this belongs in the science and religion rant, but I'll leave it here as a response to the replies:
About muslim, as i am one will say that i don't actually care so much if i go to heaven or hell since i already knew the answer from the start, thanks to my beloved gift
I used to think that there were absolute truths in faith because "I knew in my heart". But if one can step outside of their self
and realize that we all come with incredible bias based on our own unique lifestyles and experiences...truth becomes more subjective and abstract. Here's why atheists have a hard time accepting faith:
Testimony does not equal fact. This is an opinion that has more to do with lifestyle than it does with quantifiable evidence.
Mainstream science (biology,chemistry,astrology,physics etc) have a general consensus there is no evidence of a creator. Secular belief states there is through creationism and intelligent design. I would also like to note that there are many mainstream scientists that believe in a creator too, but they keep personal faith outside of objectivity because they are able to balance their faith with
science. Many "true" Christians say that these guys cannot serve TWO masters! So it's not mainstream science necessarily rejecting other hypotheses. Creationists would rather throw the baby out with the bath water.
There are at least
20 different mainstream religions. Rather than pose the question to an atheist, "what if your wrong?" How do you know your in the right faith? As a Muslim, have you ever considered Christianity honestly without predisposed ideas that they are fundamentally wrong? Is this not bias? Vice versa. I can tell you I used to go to Church and the whole shebang, and NEVER honestly considered Islam without the Christian perspective of Islam. I never considered Hinduism without the Christian perspective of Hinduism. How do you know your right if you can't look outside of your prerogative?
For an atheist, or even a Christian mainstream scientist, it's important for them to hold off on absolutes and test them in a lab before reaching a conclusion. This is why they can serve "two masters". Because they have no stake in the outcome of the experiment. A creationist does because the product(conclusion) is more important than the process.
And I would like to stress that there is a HUGE difference of what defines as theory regarding science. It does not mean guesswork. The laymen scientist understands that ALL theories include things like Gravity too! That's what makes science so great. The theory of a flat earth has now known to be false. Science changes all the time because new understandings and peer reviewed research ultimately reaches truths. From an atheists perspective, the Creationists cannot change their hypothesis period, which is not true science at all.
By the way, there is a growing trend in people that use lack of science to justify a hypotheses the earth is actually flat. Are we to question mainstream science about this too and accept their views into the classroom?
For me IF I believed that Jesus was simply a man id still follow his teachings without the reward for heaven.
I would follow the contemporary stereotype we perceive as New Testament God (Jesus). But, let's say Old testament God was just a man like Jesus saying things like he does.
Old Testament God says that anything in the ocean that is not finned or scaled is an abomination...like homosexuals...so don't eat shrimp folks.
I don't mean to mention these things to justify a distain in a particular faith, but to me, some scripture seem very illogical in thinking.
I just think there are many more believers, (particularly Christians) that have a hard time balancing what some scriptures say...because they don't have a choice but to believe everything in the bible as divine truths even though it was inspired by man. I believe men make mistakes..and I believe the bible is also very biased considering the culture and context of old Testament.
I'm sure if I were to talk to anyone with their personal faith and their interpretation of their God I would "fall in love" and think your Savior is awesome. But I cannot ignore the personalities of God in his anger, jealousy, and moral code.