Yes, I put that there with you in mind. There are better examples of people thinking atheists are angry at God but I was too lazy to trawl for them! It would be quite a stretch to imply that you have a reciprocal approach to belief (for example you might just think other people do, and you might be right at that).
As you can see, you interpretted my previous statement much differently than I intended it. I suppose that is in part due to the limitation of our language and the confines of our computer screens, but also to our to our enlightenment to the character of God (ie: those who have experienced him intimately, and those who have not.)
That's pretty similar to what I was talking about, though maybe a less conscious version of the same thing. To me such people are still essentially religious, because there is an underlying belief that is being denied (likely to be motivated by hurt or a sense of betrayal). Actually I think that kind of thing deepens religious belief because you think you lost the belief but you never did, so when you regain it, it is stronger than ever (like some underlying "truth" that surfaces in the end). Being brought up in a deeply religious society can create the kind of atmosphere where you would no more question God for real than you would question the existence of the air that you breathe. But the deepness of that conviction is not the same as truth.
What I intended by "ignoring him" is that many athiests have somehow, someway allowed themselves to be taught/convinced/misled/respressed the existance of God...and that they are happy to exist without Him.
Forming a belief based on consequences would be a bad idea in any case. Truth is truth, regardless of the rewards on offer.
On the other hand, many athiests and thiests alike have at some point attempted to ignore God (although their heart tells them differently) because they are afraid that believing in God means not having any fun, or changing too much of their lifestyle...which is also silly btw, because God is the God of all good things = peace, love, joy, goodness, kindness, patience, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) God only want to protect you from harm and to lavish all good things on you (Ephesians 1:7-8).
Actually I had a go at bringing that up as an issue for debate a few posts back. Anyone interested?
I know many of you do not accept the use of scripture as a valid argument for the Christian point of view...
What would you do if there was a conflict? Go with the Bible or your heart?
...but I use it not because it is necessary to convince myself (I know God's characteristics because of how he speaks to my heart...and would know him the same with or without the Bible) but to confirm that my belief also corresponds with the written word of God.
Thanks. The feeling is mutual!
I like you Octopuppy. I think you are intelligent and funny and a creative writer.
You've said nothing offensive that I'm aware of. And it's a debate, you don't have to agree with me!
I certainly do not mean to offend you or any other non-thiests with my comments.
I've got a recipe for gnocchi that does that. Will I share it? Hmm...
If I had discovered a recipe for a doughnut that was not only full of flavor but fat-free, raised your IQ by 5 points increased your standard of living and caused you to have multiple orgasms I would gladly share that recipe with you as well.