There are many atheists versus religious forum on Facebook. I have observed that whenever a religious or an atheist throw questions, majority of them don't intend to learn or inquire but to mock or humiliate their opponents, their main intention is to pour out their frustration and sabotage any argument. In other words they are soaked in hate to mock ideologies which clash with theirs. The egos do not allow them to listen. They out-rightly deny others to satisfy their egos or to fill their sense of hollowness. They don't want to entertain any arguments in the receptacle of their thinking because they are so much filled with their own beliefs that there is no room to retrospect others point of view. Most of our minds are indoctrinated with other people's ideas and books. There are no original thinkers but reporters of somebody else’s version. Narrators have become scholars due to their better diction, memorizing strength and at presenting the events effectively. They will never question themselves whether their thoughts are really their own thoughts or accumulation of various thoughts we gather from society or from others since birth. We obediently carry with us the load of what thousands of people have said without questioning. This is a very unhealthy approach if we want to cultivate our fertile mind. Isn't it foolish to feel proud and be adamant in our thinking knowing very well that it is not our thought and we are carrying somebody else’s thought?
The fact is most of us are not eligible to discuss subjects like metaphysics, evolution and psychology; the backbone of most of the revered ancient scriptures. These subjects needs deep contemplation, observation, study with intense sense of imagination. We cannot produce proof of what is going inside the mind or how we are feeling or how our thoughts are troubling or soothing or evolving us, what is the reason of our specific behavior or the purpose of our existence. These are the topics which can only be studied through long persistent observation and experiments through thorough experience and collection of intense vast universal data.
The superficial arguments are always about their and our words or our thought process because no side can produce appropriate proofs. Usually the purposes of arguments are for one-upmanship and not for learning something new. For any average intelligent person to criticize any religion is the easiest way; it does not need super intellect.
Complacency in the respective beliefs is the main cause of the masses for not even giving a thought to what clashes with their drugged senses. They demand proofs, evidences of what they don't understand or can't measure. Both this groups believe they have perfect knowledge and are capable to verify the evidences and proofs if presented to them.
It is unfortunate that some of us begin to criticize some specialized subjects based on what appears to us as an inaccurate, illogical write-up by the author or the writer. It is hard to put on the author's shoes and decode message if the language is outdated. The result is that the cursory readers don't look for solutions but dwell on the supposed problems and mistakes they think committed by the ancient unknown author. Imagining the possibility that they might be wrong in their deduction is completely ruled out.
In today's IT era we are drowning in lot of information but lack knowledge or wisdom to understand or imagine things, thus the educated among us are thoroughly programmed not to think or imagine outside the educational syllabus especially designed by the "authorized" programmers or academicians. Copy paste knowledge or blindly following is the trend of today and serious thinkers or out of box thinkers are considered insane.
The knowledge of religionists are mostly based on hearsay and blind following, that's the reason the person with little common sense or logic can able to debunk it. To reject religion one does not have to be a top notch thinker it only requires questioning our own beliefs.
The knowledge of most of the atheist are based on the foolishness of their own respective books of religions which they failed to understand or reform because they were disgusted as they wasted their lives following it. It is easy to quit or criticize religion rather than wasting time scrutinizing the text once they believed to be divine or par-excellence.
In olden days the language was not developed much. The main mode to define or describe certain phenomenon was through oral parables or by the help of analogies. And from the context of those parables the meaning of intended message or the meaning of the word was deduced. Then came the era of script or basic writing was developed. The message was even encrypted or preserved by some artist, painters, sculptors and architects in their work of art for the coming generation to decode its true essence. Now a single word can define the entire depth of the phenomena if the responder is a literate of that field. The Arabic word Rabb is one such word which has very deep meaning and have many different layers of essence of understanding.
Most of the atheist is of the opinion that old religious scriptures were written by nincompoops who lack wisdom or written by vested interest to control the masses and it is naive to follow their writings in this advanced progressive world. I am against following anything blindly when we have divine mind with us. Ancient books are not for worship or blind following or for rote readings. These archaic books are not for everyone however they must be used by passionate archaeological mind whose intense desire is to revive the lost message and fill in the blanks of the context of our misunderstandings. Only on the basis of expertise in language no translator can do justice to these old scriptures. He/she need to have tremendous passion and overall scenario on the the subject. First rule should be that the researcher must not ignore or leave anything that is related to the subject of his research.
Atheist are generally considered as people of reasoning based on empirical evidence. But the problem with Atheists and religionists are that both took these old abstract parables in the scriptures as physical happenings. Both these groups have closed the door to imagine outside their known territory. One group does not want to think as their beliefs are based on faith and the other group thinks those parables are bull shit and it is a waste of time & energy to think about those old senseless parables.
Atheists are right not to waste their time and energy on what they consider worthless. But I have observed that they are the one who talks more on religion and god in spite of rejecting it. This shows that they are disturbed or agitated for not experiencing the sense of fulfillment or contentment in their newly found beliefs. Their single agenda is to criticize religion. It is okay to criticize but only those have the power to criticize those have the knowledge, will, strong desire to reform, amend or reformat the community. This task is most difficult and one who is ready to sacrifice his entire life for the purpose of reformation can only wear the cloak of a reformer. Demonizing or criticizing particular religion will only produce strong hate, suspicion, alienation of that community. Your hate is sowing the seeds for future genocide and this is not good for the entire humanity. We must learn to be tolerant and respectful of one another.
Intolerance, arrogance, lack of love and respect for each other is the main reason for both the groups not able to convey their respective messages which may help mankind to develop unconventional love for everyone.
Peace and Love to all, no offense intended.