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An Anti-Theist's Manifesto (Written To Christians)

Updated on January 2, 2015

I am not a liar, I am not looking for pity, I am not lost.

I am honest, I am worthy of respect as a fellow human being, I am an atheist, and I do not like your imaginary Christian God.

I have been told that my life is worthless, that I am worthless, without your God. I have seen your head bow in shame in my presence, I have heard the whispers concerning my supposedly arrogant motives, I have heard the call for Christian prayer warriors to arm themselves against and for me. I have read enough of your Bible to know that I am an enemy of your supposed God, destined to go to hell according to the design of your imaginations.

My conscience, in spite of your insistence that I am lost and depraved and full of sin, without any right to morality, is clear. My life has held value insofar as any human life holds value, including your own. For whence cometh value, if it not come from the heart beating blood through our loins? This is the place where what we call value exists, and I have it in abundance. My head is not bowed in shame. Let the whispers of my supposedly arrogant motives become a roar, because I remain undeterred by your determination to grind my pride to funeral ashes, even as the heart within me refuses to restrain its racing, beating hunger for beauty and life and reality for the wagging fingers of those who have given their own hearts away to a phantom.

I am not going to hell, and, unlike many of the religious masses, I do not have enough disregard for the humanity my heart bleeds and beats for to serve a God who would let anyone go there.

No, it is not due to the hardness of my heart that I do not believe in God.

I am an advocate of humanity. I am your sibling, your child, your parent, your friend. I value my life, I value your life, and I value every breath I breathe; every sip of water is sweet, every thought -- even the saddest -- is cherished, all my memories are fresh on my mind, and my motivation pulls me forward.

I am not hungry for your soul, and I am not an agent of the Devil who is bent on banishing you to hellfire. Because God is not real.

I oppose religion because I cannot stand the genocides in your holy book, or the suicides the effects of Christianity induce in lgbt individuals, or the blind faith it engenders in the eyes of justice and the control of ballot boxes, or the way it imprisons people behind invisible iron bars while promising a home they’ll never see.

You have said you will pray for me; I do not need your prayers. But you may wear a hole in your carpet floor, scar your knees on wooden planks or stone paving, lose your voice in crying out to the empty heavens, let your tears steadily drain your tear ducts dry, every minute of every day for the remainder of your existence. This will not dissuade my smile or diminish the satisfaction of my own breathing as I live in the peace that there is no God or hell.

But this does not mean I will rest. As long as you decide to preach the prejudiced, dogmatic, blind faith -- in determined ignorance -- to your fellowman, using the Bible as your weapon, I will fight. I refuse to see people controlled and manipulated and harassed by fairy tales.

My grievances with your religion are long and many. They are all based in this: I do not believe God exists. It is not a fact I am hiding, it is not something enshrouded in doubt in the center of my being. This is not a trick or a deception. I honestly do not believe in your God, and the only thing I see is people trying to control their lives and judging others lives, and even influencing public policy, with something that is a terrible, nightmare that their twisted hearts and consciences have somehow decided is a beautiful fairy tale.

While you sing praises of glory to a God who supposedly lets me go to hell because you’re going to heaven, I’ll be trying to make the world a better place and destroy every visage of your disastrous religion as much as it is in my power to do so. I am not one of those apathetic atheists on the sidelines, for the simple reason that I care very much about this world and those in it, and my motivation is that I have only until my death to rewrite the nightmare and destroy the mirage that has damaged the minds and hearts of countless masses.

I suppose, in a way, I am whoever you say I am. I am the Antichrist ripping the cross from consciences, I am the sinner saving the world from serpentine preachers of abusive shame, I am the child of the Devil determined to destroy your demented caricature of a deity, I am the demon defying the irrational control of hearts and minds perpetuated by the intrusive power of the concept of the Holy Spirit, I’m the goddamned atheist whose fiery rage turns to ashes the haughty claims of the "saved." And I am these things because I am a friend of humanity, a visionary of a world in which there is less religion and more reason to join hands in reality, and I'd like to start by reaching my palm out to you.

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      Bradley James Yellop 2 years ago from Southend-on-Sea

      Wonderful indictment of religion and a masterful defence of your stance of unbelief. I salute you, godless brother!

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      TimFellow 2 years ago from The Universe

      You know there's some science that talks about how the imagination is something tangible and that thoughts are actually real things, so an imaginary God sounds pretty cool to me.

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      Bradley James Yellop 2 years ago from Southend-on-Sea

      Thoughts are real things, based on neural transmissions and interactions in the brain. But unlike the notion of God, there is a basis of the origin of thought.

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      TimFellow 2 years ago from The Universe

      haha no one knows the origin of thought, dude. It's outside your paradigm.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Wow, you're really angry on Christians. I must agree they are often quite unpleasant with their doomsday talks. Your anger is a logical reaction on this. What intrigues me the most is why you're putting so much effort in your anger. Just an advice - stay calm and relax when Christianity starts to 'uncalm' your heart again.

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      VRule 2 years ago

      As a fellow atheist I applaud you, but otherwise you have expressed yourself well - respect to you.

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      Nolyn 2 years ago

      I agree with you in many ways in which religion has been a destructive force in human history. I do not follow the religion you are talking about, and I do not follow the phantom god you speak of. I join you in seeking to right injustices because, like you, I care about the world and those who live in it. It is my faith in God that motivates me to do that, because my faith in a God who loves the world, like you do, is not a phantom and is just as real as your atheism. I, in turn, reach out my palm to you.

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      La Una Roxe 2 years ago

      I would also say suicides are also committed when religion says these are the last days. An uneducated person would rather die than live in this one. Religion kills.

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      Bradley James Yellop 2 years ago from Southend-on-Sea

      The brain is outside our paradigm, Tim? If the heart is the source of a heartbeat, why is it so erroneous to consider the brain as the source of a thought?

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      TimFellow 2 years ago from The Universe

      The source of the heartbeat is the heart? That's not true. You can consider the brain as the source of thought, but you're wrong.

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      Link10103 2 years ago

      I guess you aren't willing to explain yourself or provide sources, are you Tim? Much easier to call people wrong and leave it at that...

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      Bradley James Yellop 2 years ago from Southend-on-Sea

      Where does a heartbeat originate from, Tim?

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      Lybrah 2 years ago

      I find this manifesto to be heartbreaking. I am sorry for you. We do live in a fallen, broken world, and I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to live in it and not have Jesus, or hope.

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      Link10103 2 years ago

      I'm not sure if you realize it Lybrah, but you proved you are the perfect example of what Barrier is talking about in this hub.

      Bravo.

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      TimFellow 2 years ago from The Universe

      The sinoatrial node

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      Bradley James Yellop 2 years ago from Southend-on-Sea

      It is in the name of Jesus that has been the catalyst for much of the suffering that is seen around the globe, Lybrah. It is actually wonderful to live in a world without having to seek solace in Jesus. Because you are always accountable for your successes and failings. You are always the start and end for all in your life and your relation to the universe. You are not just lumping all your pain and hopes on one man and divesting yourself of any responsibility for them (vicarious redemption, as C.S. Lewis dubbed it).

      Also, where is the Sinoatrial Node located, Tim?

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      Link10103 2 years ago

      So the true source of the heartbeat...still resides in the heart.

      Tim, can the sinoatrial node function (naturally) without an active brain? Because if it can't, then I would imagine the sinoatrial node isn't the true source of the heartbeat either.

      If we wish to get technical that is...

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      Lybrah 2 years ago

      I think you are wrong, Bradjames1983. You obviously do not know who Jesus is or what he stands for, if you believe you are better off without Him. It is true that bad things happened in His name but He did not command them to happen--people made bad choices. He said that bad people would come in His name and do bad stuff.

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      Bradley James Yellop 2 years ago from Southend-on-Sea

      I never said that Jesus committed atrocities. However, you stated that Jesus said bad people would come in his name and do bad stuff. Once again God, in his incarnation as his son, was omnipotent and omniscient. So this is an admittance of God's knowledge regarding people's actions, carrying out violence and misery in his name and refusing to rectify this. Doesn't that cast aspersions on Jesus' divinity?

      It appears that you are unaware of what vicarious redemption is. You have just denied that my lack of understanding in Jesus indicates that he didn't die in order to remove the Original Sin from humanity and any subsequent sins that mankind committed thereafter.

      Furthermore, this is what angers those who don't believe in religion or God/s. What right have you got to assert, or imply, that my life means less than yours because I don't believe Yahweh created the universe and that Jesus was Yahweh in the form of his son?

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      NP 2 years ago

      Lybrah, Acts 13:48, Romans 8:29, Romans 9:14-23, Ephesians 1:4-5, John 12:37-4, Jude 4, and 2 Thessalonians 2:11-13 all specifically state that there is no such thing as free will in Christianity. Yhwh supposedly creates people many people specifically so he can condemn them to hell.

      If you believe the Bible, when people do bad things it's because Yhwh forces them to.

      Also, go read through Matthew 5, Jesus is worse than the blood-thirsty, vindictive god of the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, Yhwh was a merciless, genocidal maniac, but at least - in most cases - he actually waited for someone to commit the crime before punishing them. Not so with Jesus. No, Jesus needs to institute a system of thought crime, and declares that you can be held guilty, and condemned to Hell for your thoughts and emotions. He could never be bothered to address some of the shortcomings of Yhwh's law, he could never be bothered to say "oh by the way, slavery is bad", he neglected to mention "it would be really great if you stopped treating womyn as property and didn't rape them", but he apparently found enough time to say "if anyone is angry, I reserve the right to hold them guilty for it (but it doesn't count when I get angry and curse a fig tree for not having any fruit).

      If you think that you are better off with Jesus, I would like to assure you that you don't know much about Jesus at all. I can only assume that you've taken every nice thing that you can think of, and projected that on to the character of Jesus. Go through and read the gospel stories objectively. He really wasn't that good of a guy.

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      getitrite 2 years ago

      Great Manifesto.

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      Dave 2 years ago

      Lybrah is a really putting out some dumb ass thoughts so just ignore her trolling. Awesome post. I also like NP response. Keep up the good work.

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      Link10103 2 years ago

      Thing is Dave, she isn't trolling. That how she actually thinks.

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      Lybrah 2 years ago

      LOL....Whatever Dave...or should I say Link? I know you logged out and signed on as "Dave," Link, so you could say what you really wanted to say without repercussions. You're not fooling me. And then you answered yourself right afterwards. Whatever!

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      Link10103 2 years ago

      Except that I have no idea how to create guest accounts. And in the 4 months I have been a member of hub pages (during which we have talked, MULTIPLE times) have you ever seen Dave or any other guest account say random stuff about you? Since when have I needed another account to point out how foolish you sound sometimes?

      Please, use your head a little.

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      Philo king 2 years ago

      Dear ****,

      There is a stain and a stench, there is ailing.... Bombs and guns in the form of the sound of man worshipping his maker.

      What sacred Tombs for atonement have you created? What enviable mannerisms? What distant hope? What games: what purposeless hijinkery? Why do you think, kind sir, that humanity would like to take your hand? Have you not heard of the noises? Have you not tasted the infinite appetite for distractions? Do you not hear the grumbling of worshippers wielding wild words weighted in wastes?

      You are the devil and the deep blue sea, but you see, you cannot be good, you cannot ask that you save us from drowning and yet, deprive us from the evils we long to see.

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      Russ Inserra 2 years ago from Indianapolis, In

      Interesting....I find this manifesto and this debate very stimulating. I do believe in God, but believe that the heart of all spirituality is found in Matthew 25. When did I see you hungry and feed you...? very little else matters.

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      La Una Roxe 2 years ago

      Philo King: i wouldn't waste my breath from you drowning. I would rather see the population of god believers go down.

      Bradjames1983: there is a The sinoatrial nobe even if tim cannot find it on this great big WWW. It can be found on search engines. But it is not what Tim thinks it is. Because, he never bothered to look it up.

      BarrierBreaker excellent Manifesto. Do you always bring out xian worms like this? Or are these people your followers?

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      Russ Inserra 2 years ago from Indianapolis, In

      Such hatred from both sides of the spectrum! What a terrible tragedy. Theism nor atheism is t enemy. Disdain for your fellow being is the enemy.

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      Joseph O Polanco 2 years ago

      Your Hub, ironically, reminded me of this famous quote:

      "Imagine a person who comes in here tonight and argues 'no air exists' but continues to breathe air while he argues. Now intellectually, atheists continue to breathe - they continue to use reason and draw scientific conclusions [which assumes an orderly universe], to make moral judgments [which assumes absolute values] - but the atheistic view of things would in theory make such 'breathing' impossible. They are breathing God's air all the time they are arguing against him."

      - Greg Bahnsen

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      La Una Roxe 2 years ago

      Joe: Scientific conclusions change, there is not an orderly universe. Scientific concluslons change because we learn more of the changing universe. Moral judgements should never assume abosolution.Values change. Societies change. People change.

      Your premise is wrong, therefore, there is no conclusion you can come to.

      If a mind is open to new and wonderful truths, why would they want to keep a mind closed to the beauties of the universe or quantum mechanics which open doors of new discoveries.?

      The future does not live in the past.

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      Joseph O Polanco 2 years ago

      @LA

      Problem is , humanity doesn't deal with acts such as pedophilia , the gunning down of helpless little children , brutality , genocide , gang rape , racism or even serial homicide as merely socially improper conduct , like , say , picking your nostrils at the dinner table . Much rather , these jolt , outrage as well as horrify . They’re dealt with as moral abominations - acts of evil . (This is why, since time immemorial, even the most primitive cultures, regardless of their metaphysical values, enforced laws and regulations against homicide and various other acts of evil.)

      On the flip side , love , equality or self-sacrifice are more than just socially useful acts , like , say , bringing a lady roses on a first date. Rather, these are regarded as conduct which is actually good .

      That being said , irrational beasts don't possess **objective** morals . When ever a lion savagely kills some other it doesn't believe it's committing homicide . Any time a peregrine falcon or a bald eagle snatches prey away from another it doesn't believe it's stealing . Each time primates violently force themselves onto females as well as their little ones they’re not tried and convicted of rape or pedophilia . Needless to say, we undoubtedly did not “inherit” our **objective** moral sense from these .

      **Objective** morals are never derived from scientific research because science , by it's very nature , is morally nihilistic . From where , then perhaps , do we obtain our **universal objective morals** from ?

      Consider the following:

      (1) If God does not exist, objective moral values and duties do not exist.

      (2) Evil exists.

      (3) Therefore, objective moral values and duties do exist.

      (4) Therefore, God exists.

      (5) Therefore, God is the locus of all objective moral values and duties.

      That is to say, as Dostoevsky once mused, "If there is no God, everything is permitted."

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