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Please don't equate Santa Claus to God- it is surefire loser in a religious debate. (kind of like the converting of Hitler on his deathbed.... ugh) I also did not say that non-theists aren't moral people. I have many non-believer friends who are some of the best people I know. They just follow their own inner compass and I am saying that the frailty of mankind (for ME) needs more than simply to rely on the "self". Surveys are not reliable usually, and not always indicative of truth. Firstly, most inmates claim a religious affiliation when asked because they want to align themselves with something orderly or socially acceptable. Divorce is probably greater among religious people because many non-believers don't even get married. Also, if you were a part of a very strict fundamentalist church, no wonder you have veered away. Those kinds of strident beliefs and adherence to the "fire and brimstone" notions of Christianity are far from what Jesus preached. Rational thinking, evidence is great in a science lab, but not in a religious discussion. Again, if you aren't willing to believe in the mystery and intangibility of faith, you are right to have eschewed your beliefs. And that's fine. But you cannot argue that to believe in a God doesn't take a commitment to a faith. You did that. Surely during your 46 years of missionary work you realized that God cannot be discovered through "rationalization" but in those moments of wonder and miracle. When you left those beliefs behind you became committed to not believing.
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