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The Emptiness of Atheism
The Belief System of Nothingness
I always find it sad to hear people who believe they have found some degree of freedom in atheism (I just read one such hub). While I certainly understand how one may find themselves an agnostic, I can't comprehend the emptiness that is, and must be, atheism. The notion that we are simply here by a non-divine accident, and that there is therefore, nothing more.
A life where love doesn’t actually exist
When one actually intellectualizes the atheist’s belief system, there is nothing but emptiness. Let’s take for example, the love we have for our children. Given that atheism concludes that we have no soul (remember a soul is divine), we therefore do not actually love our children. In the strictest sense, the atheist must conclude that what we believe to be love is simply a chemical reaction taking place inside our bodies. There simply can be no other explanation, because there is no greater meaning. There is indeed no love in the world, only reactions resulting from some outside stimulus. So, in the atheist’s world, love is an illusion only meant to perpetuate the species, but certainly not real. I had a friend who was an atheist once say, “I may be an atheist, but that doesn’t mean I’m not spiritual.” Well, actually, that is exactly what it means. You believe that there is no spirituality, only empty chemical reactions in our incredibly complex, but accidental brains. There can be no spirituality in the world of the atheist. The agnostic, yes, the Christian, of course, but the atheist, no.
There can be no actual right or wrong
Secondly, if atheism is indeed the state of man, there is no actual right or wrong. The natural laws as defined by man are simply made up to necessitate community. The exist only to reduce the suffering one man my impose on another, but as with love, it is only a myth. In the world of atheism, it really doesn’t matter whether you harm someone else, other than the potential harm it may ultimately bring on the aggressor. Because he that was harmed, is nothing more than an organ. Consciousness is but an interesting accident, but nothing more. Suffering is irrelevant, because like love, it isn’t real beyond the chemicals that react with one another to produce pain.
A belief in nothingness
There are those atheists, who are understand that their belief system actually means life is without meaning. They have come to terms with the idea that we are all just empty vesicles, and that as a result, nothing has consequence. You live, you die, and in between, your body reacts to stimulation that ultimately doesn’t matter. However, most who call themselves atheists have never truly thought though the logical progression of their belief system. The claim to love, they claim spirituality, they claim pain, but logically speaking, these things don’t actually exists beyond the base level of a biological reaction if you are an atheist. I don’t draw these conclusions as a believer, but as a thinker who simply carries the belief system to its logical conclusion. It is indeed interesting to see someone become an atheist because they believe no God has come to their rescue. How incredible self centered. They are willing to eliminate the consequence that is humanity, simply because they didn’t receive divine intervention when they hoped it would come. I certainly don’t have answers to many questions of divinity, but I can tell you that I want no part of a belief system where love, kindness, altruism, and ultimately humanity are not real.
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