A: Well, was anyone even there?, There is even no real evidence or proof. There is proof when wars was around, and there was humans before us (Duh). But is there even any REAL Evidence that God exists?
But my counter argument would be simple..."how would you know?" it can be work on both ends, but it is more suited towards my end than your actual...as childish the phrase sounds. Take a deep breathe, let it out, simple as that really, the bible never told you to get revenge on anybody, it tells ya God will get that for ya. The Bible teaches us to be kind and all that, so I see know problem,"blind"? "ignorant"? No not really...just my choice. Ever wonder why people who believe in God endlessly push him on to others, same reason FEW atheist keep insisting on bothering and arguing with those people, because nether of us want to see the other dig there own grave.(most atheist I met just love picking on people who believe in God, yet never any other religion like Buddhism...meh)
The bible doesn't teach us to be kind, it promotes disgusting things such as slavery and sexism. It tolerates murder and rape given specific circumstances. For example, talking back to your parents (even if they're assholes) was considered worse than rape. The biblical punishment for rape was actually pretty tame.
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he is to serve for only six years. Set him free in the seventh year, and he will owe you nothing for his freedom. If he was single when he became your slave and then married afterward, only he will go free in the seventh year. But if he was married before he became a slave, then his wife will be freed with him. If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters, then the man will be free in the seventh year, but his wife and children will still belong to his master. But the slave may plainly declare, 'I love my master, my wife, and my children. I would rather not go free.' If he does this, his master must present him before God. Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl. After that, the slave will belong to his master forever. (Exodus 21:2-6)
When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl's owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11)
But wait, there's more!
So they sent twelve thousand warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children. "This is what you are to do," they said. "Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin." Among the residents of Jabesh-gilead they found four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.
The Israelite assembly sent a peace delegation to the little remnant of Benjamin who were living at the rock of Rimmon. Then the men of Benjamin returned to their homes, and the four hundred women of Jabesh-gilead who were spared were given to them as wives. But there were not enough women for all of them. The people felt sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had left this gap in the tribes of Israel. So the Israelite leaders asked, "How can we find wives for the few who remain, since all the women of the tribe of Benjamin are dead? There must be heirs for the survivors so that an entire tribe of Israel will not be lost forever. But we cannot give them our own daughters in marriage because we have sworn with a solemn oath that anyone who does this will fall under God's curse."
Then they thought of the annual festival of the LORD held in Shiloh, between Lebonah and Bethel, along the east side of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem. They told the men of Benjamin who still needed wives, "Go and hide in the vineyards. When the women of Shiloh come out for their dances, rush out from the vineyards, and each of you can take one of them home to be your wife! And when their fathers and brothers come to us in protest, we will tell them, 'Please be understanding. Let them have your daughters, for we didn't find enough wives for them when we destroyed Jabesh-gilead. And you are not guilty of breaking the vow since you did not give your daughters in marriage to them.'" So the men of Benjamin did as they were told. They kidnapped the women who took part in the celebration and carried them off to the land of their own inheritance. Then they rebuilt their towns and lived in them. So the assembly of Israel departed by tribes and families, and they returned to their own homes. (Judges 21:10-24)
Just for fun, have a random quote that supports murder.
If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, "You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord." When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through. (Zechariah 13:3)
"For I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever." (Jeremiah 3:12)
"Ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn forever." (Jeremiah 17:4)
"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid." (John 5:31)
"Jesus answered: Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid." (John 8:14)
"Jacob said, 'I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'" (Genesis 32:30)
"No man hath seen God at any time." (John 1:18)
Still, I do like the stamp. Of course nobody can prove anything. What many atheists forget is that they can't prove they are right either. At the end of the day, atheism is a religion like any other
Also, I completely respect people's beliefs as well. I realize that I sounded a little critical in my original comment, so I apologize for that. I just want atheists to realize that it IS at the end of the day a belief like any other.
P.S. What's wrong with being called a religion? I just don't understand that.
P.P.S. If I was forced to make a decision to believe in something, I would say that I believe there is a god-like entity, probably not omni-benevolent, maybe omnipotent (in our universe) and while not omniscient, probably knows a lot. I won't bother explaining here why, but there are reasons.
It could also mean that you might believe in a different image of what 'God' might mean. (As opposed to depicting a God as say: a man, an elephant, and the favorite the most Caucasian desert dweller disciple I've ever seen... our modern Jesus.) You don't cancel out the possibility but live a subjective life.
Can't argue with that logic! (Mainly because it's not logic!)