I respect all Atheists, Agnostics and Believers of God, because I for one believe in God.
One of the reason I believe is because of my Life and my consciousness, as well as being able to convey my consciousness through Language and Speech which I believe came from an origin which cannot be explained how we are alive and how we think. And that none of us can create Life out of nothing.
Everyone is entitled to their own Belief.
I understand what Alvin.Teng is saying, its like having Atheists practice Marriage, its like saying that you do not believe in God yet you practice a form of ritual/tradition where in it was ideally from God. Its like saying you believe that Cigarettes is can k*ll you, and you are saying You don't want to die, yet you still smoke. That is what I'm getting.
I also agree with spanner_works, words are just words, we can even create our own words or use a word and make up our own meaning, it might mean differently to you than the other person. Anyone can use a nick or even say who they say they are.
What strikes me on Alvin.Teng's note, is the Practice and observance of a ritual or tradition or anything pertaining to God. What i'm point at is, even if you are born a Filipino, can you call yourself a Filipino even if you do not believe and practice being a Filipino, to the point you are mocking Filipinos? Because I believe if you are a Terrorist or you are a bad citizen, you can be expelled or declared persona non grata. The ultimate point is, i've met couples, individuals, and others who say they are Atheists or Agnostics yet they observe or practice ceremonies, rituals or traditions which are of or related or originated from Religions.
What I believe is that if We truly are believe in something, and say it is so, we should not just get on whats hip or whats hop, we should stick to it and not practice what we do not believe. Like for me I do Believe in God, but I do not celebrate Dec. 25 as Christ's Birth, so I do not celebrate Christmas. Because I've even seen other Atheists Celebrate Christmas, its ironic in my opinion.
@Alvin.Teng, while I support your point of view, I would also suggest to tone it down, as the Moderator's advice. It would really be nice to discuss without personal attacks or sarcasms. Lets have a healthy and friendly discussion and not get on others nerves. I should know, I am one of the parties involved in having the other thread being locked and hide. heheheheh.
Edited by mtcnono, 27 August 2015 - 07:33 PM.