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Colorado Billboard: “God Is An Imaginary Friend”

Colorado Billboard: “God Is An Imaginary Friend”

A coalition of atheist groups in Colorado purchased a series of billboards in Denver and Colorado Springs they hope will spark debate and encourage community gathering and thought.

The billboards will read “God Is An Imaginary Friend-Choose Reality, It Will Be Better For All Of Us.”

According to Colorado Coalition of Reason (COCORE) one of the motivations for the billboards was a concern that religious individuals feel they have “not only the right, but the obligation to force their religious views on others.” The group cites increased proselytizing in the military, educational systems, and government and growing attacks on the LGBT community and abortion providers as evidence of the ever-expanding influence of religion in our culture.

The group went out of its way to state they were not trying to offend believers. “If you disagree with the sentiments of the sign, please don’t be offended. We are more interested in opening a dialogue than upsetting you. We don’t ask you to stop believing in your versions of a super-natural being. We do ask that you consider not forcing your religious views on others.”

This is not the first time the coalition of atheists put up billboards to spread its word. In 2008 and 2010 the group paid for billboards that asked “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” and also one that protested the Denver City Council Building nativity scene.

It’s a simple point but one that will no doubt cause controversy with the significant evangelical population in the state. If only this message were as welcome in public discourse as the fidelity of a person’s faith.

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1:42AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Discernment is a critical component of bible study.It is essential to KNOW the differences between differing aspects to get in-depth knowledge.I don't "believe" that is personal opinion but the leading of the Holy Spirit.And neither is it arrogant to confess we are being led.

A false prophet is one who represents God's word incorrectly.So we should be careful not to imply personal agenda because it suits us but rather be consistent with the Bible.In the finish,there is only one way to God.We can't pick and choose what that should be although it is up to each one to find it.It's what He says that counts and by which all judgement is placed.

This is a rather long commnt of mine but I have put it all together at once to keep the thread of it and even then on such a subject as this,much more can always be added.Anyway,it is obvious ,our points of view are very different and the subject is expressed from different angles

1:35AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

It is a huge significant difference because it hides the true person of Christ and denies the real meaning and significance of His sacrifice.It then becomes a scource of doubt when people see what they think are contradictions.We can think and decide for ourselves what to make of God,creation and mankind and our destiny .." for each will carry his own load " You see,my comments here are not aimed at prooving I " believe" my views are correct.Rather, they are aimed at showing that conviction is the important element.Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is to disbelieve what He reveals.He reveals that we are all convicted by our sins and that the penalty for that is already paid for.It depends on ourselves to accept that or not.If we don't accept,it is because we are not knowing we are personally convicted.And the bible is not understood.It is our CONVICTION that causes us to be CONVINCED and makes it personal.We can put " I believe" in front of any statement and tconviction just as it is in a court of law.Judgement is placed according to that convictionhe validity of it won't be questioned.To say" I believe" requires nothing of us.But to say" I am convinced" requires conviction which usually has penal consequences. Beliefs can be changed but conviction can not because there must be evidence to proove

1:33AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

.For me,one of the most compelling verses of Jesus' deity is Col.1:16..." For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: " HE is GOD. He quotes "an eye for an eye" which was part of the judicial law but the Jews had extended it to mean private justice which was wrong.He refers to Himself as the I AM and even though accused of heresey He never denies He was God.In fact the Jews were going to stone Him to death for that."He came unto his own but His own recieved Him not".He was born Jew.The voice from the burning bush said.." tell them the I AM has sent you " All through the old Testament,when God dealt with the people,it was Jesus Himself. The I "AM" signifyes an " ETERNAL" God. That was Jesus reference to.." before Abram was.I AM ".The old testament is concerned with the introduction of Jesus AS God in preperation for Emanuel. " God with us " in the new testament.There are references to Jesus being the " Only Begotten Son" but it is not so.Those references are due to incorrect translation from original Greek meaning .of " A single kind" to another Greek meaning of "Only Begotten " by Jerome in the 4th century.

1:30AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

To me,the most important aspect when making reference to what God says,it should be consistent with the Bible or we speak only from a personal viewpoint.If we wish to comment on creation,understanding it is greater when it's Creator is acknowledged than if we went by our own reasoning.Then,we can see a little of the awesome power needed to build such a perfect design.It is the same with establishing the relationship between mankind and God.We are created beings,created in the Creators image, not physically but as spirit.When Jesus was "born" to earth, He was in the same form as that which He created.....body and spirit except.....
I too will depend on the biblcal texts to establish truth... I'm fine with being told it is my " own" interpretation because as we read in Galations 6:5.." For each one will carry his own load." It is emphasized in Hebrews 4:2 why I bring this up." But the word they heard did not profit them for it was not mixed with faith in them though they heard it." And then also in hebrews 11:6.." for whoever wishes to draw nearer to God must believe that He exists and He will reward those who ernestly seek Him " It's personal.We can reason and quote verses untill the cows come home,but unless we have the faith required,we still will not believe it or learn

1:27AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

To me,the most important aspect when making reference to what God says,it should be consistent with the Bible or we speak only from a personal viewpoint.If we wish to comment on creation,understanding it is greater when it's Creator is acknowledged than if we went by our own reasoning.Then,we can see a little of the awesome power needed to build such a perfect design.It is the same with establishing the relationship between mankind and God.We are created beings,created in the Creators image, not physically but as spirit.When Jesus was "born" to earth, He was in the same form as that which He created.....body and spirit except.....
I too will depend on the biblcal texts to establish truth... I'm fine with being told it is my " own" interpretation because as we read in Galations 6:5.." For each one will carry his own load." It is emphasized in Hebrews 4:2 why I bring this up." But the word they heard did not profit them for it was not mixed with faith in them though they heard it." And then also in hebrews 11:6.." for whoever wishes to draw nearer to God must believe that He exists and He will reward those who ernestly seek Him " It's personal.We can reason and quote verses untill the cows come home,but unless we have the faith required,we still will not believe it or learn.For me,one of the most compelling verses of Jesus' deity is Col.1:16..." For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or do

9:15PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Hi Richard, Didn`t that scripture say the thorn bush was burning but not consumed ? Likewise those 120 at pentecost they had tongues as of fire , but their tongues wern`t burning , but in both places it say`s that Gods holy spirit caused this to be , really that doesn`t leave much room for anyones interpretation .. It is what it is, Holy Spirit , and if there is a mystery in that book the bible , I haven`t found it yet . sure enjoy our discussion though. as the bible of the truth it says that the truth will become more abundent in these last days . I hope you and Ron will not give up on searching for the truth , because it is there for all who would like to know it . not to mention I have grown attached to you two.... "SMILE" Your friend , Carol

6:14AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

I'm not saying "nothing is certain." That can be just as circular as saying "There are absolutely no absolutes!"
but i do believe there exists MUCH uncertainty and we'd all do better if we "let mystery be" and find common ground ...and to love our neighbor as we want ourselves to be loved.

6:11AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Carol,
thanks for your thoughtful reply. I think "interpretation" is inevitable. Interpretation in my understanding is as you concluded when you stated: "I too do not believe that the thorn bush was actually burning , otherwise as stated it would have been consumed," and also concerning the day of Pentecost : "Of course, these were not burning flames, but tongues as if of fire."
These are both "interpretations" one makes by reading and deciding, by study, what they mean to us. Our interpretations might be right or wrong, because understanding exact original intent is the challenge for even a Greek scholar reading, especially ancient writings that come from ancient writers minds and pens.
JWs. interpret the NT differently than the majority of evangelical Christians. Many in the Orthodox Church feels like modern evangelicals have cheapened the gospel and lost a sense of awe and mystery and use lots of icons as "aides" to worship. Some churches feel icons are idols. Many Evangelicals in this country are ultra-political and pledge allegiance to a national flag. Others feel this is near blasphemous and is no different than kissing the ring of Caesar...well,you get the point.
We all "interpret", even if we believe deeply that God is directing us to "his interpretation", there STILL will be different and even opposing conclusions. I'm not saying "nothing is certain" but i do believe there exists MUCH uncertainty and we'd all do better if we "let mystery be" and find common gro

11:48AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Richard , I too do not believe that the thorn bush was actually burning , otherwise as stated it would have been consumed...and as was recorded at Acts 2 1-4 holy spirit at that time took the form of "tongues as if of fire" that became visible and rested upon each one of the 120 present in that upper room in Jerusalem. Of course, these were not burning flames, but tongues as if of fire , yet they were something that was truly observable , just as were the flames that Moses saw in the thorn bush , when God called and commissioned him to deliever his people from bondage . .... Gen. 40:8 says interpretation belongs to God.... with that in mind it would be wrong for people to have their own interpretation wouldn`t we all agree? funny you mentioned the jews and what they believe , as I talked to a Rabbi one time He said " know how we know that Jesus was not the son of God? " Because scripture says we would be the ones who put him to death and we didn`t the romans did. " I also asked him how come they took God`s name out of the bible ? His answere was because it took up too much room. Isn`t that somthing? INTERPRETATION !

7:50AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Carol,
I'd have to be honest in saying I don't think readers were meant to take the "burning bush" story "literally", From what i've heard, most Jews today see their scriptures as ancient teaching stories and wisdom literature that rabbi's say comes "alive" every time its read by a different mind and from a different era. Truth doesn't change but interpretation,discussion about its meaning and application DOES change...and THS is when the "spirit" is active.

But i agree that in "you have heard it said...an eye for an eye.." that Jesus was indicating it wasn't himself I AM giving those commands to Israel, but it was his "Father."
(assuming the NT account is true, of course and scribes always interpreted it correctly)

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