ANSWERS: 43
  • At least you have the balls to say what you believe. Good for you.
  • Because some/many religious people cannot accept that others think differently and seem scared that if they do not try to punish you, they will go to hell. I think down rating for the most part is silly. If you turn off your ratings, though, it stops bothering you unnecessarily.
  • You are correct and you should not be down rated... Everyone has been given free will, either by god, or if you do not belive in god it is in your nature. You should be able to answer freely as long as it is not offensive. This is an open forum / community for questions, ideas, thoughts. I hope you do not let the actions of 1 or 3 people change how you treat the majority of us... And yes I believe in God but think you are entitled to believe in what ever you choose.
  • Because people are jerks that way, unfortunately.
  • G'day I'mNotAnonymous, Thank you for your question. In my view, downrating is a waste of time. I generally don't downrate people for stating their views especially on questions asking for it. I generally give people positive ratings even if I disagree with them. Regards
  • It is irritating to get downrated for an opinion. I have had that happen. People ask for my opinion. I give it to them. I get downrated because they dont agree. Its more than silly, its stupid. I beleive in God. Thats my decision. You dont beleive in God. Thats your decision. At least we have the decency to acknowledge that. Some people, arent so smart. Ignore them. ~+~
  • Maybe we are playing God. What would he do?
  • Yes, it's quite absurd. It's happened to me when I suggested their ain't no devil just God when he's drunk. Tom Waits isn't big here. :(
  • Funny that SOME "Christians" don't seem to have much of a Christian attitude, huh? +
  • seems to me that unless you said god isn't real in a offensive way (something like saying "HAHA you believe in a ficticious character lol lol lol lol") then there is really no reason to downrate you for that.. religious people are probably just afraid because they you are challenging their beliefs. they need to accept that evryone has their own beliefs.. but it is very silly.. good luck :D + however many points i can give :-þ
  • "Divine retribution" "God" doesn't like people not believing in him, so he sends his advocates on earth to punish you. Take that, heathen! Feel the wrath of downratting! Mwahahahahaha! On a more serious note, religion is a powerful force that many people do not feel is right to be questioned. How they react is a reflection of that. Perhaps one could equate it to defending your s/o's honor, though that still seems a bit odd. Much about religion is silly. But then, the same can be applied to most of the world.
  • The second they downrate you, they are "sinning" according to the teachings in the bible. A true follower of Christ will not downrate you, but be concerned with your eternal future. As a believer, they should be grateful to have a faith that not everyone has, and remember that it was a gift. Christians use different tactics in trying to spread their beliefs. Most christians are trying to please god, and some will do things that they think are right to do, but really aren't. I know that many christians believe that they are totally different from non believers and they view everyone else as spiritually dead and potential believers waiting to be saved. I have believed in God for many years now, only because some really crazy stuff happened to me one night that defies explanation, but that experience was for me and it's really hard to make others understand what happened. I have respect for all people, even if I am not always respecting, and I don't look down on anyone who does not believe in God. In fact, sometimes I envy them! lol. Freedom is great, thanks for respecting others decisions to believe what they want.
  • I suppose technically, it's not a 'helpful' answer. There's no real way to know if God is real or not. So to claim one way or the other is kinda asking for it. But that said, it is silly to bother downrating around here. I did a lot of it when I first got here, then I realized the rules here are different than at Y!A.
  • Well, generally, if you state that, in your opinion, God does not exist then you probably won't get a DR. However, if you go around saying it like it's a fact, then people might DR you because, for one thing, you can't actually prove that God isn't real. Also, I've noticed that many athiests seem to have a tendency to try to offend people who believe in God. I get DR'd for all sorts of things, it happens to all of us.
  • because their faith is all they have in life and they feel threatened when you state such a thing.
  • Perhaps it's in which forum you said it. . Shall I look through your history to find out? .
  • Every time I get down rated I feel happy because it means I got to the other person. I love it when I rock someone because the only thing they can do is down rate and when they do it means I won. So I would say don't feel bad about it, feel good because instead of them typing back, they fail and down rate so your the winner, not them.
  • Naw, they're not punishing you, they're telling you that your strong viewpoint scares them so they pay you back with hate which, of course, to them is love. Yeah, I know, it's all very complicated, particularly, for people who are such simpletons
  • People don't respect other people's decisions and opinions, if they don't agree with the other person or people, they shoot them down cold.
  • Some people suck and can't accept atheism. As a Christian, those people ashame me. Don't worry about it. There are enough non-crazy people out there to negate those zealots.
  • The same thing happens to me. I am not on here to gets points, just to have my say so it does not bother when I get DR. +5
  • Any kind of organized setup will bring in fear and insecurity with a pretended security of being in a group of people with the same belief. The worst part it steals your ability to think. Organized religons think for you. Like a political party. The members will tend to become non tolerant.
  • Be happy they're not killing you. Which is what many Muslims do.
  • All good answers I'm sure, but what it essentially boils down to is that the people down rating you are brainwashed deluded weak cunts.
  • That's throwing all of us in one general Pile. I would never down rate you because you disagree with anything I do. Big deal if you dont't believe in God, He'll deal with you later, I'm not going to DR you now. But you want to talk DR's Try being a Republican.
  • It is no-ones business to "punish" you or try to put you down for saying you don't believe in God. No one has that right. However,I may express as I have before,I don't think there really are any true atheists. Why fight so hard against something they believe does not exist? Obviously they believe He exists,but simply deny it,on the ground that they do not wish to accept His authority. Once again,though,that is YOUR perrogitave,no one should bring down the fire and brimstone on you because you do not accept God's existence.
  • Well, I kind of sympathize with this one. The God issue aside, I've reviewed books at one or two websites that solicit reviews from consumers. After you read someone's book review you can rate it "Helpful" or "Not Helpful". If most people rave about a book and I post a review that's articulate but negative, as often as not I'm rated "Not Helpful". Presumably this is because I've been honest rather than a cheerleader. Actually, I appreciate looking at a negative review, in order to get all viewpoints - and if the reviewer makes a good case, I'll rate a negative review as "Helpful". So yes, many posters/readers get their noses a bit out of joint and will downgrade you for the fact that they don't agree, not how well you have supported your position.
  • Keep fighting the good fight! God=hate
  • Those who are insecure in their beliefs are often the ones who downrate, in my humble opinon, whether it be Christians, atheists, Libs, Conservatives, tree huggers, or whatever. I'm a Christian, & I often have serious issues with the questions, comments & conduct of some of my fellow "Christians" here on AB (and the real world too). Any topic that is controversial is usually draw downrates from someone. Hang in there.
  • I can guarantee if you go on a site were most of the people do not believe in GOD and talk about why you don't, you will get positive feedback.
  • points...but if you maybe just said 'i don't believe' ,you would not get downrates...:)instead of HE is not REAL.....Real to one is ALWAYS Unreal to another...:)
  • Well, if you're saying "God isn't real" you are making a statement. You're supposed to be asking questions.
  • If they feel that they are 'punishing' you for not believing in god, then I want to know who appointed them as your judge and jury or gave them the right to 'punish' you? I don't downrate others for giving me answers that don't agree with me either. What would the purpose be of asking others for their opinions if you downrated everyone who had a different one than your own? Doesn't make any sense. So, yeah, its not only silly, its counterproductive if you are truly seeking others opinions.
  • there called trolls get used to them Ab admin does track them and will send an e-mail if enough TOS violating d-rating occurs if however they state in theri q that they only want a response from ppl with faith, then you answering is trolling also you can tell from my level and rank that i've been here from sometime this si starting to turn into yahoo(s) answers
  • its because you are stating that "God isnt real", you are stating a belief as fact, in that sense you are wrong. you dont know for sure that God isnt real. thats why i would downrate you (not saying that i have lol), as a matter of incorrectness. but a lot of people see things that challenge their beliefs and are insecure about it so they downrate to make themselves feel better.
  • Unfortunately people tend to "abuse" the DR system and DR statements they don't agree with and I don't think that's the purpose of DRing. I think it's for when people are insulting in their answers or when they don't answer your question at all. Or answer with something really stupid like "Yo, mamma!" It's ok to try and be humorous in your answer but at least be creative! It is very silly that they DR you for your personal beliefs. I don't know what you get DR'd more for, talking bad about God or talking bad about Obama. Some people can't seem to tell the difference! +3 for your question
  • Yes, to both questions.
  • yes it is silly . but they have been programed to protect the faith some have the moto. "if you are not with us , you are against us . " it's not just you, they have been putting people down , burning them , drowning them , killing , copiying their holidays , and calling them their own since the invention of the religion . i guess they get defenseive as you would in court , not wanting others (and even yourself ) to beleive you are guilty . and nobody wants to learn they have been living a lie . so in this case it is a natural protection , they are scared and dont want to know the trurh.
  • That's pretty unreal. I believe in God but I wouldn't ever DR anyone for expressing their beliefs just because it doesn't match my own, that seems more of a turn off for non-believers then anything. I see DR as a massive offense and I don't use it, so for someone to DR you would actually support your theory that believers in God are in a sense "disrespectful" of your wishes.
  • The person that down rates you for your personal beliefs is looloo. I wouldn't pay it any mind. Just imagine how rigid and confined their real life is. It's kinda sad really. + ;)
  • They're gonna DR you straight to heck..or is it H E double something or another?
  • It is silly. True Christians wouldn't judge.
  • I think because if you know that someone is religious, and you have the audacity to announce that you believe there is no god- well quite frankly I think that's quite rude. Your beliefs are yours, and theirs are theirs all the same. If you do not enjoy someone pushing your religion on you I'm sure you wouldn't want to reciprocate that by pushing your beliefs on them as well.

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