Sunday, January 12, 2014

Atheists are not angry!

One of the most irritating accusations that theists like to make against atheists amounts to nothing more than a bad straw man attack. They accuse us of being angry at God and willfully negating the "truth" so that we can live as we please without accountability to anyone for our actions. The first problem with this is that theists seem to not understand the meaning of the word atheist or what an atheist is. As the word theists refers to a person who believes in God or gods atheist refers to a person who is of the opposite opinion. The "a" is used to refer to without followed by theist (God/gods) it's not that complicated.

Unlike theists; atheists have more rational reasons not to believe in gods, demons, angels, or any other strange entities mentioned in the Bible. The bottom line is that there simply is no objective and empirical evidence for the existence of these entities anywhere. In fact, to make matters worse the existence of God is unfalsifiable making it impossible for science to even test for the existence of God. For theists it's all a matter of faith which is simply hoping that what you believe is true without evidence. Theists rely heavily on subjective evidence regarding their beliefs such as feeling God's presence around them, within them, and manifesting through them in the form of so called gifts of the Spirit such as glossolalia (speaking in tongues), prophesying, having dreams, and visions, etc.

The problem with these subjective experiences is that they are all induced in the mind by a fervent belief in the doctrines one has been taught and exposed to. What theists fail to recognize is that there are many other religions throughout the world that also claim subjective experiences and yet those are ignored or called dupes of Satan to mislead people from the one true faith. Logically if I were to accept a Christians experiences as evidence of the existence of God then I must also accept the subjective claims of all the other religious non-Christian adherents of the world.

Now that that has been clarified let's get to the matter at hand. When someone says that they are an atheist they are saying I don't believe that the Bible is the word of God, I don't believe in heaven, hell, Satan, angels, demons, or any of the other mythical characters mentioned in that book. Quoting scripture at us is an exercise in futility since we don't accept the Bible as divinely inspired nor revere it. To a large majority of us it's just a book of ancient myths and superstitions.

The only thing I find upsetting about Christianity or Islam ( the two most aggressive faiths) is that they try to shove their religion down everyone's throat whether we like it or not. It's ironic but when Christianity was once in power they persecuted everyone who did not accept their beliefs. They even persecuted and murdered those that accepted their beliefs but went against their orthodox interpretations of what those beliefs should be and labeled them heretics.

Fundamentalist Christians of today are not that different from their early ancestors in that they want to rule the world with their ugly ideology. Here in the United States they use deceptive means to try to influence our politicians to write laws that favor their religion. They want to ban abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, freedom of speech for anyone who opposes their beliefs. They try to equate patriotism with Christianity. Under the false pretense that the U.S. was a nation founded under Christian principles they try and claim this nation as their own.

Atheists are not angry at God. That statement makes absolutely no sense whatsoever since it is pretty difficult to be mad at something which we think it is highly unlikely to exist. We don't "believe" that God does not exist thus it is not a matter of faith. We simply mean that there is no convincing evidence for his existence and it is more probable that he does not exist than that he does.

Theists are claiming rights for themselves while at the same time denying them to others. They want prayer in schools, the teaching of Intelligent Design as science, they want to force our government to favor their religion completely ignoring the Constitutions admonition about separation of church and state. This country through the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants the freedom of religion for all religions and not specifically Christianity. We're not angry at God we are angry at you who can't seem to live and let other live in peace.

I personally don't care who you worship you can worship Satan for all I care as long as you are not harming anyone in any way. You often speak of having a personal relationship with the Lord; well why don't you try keeping it personal? Your job as a believer is to preach the word and leave the rest up to God. Not force your religion down the throats of any who refused to believe. Not even Jesus used this tactic.

47“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. John 12:47-48

Note: All biblical citations are taken from the New International Version of the scriptures. 

4 comments:

  1. You are right, atheists aren't angry at god (of any stripe), that would be like being angry at unicorns. It makes no sense.

    What atheist are angry about is how religious beliefs have shaped our world, caused wars, bigotry, torture, and destroyed generations of children.

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    1. Tha'ts a nice way of putting it Ogre.

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  2. I've tried to point out the fallacy of the "angry at god" argument by countering with "Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy?," and when a xian says something line "No, of course not!", I'll ask "Oooh...why are you so angry at the Tooth Fairy?" Same for Santa Claus, the easter bunny, the great pumpkin and thousands of other childish myths. What reason would anyone have for being angry with an imaginary being?

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    1. That's what I tried to point out in this post paul. We're not angry at your imaginary guy in the sky. We are angry at his followers who try to force us into the fold as well against our will.

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