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‘They’re Not Real Human Beings!’ Battabox Asks Lagosians What they Think About Atheists

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Nigeria is, prima facie, a very religious country! With the two predominant religions brought to us by missionaries, we’re well steeped into the ideas fostered by the teachings – including the existence of God.

So what do Nigerians think of people who don’t believe in God? The Battabox team heads out to the streets of Lagos to find out.

Watch here and share your thoughts:

49 Comments

  1. nikky

    November 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Na Wa o. The last time I checked I am a “real human beings”. This is funny and sad at the same time. How can reading too much be a bad thing. #justwow.

    • Uc

      November 30, 2014 at 1:36 am

      If you are Atheist’ your religion is even very popular just yesterday my dear friend said he is a ZOROASTRIAN the first time I am hearing of such Religion. I had to read it up and realised it has even been in existence before Christ. Now the problem with society is simple we do not question,think through or research information passed on.Most Christians are Christians because they were born into it.I give it to d Muslims and Jews they read wide and follow their conviction. Most of my Muslim friends have read the Bible and me? just cant be bothered.!I have learnt one simple and vital thing about life. If there is a supreme being somewhere He has a good reason for keeping us all together on the planet all of us call on him regardless of our affiliation and he answers us.This should at least tell us we are only here on earth to fulfil individual purpose this has nothing to do with Religious affiliation.
      Oprah Winfrey once conducted an interview for a position in her company and her question was what is your SPIRITUAL standing more than 90% of the people only answered with regard to religious affiliation forgetting We as human are spirit being First! every other thing makes us a Social being including Religion.

    • Idomagirl

      November 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      There are also a lot of Muslims and Jews who are Muslims and Jews because they were born into it. A whole lot.

    • Uc

      November 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      @ Idomagirl I agree with you Most are born Muslim. I only stated that some of my friends who are born Muslim have also looked into other religion i.e Christianity and have come up with their conviction to remain Muslim.I cant say same for me a Christian or any other Christian friend I know. I admire that about them

    • Tachy

      November 30, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      People and ignorant …..

    • Dan

      December 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

      I’m also human ooh

  2. Missy J

    November 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I do believe most Atheists are ‘wounded’ deists. and I just pray God comforts them and heal their broken spirit.

    • Leah

      November 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      LMAO! Religion was invested for the “broken spirit”/weak minded (you) and is capitalized on by the very savvy among them (Religious leaders) . Atheists just don’t believe in God or a higher because there is no evidence or proof that it exists. It is just as simple as that.

    • curious

      November 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      How do you say life came about?

    • Mike84

      November 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      That’s funny, cause I do believe that most theists are just atheists in denial. They know there’s no god, and are just practicing wishful thinking.
      How’s that for an ignorant, blanket assertion? Doesn’t quite match yours, but I tried.

  3. ReeceBlu

    November 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    RELIGION IS THE OPIATE OF THE MASSES!!!
    What were you before the white man brought religion? Animals? I respect all beliefs. The richest people in the world are atheists!
    I believe in a higher power but I will never strip the humanity of those who dont, its not my job to judge. Im more SPIRITUAL than religious. And since no one has died and come back, no one knows for sure.
    Organized religions are the worst! Guess what religion justified slavery!
    People do the worst things in the name of religion #suicidebombings
    I believe IGNORANCE is the biggest sin. Im so grateful I live in a cosmopolitan and have friends who are jewish, hindu, christians, athiests. And guess what they all are human beings!!!!! Lol
    Go read a book!

    • Mimi

      November 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      My dear, religion did not ever justify slavery.
      People justified slavery, citing religious assertions to back up their evil deeds. I do agree with you though when it comes to Islam, because there are. texts in the Qoran where Moslems are ‘encouraged to kill non believers of Islam. That in itself is testament to a non peaceful religion. Why then would we blame brainwashed faggots for interpreting the text directly?

      I must confess that I have battled to come to terms with existence of the supreme God for about 5 years now, because some things just don’t add up about who God is supposed to be in all His might and power. If God exists I trust him to reveal to me the truth that I as an individual need and may not get from worldly writings.

    • Bimbo

      November 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      There are no texts in the bible that justify killing ? Check again.

    • Mike84

      November 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      There are texts in the bible that tell you how to treat your slaves, and how slaves should obey their masters. Thus, since it’s instructing its followers of how to practice slavery, to say it doesn’t support and justify slavery, is a nonsense.

    • Roxane

      November 30, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      You need to read your bible. It justified the enslavement of Africans by Christians living in the West at that time in history. A terrible immoral act that was ended despite the biblical endorsement Exodus 21:2-8

    • Ona

      December 1, 2014 at 1:21 am

      U obviously dont read the very bible u uphold! The bible justifies slavery both in old and new testaments. Go google if ure too lazy to research.

    • chinasa

      November 30, 2014 at 1:50 am

      if the richest people in the world are atheist then that’s a big prove that God exists !
      We all know money is the root of all evil.. We all Need to know that being very rich in this world doesnt simply happen with good deeds. Very rich People do unimaginable things to stay in that Level. and the saddest part of it all is that they arent satisfied but want more riches.

    • Idomagirl

      November 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      My dear it is the LOVE OF MONEY that is the root of evil (according to the Bible) not money itself.

      And also it is completely false that the world’s richest are all atheists, Oprah is not an atheist she speaks a lot about God/a higher consciousness (I think she’s a New Ager) and also Aliko Dangote who we all know is a Muslim. Then we have people like Oyedepo who is supposedly the world’s richest pastor.

    • Owelle

      November 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Looool this is the stupidest comment i’ve read in a long time. So your god wants your to be poor and suffer?? *sigh

    • Mike84

      November 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Is that why most religions churches encourage tithes and other money contrabutions. I guess that makes them all evil,uh? Even Jesus, or the myth attributed to him, encouraged giving money to the church.

    • Ona

      December 1, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Lmaoooo. Typical christian twisting things to suit them. Then i guess the “evil” money ur prosperity pastors r using to buy private jets and private mansions makes them atheists. We r finally getting somewhere!

    • Ona

      December 1, 2014 at 1:32 am

      @idomagirl, Oprah made it clear that she does not believe in Jesus. She believes in a God but doesnt this Jesus is the only way so she isnt a christian. Dunno what dangote’s beliefs are. Oyedepo and all other megarich pastors dont count. I mean common now. U people literally made them rich. We r talking pple who made their own wealth thru hardwork

  4. boon

    November 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    whether or not God exists..the arguments put forward here are soooo ignorant and backwards

  5. bb

    November 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    ATHEISTS AND PROUD!

  6. Mordi

    November 29, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    If people truly believe that there is a God responsible for every life that exists on earth, the question now is – Whose God? Is it the God of the Hindus or the Buddhists or the Christians or the Muslims or the Shintos or the Shikhists or the other over religious groups???

  7. don't have a name

    November 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    if there’s a God the Judeo christian God is the most plausible, Budha never claimed to be God, his followers made him a god, Hinduism is a polytheistic religion that believes everything is a part of God, that alone based on thorough thinking disqualifies it.

  8. benny

    November 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    ATHEIST!!!!!!!!

  9. ATL's finest

    November 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    #yawn# Let Me go back to sleep! This is one of those news I don’t talk about. (Religion and Politics).. Too many beliefs and argument ( I meant to say headache ).. Freedom of everything & we are all human.. I ve got friends from all works of life & originated from every religion. So who cares?? They’re happy and I’m happy.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      December 1, 2014 at 4:13 am

      Strictly out of my own intense curiosity, how did you end up with @ao’s avatar?

  10. patrick

    November 29, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    ATHEIST are losers who blame everyone but their lazy. selves for not making it in life. so they stamp their feet like big babies wearing pink tutus screaming there is no god. All they really want is for God who does not give in to temptation to come down and give them a hug. thing is God is there all the time waking them up from slumber, seeing them through the day carrying them when they cant walk, but bitches be too self absorbed in self pity to notice. if i were an atheist i would avoid walking about when its raining so that thunder doesn’t strike them. Atheist my ass when they are in pain the first thing they shout is Oh God, even Jesus. If you are an atheist i dare you to walk outside in a thunder storm point to the sky and shout about there not been a God.

    • Cancel Reply

      November 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      You have called people all sort of names for no reason. And in your small mind you think you are better than them because of your religious sentiment. #Hypocrisyofthehighestorder

    • patrick

      November 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      oops i must have touched a nerve. are u outside pointing up at the sky yet. or are you just a confirmed whinyhypocriteofthelowestlifeform.

    • Bimbo

      November 29, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Very daft comment!

    • patrick

      November 30, 2014 at 1:02 am

      100% predictable mundane boring comment. Why do Bella bother. I predict an equally scintillating comeback. from your obvious limited repertoire of vocab. do entertain me please. pretty please.

    • Owelle

      November 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Thunder doesn’t strike anything. It’s just the sound of lightening

    • Mike84

      November 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Take away the ‘A’ at the beginning of your sentence and you might have had a point. It’s theists who believe they’re corrupt, dirty and sinful and undeserving of their existence. Atheists know there’s only one life, so best make the most of it.
      Theists worship death, because for them that’s when their ‘real’ existence begins.
      How sad.

  11. there is God ooo

    November 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Just like in life we have leaders.i.e. In our homes, commties, school, govt etc. So do we in this universe.A supreme leader aka God.we didn’t make ourselves HE did through our mothers n he takes life wen he pleases….nothing can function without a head.we don’t need to see God to believe in him, but instead live ur life accordingly…Yes there is God!

    • C'est moi

      November 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Minor note – There is no world govt. policing the planet.
      .
      The problem with saying all things require a creator/head as implied by yourself and the people in the clip is that you end up in a circular argument. of infinite regress. Since there is no self-creation God must have a creator/head but if you insist he came out of nothing & just is then you’re agreeing with scientific explanations for creation ex nihilo – that something can be created out of nothing.
      ,
      Secondly you don’t do God any favours if you say he is perfect in all things yet creates lots of imperfections (birth defects & natural disasters which is then left for science to correct/prevent. Even if you opt to look at the world from a design point of view, it doesn’t prove a monotheistic god. You may admire a nice garden and naturally infer it must have been designed, but you can’t tell from observation it was one gardener or 3+, can’t conclude it is one god or many gods that designed the world.
      .
      Didn’t you do science in school? Humans are a product of biology. No life is created unless humans presupposes so. I recall back in the day when pastors used to preach the sanctification of blood & creation of life as evidence of God the creator because science was unable to create either. Well now, though forbidden on ethical grounds, we can create human life forms., we can grow body organs and synthetic blood is very close to being patient ready.. Women can now even have their own immaculate conceptions!, even as virgins.

    • Mike84

      November 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      “Nothing can function without a head (leader).” So how does your god function? Nice try, but if your imaginary friend doesn’t need a “head” to function, then neither do we. Or do you want to rely on special pleading? Which isn’t actually a sufficient reason at all, it’s just playing the “my argument is special” card, because you want to excuse your god from the same criteria you apply to every other circumstance.

  12. john Bosco

    November 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

    with all this talk, you would think all Nigerians are saints..Ironic isn’t it…

  13. chinasa

    November 30, 2014 at 1:44 am

    if the richest people in the world are atheist then that’s a big prove that God exists !
    We all know money is the root of all evil.. We all Need to know that being very rich in this world doesnt simply happen with good deeds. Very rich People do unimaginable things to stay in that Level. and the saddest part of it all is that they arent satisfied but want more riches.

  14. Rahama

    November 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I believe God exists but he’s not affiliated to any religion. Religion is mans way of making sense of the existence of God. God is not a Christian neither is he a Muslim. God doesn’t do religion. Deep down we are unconsciously striving to connect with HIM and have come up with ways to connect, it’s like everybody is trying to get to a particular destination but using different means to get there, some r going by train others by boat, others by air etc. it’s all the same destination at the end of the day. The day I accepted this concept was the day I became free and began to appreciate other ppl with a different religious view from me. Let’s all love each other and stop this crap about ‘My God is better than your God’ God is bigger than your religion so don’t box HIM in.

    Remember God didn’t come down to write the Quran or the bible, the writers of these holy books were said to be inspired by God so they being humans could have added their own personal thoughts and prejudices into their writing so let’s be careful when translating holy texts.

    About atheism or atheist I don’t have any problems with them. It’s not by force to accept what cannot be explained or proven. To each his own. I accept people for who they are and how they treat me. I put humanity before religion, I am human first. I choose humanity.

  15. C'est moi

    November 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    The problem with saying all things require a creator/head as implied by yourself and the people in the clip is that you end up in a circular argument. of infinite regress. Since there is no self-creation God must have a creator/head but if you insist he came out of nothing & just is then you’re agreeing with scientific explanations for creation ex nihilo – that something can be created out of nothing.
    ,
    Even if you opt to look at the world from a design point of view, it doesn’t prove a monotheistic god. You may admire a nice garden and naturally infer it must have been designed, but you can’t tell from observation it was one gardener or 3+, can’t conclude it is one god or many gods that designed the world.
    .
    Humans are a product of biology. No life is created unless humans presupposes so. Secondly you don’t do God any favours if you say he is perfect in all things yet creates lots of imperfections (birth defects & natural disasters which is then left for science to correct/prevent.

    I recall back in the day when pastors used to preach the sanctification of blood & creation of life as evidence of God the creator because science was unable to create either. Well now, though forbidden on ethical grounds, we can create human life forms., we can grow body organs and synthetic blood is very close to being patient ready.. Women can now even have their own immaculate conceptions!, even as virgins.

  16. Tachy

    November 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    There we go again….. People are allowed to be what they want to be. Muslim, Christian ….. Whatever makes you happy….

  17. lisa

    November 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Actually the human mind cannot comprehend the fact that GOD exists, HE is a spirit, HE is all knowing, HE rules in the affairs of men! HE created you and me. Please don’t be carried by the various forms of religion that exists, there is GOD and wants you to know Him and enjoy Life to the fullest. He gives joy, peace, strength……..

  18. Emma

    November 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    First of whoever said atheist are not human beings lacks understanding….

    Can any theist prove the existence of god.. No.. All you hear them do is quote fallacies from a book of fairytales.. You theists believe in talking donkeys and snakes when last did you see one… Its only in that mythical book called the bible, you believe in faith why don’t you fly or walk on water…

    Didn’t your jesus tell you that if you have faith you’d do the impossible.. When last did you speak with this your heavenly father face to face,or is it until you die you see him and yet you speak with your biological father..

    The bible justifies slavery, murder, rape if a book like that said to be holy contain such what makes you think its true, your god said do not kill yet he killed thousands in coldblood,…

    Can you theists tell me why your god showed segregation between esau and jacob if truely he’s the god of all
    can you tell me why he sided with the isrealites in killing other nations if truly he’s the god of all as you theists claim couldn’t he have solve their differences amicably without blood shed..

    I could go on , the bible contains more error than anything,you think an abrahamic god that didn’t know you died for you… Do you know how demented that is..

    If there is a god, he his not the god of any religion so far all religion claim their god to be the true one .. There are over 5000 gods worshipped by humanity what makes ur god real

    am an ATHEIST AND AM PROUD

  19. Dan

    December 1, 2014 at 12:59 am

    When will people ever learn. We wre humans too.

  20. tee

    December 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Father Lord,

    for everyone that wants to know there is a GOD, father Lord please prove yourself to them. Show yourself to them Lord in ways that they would confess that you are a living God. Trust me I am proof that Jesus is alive and there is a God. No matter what the devil says. Amen In Jesus Name. I believe in Jesus Christ and I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior

  21. Emma

    December 3, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    One thing about theists is onesidedness and closedmindedness.. You guys are myopic..how can you be so gullible to believe everything, the whitemen came to your continent and told you that god is white and you believed without asking questions, do you know how demented that is.. You believe an abrahamic god that didn’t know you died for you ? How can anyone , especially rational logical human beings with brains not think for themselves, how can you believe that the world was made in 6days.. When in actuality we know it took billions of years..,

    when a humanbeing spends too much time in imagination ,then that imagination becomes the reality.. The reason why you think your prayers are answered is because they already had a high probability of happening.. Take this tests theists believe in an imaginary thing now pray to that thing for a weeks, you’ll find out that you’ll have dreams and visions of this imaginary thing, what happens here is that your imagination has warped into thinking its reality when really its not..

    Or lets talk about this jesus guy, he never said he is god yet you christians worship him.. There are conflicting things about him.. Most christians don’t know that manuscripts are from where biblical scriptures come from.. Theres the gospel of marymagdalene, the gospel of andrew, the gospel of barnabas, etc but this gospels are not written in the bible ,do you know why.. Thats a question for another day

    or should we talk about how your god justified murder, rape , slavery etc if your god truly is omnipotent why doesn’t him just kill satan once and for all and lets get this over with..

    Do you know what omniscient mean , it means allknowing, if truly your god is omniscience it means he knows everything.. This inturn means he can never grant freewill to his subject because he knows your choice, whether you choose right or wrong he already knows, so you see omniscient gods can never exist because they can’t give freewill or they will be going against their logic.. So when christians say they have freewill from an omniscient god they do not because it already knows your choice..

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