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LuxAeterna6603's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by LuxAeterna6603

Unfortunately, unless they live in a small community where other members would look down on them for not contributing all possible assets to the church or something of that sort, I'm afraid that most would not be monitored by the church or peers. At least this is true in my community, my family is Catholic and when they go to church, it's not like others stare at them and say, "Oh only five dollars for the church this week? These are hard times and we of faith must support our beliefs whenever possible, sir, how dare you contribute so little." A comment like that would get me to switch churches pretty quickly, if I did believe, but these things don't usually occur with Christians. They like to take on the approach of warm and accepting of all people (most of the time) whether they have money or not. Making your argument that atheist costs less than religion not the most prudent one to make. It would be best to stick to reason, as I don't see how a few dollars every month is going to out way the benefits of someone's belief that by donating, they will get eternal happiness in heaven. Also, where I live, belonging to a religious youth group or vollunteering at churches or Vacation Bible school is the easiest way to get scholarships and a good education when applying to colleges. They look for people with good moral standards implanted in them in an obvious way. Of course, it's not like atheists don't have morals, because right and wrong can be known by anyone due to techniques that can be used in neuroscience. (Looking at what causes suffering in humans, animals, etc. and then saying that whatever causes the suffering is wrong while the opposite is good; stuff like that, no religion needed) Bottom line, religion gets people scholarships, education, and hope for life after death (if they give some pocket money to the church every Sunday) and much more. Atheism is a religion without benefits from that point of view, so to attempt to convince someone that they should give up their religion because it costs less is not going to be very effective in the slightest. I became an atheist because I looked at the reasoning behind God and found there was none. Found that I only believed in him because I was told to do so and that who I believed in was just a game of geographic chance. Had I been born in the Middle East, I would have believed in Allah, here in the United States, they believe primarily in Jesus. A game of chance. I would stick to reason when telling people that their imaginary friend is only just that, imaginary.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:41:45 UTC | #949767