

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Flammenwerfer 9 points ago +9 / -0

Atheism is only for those who can emotionally handle it. Thing is, humans are weak and most cannot handle it. Even the great Nietzsche offed himself. Most atheists either become good for nothing hedonists or just KTS. In fact, the former often gives way to the letter.

Humans are pathetic creatures. They need religion to stop themselves from falling into degeneracy, and a good bit of people fall into degeneracy while still being religious.

If you observe pre-21st century atheism, you'll notice that prominent atheists created philisophical systems to replace religion. The Jacobins had their Cult of Reason, Nietzsche had his Master Morality, and Rand created Objectivism. Modern atheism either does not fill the void at all (nihilism) or gives way to hedonism, or more recently, wokeism, both of which are awful replacements for religion.

This is also why Gen X seems to be falling back into religion, the works of old atheism are being forgotten and new atheism is looking less and less attractive.

Have you noticed that groids don't really seem to suffer from depression, and are also more religious? They're dumber, right? Their lack of intellect keeps them from questioning their faith, and thus from becoming depressed. They are actually unable to comprehend that life is misery. Whites and Asians are the most intelligent, and also the most atheistic and suicidal (t. Japs). Put two and two together.

Something else to note is that a high IQ is usually accompanied by a low EQ (socio/psychopaths are an extreme example of this), hence why atheists are bad at coping.

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Wolfram [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

I'm pretty sure many blacks suffer from depression. Anyone who care so little about going to prison doesn't enjoy his life. They just don't brag about it because they think it's weak.

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Flammenwerfer 2 points ago +2 / -0

You're not denying anything else though

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Wolfram [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

No.

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Greasyone 2 points ago +2 / -0

they just don’t brag about it because they think it’s weak

Based niggers

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Nononanon 2 points ago +2 / -0

They're too stupid to know they're unhappy.

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tycho 1 point ago +1 / -0

Atheism is only for those who can emotionally handle it.

Same as starvation. If God is real, we'd be overcome with an urge to worship him.

For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.

― C.S. Lewis, Present Concerns

We can't live without a hope, a true hope, and that's what Christianity provides. A rigid system of right and wrong, the recognition of objective right and wrong.

Instead of being hyper-sensative to criticism, you become untouchable as a Christian. Of course, you are worse than they say you are, you realize you are sinful. But you are loved more than you ever dared think possible.

And discussion becomes more important - if someone can be destroyed by the truth, then let it be destroyed by the truth. Honest discussion, without insults, can get you there.

There's a downside - we have a sinful nature. We want to avoid any argument that points to God, because we want to be God. Look at the devil offering the apple to Eve - she said we will be as Gods. So, naturally, we'll avoid it. But when we finally take a step back, there's so much Christianity offers.

A way to look ahead, a lens to see ourselves in, a beautiful hope, a system of right and wrong that doesn't oppress others, and a reason to live that makes us smile. That's what the devil is trying to keep us from. That's what the whole world doesn't want us to find.

As someone who's found it, I can tell you it's better than you can imagine. It doesn't require someone who can emotionally handle it. It's as natural as can be.

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dutchgroyper 5 points ago +5 / -0

From now on whenever someone is being negative, I tell them: Jesus loves you.

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ExtinctionEvent 4 points ago +4 / -0

I read a lot of hacker news, and the community is hilariously split between 'religion is no necessary' and 'whenever I stop consuming video game I become depressed'

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MaskConnoisseur2020 3 points ago +3 / -0

I guess Pickle Rick and Pornography isn't enough, eh redditors?.

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