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Question: Publication date: 13-12-2010
Title:   atheism
Content:   Atheism is purely irrational bc u don't no eveything that exists in the universe so u can't say 100 percent wat doesn't exist,namely g-d.

Answer: Publication date: 13-12-2010
Title:   atheism
Content:   Hi Daniel,
Your question is a good one but it is vague. It is true that we don't know everything that exists. But we do know enough. We know what it is we do understand which at the very least that gives us the ability to categorize things into known and unknown.
What it boils down to is that there are times when rationale dictates that you choose the most reasonable or likely answer even if there is some outside wacky chance that the whole thing is rigged to show faulty results. It would not be reasonable to claim that atheism is a faulty result. It is very very unlikely that some all knowing power decided that the penalty for raping a woman is to give her dad 50 bucks and to marry her. The Torah is exhibit #1 in the trial disproving god.
This is why we move forward with the assumption that there is no god.

Response: Publication date: 16-01-2011
Title:   atheism
Content:   Karaites and Messianic Jews who have deliberately shed Talmud-Bavli v'Yerushalayimi understand very clearly that:

1) "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you." (Deuteronomy 4:2, JPS)

2) "All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it." (Deuteronomy 13:1)

3) "Every word of God is tried; He is a shield unto them that take refuge in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:5-6)

Why do you feel that you have to choose between Yahadut-P'rushi and Atheism?
Nicole Czarnecki

Answer: Publication date: 16-01-2011
Title:   atheism
Content:   Hi Nicki,
The reason we don't take after the Karites is because it is obvious as the day is long that the book you quoted I'd not given by a god. It is a compilation of several works written at different times by different authors. And although it contains some words of wisdom it also contains real nasty laws and deviant rules. I always say that the clearest evidence that a god did not write the bible is the bible itself.
So is that it nicki? You are a karite? That would explain your partial objection to jewish law.
You should really consider atheism. It works very well. I can expand on that if you'd like.

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