Being an Atheist, no big deal—A guest opinionby Don Lacey on Nov. 01, 2012, under Atheism, Biblical Inerrancy, Christian Self-Righteous Arrogance, Christianity, Critical Thinking, Faith, Freethought, God & Bible, Logic, Question of the Day!, Reason, Religion, Science, Separation of Church & State, Skepticism
Being an Atheist shouldn’t be a big deal. I mean, we think science understands the world through its logical, skeptical approach. Scientists don’t believe things without proof, and neither do I.
So why blame me for wanting evidence?
Could it be that I am right and you know it? That you would have to drop your drug, your crutch, see things as they are, not as you’d wish them to be? Now there are various religions and sometimes I talk as though religion is Christianity. But all religion depends on faith—on believing something without proof and taking someone’s word for it. They say it is God’s word, but God didn’t take care to see that the message was clear. Notice how many religions there are? Couldn’t God have revealed the truth to each and so have just one religion? Or do you believe people of other religions believe in different dogma in spite of God?
Let’s look at the New Testament for a bit. There are four gospels: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. These writers were trying to persuade Jews to become Christians. They would have included all the most important points to convince people that Jesus was God.
Do all 4 gospels have the resurrection? No they don’t. Do they all have the miracles? No they don’t. Interesting, the early gospels don’t have miracles or resurrection, but the later ones do. How could that be?
Simple. At first they told a simple story, but as time went on, they jazzed it up with miracles and resurrection. And if that is not strange enough, they are dozens of clear, simple contradictions in the bible.
But let us say the New and Old Testament is true word for word. I want to tell you a story about a criminal from Ohio who was running from the law back in the 80s. What were his crimes?
- He killed his children. He burned them alive, some while sleeping. He claimed that he had the right.
- He allowed two of his other children to play in a garden and pick an apple that was forbidden.
- He told his children to kill women who commit adultery, children who are disobedient. And sometimes they did.
- And, he insisted that his children worship him, believe in him. In fact, it is his first rule, thou shall have no other father but me as I am a jealous father.
- He said not to charge interest on loans, but his organized religious entity decided he was wrong about this.
- He also said to make no graven image. Why would that matter? Do you get the feeling our criminal was not from Ohio?
Oh, I forgot, it is not right to question why. Just accept what God’s representative says so. And for those who live a good life, but don’t accept this absurd dogma, God sends us to everlasting hell for ever, with no possibility of parole in a billion years.
Seems fair. Right. Why would a fair and just God punish people for not accepting this unbelievable story? I for one can’t worship something so vicious.
So that’s why I am an Atheist. True, there is free will, but not all people have an equal chance of accepting God’s word. Say someone like me, with a logical, rational bent. And why can’t God be as good and fair and you and I? Why is He held to a lower standard? Don’t question that either. Whenever someone says take it on faith, you have hit upon something not defensible, not rational.
Marx, and I am not a Marxist, said that religion is the opiate of the people. True enough. Religion is also the microchip in the brain which controls the people, makes them fear. Imagine Catholics, with all their sexual hang ups, saying that since God sees all, God knows all their most intimate encounters. Nothing is private. That alone would saddle most people with a huge burden, provoking neurosis.
By the way, many believe that their God is male. If their God is male, does he have a penis? If so, what does he use it for? Just sayin’.
So, if I don’t believe in God or gods, what do I “believe in”?
Kindness. Not love. People kill for love. Commit suicide for love. But kindness is just right. Everyone knows how to be kind. I have seen the power of kindness work overnight on people that hated me. That is evidence. No dogma. Plain and simple kindness.