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Imtheists, Atheists and Trolls

I took a course in college entitled “English from Greek and Latin Roots.”  I took it partly because I like words, but mostly because I wanted to boost my GPA with a cinchy class.  See how I took the noun cinch – “an extremely easy task” – and made it into an adjective?

It was in that class that I learned that the prefix a- means “without”.

For example, someone who is amoral is without morals.

The prefix im- also means without, but it has more to do with being the opposite or antithesis of a thing.

Whereas the person who is amoral may not be aware of proper moral conduct, the person who is immoral knows the rules and chooses to violate them.  Oblivion versus rebellion.

I’ve been observing the behaviors of a certain type of troll and I have come to the conclusion that we need a new word, so I’ve coined one:  Imtheist.

Because there are plenty of atheists – people who are without God, people who are oblivious to God – who keep their lack of belief/faith/awareness to themselves.

And then there are imtheists – people who are actively rebellious against God.  They are the ones who write vile posts and then tag them “Jesus” in order to bait Christians.  They are the ones who troll the “Christian”, “faith”, “God” and “Jesus” tags looking for a bridge under which to live.

I’ll use our new word in a sentence:

Imtheists troll for ichthus.

Like Christians, they are fishers of men.

Trolling for walleye (actually running up to a new trolling spot), way back in the day…

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22 thoughts on “Imtheists, Atheists and Trolls

  1. Oh Julie, that was truly awesome. Like the word too. Your point about atheists, or Imtheists, being fishers of men also…yep yep they are. They work just as hard at pulling people away from faith as believers do getting them to come to faith. To see that actually happening shocked me really, as I had no idea things were that bad.

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  2. I like it! Always eager to make up words of my own as well. Only because I get bored using the same words over and over again when I complain about the huddled masses.

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  3. SKL says:

    What about the atheists who are passionate about the truth? Why should they keep it to themselves? Religious not atheist people knock on doors and are not verbally assaulted by true atheists who enjoy the dialog and it is very easy to delete rude atheists on line. I understand if you feel uncomfortable with the serious atheists speaking out backed up by facts, science and logic sowing seeds of doubt within the faithful because like so many it has frightened you into the offensive.

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    • “I understand if you feel uncomfortable with the serious atheists speaking out backed up by facts…”

      I don’t feel uncomfortable with science and facts, I just wonder (and shudder at) what compels a person to try and destroy someone’s faith.

      “….it has frightened you into the offensive.”

      How can you possibly know my emotional state? If you want to argue logic and science, then use logic and science, not presumption.

      While you are trying to sow seeds of doubt among Christians, I think it would be pretty great if I ended up sowing seeds of doubt among atheists instead.

      So have at it, God will decide which seeds grow where.

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      • SKL says:

        I do not know where you get this idea that questioning your faith is trying to destroy it? The term “destroy” is a bit emotional considering a similar label could be applied to religious door knockers and the ones trying to convert atheists on line. Atheism is the default as we were born; we should be the ones complaining.

        My comment “….it has frightened you into the offensive.” Is quite logical or why would you write a blog that attacks not just the rude bloggers you have encountered but generally all atheist bloggers? And I must point out that quite a few Christians and other denominations are fearful of hearing anything that may cause any doubt about their faith.

        Yes, I am trying to sow seeds of doubt among Christians just as they consider it their mission to try and convert atheists to their faith. Sow your seeds by all means but logic says absolute truth will dominate over faith every time but I do understand that you may not like to read or hear this.

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        • “I do not know where you get this idea that questioning your faith is trying to destroy it?”

          I got it from your terminology. Seeds are sown with the expectation that they will grow, otherwise there is no point in sowing them. Seeds of doubt sown in a garden of faith will compete for space. And, because weeds usually take over a garden, they could very well destroy it. Hence the word destroy. It’s pure horticulture, no emotion involved.

          I was not trying to attract atheists with my post, I was merely making an observation.

          Arguing with atheists is not my thing. My thing is to challenge my fellow Christians to take a fresh look at the Scriptures and question our understanding and the church’s teachings. For accuracy’s sake. For Truth’s sake. For God’s sake. Questioning our faith and understanding is a wise thing to do. It causes us to gain a better understanding, be more knowledgeable. Love is involved.

          Causing someone to doubt their faith is a whole other thing. No love involved there.

          And since I know who sows weeds and who sows the good seed, there is no point in sparring with you. Plus, I’m not in the mood.

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          • SKL says:

            Ok no sparring but I would like to comment on a few things you said.

            “Seeds of doubt sown in a garden of faith will compete for space. And, because weeds usually take over a garden, they could very well destroy it. Hence the word destroy. It’s pure horticulture, no emotion involved.”

            I admire your honesty, but if you worry the seeds will take root it simply means you will be starting to use logic to question aspects of your religious belief. This is not only about removing your faith, because once your mind is open enough to want to understand and evaluate the scientific truth of this fantastic world you will eventually come to realise what the most logical answers are and question yourself on what you have always been told to believe.

            Of course when a blog is for Christian belief only or arguing with atheists is not wanted I tend to wonder why have a blog if you do not want to attract alternative views and test of your faith? I understand you can practically worship all day in a church and discuss the issues of faith with people you trust without being game for atheists. Atheist blogs just love Christian bloggers.

            Love is also involved in losing your faith and obtaining free thought because most atheists understand and love the precious one life we have and the fantastic planet we live on.

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            • “… but if you worry the seeds will take root it simply means you will be starting to use logic to question aspects of your religious belief.”

              One of the reasons I don’t argue with atheists, and especially imtheists, is that those whom I have encountered tend to have poor reading comprehension. I’m guessing it’s not for a lack of intelligence.

              I am not concerned that the seeds will take root – no one can snatch me or any other of God’s children from His hand. I, personally, am very good at pulling weeds. My concern has to do with the heart and soul condition of those who would try.

              ”… you will eventually come to realise what the most logical answers are and question yourself on what you have always been told to believe.”

              Again with the presumptions: You have no idea what I have been told to believe. I may have been raised by an atheists – in which case I did question what I was told.

              “Of course when a blog is for Christian belief only or arguing with atheists is not wanted I tend to wonder why have a blog if you do not want to attract alternative views and test of your faith?”

              Again with the lack of reading comprehension: I will say it again. The purposes of my blog is to challenge my fellow Christians (and anyone who desires to read it) to move past rote, spoon-fed beliefs by examining the Scriptures for themselves in order to gain a deeper understanding of the heart and character of God.

              “I understand you can practically worship all day in a church…”

              Again with the presumptions: You have no idea what I do all day, or when I was last in church
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              “… and discuss the issues of faith with people you trust without being game for atheists.”

              Challenging the Christian status quo does not exactly make me popular, as you can imagine. Just think what would happen if you wrote something that contained a hint of faith… Fortunately, there are plenty of Christians out there whose hearts and minds are open to the renewing of their minds, to the fresh understanding that God imparts.

              “Atheist blogs just love Christian bloggers.’

              Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. If Christian bloggers want to visit your website and waste their time arguing with you, that’s up to them. I’ll leave the winning of your soul to the Holy Spirit.

              I am always willing to answer sincere, honest questions, though, I believe sincere, honest questions are best asked directly of God, on bended knee.

              I don’t knock on doors because Jesus didn’t. Jesus just did His thing and people came to Him. Some thought His teachings were too hard and they left. He didn’t chase after them. He merely said, “Let them who have ears, hear.”

              I have ears and perhaps one day you will, too.

              “… because most atheists understand and love the precious one life we have and the fantastic planet we live on.”

              So does this Christian. God designed it, geniusly, what’s not to love?

              Now, since this is my blog, I hope you will be a gentleman and allow me the last word.

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