jesper wrote:I'm puzzled.Why would you want god to exist?
I elaborate. I am, like many other people, afraid of dying. It is difficult to explain the scope of this fear. However, I think that if I gained knowledge of God, I would be able to meet my doom with a much less troubled and frightened mind. Anyway, a kind of worst case scenario for me is that our lives are completely without deeper meaning. My point now is that even if I were never to gain knowledge of God, he may still exist and there may still have been a meaning to mine and everybody else's existence (even though I intellectually struggle to accept the concept of such a thing). I would prefer that God existed because the alternative is so hard to contemplate.
These are the only two options, right? So the world makes no sense to you?
You are right, in either scenario The World as object does not make a lot of sense to me. I think I have matured to understand that some things are simply far beyond my comprehension and basically nonsensical to discuss. So I have stopped trying to make sense of things like The World and The Truth, as you can see in my discussion with davetoast. I even insist that it is nonsensical and immature to appeal to such (absolute) concepts.
What was your result on the atheism test?
I had two "errors" and was only a leverstegsateist. However, the test was silly. Almost every question was of the form "do you believe X", with yes and no as options. But since I am generally agnostic about these things (and often wouldn't accept the question), I had to answer no to all these questions. However, I would also have answered no the opposite questions ("do you believe non-x"). By the way, I see this as yet another example of many atheists adhering to a flawed logic of "since there is no believable evidence of God, you must believe he does not exist". An equivalent of this test would be: "Do you believe ETs crashlanded in Rosswell?" And then if you answered no, it would tell you that you believe that ETs do not exist. It's poor reasoning.
How about "There is no god, and you are superstitious if you believe otherwise."?
Saying that religious people are superstitious is just a condescending way of saying that they are Wrong in an absolute way. So now the atheist is not only immaturely claiming that religious people Must Be Wrong, but he is also saying that they are stupid. Underestimating other people is, btw, a typical sign of an immature mind, so this just reinforces the impression that (many) atheists are immature in their way of thinking
I am annoyed that religious people are being taken seriously. Even in Denmark we have priests acting as government "experts". They make ludicrous propositions like we should restrict stem cell research since a few cells in a petri dish have a soul
That is annoying _and_ dangerous.
I would recommend that you try to meet and talk to and befriend people that:
1) You accept are wise and possess types of experience that you don't.
2) Who possess many different points of view.
This way, you may learn that there is a lot to lose and a lot of harm to be done by putting people you disagree with on /ignore.