I’ll start this with a statement that should shock none of you by now. I am atheist. I’ve been atheist for virtually my entire life. I was christened Church of England as a baby, but I was a baby. I had no choice in the matter. I renounced the notion of ‘god’ and ‘religion’ pretty much as soon as I had it rammed down my throat at school as a child.
I won’t go into the whys and the hows, but I believe religion lacks truth. I believe people have been taught falsely to put their faith in something that doesn’t exist. I will never be deterred from this mind-set. It’s how I feel and it’ll never change. Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islamism…it’s all a fallacy as far as I’m concerned.
BUT…just because I don’t believe in any of it myself doesn’t mean for one minute that I judge anybody who does. The way I see it is that whatever makes somebody a better person and helps them understand life better can only be a good thing. If god (whichever variant of god it may be) is the entity that causes you to be a better person then great.
I’ve seen a couple of posts recently from one or two of the religious people I follow pouring scorn on the words and hatred they’ve either received or seen on other posts from atheists. They have shared what these people have said and publicly shamed them. Rightfully so in my opinion.
I advocate that. I think it’s good that these poisonous people are flushed out and their hateful talk put out there for everyone to see. Well done my religious friends!
I do want to say this though; most atheists do not think the way they do.
I may not believe in any god, but that doesn’t mean I’m amoral in any way. I know what it takes to be a good person and I’m self-taught in this manner by listening to my parents and watching the way the world works. It can be a horrible place with an awful lot of unexplained evil at work, most of which is inflicted by humans upon other humans. The rest is inflicted by humans on everything else. Humans are the only things on this planet capable of evil because evil acts are a conscious choice.
Evil can take on many forms. Sometimes it can take on the form of a person devoted to religion. Said person might see their acts as holy or appeasing their god, while others see their act as nothing but malicious; some attempt to mask their evil deeds by then running to god for forgiveness as if that somehow vindicates them. Using religion to act evilly is unforgivable. It is surely a sin.
I know of no atheist on a personal level who uses atheism to act evilly. They use barbed comments and can be very uncouth, but how many wars have ever been started by atheists? I’m not aware of any (I haven’t researched it up to yet). We aren’t bad people and our lack of faith in any theistic doctrine doesn’t automatically make us bad by default.
Nor are we necessarily faithless. I have faith; it’s just in different things. I have faith in myself as a person to do the right thing and I have faith in others to do the right thing also. I know the difference between right and wrong and so can judge myself depending on my actions. I don’t need a god or ancient/classical era texts to tell me all of that. Frankly if somebody doesn’t automatically know the difference between right and wrong without a viable excuse (age, mental illness, etc.) then they have no chance in life.
I have no desire to discuss why I choose not to adhere to a theistic doctrine. I ask no religious person why they choose to believe so I expect the same courtesy in return. Respect my beliefs in the same way I respect yours and without question. As the cliché goes, live and let live.
I won’t apologise on behalf of the keyboard warriors and churlish idiots who rip into religion and try to make religious people sound irrational and brainwashed. If they were true atheists then they’d never think such things, let alone say them. The key ideal of atheism is rationalism. To act in the way these aforementioned idiots have is anything but rational. I pity them and despair for them.
I understand why people believe in god. I really do. I understand why agnostics sit on the fence too. It makes perfect sense that people would believe in a creator. After all, the very idea that everything was created from nothing is surely absurd. In saying that though, I believe in the Big Bang theory (not the crap “comedy” series) because the things I’ve read make sense to me in the same way the notion of god makes sense to those of a religious persuasion. I can’t explain why; I just believe it.
I suppose that very idea is just as crazy sounding to a godly person as the idea of god sounds to me. Even I admit that the Big Bang theory has many holes and is far from complete, but it has no more holes and is no less complete than the notion of an almighty creator. I can’t prove the Big Bang, but god can’t be proved either. It really is a case of agreeing to disagree. I don’t wish to turn religious people into atheists and I don’t wish to be turned to religion.
The point I’m attempting to make here is that atheists; proper atheists; are not antagonistic and argumentative people (at least not as far as religion goes). We respect everybody’s right to believe what they wish and all I wanted to do here was ensure my religious followers that we really aren’t all like these trolls that have been posted about recently.
I want to talk about things and discuss everything with people of various faiths because diversity is fantastic. What a boring place this would be if we all thought the same things, right? Our differences in beliefs and what not is such a positive and we should all be happy to embrace those who are different. They are the ones who will truly teach you more about the world than those who think exactly the same way you do. Let’s discuss our differences in belief and opinion.
Don’t hate the atheist. Don’t pity the atheist. Don’t pray for the atheist. Talk to them. Get to know them. Be intrigued and educated by their words. That doesn’t mean you have to believe what they believe. It just means you appreciate that they’re human too, but a different kind of human to what you are. It shows you’re temperate and accepting. If you’re speaking to a true atheist then you can rest assured they’ll try to understand and learn from you as a religious person. If they don’t then they’re just a dick! They aren’t even a true atheist.
I’d like to talk to these religion bashing “atheists” at some point and find out exactly what their game is. I’d like to find out exactly what has them believing they’re in such a position to be so haughty and belittling. I’ve never come across a religious person who has angrily forced their opinion on me. They might have knocked on my door at an inopportune moment and kept me standing there, but they talked with kindness and a warm smile. I honestly like the people that knock on doors to spread the word because they’re always so nice and friendly. Religious people in general are lovely and will always use reason to explain their beliefs. That is exactly what our trolling atheist friends should be doing rather than trying to get a rise from religious people and turning it into a tit for tat argument. They are morons! Honestly; don’t even engage with these troglodytes!
We are all human at the end of the day. Believing in something doesn’t mean your mind or body works any differently from the next persons. Belief is something that doesn’t need to be justified. It’s something you have or you don’t. It’s faith. Seeing isn’t a requisite to believing. Your beliefs are right for you so believe in them. At the same time, always accept the beliefs of others. Be peaceable and tolerant. Don’t force your beliefs down the throats of others.
The fact that we are all people matters more than whether we are atheist, agnostic or religious. What we believe doesn’t make a difference. The more people who think that way, the better off this world will be. Respect should be a given regardless of difference in beliefs, so make sure you give it. The more you give the more you’ll receive.
Regardless of which side of the fence you fall or whether you perch upon it, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. No; I hope you have a wonderful life!
Are you religious, agnostic or atheist? What do you think of my words and what are your thoughts on those atheists bashing religious people? Do you think people should be pressing their views onto others to think the same way they do? What does faith give to you and how does it improve your life? I’m very interested to read what people think and I will of course be ready to reply at the earliest convenience. Thank you for reading!