"It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."
- Evelyn Waugh
I don't have time to comment on this right now but wanted to throw it out there ...
From christiananswers.net ...
To say categorically, "There is no God," is to make an absolute statement. For the statement to be true, I must know for certain that there is no God in the entire universe. No human being has all knowledge. Therefore, none of us is able to truthfully make this assertion.
If you insist upon disbelief in God, what you must say is, "Having the limited knowledge I have at present, I believe that there is no God." Owing to a lack of knowledge on your part, you don't know if God exists. So, in the strict sense of the word, you cannot be an atheist. The only true qualifier for the title is the One who has absolute knowledge, and why on earth would God want to deny His own existence?
The professing atheist is what is commonly known as an “agnostic” - one who claims he “doesn't know” if God exists. It is interesting to note that the Latin equivalent for the Greek word is “ignoramus.” The Bible tells us that this ignorance is “willful” (Psalm 10:4). It's not that a person can't find God, but that he won't. It has been rightly said that the “atheist” can't find God for the same reason a thief can't find a policeman. He knows that if he admits that there is a God, he is admitting that he is ultimately responsible to Him. This is not a pleasant thought for some.
It is said that Mussolini (the Italian dictator), once stood on a pinnacle and cried, "God, if you are there, strike me dead!" When God didn't immediately bow to his dictates, Mussolini then concluded that there was no God. However, his prayer was answered some time later.
"The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank."
~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti
One of the more ridiculous quotes I've seen. See, the thing is, neither the Theist or the Atheist has a sky daddy to thank, the difference is, Atheists can accept this. Furthermore, there are so many people you can be thankful to or you can just be thankful to yourself. I do know that a situation may arise that seems like pure luck and in this case, you just thank goodness.
There's a house a few streets up from me who has a ....thing built specifically to put out, what he thinks (I'm sure!) are "inspirational" notes or signs. Just homemade things, nothing fancy. The signs are generally smallish, but with bold lettering--and it's right by the road.
This week's gem I had never seen before. It said:
BLESSED IS THE NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD
Really? And the caps are his emphasis, not mine. Norway seems pretty awesome, so does that mean that they're a bunch of crazed Christians like people assume America is??