I did not realize this before but when I was a theist I was unaware of the great intimidation factor inherent in Christianity. I saw it everywhere else except in Christianity and believed that I was saved or set free from the evil sinful nature I had involuntarily inherited just by being born into the human race.
In Arabic, the word "Islam" means submission or surrender, but when you stop to think about it the same could be said about Christianity. Christianity requires that you submit your life and will over to its imaginary guy in the sky, who apparently going by his track record in the Old Testament has quite the temper. The teachings of all three religions of the book Judaism, Christianity, and Islam emphasize fear of the Lord as a commandment: 11 In fear be submissive to Yahweh;12 with trembling kiss
his feet, lest he be angry and your way come to nothing, for his fury
flares up in a moment. How blessed are all who take refuge in him! Psalms 2:11-12 (New Jerusalem Bible).
The actual visible cue that you have taken this warning to heart is that you live in complete submission and obedience to what you believe to be God's will. This is not just all over the O.T. it is quite prevalent in the N.T. : 28 'Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Matthew 10:28 (NJB)
You demonstrate your fear of the Lord by your actions. You live your life consciously aware that nothing that you do can be hidden from the eyes of the Lord. That God will make you accountable both for those things you do in the light as well as in darkness. God is the ultimate big brother! Like Santa he knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! Forget about governments invading your privacy when you have God who basically deprives you of your privacy and makes it outright non-existent.
As a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim you have to walk around on egg shells your entire life as you try to check even your thoughts from being displeasing unto God. You no longer represent yourself, you represent Mr. Big the man in the sky himself. Jews prostrate themselves before him, Muslims bend the knee and touch their foreheads to the floor, and Christians bend the knee, raise their hands up to the sky, and cry profusely before his imaginary presence. I am actually ashamed that I let myself believe in this nonsense!
The idea of some conscious entity living on some nonexistent plane who cares or despises us based on our willingness to kiss his ass or not is nothing short of insane. To sacrifice the little time I have on this earth to strive to please him/her/ or it is an act of foolishness. Many Christians don't even bother to read the bible, so how are they supposed to know what God's will is? Even when they do read the bible it is so self contradictory and self refuting that one can never know what God's will really is.
Let me make my self clear about my position for those theists in the cheap seats that keep asking me the same stupid questions repeatedly. I don't believe in God or Satan and not just the biblical God but any god from any religion. I don't believe in angels, demons, or hell nor do I fear any of those things since I see them for what they are: bronze age superstitions! I don't believe in anything the bible has to say about an afterlife of bliss or torment nor do I care what it has to say. And finally, I don't believe in any so called holy books from any culture especially the bible! I think that I have covered a lot on what I don't believe so I guess I will see you all on my next post.