What makes an atheist? What makes us so different than everyone else? Could you be an atheist and not even know it? Why do I always start my posts off with questions?
One who would like to know what an atheist is would probably look in a dictionary. Well, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an atheist is “one who believes there is no deity.” This is true, however most atheists are not full atheist. To be an atheist is to know 100% that there is no god. A theist, on the other hand, “knows” 100% that there IS a god. To know something 100%, in my opinion, is wrong and can never fully be proven.
Then there are agnostics. These are the people who state that they do not know if a god or gods exist and that it can never be proven either way. This is another way of saying that they know 100% that a god can never be proven or disproven. Again, I think this is wrong.
What most atheists are are agnostic-atheists. To put simply, these are people who state that there may never be a way to prove or disprove a god, but the evidence sways towards there not being one…..so they do not believe one exists. To put it another way, this means that an agnostic-atheist believes that there could possibly be a chance that a god or gods exist, but the possibility is so small that it’s probably not true. One way you could look at it is you stated to me that fairies exist. I could never disprove that they do exist, so I have to leave my mind open to the possibility that they could exist, but the lack of evidence points me to not believing in fairies.
Now to go on the other side of the spectrum, agnostic-theists believe, like agnostic-atheists, that one may never prove or disprove that a god or gods exists. The two differ in that agnostic-theists believe that the evidence points to the existence of a god or gods. To me, this would be like a person believing in fairies because they saw them, but I couldn’t disprove it so they now believe in fairies.
I, myself, belong in the agnostic-atheist class. I may never be able to prove or disprove the existence of gods, but there is no substantial evidence to say that the do exist. Even if a “god” should happen to appear in the sky for the whole world to see, I would first attribute it to some advance technological extra-terrestrial species. As Arthur C. Clarke stated in the book Profiles of the Future, “Any sufficiently advance technology is indistinguishable from magic.”If we were to go back 500 years into the past, what would you think people would think of our technology? We can go thousands of miles per hour, we can obtain information in a flash, we can blow up whole cities. We would be like gods. So what would happen if aliens who are 10,000 years or more advance than we are were to show up. A lot of religious people would probably think they were gods. This is just an example.
So what do you think you are? Are you 100% certain that a god exists? That there is no doubt in your mind that you are correct and atheists are wrong. Scientists are wrong. Evolution is wrong. Your god is the one true god and everyone else’s god is wrong. Or is there a possibility that gods do not exist, and you need to ask those questions that religious people don’t want you to ask. Think about it. Don’t just dismiss it because you are afraid of the answer.
Would you bet your whole life to a god that may not possibly exist? You’re WHOLE life?…..