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Yes, Yahweh allowed Job's children to be killed just so he could stroke his own ego. How pathetic.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
If we did sit around and did nothing against the oppression that is the Abrahamic faiths-- the consequences for us all would be disastrous. Sometimes, anger can be a virtue--especially when fighting against oppression, and Christianity is oppressive. As you said, use your anger effectively--and it can be one of the best weapons against such oppression.
While in a POW camp, my father caught pneumonia, and was on the verge of death. The German doctor overseeing his care knew he would probably die there, but instead of letting him die, he smuggled my dad a German uniform, which my dad wore the next day as the soldiers were doing there exercises. When he saw an opportunity, he literally walked out, and went from farm house to farm house, where German families took care of him--until he finally reached Rotterdam. He was one of the first soldiers to return just before the end of the war.
The war caused my father--and many others to lose their faith. Logic and reason is the reason I do not believe. So, in this case, according to you, your God saw fit to allow a man to be "saved" from the Germans, only to create more unbelievers, such as myself. Odd--don't you think?
So, to summarize, the problems you mention stem from the Christian tree, as in our society--and it does not matter if one is atheist or Christian--these problems stem from Christian doctrines that influence society as a whole. If Christianity did not teach that we are born sinners and cannot help but to sin, then the world might be entirely different than it is now. Instead of people doing bad because they think it is their nature to do so, we might have people that do right because they believe it is their nature to do so. Think about that Ray..... I would love to hear your thoughts.
We will miss you Mr. Hitchens. You were a voice of reason in a chaotic world.
You over generalize, which illustrates your ignorance. I know Christians for instance, that are not thankful for anything, because for them, the only thing that matters is the 'afterlife.' In that sense, Christianity is a very nihilistic religion. This life doesn't matter--its only heaven that counts. How bizarre.
As an atheist, I am probably happier than most theists, as I do not regard this life as a "stepping stone" to the next. This life is precious--because it is the only one I most likely will ever know. I wish more Christians felt the same.
And as for Thanksgiving--I refuse to celebrate holidays that were either co-opted (Christmas and Easter) by Christians from pagan celebrations, or Thanksgiving, which is an attempt to sugar coat the atrocities committed by Christians against the Native Americans. Read "American Holocaust" by David Stannard if you want to know how brutal Christians can really be. So much more so than even Hitler. To really know the true story, you need to analyze both sides. I dare you Ray.
“Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast, and do not let any of the sacrifice from the Passover Feast remain until morning. Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God. DO NOT COOK A YOUNG GOAT IN ITS MOTHER'S MILK.”
"Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. " Exodus 34:25-28
Note, that your god sees nothing wrong with rape, or pedophilia--but cooking goats in its mother's milk is a no-no. Bizarre Ray--truly bizarre.