Religion and Atheism.
I am an atheist, but...
I respect every religion but in my opinion they're all the same. For example, in the Bible you will find a man on a cloud called God, Jehovah's witnesses call him Jehovah and in the Qura'an you will find a man called Allah, Al-Lah translates from Arabic to English as 'Al' meaning 'The exclusive' and Lah meaning 'God'. Some British members of the Islamic community can be heard shouting 'My Lah!' meaning 'My God!'.
Every religious book follows the same theme, the eternal creator and their prophets, in the bible the prophet is Jesus, in Islam it is Mohammad, in Judaism it is Moses (I think). Under the prophet is the disciples and then the followers. At the bottom of the pile are the sinners, these are the people who will be damned by hell fire or stuck on Earth in limbo whilst others move on to 'Paradise'/heaven.
Every religion teaches what it believes to be the 'right' way to live, in my opinion these holy books are guidelines for those who don't have the capacity to realise their own conscience telling them the difference between right and wrong. Everybody can make the 'right' decision where they don't have an adverse effect on anybody else's lives, the use of holy books are for small minded individuals who can not interpret right and wrong, this is why many who are religious are against abortion even if the person having the abortion was only impregnated by a rapist.
Naturally, you have those who interpret the holy books as absolute truth and if you use another book to learn right from wrong then you deserve to be eradicated from the world, this is the view of extremists and how extremist views are formed. In the bible it tells us not to worship any other idols, after all, even though Mother Teresa was a modern-day saint, we shouldn't pay her any worship for what she has done for the millions of people she has helped in her life time.
What I have learnt since I first wrote this hub...
Since writing this hub, I have come across all different people from different cultures and backgrounds and learnt about religions I never knew existed, all of which have a fundamental philosophy of a creator, whether that is God or the Big Bang or Brahmin or whoever.
Who are we to say which God is real and which isn't? Surely to admit one is real is to admit all of the rest are real, at least the same person, right?
If we deny God's existence, then we fight a losing battle because there are more religious individuals across the Earth then there are Atheists.
The point is, truth is what ever you make it to be. If God is real to you then who am I to tell you He doesn't exist? Same goes for a Christian claiming Allah doesn't exist... If you deny one God's existence, you deny them all.
That is my firm opinion.
Perhaps as Atheists...
Maybe, as Atheists, we cling on to the idea of natural selection and evolution and the big bang to give us an alternative to the creator God.
Maybe a creator God set into motion the Big Bang which will eventually be the opposite when we get sucked back up into a tiny (in comparison to the size of our universe) ball of matter ready to explode once more which has defined the existence and reason behind every scientific discovery.
How do we know, that a creator God didn't give us the Universe the way He did so that in the primitive stages we DID know and believe in him but as time went on and we adapted, he wanted us to discover things to discredit himself (if he is the creator God, then why else would he put things on this earth to discredit his existence unless he wanted us to?) So that we can carry on as fully individual beings... Until we die and are reborn again during the next time the ball of matter explodes into another universe?
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