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Atheists can be found present in churches during services for several innocuous reasons:
Members of churches may think atheists go to churches for malevolent reasons to:
- They are closet atheists who, for business or family reasons, must appear to be believers so as to maintain good relations and personal safety
- They enjoy the music as music and the ceremony as pageantry
- They see friends and relatives there on predictable basis
- They like to sit quietly and practice their breathing, memorize poems, do mental math problems, meditate on Zen truths
- Are keeping an agreement made with their spouses
- To support all the other atheists attending (for whatever reason that they are there) and joke about the service later
- To raise the hackles of the other parishioners by indicating the problems with the sermons simple views after the service
- To get free coffee and cookies after the service
- To be reminded af the gullibility of the general membership
- To ignore the service (not sit, stand, respond, pray) as they were forced to participate as a child
Members of churches may think atheists go to churches for malevolent reasons to:
- Steal hosts and holy water
- Mislead children or corrupt others
- Mock believers
- Chant satanic spells
- Because they are lost or know they are wrong and want to come back
- Out of fear of the afterlife, personal problems or doubt
- They are only pretending to be atheists
- It is part of the atheist agenda (or other conspiracy) to destroy the West
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No. Atheism is not a religion, it is a term to describe those who don't believe in a supernatural being or beings. Many atheists follow a similar moral code but this differs a…mong individuals.
First of all, Charles Darwin said he was not an atheist but an agnostic. He started out training to be a doctor, like his father; but he found the operations - in t…hose days without anasthetic - too much to bear and left medical school. It was something of a tradition that failed doctors became priests and Darwin did study divinity before his trip on the Beagle which led to his discovery of evolution. Rather surprisingly, it wasn't the attacks by the Church on Darwin over his theory of evolution by natural selection, but the death of his daughter Annie in 1851 at the age of 10 that made him lose his Christian faith. He described the loss of faith as an ebbing away, rather than as a sudden change in belief.
Tricky question! I work as a Chaplain in the British Armed Forces and I run into these issues on a daily basis and the best bit of advice I can give you is 'less is more'! Don…'t push because people don't like doing things under pressure so a little encouragement is good but not to much. Faith is one of those things that has to come from the individual. Try mentioning that you enjoy church and they are welcome to join if they would like. They might have questions about the proceedings at church and let them know that you cant do anything wrong in church and all the church is about is relaxing, enjoying and worshipping. Answer: Consider how you would feel if the shoe were on the other foot. If one of your friends was a user of hard drugs, a swinger, Pastifarian (worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster), a member of the Church of the Subgenius (or any of the more mainline religions like Moslem, Hindu or Buddhist) and asked you to come to meet with him and his friends. Assuming it was pretty obvious that your friend fully expected that you would "see the light" and join up after this introduction. How would you feel? The answer is obvious, a person prefers to find their own way in these matters. Leave your friend alone or you'll have neither a convert or a friend.
Did God make me or are you an atheist and I swear a lot so if I pray to god will he forgive me when I go to church?
God is not a supersition! He is real! He wants you to come back to Him! He loves you so much, He will forgive you if you are truly sorry! Don't listen to this person. God love…s you. God totally made you! It says in the Bible that God created the heavens and the Earth. He made Adam, the first man, and Eve, the first woman (Biblegateway.com). God will always forgive your sins! But there are advantages to trying to not do the same sin once He has forgiven you! I heard this story once: There was this Christian man who died and went to heaven. The Lord was taking him around and showing him his new home. In one room there was a table of very nicely wrapped, beautiful items. The man turned to God and said, "Lord, what are these for?" The Lord replied, "These are all of the gifts I wanted to give you, but you never opened." If you sin, God will still love and watch over you, but you are closing yourself of from Him, and the things He wants to give you. Micah 7:18 "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy." ~~Yes, God will forgive you for you sins. God is everlasting Love, and he will always forgive you. In Romans 10:13, it is written, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved." All you have to do is ask for forgiveness, and you will be forgiven. -------God will forgive you if you repent and turn away from that sin! ANSWER (this is by someone else) I totally agree with the person who wrote the passage above. Another thing to be aware of, is that if you swear, it makes it easier to ignore God because you just toss around his name. It doesn't stand out anymore. GO TO CONFESSION IN THE NEAREST CHURCH AND DO THE PENANCE THE PRIEST ASSIGNS YOU TO DO say how many times you cursed, but you have to promise not to curse again 3rd anser: I agree with all of the above. Also, to add, your sins cannot be forgiven just because you go to church. your must give your life to Jesus, and then follow him with all your heart and soul and mind. Then you will go to heaven when your die and live a long and happy like with God and his Son, our Savior, Jesus.
i do not believe so, i think only people baptised or confirmed catholics can be married by a catholic priest in a catholic church. you might be able to rent out the church and… just be married by someone else. ANSWER: Yes, I believe so providing the atheist agrees to permit the children to be raised catholic. A Nuptial Mass, however, would not be permitted. A Nuptial Mass would be permitted if both fiances are Christians but one is not a Catholic. In that case, the non-catholic spouse would not be permitted to receive the Holy Eucharists. The catholic spouse would.
There is no such thing as an atheist church.
You get over it. Do not jeopardize love, family, and friendship only because someone declines going to church or other religious events with you. Also, stop asking.
It depends on the religion and the hell you are referring to.
Everyone dies, and when all chemical reactions cease you die. Your body will decompose if you decide to get buried. Primitive societies benefited from man-made gods. A belief …is a vague idea supported only by the confidence that people place in it. If we know something to be a fact, we do not say that we "believe" in it. If people know the facts of a situation, they have no need for beliefs. Heaven is imaginary because it's an illusion fabricated by human imagination. A lot of people are scared of death, so they will lean towards false hopes and promises. Death just means your time is up on this planet and life will still proceed without you.
No, but they have a twisted, mistaken picture of God. Sad. It's run by Fred Phelps who used physical violence on his family to form a "church". But almost all of the members o…f it are from the same family. Fred Phelps is a sadist. His people fail in their protests and get their asses kicked. I personally think the members of the Westboro church are pure evil. They claim to believe in God and love God, but NONE of the things they do or say are God-Pleasing in any way. The Westboro church is a lost cause. They are stubborn, judgmental, self-contradictory, hateful, ignorant, arrogant, belligerent people, and need to be banished from America. They may have freedom of speech here in America, but they do NOT have the right to be evil. And that is one of the main reasons why they need to be permanently removed from this country.
What is worse - for an atheist to go to church or for him to upset all his friends and family by telling them he doesn't believe?
Well if he's going to church he could learn something that's against his beliefs or for it. He could always keep that in the back of his mind. But to upset his family and frie…nds I don't think its worth to tell them that. He also gets to spend time with them by going to church. He doesn't have to contribute in the church or anything like that. Right. My answer would be telling his family that he doesn't believe. First of all, you have to have faith to believe atheism in the first place. Personally I am not a fan of atheism because it is against my beliefs as a christian. And anyway, who would seriously believe their ancestors were really monkeys!!!! And all atheism is an excuse for not believing in a God. Another Thought As the question is worded "what is worse" then the answer would depend on the person. An ethical person would not go anywhere or do anything that they do not personally believe in, unless they were doing it specifically to "save the feelings" of others. Sometimes the imperative of honesty requires us to "stand up and be counted" no matter what the personal consequences. If the person in question feels they must do one (go to church and be a hypocrite) or the other (admit their beliefs and hurt their family) then maybe they haven't looked into other options. For example: Don't do either. Find a way to excuse yourself for attending church without being too "in your face" about your beliefs. Saying you are not sure or looking into your spiritual options might work. Answer: "Worse" is not an adjective that can be applied to this question, these are simply to options in the spectrum of options open in this situation. Going to church as an atheist is like attending a class in Fourier Transforms in a foreign language - a good chance to count bricks in the church wall. Atheists in churches will often spend time noticing who else in the building is there under duress. Often this number is quite significant. "Coming out" is problem for the family (maybe) but may be welcomed by some relatives who are of the same opinion. Vegans and other folks with "contrary" views face all of the same problems. The major problem is that theist relatives may launch into extended programs to "save the sinner" spoiling everyone's fun and eventually driving the atheist(s) or moderates away.
Generally, no. Atheists do NOT attend any religious institutions (be it churches or temples) for religious services, since by the very definition of atheism, they do not belie…ve in god(s) and therefore would have no need to attend. Some atheists may go to church for various reasons not associated with religiosity such as not wanting family members and friends to discover their atheism, a strong connection within a church-going community or to maintain family connections.
Most definitely YES! Even some of the Ministers are atheists. (They're trying to find another job, but since jobs are hard to find, they continue to Preach, while not even …believing in God.) American TV Network ABC News did a story on this topic. abcnews.go.com/WN/atheist-ministers-leading-faithful/story?id=12004359
An atheist would have no interest in being a preacher. It doesn't make sense for one to become a preacher. If someone who claims to be an atheist, becomes a preacher, then the…y weren't an atheist.
Boy Scouts is an religious based organization. Any atheist joining the organization should keep that in mind before making a commitment to it, or expecting exceptions. Lik…e any religious based group, they will have religious based requirements and activities. You can participate in Boy Scouts without a church membership. However, if you want to make the Eagle Scout rank, you'll need to declare a belief in God. As far as accepting gay members, you may have to shop the area for a troop that will accept this--some are more open than others. If you know that you are an atheist, you might want to consider a non-religious organization to begin with. There are alternatives to Boy Scouts, such as: Earth Scouts Navigators USA Camp Fire