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Featured For Atheists: have you done the Beatitudes?

Discussion in 'Biblical Debates' started by David J, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. David J

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    The Beatitudes

    He said:

    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
    7 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Very hard if you think about it, I can't do it.
     
  2. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    As an atheist you don't need all that blessing and mythical stuff, simply being a good, compassionate human being works, in my view, much better
     
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    Serious question, what's your motivation?

    Personally, I feel that fear of hell is a poor motivator. I prefer people whose morals come from their own innate sense of the golden rule, not from fear of punishment :)
     
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  4. David J

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    OK. But you're on this forum and you probably searched for God in the past?
     
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    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    I always viewed the Beatitudes as being passages of comfort and assurances.

    I have to admit whenever I hear peacemakers, this always springs up..


     
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    columbus yawn <ignore> yawn

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    "Done them"?

    I see them as an excellent goal, if taken with a grain of salt. There's just too many vague words in there to accept them as a solid moral code.
    Tom
     
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    Comfort and understanding
     
  9. ChristineM

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    I am on this forum because its a nice place to be, despite the ignorance about atheism shown by many theists.

    I left the church age 14 because the congregation were a nasty bunch. In searching for the reason for their sad attitude i did read the bible (kjv, its more complete than the niv), all of it, cover to cover and found the reason in the first 85%. That search also opened my eyes to what christianity and god are.
     
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    They are beautiful, but they don't apply to those who don't follow scripture.
     
  11. David J

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    You can't do it. Y
     
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    What do you mean by "have done"?
    Is it your claim that atheists should be out there "blessing" the groups mentioned?
    If so, what meaning would said "blessings" from an atheist have?
     
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  13. David J

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    You see this Theists?

    No material work.

    No evidence
     
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    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    ??

    You addressed the thread to atheists. Now you want theists to slap you on the back for it?
     
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    The material work is provided in the first thread
     
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    Dude what
     
  17. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    And it was still addressed to atheists. As for work, we (even atheists) can all copy and paste from the bible
     
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    Which thread is this "first thread" you speak about?
     
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    Have you tried empirical observation?
     
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    That is exactly what I am asking you.
    What are you talking about?

    You seem to have left quite a bit out of your OP.
     
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