What Do Atheist Believe? A Guide To a World Without God

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The term atheism originated from the Greek  atheos, meaning ‘godless’ or ‘impious’. An atheist is a person who either passively believes that no God exists or who actively asserts this belief. Diagoras, the 5th-century Greek philosopher  is known as the ‘first atheist’. Atheists believe that there is no higher being or  higher power who either created us or has the ability to greatly affect our lives.

Belief vs. Disbelief
Atheism is not a belief system, but rather a lack of belief. It is the absence of an -ism.

A-theism =  absence of theism = lacking a belief in god(s)
Atheists are people who have no ‘religious flavour’, no creed, no Church, no community, no Pope, no common doctrine.  All that atheists have in common is disbelief.

The Atheist Clarion Call

We need humanity more than religion

In the Age of Enlightenment of the  18th-century with the spread of free thought and skeptical inquiry, prominent atheists advocated  the supremacy of human reason, criticized religion citing harmful aspects of religious practices and doctrines.

The Atheists Creed
Sociologist Karl Marx called religion the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

Critias viewed religion as a human invention used to frighten people into following moral order.

Epicurus espoused a materialistic philosophy according to which the universe was governed by the laws of chance without the need for divine intervention.

What Really is Atheism?

  • Belief that God’s Word, the Bible cannot be trusted.
  • Belief in millions of years of time having occurred in the past.
  • Belief in Darwin’s biological evolution of species.
  • Hold that Logic is more important than conviction
  • Stress the power of reason, critical thinking over prayer.
  • State that fact is more important than belief
  • Material objects are more important than soul.
  • They view world as a product of brain function.
  • For them souls do not exist. The concepts of reincarnation, heaven and hell etc. are null.
  • They also deny the existence of an afterlife and the need to fear divine punishment after death.

 

Intellectual and Non-Intellectual Reasons for Being An Atheist

1. Lack of reliable evidence. They argue that a person should only believe in things for which they have good evidence.

2. Science explains everything and God is unnecessary. Trust science rather than faith.

  1. Arguments for God are weak and not convincing

The several traditional arguments used to prove that God exists; like The Argument from Design, The Ontological Argument, The First Cause Argument fail to convinces atheists.

  1. The Argument about Evil

The atheist argument against God is that the universe appears so cruel and unjust. The prevalence  of evil and the existence of a benevolent God is inconsistent. Their argument goes like this:

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he must be powerless.

Is he able to prevent evil but not willing? then he is must be malevolent.

Is he both able and willing? Then why this evil?

Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

  1. God is a psychological factor

Atheism denies the supernatural by definition. He is a figment of our imagination, a father figure to protect us from this frightening world. They believe that there is nothing beyond the natural, physical world, no supernatural creative intelligence lurking behind the observable universe.

  1. 6. Religion is an illusion.

Religion works like a pain-killer, that sedates the patient and does not cure the sickness. Since religion is just a psychological fantasy, human beings should abandon it so that they can grow to respond appropriately to deal with the world as it is.

7. Atheist belief of how world was created

Atheists believe that the Earth was created during the Big Bang. They support  the Theory of Evolution. Through evolution, or the ability of creatures to gradually adapt to their surroundings biologically, we have seen the rise of a many different species of animal and plant life.

8. Atheist belief about Religion

Atheism is just the absence of beliefs in gods and can thus occur inside or outside the context of religion. They believe that spirituality is ‘good’ while intolerance and rigidity of organized religion is bad. They believe that religion does more harm than good to the society. The world would be more educated an d better without religion.

 

  1. Atheist belief on Death

They believe that death is death. At death time your body and brain stop working. Your conscience does not exist anymore. What makes you a person has stopped functioning. Death is the absolute end of personal existence. We are made from dust and we will go back to dust.

10. Atheists belief that it is Matter That Matters

Atheists reject a Supernatural First Cause of the Universe. Atheists imbue a natural cause ‘matter’ with all the same creative powers, intelligence and attributes that theists apply to a supernatural first cause ‘God’.

  1. Atheists views on Miracles

Atheists do not believe in miracles.  To them there are no miracles, just probability. They seek evidence. No atheist has ever witnessed a bona fide miracle.

  1. Atheism is the Right to Disagree

Free thinkers claims and ideas are based upon the standards of reason and logic rather than traditional beliefs and religious dogmas.

The road to atheism tends to be very personal and individual, based upon the specific circumstances of a person’s life, experiences  and attitudes.

1) Peer influence.

2) Convenience and desires. No one wants hurdles or limitations to their personal pleasure.

3) Inappropriate information.

4) Unfortunate experiences. Many have had personal hardships, or a harsh religious upbringing or education and as a consequence may retain an unhappy feeling towards belief.

5) Intellectual laziness.

6) Stereotyping. The average layperson may get a negative feeling toward all belief without inquiring into religious teachings.

 

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” – Psalm 14:1; 53:1

Myths, Misconceptions,  Outright Falsehoods about atheists and atheism

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Myth 1:
Atheism is Anti-Religion and Atheists Want to Ban Religion From Society.
Disagreement is Not Intolerance. Atheists  think religion can be harmful and are arguing for change.

Myth 2

Atheism is a Denial of God That Requires Faith

Disbelief is not the same as denial.  It is  the absence of belief.

Myth 3

Atheists Choose to Disbelieve in God:

It is claimed that people become atheists to avoid taking responsibility for their sins. For atheists, it’s not your preference that determines what you accept as true – it is evidence. Atheism’s position is that we must seek truth no matter how ugly or painful it is.

Myth 4:

Atheists Lead Meaningless Lives of Despair Without Love or Beauty as they have no ideals, no beliefs and no goals whatsoever. However atheists too are living meaningful and happy lives. A recent study by the University of Chicago shows that children who are raised in non-religious households are more altruistic, generous,  giving and kinder than those being raised with religion.

 

Myth 5:

Atheism is a Product of Rebellion and Pride: Christians cite religious mythology to substantiate that rebellion against family, your church, society and divine rules is the origin of all evil in the world.
Myth 6:

Atheism is Not Incompatible with Morality: It is said atheists  people don’t like God because they don’t like moral constraints. Atheists are as moral as religious theists. From a scientific standpoint, morality, is a product of our brains. Humans are naturally equipped to discern right from wrong. Morality and moral codes are not restricted to what holy books or gods tell us.

Atheism is The Belief

  • in the potential of humanity
  • in the power of reason
  • in the comfort of love
  • in the value of truth
  • in the beauty and joy of human experience
  • in the nearly unlimited power of the human will to endure almost any hardship or solve almost any problem.
  • in the thought that faith can mislead people into falsehood
  • that we need reason and doubt as necessary checks against our capacity for error.
  • that we need to allow our fellow human beings to make choices for themselves and to live the life they wish to, in mutual peace and goodwill.
  • that negotiation and compromise fuelled by an honest measure of respect for different beliefs, opinions and lifestyles as the only way the world will find peace and goodwill.
  • that the use of the scientific method is the only way the world can arrive at an agreement on the truth about anything.
  • in the superiority of preaching the gospel of ‘be good to your fellow man and love each other as life itself’ and to  build on what we all agree to be true, than to insist that we all think alike.

 

A  Drop of Reason In a pool Of Confusion

Atheism requires a leap of faith.

“He who decides a case without hearing the other side,
even if he decides justly, cannot be considered just”
 — Seneca

Emerging Global Convergence.

Humanity is entering a post-atheist era featuring a global convergence, a form of universalism, of people with an open-minded, pro-science, pro-spiritual outlook.

Einstein’s dictum that: ‘All physics is metaphysics’ is a source of inspiration to many seekers of spirituality. It is said where science ends, spirituality begins.

A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.

The great convergence has begun. People everywhere are focusing on what we share, not what divides us. We need not think alike to love alike.

Einstein stated: “I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.

Most of the great founding fathers of modern science like Galileo, Kepler, Pascal, Boyle, Newton, Linnaeus, Faraday, Cuvier, Kelvin, Lister and Mendel were convinced that the evidence of intelligent design in Nature indicated the existence of an Intelligent Creator at work.

Some people complain because God puts thorns on roses, while others praise God for putting roses among thorns.

A person once asked a prophet, ‘Where is God’? The wise man answered, ‘Let me first ask you, Where is He not?’

 

If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped. God exists whether or not men may choose to believe in Him. Atheism is a crutch for those who cannot bear the reality of God.

 

Good luck on your journey !
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