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Believing in God was always a mystery to me.

Updated on August 9, 2015

Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio
incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio

Why I do not believe in any God or Gods.

The strange thing is that I never really thought about my so called atheism. I did not even knew there was a word for it. I simply did not believe in a God.

My parrents didn't believe in God either and where not attached to any religion. The closest to spiritual enlightenment where the bed time stories my father told me as a child. He used to tell me the myths and heroic behaviour of the Gods of old Greece. Zeus and Hera, The stories of Hercules and the Argonauts. I loved the stories but never thought a moment that these Gods actually lived.

I loved adventure books and "The Lord of the Rings" is still one of my favourites. A classic battle between good and evil, where in the end an "ordinary" person Bilbo conquers the evil in the world. Lord of the Rings became my bible, I read it a thousand times and knew all the protagonists by heart. Their history and language. Still I never believed that Bilbo and Frodo, Gandalf and Sauron ever existed. It was a book, an amazing book but a book written by a human being nevertheless.

When I grew older I went to a catholic school. The school was the closest one to our home and so I went there. I remember that I had religion as a subject, well religion, it was narrowed down to Christianity.


I was good at religion, colouring in all the plates, looking up the stories and quotes in the bible and answering questions about social issues. My classmates did go to church and I guess they believed in a God. For me the bible was just another book with stories written by mortal men. Noah and the Ark, Samson and Delilah, Jonah and the wale. And of course the story of Christ born under the sign of a star and dying on the cross.
I liked some of the stories, they where exciting and fun, Not the story about Jesus though, I found this one depressing and a bit boring. I could not enjoy the language either because it was written with words I would never use in a real conversation, a bit weird all in all.

Nevertheless it was a good thing to learn about all those biblical stories. Later on I studied art and the western art is full of paintings that depict stories from the bible. And so I could recognize scenes like the incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio or The Resurrection of Lazarus by Giotto.


Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. The Roman goddess of love beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and desire.
Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. The Roman goddess of love beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and desire.

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

An amazing book about the wonders of the world. Evolution is a powerful and magnificent force. Richard Dawkins is a talented writer who has the ability to explain scientific concepts in a thrilling and understandable way.

 

I'm an atheist, So what.

The strange thing is that I never thought much about the fact that I'm an atheist. But over the last 5 years I noticed that on the internet atheism is a huge topic. There are lots of conversations going on between believers and atheists on youtube and here on hubpages too.

It surprised me that one of the biggest topics on the answers forum on hubpages are questions that are religion related. questions like :

As a Christian married man is it a sin to lust in my heart for my wife?

or

Im a Christian and not married legally...But in God's eyes I am..Do you think its acceptable?

there are loads more and I'm sometimes baffled by answer and question alike. Do you really have to look every time in the bible or Koran to know how you have to act in life ?

I've never read the bible, still I know how to live my life. I think I'm a good person. I don't steal,murder,rape or cheat. I help others if I can and try to be empathetic. I've learned these values from my parents not from a book. Well maybe I learned a lot from "the lord of the rings" sometimes called the bible of the hippies. ;-)

I do not know. What I do know is that apparently for some people it's difficult to understand that there are also people on this planet who don't believe in any God, People who live a good live but without church or holy book.

I never knew saying : "I don't think God exists" could offend people. But I noticed in conversations on the internet that some people become really angry when you tell them you do not believe in any higher power.

Sometimes even the topic religion itself is a taboo. You can easily talk about sex, politics, sports or art and have different opinions, no problem. But as soon as you talk about religion there is a silence in the room.

I think everything should be topic of conversation, we are living in 2015, are their still taboos? If Religion is a taboo, we should overcome it and have frank and honest conversations about it.
Certainly now the world becomes a smaller place. People from all over the world talk with each other over the internet. Different cultures meet, therefore we should exchange ideas and be open for different views. May it be Buddhism, Christianity, Pagan or Islam and the many more ideologies.

Talking is the only way to come closer to each other.

The 5 major world religions.

The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions

The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions
The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions

A richly illustrated, and highly readable book on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and primal religions, we find refreshing and fascinating presentations of both the differences and the similarities among the worldwide religious traditions.

 

Jesus Christ by El Greco.

Jesus Christ by El Greco.
Jesus Christ by El Greco.

Do You believe in any God ?

Do you believe in God ?

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To believe or not to believe that''s the question.

Today, and not only today, there is a war going on in the middle east. The IS, Islamic State is trying to conquer as much land as they can hold. Disrespectful destroying everything in it's wake. Everybody who does not agree with their point of view will be killed or enslaved. All in the sake of religion.

Israel is fighting for years and killing thousands of innocent bystanders in the process to defend their holy land, rightfully given by their God Yahweh.

Sometimes I find it sad to read the newspapers and see the misery in the world. Wars fueled by religion and rigid doctrines.
O yeah, I forgot to mention another powerful religion - Money. All in the name of the mighty dollar bill. Hallelujah.

All in all we have to be positive. As a countermeasure to all the stupid politics, lets create beautiful things, let's make music, dance and care for one another. Without judging by race, religion or sexual orientation.

Muhammad receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabrie

Muhammad receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabrie
Muhammad receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabrie

The book of Genesis by Robert Crumb

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb
The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

An amazing achievement. pain striking details, wonderfully ilustrated by Robert Crumb. The book of Genesis The hugely illustrated book of Genesis is nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. From Creation to the death of Joseph, all the 50 chapters of the old testament.

 

Imagine a world without religions.

Talking is the only way to come closer to each other.

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    • Austinstar profile image

      Austinstar 21 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I am amazed at the reaction from believers also. It's very strange. If you tell someone you do not believe in Superman, they understand. But if you tell someone you do not believe in Jesus, they kind of go ballistic. Both are characters in a book.

      But the "collector's" value of the first Superman comic book, or even the first edition of The Lord of the Rings is off the scale.

      Why old or rare books have some sort of mystical value has also eluded me. Where did the notion that a book's value stemmed from its mystical content become a thing?

      But then, I have also never understood the enormous value of compacted carbon molecules found in dirt (diamonds). That is, other than their practical value of being a hard substance.

      Yes, these things have some sort of "beauty". They have imagined value. But why is our imagination so valuable? It is simply another thought process by our brains.

      As a realist, I totally understand and agree with your hub.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      The seperation is a very recent thing and in time represents much less than 1% of human endeavour. For example most scientists until only "recently" were monks or devout believers.

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      PeterStip 2 years ago

      As for art,science and religion. They where once the same thing, like shamanism. The cave paintings of for example Lascaux show this. But nowadays these three pinnacles of civilazation are separate entities.

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      PeterStip 2 years ago

      True, as well religious people shouldn't be intolerant towards atheists.

      Empathy didn't follow out of religion though. It is a human survival skill, and some other animals feel empathy too, for instance elephants. They help each other in distress and grieve for their dead.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      If a person is not hell bent on being intolerant towards religion (as is the current online atheist trend) and they practice basic human values then atheism isn't all that harmful.

      As you have cultural studies also try to understand that all art, culture, philosophy and law has it's roots firmly in religion: empathy for example is the modern fashionable atheist term for spiritual love and compassion. It evolved out of religion and is directly related to it. Atheism without this begins to decay into eugenics.