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Subject: Re: Heaven is real Date: 10/13/2012 9:44 AM
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There is no burden to prove anything for you or for me.



I understand what you are saying.
But I think maybe you don't understand the ramifications of it.
If you feel you have no burden to prove the existence of your God, then you should cease forever trying to influence others to believe in him/she/it.

It is insulting to the intellect to be told you will burn in hell if you don't accept a certain "being" as god - and yet told at the same time that there is no proof that can be offered for the existence of that god.

Yet missionaries go out all the time and do just that.
I find it intellectually insulting - but more than that, I find it intrusive.

I'm not saying that you, personally, do this - only that Christians, historically, and even today do this.

I know that you (the generic Christian you) look down on me as an Atheist. You probably have some idea that I'm some kind of nasty, untrustworthy person. But I would never steal from you. I won't lie to you. I would pull you from the path of an oncoming car if I had the strength. I would not perform any kind of character assassination on you - as I have had done to me by Christians.

All I have sought here is conversation. Not agreement. Just conversation in which we exchange ideas - and in which we REASON. Perhaps it is too much to expect a Christian to reason. You just seem to accept illogical and contradictory notions without the slightest hesitation. That makes it difficult to communicate.

Still, I don't hate you for it. I don't even dislike you for it. I always hold out some hope for reasonable exchange of ideas based on reality - because reality is where we live. Like it or not.

AM
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