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How Does Atheism Affect Your Religion?
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Is Atheism Affecting Your Religion?
Atheist - literally means "without God". It does not mean an atheist is automatically 'against religion'. Most atheists have no quarrel with religious people. We have both freedom of religion and freedom from religion in the USA.
One thing I have never understood is why religious people feel that atheism is affecting them in any way. It doesn't and it can't. No atheist can force you to give up your religion. Nor would an atheist want to do so. It is your right to believe in any religious belief that you want to believe in.
If you want to believe that waving a chicken around your head will absolve you of your perceived sins (Jewish ritual), then please just don't be cruel to the chicken! If you want to donate 10% of your income to an already wealthy institution that doesn't seem to do much for the poor and hungry, then, sure - it's your money.
Atheists do not understand your beliefs and you don't understand theirs. And that's OK. It's just a simple matter of agreeing to disagree.
The God Delusion
The All Powerful, All Knowing God
I keep running in to people who want to either preach to me or to defend their faith to me. I really don't care one way or the other. I am not a believer in an All-knowing and All-powerful God-like being. You may believe what you will. Allow me to have my own beliefs and we'll get along just fine.
I gave up a long time ago trying to convince some people that it really IS ok to pray in school. For some reason they think that "god hating atheists" have kicked God out of schools. This is absolutely NOT true. I mean, really? A mere human can kick a God out of a building just by asking, by legal means, that you NOT force my child to pray with you?
The law never said that you can't pray in school, it says that you can't MAKE everyone pray in school because not everyone prays to the same God or prays in the same way. It's called Freedom of religion or Freedom from religion, however you want to put it.
Schools still allow "moments of silence" for you to pray to whoever or whatever you want to. You can close your eyes and pray silently right from your little desk if you want to, as long as you don't ask everyone to pray with you. You may also choose not to pray at all.
And it seems to me that the All-Powerful, All-Knowing God doesn't need you to defend or apologize for him. He's a big guy, he can defend himself. So, I will thank you not to preach to me.
Which Came First? God or the Big Bang?
Many people are convinced that a God or Gods created mankind. Every culture ever known to exist has some form of religion or Gods or the completely consolidated One God. Even the cave men had Gods. Perhaps even lesser animals look up at the stars and wonder where they came from.
But did you ever stop to wonder where these 'Gods' came from? People tell me that God or Gods just "always existed" or, they "exist outside of time and space". Don't you think that's weird? Where do they even live?
Most people believe in God because they think that 'something' cannot come from 'nothing'. We had to be 'created', and God is who created us.
But aren't you also asking me to believe that 'something' (God) came from 'nothing'? Where did this God come from? Where does he live now? How could God have created 'something' (the universe) from 'nothing'?
'Something' had to be here in either case. Either a God 'something' or a universe 'something' had to have always been here. You can't create 'something' from 'nothing'. By definition, 'nothing' doesn't exist. So obviously, 'something' had to have always been here.
Some people will say that the 'something' is God. Some people will say that the 'something' is matter + energy + space = the universe.
But go back in time as far as you like, go farther back in time, go farther still. There will always be 'something' to see.
Think about this information - 'something' did not just 'appear'. It was always here. Whether you call it "God" or whether you call it the universe (cosmos), doesn't matter.
If there was ever a point in time that was 'nothing', then 'nothing' would ever exist, ever! Because you can't create 'something' from 'nothing'.
Every culture can point to a creation story or myth. Actually, they are all myths because no one can go back in time and pinpoint the second that life (as we know it) began.
Similarly, no one can go back in time and pinpoint the second that the Gods or the one God came into being. It's all just conjecture.
Freedom From Religion.org
Being an Atheist or Agnostic is Peaceful
There is no effort involved! I don't have to worry all the time about what people think about me anymore. I don't have to answer to judgmental religious dogma. I am not constantly concerned about my thoughts being "impure" or "sinful".
I have the ability to see that Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson are right. We are all stardust! We came from stardust and when we "die", we go right back to being the stuff that stars are made of. We are the universe.
Our stardust has always been part and parcel of the entire universe (cosmos). Like a grain of sand on a beach, each piece of stardust has always existed, exists now and will always exist. Nothing was "created".
No one or nothing can create matter. (What would it be created from? - other matter?)
No one or nothing can destroy matter. (Where would it go?)
Not even a "God" can create itself.
I have no idea why so many people are so concerned with "how we got here". Instead, why don't you ask yourself, "What shall I do with my life?".
Please Allow Atheists and Agnostics to Ignore Your Beliefs - Just Ignore Our Beliefs Right Back!
What I wouldn't give to be able to just ignore religious people! I could go about my life seeking happiness in my own way. Buying the food I want to eat. Paying for my mortgage without having to answer the door to cult members who are forced to preach. Send my kids to school without having them bullied by "Jesus freaks".
I could spend my dollars without "in god we trust" being repeated over and over until everyone thinks it's mandatory. Having people believe we can't have a government of the people, for the people and by the people that isn't steeped in superstitious crap would be lovely.
I could help the needy even though Christian food banks don't want "atheists" working with them. I could donate to charities that actually went on missions to feed and dress the poor instead of handing out old books. Give them shoes instead of bibles. I would send money to help people affected by natural disasters instead of a case full of bibles.
I could avoid useless prayers that literally are someone's idea of "magic words" said up to the sky. Instead, everyone could give doctors, nurses and med techs the courtesy of a thank you. Science might even be free enough to develop more and better cures.
Churches, synagogues and mosques could pay their fair share of taxes instead of whining about how their religious "freedoms" are being put upon.
Oh, I would just love to live in a world where I could ignore religion.
Basically, what it boils down to is that your religion is affecting my humanism! Atheists and agnostics don't want your "faith" based religions. We want actual good deeds and respect for our planet.
As for our beliefs, we'll ignore yours, if you will ignore ours.
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