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I would like to ask you a few questions, out of curiosity. First of all, what do you believe happens after death? Secondly, what do you believe our purpose on earth is? Lastly, what do you believe is the source of our creation?
These are just a few questions that I wanted to ask you just to see what you believe.
Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to answer.
Praying for you,
Our purpose essentially is to reproduce and survive, as evolution has always dictated. But as human beings we have a far greater responsibility. We must learn, discover and spread the truth about who we are, what life is, where it all came from and where it is headed. We have the responsibility to make life as long, enjoyable and functional as possible for people. And at a more individual level you must seek happiness and fulfillment for yourself, and be as productive and well rounded as possible.
And as for the source of our creation, I do not believe that we were created. I believe that we evolved slowly over millions (even billions) of years as science and every day life clearly shows we have. It all started at the smallest point of nothingness and, from an explosion, started a chain of events that still continue forward to this very day. This all makes sense logically. I believe in looking at the big picture and appreciating what a billion years actually is, and all that can happen in such a vast and patient window.
I think that we invented God to replace the mommy and daddy we naturally feel the need for. We also want the everlasting life so badly that we'll believe any amount of bullshit to pretend that it is real, even though it doesn't make any sense.
I know that I am right. I know that anyone who buys into the whole "everlasting paradise for all who believe" crap is simply fooling themselves so that they can sleep at night without worry or dread. When we became conscious beings with the capability to anticipate our own death we developed this defense mechanism in our brain, it is called religion. This is the sad truth but it must be accepted if we ever expect to find the whole truth, prolong life and perhaps find the answers that will save mankind from itself.
And I'll say it once more. I know I'm right.
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Subject: Josef Dietrich
Dear Bob, this hardly needs to be said but Josef Dietrich's email was mistaken on every point of fact it included.
Firstly the quotation "give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man" is a jesuit saying, so far as I can determine Freud never said this, nor anything similar.
Secondly as for atheists outnumbering christians that is far from the truth. Within America (according to the American Religious Identity Survey, ARIS) the christians have 76.5% of the American population whereas nonreligious/secular are 13.2% and atheists a mere 0.4% according to peoples own self-assessment of their own religion.
Within the world at large christianity has 2 billion people whereas atheism only has 850 million (which still makes atheism the worlds fourth largest "relgion").
Thirdly his claim that only 5% of children leave their parents' religion was so frustratingly general that I spent a great deal of time attempting to track down a reference to this. Of course I suspected that he just made up the figure but never the less I attempted to find out for sure.
The closest thing I can find is that 5% of interfaith Jewish-something else couples raise their children in the faith of neither parent according to the American Jewish Committee's survey.
Unless this was what he was talking about it appears that Josef was completely making this up.
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