or, why it’s so hard to be an atheist
Faithworks blog is at it again, asking some leading questions about atheism/atheists.
Here’s the five presumptions and my responses:
1. You do not see God because you do not see the world as it truly is. And you do not see yourselves as you really are–loved children of God
I don’t see god because there isn’t one, I see the world as it truly is – an amazing place. I don’t see myself as a loved child of Zeus either, because neither exists.
2. You can see the concept of God only in worldly terms. This is the god of rational construction. You angrily proclaim you could never submit to a god because no one is going to tell you what to do. You cannot consider the other side of the coin. That God is not just another man. If God exists and God is loving, pure and the Creator of us, then you would risk nothing in submission.
I don’t angrily proclaim anything, though it’s hard to stay calm when religious people proclaim some of the things they do. So perhaps some of my responses might seem angry.
I often submit to a higher authority who tells me what to do – she’s called my wife – so no problem there. I’ve seen both sides, after much consideration I realised one was just not valid. If god doesn’t exist, then I risk my intelligence in submitting to a non-existent entity.
3. You do not believe in God because you cannot imagine something bigger than yourself.
I don’t believe in god because I see no evidence to. I can imagine lots of things bigger then myself – the universe, brilliant scientists, you name it.
4. You cannot believe in God because it would be too costly. It would demand too much of you, and take away your perceived independence of thought and action. You would not want to be judged…by anyone.
You are partly correct here, I couldn’t believe in god because it would be too costly; too costly to my sense of reason, too costly to my sense of rationality. I get judged by people all the time, some rightly, some wrongly – I get over it … mostly. 🙂
5. Your only experience of God may have been in a church or via people governed by fear rather than love.
You’d be surprised! I’d probably put most of the religious people on this forum to shame when it came to “experiencing god”. However, I woke up.
Why are there all these myths and misconceptions about atheism?
Atheism is simply – not accepting theistic beliefs.
Stop reading so much into it.