Atheists are not Satanists and other myths of Christianity
A bit of background....
I was raised in a multi-religious and secular family. My father, a Mason; my sister, a Catholic; my brother a Nazarene; my mother believed Jesus would come in a space ship and take us all "home"; my maternal grandmother and great grandmother were Choctaw and believed in the great spirit father and mother; another brother, an agnostic.
Yep, it was pretty strange growing up not knowing which "God" was the one true God or if there was a "God" at all. But I persevered and studied all the religions and I do mean ALL of them! I read the Bible, the Koran, the Talmud (all of them translated, of course). I read secular views. I studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian Scientists, Mormons, Islam, Shintoism, you name it, I've read up on it. I have been exposed to these things, but I am not an expert!
I went to every kind of church and "Sunday school" there was if it was anywhere in the greater Houston, Texas municipality and I want you to know that EVERY religion in the world can be found in Houston! Including Rastafarian, Voodoo, and Satanism as well as any obscure thing you can think of.
I read the writings of cult leaders like David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco. I even read the Unibomber's manifesto.
I read and comprehend over 1,000 words per minute, so I've read a lot of books. It takes me about a week to read the bible cover to cover and I've done that at least 5 or 6 times and more than one version of it. However, it has been over 30 years since I read it the last time and I never memorized it or even memorized some of it. I read it like an anthology of books should be read. I've met preachers, pastors and priests that knew less about the "holy" books than I do. I'm also aware that there are "experts" and "scholars" that know a great deal more about this subject than I will ever know or care to know.
I've been "saved", "baptized", "born again", "enlightened", and "purified". I once even went to "confession" with my sister. I tried drugs to "open" my mind. I've meditated, prayed, and proselytized. I really tried, but I couldn't "get it". I don't understand the bible and I don't understand why some people say they understand the bible. The books make no logical sense. Some passages can be understood at face value, but others must be "interpreted" by "faith". In other words, the bible says it's so, so it must be so. Not the best way to prove a point!
But I did finally find the truth....
Religionists ALWAYS refer back to the feelings they get from worshiping and praying. They "feel" that there is a God, and that god is listening to them and speaking to them personally. They have "faith" that eternal heavenly life will be their reward for being a Christian, Muslim, Jew, or any other religion. They know they can't prove god exists, or in some cases, that multi gods exist. They just "feel" it in their heart.
They reason that atheists cannot "feel" the presence of god/gods, so they must be wrong. Polyanalana has gone so far as to present a poem that states that atheists are actually being controlled by the devil himself..... wait for it..... SATAN controls atheists! And atheists will BURN IN HELL when Armageddon comes along and God takes the faithful home. There's that darn space ship again!
I resent this poem and her stating that Satan controls atheists, and she "loves me" for it in her Christian way and that is so nice. But that and five bucks will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks. On my way to hell I'm sure. What I'd really like is for her and 50 gazillion other religionists to stop spreading their judgmental misinformation about people.
When I say people, I mean atheists as a group. Polyanalana cannot speak for her God (although she thinks she can) and she most certainly cannot speak for atheists as a group or individually for that matter.
I can only speak for myself. I cannot say I am smarter than anyone or that I have the answer to every question, but I can say that I, personally "feel" there is no god! After studying everything I could lay my hands on about religion and the concept of god/gods, I realized that there is no god because if there were, there would NOT be so many definitions of god. God would just be God. The one, true god would never have allowed so many versions to exist. The one, true god would not allow himself to be invisible. It just wouldn't happen. What would possibly be the point? And where is he/she/it? Who created God? Where did God come from? Why is he invisible?
So this is why god doesn't answer your prayers. This is why bad stuff happens to good people and good stuff happens to bad people. This is why god doesn't show up whenever some religious nut says that Armageddon is at hand. This is why babies die and children are beaten by their parents. This is why priests rape little boys. This is why we hate any religion different from our own. This is why the crusaders always fail to win over other religions.
BECAUSE THERE IS NO GOD! It's just that simple, folks. Man created god to explain things we do not understand. Man created many gods to explain this and that. But that doesn't make it so. Man created Santa Claus and fairies and Satan and Lucifer and the Boogieman. Man created whatever he wanted to and passed that information along to generations and generations ad infinitum until it was corrupted and changed beyond all recognition. Some things became accepted as total undeniable fact. But that still didn't make it so.
Every culture created their own god/gods because they didn't have anything real to base it on. These gods were a figment of their ancestors imagination. That's why no one knows what god looks like. That's why no one can "explain" god. Don't you get it?
Good versus Evil - The biggest myth of all time...
God is good, Satan is evil. Jesus is good, all other prophets are false (evil). Buddha is good, Confucius is evil. Or Confucius is good, Buddha is evil. Heaven is good, Hell is evil. Fire is good, Fire is evil. What??? Wait a minute, how can fire be both good AND evil?
Fire is good because it warms us and cooks our food, Fire is evil because it destroys homes and kills.
Oh, that's right. It is both good and evil.
Now we get to the crux of the matter. Things CAN be both! God can be good, God can be evil. Jesus can be good. Jesus can be evil. Oh slap my mouth for even thinking such a thing! How can Jesus be evil? All he ever did was preach love and peace and good will. He died for our sins for Christ's sake!
Jesus was good in that he worked "miracles". He raised the dead, he cured leprosy, he forgave everyone's sins.... or did he? I think Jesus might have been evil because he forced people to choose him over the Jewish god, which, OMG, was the same as he was! Jesus was supposed to be the "son of god", or god in human form, or whichever version you've been taught to think. He also refused to cure ALL leprosy or raise ALL of the dead because, we'll really because he didn't have the power to do those things. He was scamming everyone. He was lying to everyone and we all know that lying is evil. Jesus and God said so. He made many promises he couldn't, wouldn't, didn't keep. Broken promises are evil.
So now you know. People, things, objects are not "good" or "evil" unless you assign a belief system to them. If you believe something is good, then it is. If you believe something is evil, then it is. But only in your mind, or your opinion. Someone else believes just the opposite!
Believing something to be true doesn't make it true. Believing in your own opinion of something is fine. You're entitled to your opinion. And I am entitled to mine.
Satan doesn't control atheists and never will. There is no Satan. Don't you get that?
Do you believe in God?
Is there a super humanistic type deity that created life, the universe, and everything?
© 2010 Lela