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Has anyone ever noticed that most atheist and agnostics know more about the Bible than most Christians do?

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And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

~ John 8:32

And..it did..?

Hitchens Level 8 Aug 10, 2018
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When I first "came out" to my religious friends in college, they actually pointed out that I knew more about the bible than they did.

Right! Many atheist or agnostics do know more. It’s actually pretty sad.

@EmeraldJewel That's the difference between thinking for oneself vs blindly accepting doctrine from a man on an alter.

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They found out it's BS as a result of actually reading it.

godef Level 7 Aug 9, 2018
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That would be because I studied it for 15 years.

What a waste of time that was.

I know. It’s annoying to think many people waste their lives thinking there will be The Happy Place so they spend it trying to get through with this one. Such a pity!

@EmeraldJewel It does leave no room for doubt in my mind, though.

I have no doubt that it's all a bunch of junk.

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That's how many Christians are converted to atheism.

dkp93 Level 7 Aug 9, 2018
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Most Xtians would be atheist too if they would actually read their own holy book!

JK666 Level 7 Aug 10, 2018
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Yes! It is what put an end to my belief.

gsiamne Level 7 Aug 9, 2018
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That's what solidified my non belief!

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LOL, that's exactly why we disbelieve!

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The more you read the bible, the more it sounds like bullshit which leads to atheism. As long as you're not reading it with your brain firmly in the off position which most Xians do.

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I read the bible like it was a book of short fictitious stories.

Gohan Level 7 Aug 9, 2018

@Dave75 Indeed.

it is a bunch of short fictions stories no one ever bothered to proof read. There are to passages one says you have to hate your family to follow Jesus. Then another one says you have to love Jesus more than your family. Niether I can agree with!

@Dave75 except for the pornography, like Lot sleeping with his daughters, and Sarah being "loaned out" several times to gain flocks & grazing rights for hubby (i.e. her pimp), and David getting Uriah killed so he could screw Bathsheba, oh, and The Song of Solomon....shall I go on.

@Dave75 and so&so begat whatshisface, and whathisface begat whozit, and whozit begat...

@Notlost ooooohh, the juicy bits.......

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I was lucky, I wasn't brought up in a religious household, so essentially I've been an Atheist all of my life.

I never thought much about it until around around 2000, when the internet was on the rise, especially Youtube.
I watched a lot of debates about religion, Science, and creationism.

So I figured,I woul;dn't get involved in any debates until I read the bible all the way through.
The whole time I was thinking, are you serious, people actually believe this crap.

Same! I wasn’t never raised in a super religious home, but I decided to educate myself about the Bible so I would have the knowledge I needed to debate these Christians when they would threaten me with Hell while arming myself with the proper knowledge. . For one the Jews were first and they didn’t believe in Hell and it also wasn’t in the Old Testament. It wasn’t until Jesus himself came into the New Testament when Hell was mentioned. Christians came along and formed their own religion.

When I was very young I noticed (mandatory) church lessons did not reflect reality so I figured Church (religion) was nothing more then adults trying to control children with really stupid stories. It wasn't until I was in my later 20's that I realized many adults actually believes the BS they were trying to sell us. That was a very scary (as in profoundly sad) day.

@EmeraldJewel and then the Christians that did not like what certain Christians believed, broke away from their church to start another church based on their interpretation. The biggest example to me was with the Church of England; the king wanted a divorce but the Roman Catholic Church would not allow it. The “devine right of kings” was sufficient to allow him to do so.

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That's why we are Atheists! We can see through all the bullshit .

Coldo Level 8 Aug 9, 2018

Right!

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Yes. This is a widely know reality. Many studies support this observation.

I was going to say the same thing.
And add that studies have also shown that most 'believers' when asked what the ten commandments are, a huge percent don't know them all.

@TristanNuvo Wow. It's true, according to this survey: [pewforum.org]

@AwarenessNow I can understand Jewish as being high there one the list. The torrah is essentially the old testament. And that is where the ten commandments are.

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It was my last and final reading of the Bible that convinced me that the entire narrative was concocted. I was brought up in a religious (school / church / social) community, where we memorized Bible verses and entire chapters, and could rattle off the names of the 66 books of the (Protestant) Bible by the 2nd grade. And yet, what a relief it was to finally arrive at the logical conclusion that the entire thing is a crock of shit—works of fiction nowhere near as good as Homer.

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I’ve noticed that many Christians are content to be preached to and take their pastors word for everything. I feel it’s natural to start doing more research once you start to have doubts.

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Know your opponent best strategy you can develope.

azzow2 Level 8 Aug 9, 2018
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That is true thats because we've looked harder for truth in it and got to where we are

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I think this has to do with having to believe it... the more you read of it the harder it becomes to accept as ‘divinely inspired’. So reading it is dangerous to a Christian mind, much easier to not read it and go about your business.

Denker Level 7 Aug 10, 2018
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Yeah; the more carefully you read it the less true it becomes.

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yep because we don't let others tell us what is in it. We don't follow blindly we have open minds. That is why we have more liberals than conservatives.

I was sent to Catholic school & they do not encourage bible reading. The church also insists that followers not interpret the meaning of anything in the bible, but only accept the church's interpretation.

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Kenny82 Level 5 Aug 10, 2018

Lol good one!!!

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I get told that quite often, and people are always surprised. IMO, they should be embarrassed - you believe this is the WORD OF GOD and yet my blasphemous godless self knows it better than you do! I agree with several posters - it is usually what convinces people what a crock it all is. Maybe that's why believers don't know it as well - they're afraid.

damonca Level 5 Aug 9, 2018

been told from birth scared of the truth. The bible even tells you the truth will set you free of the slave chains of gods and religions.

@benhmiller hahaha! How ironic!

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Reading the bible from cover to cover made me stop being a Christian.

xenoview Level 4 Aug 9, 2018
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Yeah that’s pretty much how I got here. Ive had a couple Christian friends who would often ask me things about the Bible and religion in general, knowing how well educated in it I was. It was a minor shock to one of em when he realized I’m an atheist. It had never come up til one day it did, and he’s like “wait I thought you were a Buddhist?” Well yeah but there’s no god in Buddhism. “Oh...” and the questions stopped lol. He would often tell me I’m one of the smartest people he knows, so I don’t think the point was lost him though.

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