I'm a self-philosopher... what that means, is that I Iive life by my own rules. I live my life according to my own personal philosophies. I acknowledge no higher being, unless they acknowledge me first, (like this one time I swore to god, and he sweared back) that's a joke of course...
Does this mean I don't believe in the afterlife? No, it does not, I believe there is some kind of life after death. I believe in spirits, and I think it's fine to be spiritual, whether you worship mother nature or you pray to a higher being. Which brings me to... do I believe in a God? I lean towards yes... but I'm unsure, which according to the bible is a one way ticket to hell. Do I believe the bible is God's word?... No I do not.
Back in the day, (Waaaaay back in the day), you were either royalty, apart of the church, or a peasant. If you were royalty or apart of the church you were wealthy... if you were a peasant, you weren't so rich. Now the Roman Catholic Church always had complete control of the scripture... able to remove parts they disagreed with... or add parts that benefited them. The Peasants would not be told to donate everything they could, but rather everything they had to the church... the donations would be used to fill the pockets of the church leaders.
I have nothing against Catholics... except for the ones who try to bann rock music, and try to get the teaching of evolution banned in schools. The Catholics even wanted a sticker on all science books saying that evolution is just one of many possibilities... in the words of John Oliver "Yea... and maybe we should slap a sticker on the bible saying, well of course, this all could be bullshit".
I have a problem with religions that try to put their noses in other religion's business. That's one of the main causes of war (right behind land and money). If there was a God who needed us to know about him and worship him, he'd let us all know! There are parts of the world we're unable to get in contact with, how are we supposed to convert them!? Why would their eternal souls have to suffer? It's because... it's a load of crap. I'm not an atheist, I'm just a reasonable human being.
Back to being a Self Philosopher... It's easy, because there's almost no wrong way to do it. If you believe killing is right, then it might not be a good idea to be a Self Philosopher. If you weren't raised with a strong moral base, maybe it's time to start raising yourself. You don't have to be perfect... I for one believe revenge is acceptable in certain situations. I believe it's fine to be unkind to someone who is unkind to you. You're allowed to have fun and be yourself, just don't try causing other people harm for no good reason. Become your own priest, in your own chuch of Self Philosophy.
Disclaimer: You don't have to stop being a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim in order to be a Self Philosopher... you just need to learn to lighten up and be yourself. Don't take something that was written hundreds maybe thousands of years ago so seriously. Noone knows for sure what comes next, so why try yourself... any God that created you, would want you to be yourself, and not do harm to their other creations, unless for good reason.