Top 10 Reasons We are Atheist
1. If we truly had one creator speaking to prophets, it would do so consistently, not contradictory as thousands of different religions have proven.
2. Living by the means of man helping man, and realizing time on earth is not a practice run, creates an urgency of life that requires fulfilling.
3. I asked my four-year-old daughter where the stars came from. She confidently said “The moon made them.” I followed by asking “Then where did the moon come from?” She strongly asserted “Daddy, the moon is the boss. Nobody made the moon.” This is an unmistakably familiar mindset; and rightfully embarrassing for an adult to hold such similar thought.
4. Demeter, Jesus, Apollo, Horus, Zeus, Mithra, Yahweh, Tammuz, Ganesha, and Allah are only 10 of the thousands of gods recorded in history. An Atheist is not one that refuses to read religious doctrine; it is often one who reads too many.
5. In the technicalities of most religions, there is no difference between a believer that dies before having time to repent, and a nonbeliever that rejected the doctrine altogether.
6. If the Christian god created humans as sinners, how could it rightfully expect us to believe the corrupt messengers it has sent to teach us the way of life?
7. “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?” – Epicurus
8. All babies are Atheists. Religions are taught depending on the location and era in which you are raised. Being born in the U.S. in 1974 does not make you right, it most likely just makes you another Christian. That’s no better or worse than the person born in Tibet in 1955, who proudly worships the Dalai Lama.
9. It is better to find your own answers and make an educated decision, than to intentionally remain uneducated and make a fearful one.
10. Only for the sake of argument, if I were to astonishingly find myself face to face with a supreme being, I would expect to be judged on my life as a humanist, and how I treated others, (just as most Christians plan to be judged on character, not on the actual Ten Commandments). If my positive actions were ignored, and I was instead judged on using my intelligence to doubt religious doctrines created by human sinners, I would rather be eternally punished than bow to such an unfair tyrant who made things seemingly impossible for humans to succeed at this horrific game.
11. I simply refuse to be a hypocrite. I refuse to be disingenuous. I refuse to fake it. I could go through the motions, attend the churches, shake the hands, follow the rituals of whichever religion or denomination of Christianity I liked the best, sing the songs, and help with the luncheons. That still wouldn’t make me a believer. It would make me a pretender. I am honest with myself and those around me that these things don’t make sense to me. That doesn’t make me a bad person. It makes me an atheist.
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Recent debate here in Australia, in the U.S. and around the Western world has been focussed on immigration and religious intolerance. The minor kerfuffle about ‘no religion’ being given poll position on the upcoming census form has also heightened debate.
Debate, of course, is a very good thing, so I thought I would share ten reasons I am an atheist to reassure anyone thinking of pointing a finger my way that you have nothing to worry about.
1. I didn’t have to convert. I didn’t even have to tell anyone. And it was free. No money changed hands and no guilt was applied. I just said to myself, “I’m an atheist” and it was done. Welcome aboard!
2. Once I recognised I was an atheist, I didn’t have to do anything. No church, no praying, no begging forgiveness. No rules. I live my life without worrying about whether or not I am adhering to the facets of a faith. I can just be.
3. No need to differentiate between, or give weight to, confusing levels of belief. Whether someone believes in God, Santa, unicorns, ghosts, goblins or the Tooth Fairy, I apply equality to all supernatural beliefs, which is refreshing.
4. Owning no religious belief is empowering. Instead of following a restrictive religion, I now view myself as an integral part of the entire universe. I am made of the same stuff as the stars, not cobbled together suddenly by magic, and therefore made of particles as old as the universe itself. This is an incredibly profound realisation.
5. The sense of equality and unity. People are all the same, regardless of belief, colour, nationality, or any other superficial differences. We and all life on our planet share the same origin in a soupy primordial mix millions of years ago. It’s a feeling that delivers a warm smile, a feeling of wellbeing and a wonderful sense of belonging.
6. Freedom from doctrine. I follow the natural human moral compulsion to “treat others as you would like them to treat you”, without ascribing morality to any particular religious instruction or acting out of fear of retribution. And I don’t have to adjust my conscience to accommodate those uncomfortable aspects of a religion I disagree with.
7. Ignorance is bliss. Science provides many answers to fundamental questions and is constantly searching for more. The vast gap in our knowledge is tremendously exciting, filled with wonder and allows my imagination to soar without the need to contrive supernatural answers.
8. Self-sufficiency. I am my own boss. Atheism has no rules, no headquarters, no spokesperson. No referral service or councillors. It doesn’t exist as an organisation. It is whatever an individual makes it and its interpretation is entirely up to me.
9. I ask for proof before belief, not an unreasonable request. Atheism to me means accepting what has been proved and being fully open to what has not. I do not believe there is a God, but I am very willing to be proven wrong about his or her existence and that of the aforementioned Santa, unicorns, ghosts, goblins and the Tooth Fairy.
10. Long term comfort. I know what happens after death. My body will decompose or be cremated and my remains will once again become part of the stuff of the universe. I don’t worry about Heaven or Hell, an afterlife or purgatory. The acceptance that life will end when I die is tremendously empowering and comforting. What could be more exciting than knowing I will one day return to the universe I — and all of us — came from?
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