What is Atheism?

“An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.” – Madalyn Murray O’Hair

What is Atheism? There are many misconceptions with Atheism, so let me first tell you what it is not. Atheists are not devil-worshipers, lost souls, damned, close-minded, evil, or anything malicious. To put simply, atheist do not accept that there is a sufficient amount of evidence to believe that a god or gods exist. That’s it. There’s nothing else to it. Alright, thanks for visiting my blog. See ya!

But that’s not it, is it? It sounds simple though…not enough evidence to believe that a god exists. Hmmmm……What is the evidence that believers give to say that their god is the one true god? The bible? The Koran? No. That would be no different than if I were to give you a science book and say that everything in this particular science book is the truth and will always be the truth. It has to be. It’s written by scientist! But that’s not why you should believe the science book is the truth, is it?

Everything in that science book can be verified and replicated. Can you say the same of the bible? Oh, but it’s God’s word. Well, that answers it then (sarcasm). That science book I gave you is the word of scientist. That does not make it true. Even if the science book is true today, it doesn’t make it true 10 years down the line let alone 2000 years. So what makes the bible true? It’s so important to ask this question.

I guess I’m getting a little off topic. Back to what atheism is. So yes, there’s not enough evidence. This particularly means that we will never say that a god DOES NOT exist and one never will. There’s always the probability that one could exist. Wait Wait! Don’t start dancing on your chair just yet. To me, there’s no more the probability that a god exists than there are vampires living in this world or that there’s a purple dragon living in my garage. For a great example look up the flying spaghetti monster.

But what I love about atheism the most is the freedom. The freedom of no god. I no longer have to worry about doing something “bad.” A person wants to be gay?….go ahead. You want to have premarital sex with your girlfriend? Well, I recommend you were protection and have fun. You do what you want to do. Now, don’t think I’m saying that you can go steal and murder your neighbor. Of course that is wrong and a much deeper subject than I can get into at this time. The main point is that no one is watching you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You’re free!

There are so many benefits and of course misunderstanding of atheism that I will get into a lot of this in future postings. Many scientists, philosophers, ex-clergymen, mathematicians, etc. have written about all sorts of aspects of atheism and the issues with religion. So much so, for me to go further into all these subjects would mean for me to write many books. But I’m not going to do that quite just yet. In the meantime, I’ll bring up different issues, ideas, and questions on this blog and I hope you get some enlightenment out of it.

As this being my first entry in to this blog, I’ll stop right here. I’ll let this sink in a moment. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I’ll try to answer some of these in future blogs. Take care everyone and I’ll be posting another item in about a week. Oh, and remember to ask: What makes the bible true….really?

“I am the creator and the destroyer, I am he that defines all worlds. I bring life to the lifeless, I rain death on all that lives. My judgement is supreme. I encompass all things, I am the progenitor of good and evil. I created sin, I cause its every pain. Hell is of my works. I am the source of all gods. I create gods on a whim, I destroy gods with a thought. I am man.” – Craig Smith

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