the "what if your wrong?" argument...

Canada
August 1, 2007 10:53pm CST
sometimes, when i have a debate i hear this... usually when the theist is loosing the debate. and here, is usually where the debate stops. why does it stop? because i stop it. the reason i usually stop the argument after the person says "what if your wrong?" is because i realize that the person is not truly a believer, and only believes because of being scared of death, or hell. you cant scare an atheist with hell.. its an argument against yourself, so please, please do not use it when your debating with an atheist..
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@Galena (9123)
2 Aug 07
I don't think the argument that people should be Christians "just in case" is a good enough reason to beleive in something. I don't beleive in my Gods "just in case" I beleieve in them because of my personal experiences, and my encounters with them. I'm not going to abandon my deeply held beleifs just because someone beleives something else, and their beleif involves horrible punishments for good people that happen to beleive something else. I'm not going to change on the off chance of being unjustly tortured.
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• Canada
2 Aug 07
What if your wrong? Do I understand you right? Are you saying when people say, 'what if your wrong', it means they are scared? That just doesn't ring true to me at all. Yet on the other hand, so what if they are afraid of going to hell? The bible does say the the Fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom!
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• Canada
2 Aug 07
are you suggesting that there is nothing wrong with being scared into a religion?
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• Canada
3 Aug 07
I question whether if something isn't true why would anyone be scared in the first place. I would think they get scared because what they are hearing rings true to them!
• Canada
4 Aug 07
just like the boogie monster.
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@sharkee (63)
• China
2 Aug 07
I wouldn't really call myself an atheist, but I also don't believe in heaven or hell (if there was a God - and I believe there is, I know He'd never send anyone to hell no matter how "bad" they are). It's true, you can't scare non-believers with the hell thing, it's like threatening to send a student to detention, in a one-classroomed school. Or that's how atheists sees it.LOL.
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• Canada
3 Aug 07
then yor just a THEIST... if you believe in god, but not necessarily a religion, your a deist.
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@BethTN81 (564)
• United States
4 Aug 07
Actually, if you have to ask any WHAT IF questiong, a person is loosing the argument. I will for once agree with you there. You did make some good points(OH gosh, I think i am starting to like you) Ya cant scare an athiest to hell. They dont believe in it. lol
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 Aug 07
Hehehe, I had my own discussion about the uselessness of scare tactics recently. I'm simply not afraid of hell, because I don't believe it exists, so I can't be scared with it. Funny how some people can't seem to get that through their heads, and can't seem to think of anything to say but "You'll go to hell." It makes me very happy that I'm neither interested in nor expected to convert anyone.
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• United States
2 Aug 07
How do you answer the question? Do you stop and claim victory? Using it once is fine to get some response from you but using it repeatedly is pretty silly. A true concerned Christian who engages in an argument would maybe do so to see where you are coming from and not look necessarily to win an argument but win a soul. Jesus truly does save and is the way, the truth, and the life, believe it or not.
• Canada
2 Aug 07
yes i do stop, because there is no point when ignorance comes into play.
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• United States
3 Aug 07
Why would you even bother? You have all the answers already to the responses the Christians give you, so do you do it to amuse yourself or is it something you find interesting and maybe would like to know more? I'm serious because you ask a lot of questions, which in itself is fine but I am curious of the motive.
• Canada
3 Aug 07
for good answers.. whether or not there are any answers in religion.. and there doesnt seem to be..
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