If I may, why should I entertain the notions of the Christian version of God rather than any of the other religions out there? Did you start with the Christian version, or did you hop around from religion to religion?
It's dangerous to just suppose something is true. It's infinitely more dangerous to make life decisions based off of that one unfounded principle.
I'm interested in discussions with you. You are quite pleasant to read and chat with.
...That's not a threat. I'm buying you a dictionary for Christmas - your other one probably has mice-blood all over it still.
Claims that they are conquerors in Christ...
Complains that the morality of America and the world is slipping.
This seems highly inconsistent, but I can't say I'm surprised.
Now, is that Jesus quote literal or figurative, and how can you tell?
"For example, just because something is great, doesn't necessarily mean good. "
Please provide one solid example of this. I'm quite confused by this. It doesn't help that we're playing with subjective definitions, either.
Except those who have blasphemed the holy spirit.
So, killing a fellow human being is unjust to God, but not the person you've actually killed? And by apologizing to God, you can still get into Heaven, but we don't owe the other person an apology?
I don't say this often, but Christian concepts of morality (such as this) are morbid at best.
So if it is God's job to transform us, why bother preaching to begin with? It does absolutely nothing.
Who said that atheism must necessary assume that there are no absolutes? I can say there is an absolute truth but not an absolute morality, for instance. Not everything is subjective, and not everything, for our purposes, be material, but rather an abstraction to make our lives easier to understand and rationalize.
Some questions are difficult. However, I don't run to a deity that magically solves them for me.
You clearly have no idea what "theory" means in a scientific context, do you?