Yeah, I know, Pops. If all theists were as harmless as you, that would solve much. But faith is not harmony--it is simply profound and willful blindness. And that is why the faithful can be lead around by the nose and told that shit smells like roses--and believe!
That's just fd up and wrong.
Given your own testimony about my faith based on your interaction with me, you seem to conclude the opposite of blind gullibility.....well maybe not the opposite, but still; so you can't justifiably say that the substance of the faith of others is wholly ignorant bliss.
Is it not true that the mass in general is not privileged to the truths and realities of things. Take science for example; the general mass may know a little of some of the very basics of science in general, but in no real way understand any of the fields of study with any breadth, let alone all of them. The same could be said for any scenario in life or experience I would think. Honestly though; I must agree to some extent, and this is a main drive for me and a remembrance of the reasons I started talking (forums) in the first place. People do need to understand that faith has two meanings or rather goes two ways.
If one has faith in the promises of GOD, then too they must be faithful to those promises. This has many different implications. Basically I'm trying to say that the actual faithful live faithfully, or at very least strive, or continually contend to.
This could easily be grasped and used by atheist or deists actually, and I'm sure it is. Basically it all goes back to the conscience. To live in accordance to the selfless conscience (there are many names for it (that one seems more apt to me)) is to follow what is good and right, and one should strive to attain to such at all conceivable points.
Also summing it up would be to say love GOD (of which there is a sort of connection to in the selfless conscience(it and life and existence in general are all of GOD, but so much more so the former more than the latter.))
And of course; love your neighbor as yourself.
Is it possible that some here dislike the theists themselves for x reason, more than the potential of a higher power?
The beginning of this post is a little harsh, and I agree that the seeming object of the faith of some is misplaced. But that doesn't mean faith in GOD is misplaced.