User Profile: Sparky101

Sparky101

Member Since: October 18, 2010

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  • September 17, 2014 at 2:10am

    Thanks to you both. Just trying to bring something of a personal truth to bear. I can see her if I shut my eyes – you cannot. I can clearly hear her voice and her laugh – you can’t. But since you cannot it does not mean she never existed nor still exists. In me she does.

  • September 17, 2014 at 1:59am

    SFHQ, please accept my apology, I need correction now.

  • September 17, 2014 at 1:56am

    SHFQ, I have no argument with you, just your nasty statement to someone “Once again you show how stupid you are.” Allinsky is not your friend – be more careful.

  • [1] September 17, 2014 at 1:31am

    Yes Forment, you missed it. I was expressing my sadness in discovering that it was dogma, that while expressed in such lofty ways, was only smoke and mirrors.

  • September 17, 2014 at 1:12am

    Blink, there is little (perhaps nothing) you could tell me about subatomic particles, but you really don’t read very well.

    You asked “Would you care to name one thing you don’t believe in that has no evidence,” and I gave you one. Notice that nothing was said about their existence – just that I don’t believe I’ll ever see one. Neither will you. But as usual you go off on some wild tangent. Stick to the script.

    I challenged your statement about the HUGE number of atheists and agnostics you work with. I asked for exact numbers. You avoided that legitimate challenge with more of your wildazz woo woo. It was a simple question, so I’ll ask again:

    Actually, I’d like you to provide a total number of those you actually, physically work with that you are absolutely certain are agnostics or atheists. And since you have implied that you know their hearts on the matter, surely you won’t mind dividing that “vast” number into the two categories to which you personally know they belong.

    Man up Blink.

  • September 16, 2014 at 5:49pm

    Blink, I noticed you changed your statement when challenged – and rightfully so. But you also changed the premise to be that someone said “no atheists serve in the military.” That is not what was said and we all know that – so be honest.

    I was pointing out the fallacy of many of your “all” posts. Your claims often exceed reality. I don’t mind honest statements, but I do challenge those making glittering generalities.

  • September 16, 2014 at 5:43pm

    Lucre, you stated: “…is the desperate, irrational, psychological defenses brought on by the fear of imminent death.” I say that is a stereotype of yours that needs revision, and I provided a reason why (it ain’t true).

    Are you now saying that what I thought was a stereotypical description of your view of Christians is not really your true feelings?

  • [2] September 16, 2014 at 5:36pm

    And that makes your liver quiver.

    Define “evidence.”

  • [1] September 16, 2014 at 5:29pm

    TOOOM says: “Why would I be mad at a fictional character? I don’t have a problem in waiting, since the proof won’t ever show up AND since it shows that most fundie Christers can not address the matter with logic or reason.”

    We don’t know the answer to your first question, just that by your posts we see that anger expressed. The “why” is something only you can determine.

    Since there is no such thing as a “fundie Christer”, your use of a made up and insulting term instead of the proper term seems just another outward expression of your hate.

    Your last statement is one of faux superiority. Typically such put-downs are done to artificially elevate one’s low self-esteem. This is so prevalent with the atheists posting on The Blaze that you seem to have earned the impression of many of the good folks that frequent this site, that your intent is not to engage people in dialog or debate, but rather to use such childish tactics to shutdown both. Most people that frequent The Blaze are not intimidated by such attempts to censor or stifle opinion, and you’d think you would be a bit quicker on the uptake.

    So, what is “proof” to you? Please provide your definition of the word so we can address your claim in a logical and reasoned fashion. It would also help to have your definition of “evidence.” With those we can perhaps find common ground for a starting point.

  • September 16, 2014 at 5:12pm

    TOOOM: “Blink and the atheists don’t have the burden of proof. They are not asserting anything.”

    That is a fraudulent argument, and we all know it.

    Surely we all have to convince ourselves that what we believe is true or at least of what seems best for us. Sometimes over the course of a lifetime, our beliefs can change – but that too, comes with convincing ourselves one thing may be more true than another. Hence John Adams converted from being a Congregationalist to being a Unitarian sometime near his 30′s. He continued to go to his church weekly and continued to defend (not attack) the faith of others.

  • September 16, 2014 at 4:22pm

    Midwest says: “How is it that telling people what they believe is wrong and that they shouldn’t believe it, is seen as bitter. But telling someone they’re wrong and they’re going to hell if they dont change, is seen as loving?”

    Both are wrong. First, how can you tell me my belief in God is wrong without proof? Second, if you are wrong how can my telling you that you are going to hell change anything? Seriously, how could that work?

    I don’t know you are going to hell anyway, I’m not the one to judge anyone’s heart. In reality, I don’t know you or anything about you except you claim not to believe what I claim to believe.

    I have been on both sides of this fence, with the preponderance of my life spent on your side. I know there are others that can claim somewhat of the reverse of this, but in my experience there to be definitional differences, specifically as they pertain to the word ‘Christian.’ I also see differences in our understanding of the totality of scripture that seems to align more with what is said in the Bible.

    If there was no God, what is the harm in allowing me, personally, my sacred belief? If there was no God, what is the harm in allowing you, personally your belief?

    On the other hand if there is a God, and I have every indication that there is, and I knew you personally and we were friends, then I’d want to earn a chance to show you not only how I reasoned that but how it has changed my life.

  • September 16, 2014 at 3:39pm

    TOOOM, one thing that served to make the USA great was the fresh idea of respecting the sacred beliefs of others. You show the evidence of our stale decline by making fun of the beliefs of other Citizens in an insulting manner.

    Surely you would like people to respect your opinions – or at least listen to them without waiting for a pause to denigrate them. And you would probably appreciate the opportunity to form a heartfelt, reasoned rebuttal.

    One is superior to the other, and for the sake of your argument I encourage you to chose that.

  • September 16, 2014 at 3:20pm

    Lucre, thanks for bringing that oversight to my attention.

    Duck, please don’t stoop to Blink’s level with name-calling. I’ve noticed that in over 300 posts that you have name-called 5 times (yes, I counted and you used the same term each time – in each instance to describe atheists in general, but not in particular). Your rate of general name-calling amounts to less than .02% of your posts – this time around. Used in personal attacks = 0. Please improve.

    Lucre, you’ve been here for awhile, so I’m surprised that you posit that I may have purposely glossed over Duck’s name-calling because he is on my side but went after Blink’s name calling because he isn’t. A much more plausible explanation might be a sensitivity developed over time to Blink’s incessant name-callings and personal insults directed not just at me and my deeply held beliefs, but seemingly to anyone daring to have a belief or an opinion different from his.

    I challenge you to review Blink’s history of not only name calling but his decided propensity to use that tactic in personal attacks. A rough estimate approaches 60%. Could it be you give him a pass because he is on your side?

    I do understand how one can be worn down by such tactics when continually used by those who continually state as fact things already proven to be either questionable or outright false. I think I am guilty of reaching that tipping point once in awhile though I try not to.

  • September 15, 2014 at 11:08pm

    “Beyond that you’re just a moron who doesn’t know that agnostics and atheists are not mutually exclusive groups.”

    Guess which unbeliever used such infantile name calling to attempt to insult and denigrate someone else.

  • [-1] September 15, 2014 at 11:05pm

    Snooop, was that the unbelievers or both of the haters, or were they one-in-the-same?

  • [-1] September 15, 2014 at 11:02pm

    But Blink the worst “assumption” you stated as truth was: “Your religion is based on fear. The fear of death first and foremost but that wasn’t enough to convince people. You had to invent something like ‘hell’ to nag at peoples doubts. Hell is no accident, it is meant to scare you out of your rational mind so you’ll do what the religious leaders want.”

    If I didn’t know that you are unable to separate fact from fiction based on either your deficient scriptural education or your inability to discern spiritual truth, or both, I’d try once more to explain it to you. Hint, fear is not what motivates the believers I talk with, not a fear of Hell, not a fear of death, not what you would assume was a fear of our Savior.

    What Christian denomination, of which you have an intimate knowledge, would honestly teach as you claim? And why do you insist on dragging out that dead horse and beating it in front of those who have a completely different experience? Perhaps your experience is not typical among believers. It sure doesn’t seem so. Why do you insist in insulting them and denigrating their experience?

  • [-1] September 15, 2014 at 10:36pm

    Blink, you say: “If I really thought life was nothing but some kind of grand test and that I had found the answer to said test then my reaction to finding out my ejection from this mortal coil was imminent would be a time of celebration.”

    Blink, it’s not like that, but it seems just like you to claim you’d celebrate falsehoods and made up situations just to poke a finger in the eye of those who you love to hate.

    “So why don’t you find many Christians celebrating news of their terminal illness? Why are you not happy when a fellow Christian is dying? I’d be overjoyed if I thought heaven was real.”

    Blink, are you truly that vacuous? Depending on the level of pain and suffering, perhaps some would welcome the news. In that case it’s your fault for not developing better pain medications. But then if you did, maybe you’d not give it to believers.

    Based on the ludicrous things you state as truth, I just had to try to one-up you; in fun of course.

    You have heard of a wake? Many believers who celebrate a person’s life are comforted in knowing that the departed made public their personal belief in Christ, and maintain a hope they will someday meet again. Believers I know often admit that our loved one is in a better place – and know in the meantime we will miss them greatly – and missing a loved one is not terribly a happy feeling.

  • [-1] September 15, 2014 at 10:01pm

    Blink, you say: “‘Love’ and ‘Compassion’ and ‘Generosity’ as in ‘believe as we do or be tortured forever’ and ‘you’re automatically scum just for being human, our religion says so,’” is not likely to be a believers response to you. I could understand how bigotry could divine that or if the question was elitist or asked with an air of faux superiority regardless of what was actually said in reply.

    The scriptures say you were wonderfully made and that God loves you as much as he loves those you hate and think less of. Perhaps someone’s religion taught them to tell you those things, but believers should know otherwise. Satan is quoted in the scriptures, but that lends no truth to his words. Since you are well versed in scriptures, you know not to accept Satan’s lies – yes?

    If so, you also know when Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus (letting us listen in), he never asked you to believe as Sparky101 believes (although hopefully I’ve got some of it right). His challenge is for you personally to believe in him and what he did on the cross for you.

    If like the thief on the adjacent cross you come to believe, then you are given a gift to be with him. If you don’t believe, hopefully you will be given more opportunities to accept the truth. If you never believe in him, you have shunned your Creator who also gave his only begotten Son to die in your place so that you could be with him. That might cause me to want to be where you aren’t.

  • [2] September 15, 2014 at 9:16pm

    Hi Blink, let’s recap:

    The first paragraph in my post addressed to you above was a quote from you: “Can I get in on this? Do I get a bonus for actually helping people leave the fear and guilt of their religion behind in order to become free and happy?”

    The second paragraph was my statement: “As an atheist I was not ‘free and happy.’ As a Christ follower I am.”

    Please explain how either paragraph fits your response: “@Sparky, Let’s see, assumption based on personal bias, another one, then another” “That sums up the first paragraph.”

    I’m sure you have made no mistake, and that the confusion in what you wrote is entirely mine since I in no way can begin to approach your intellect (or humility). So please educate me as to how my paragraph actually fits your claims.

  • [3] September 15, 2014 at 7:30pm

    I.B. you are quick on the uptake. Your soil was in much better shape than mine. I also will never forget looking into those beautiful eyes and committing to do all I could to remain with her and love her. After 7 years it finally hit me. Wish I’d been able to be more like you in that respect, but then I wouldn’t want to change anything about the journey I’ve been given (I’d be afraid it would change something I love so dearly about my wife and family – though all has not been roses). I do somewhat regret the time I wasted apart from the Lord, but hey that’s just a vapor in eternity.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful experience and your heart.

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