There is much confusion about the difference between atheism and antitheism. While atheism is a lack of belief in gods, antitheism is an opposition to the belief in gods.
I perfectly understand why many think that a belief in a God or gods is harmful, but at the same time, I admit that not one person has ever hurt me just by believing in their god. An isolated belief in a god is completely harmless.
Believing in a god can only become harmful when theists kill people in the name of their god, but the real problem is that they wanted to kill those people anyway and they used their god as an excuse.
No benefit can be gained from promoting theism or atheism. What happens in this world, whether good or bad, is mostly caused by human action. Because of this, it is relevant for me to put more time into choosing my actions and learning what is behind the actions of other humans.
I see the antitheism movement as a waste of time because without a worldwide accepted standard of what a god is, I can not believe or disbelieve, accept or reject, promote or oppose any beliefs or lack thereof.
Antitheism is one more religion that is irrelevant to me. I don’t know enough about what a god is to try to oppose it.
Some people say that they have faith when they do not understand something. They think that if something is mysterious that it must be true. In other words, by their definition of faith, the less it makes sense, the more belief, confidence, or trust they have in it. However, what they do not know is that belief, confidence, and trust are synonyms of faith!
A person cannot have faith in something that is mysterious! How can you trust in something that is completely unpredictable. This is why I have no faith in people who cannot define what they have faith in.
When a person is honest, I can trust them. I can believe that they will keep their promises. This is confidence. This is faith.
However, there can be a time when I know that someone intends to keep their promises, but that sometimes things happen that are out of their control. No matter what promise someone makes, they can never know for sure that something will not happen that stops them.
All I can do is promise to be honest about what I write as long as I live. I can do this but I cannot promise anyone that I will live for a certain length of time.
Atheism is misunderstood by many people. It only means a lack of belief in any type of god or deity. It is a rather confusing term, but it is extremely relevant to understand it. The antonym of atheism is theism. Theism is also misunderstood. It could mean monotheism (belief in one God) or polytheism (belief in many gods). Whether “god” is capitalized depends on whether the word is used as a proper name. I get a little confused about whether I should capitalize it or not.
I do not think that a word such as “god” is well defined enough to know whether I can believe in such a thing yet. I still use the word sometimes when I am trying to explain something else which may be relevant to the existence or action of a god that other people believe in.
What must be understood is that atheism is NOT a belief, but a lack of it. This means that every human is originally an atheist even before birth. As I have said before, people do not agree on what defines a god. Often someone calls themself an atheist just to say that they reject the definition of a god they have heard about. It is a label that has no specific meaning but is often the best word someone can use if they are questioned.
Lacking a belief in one definition of what a god is does not mean that they don’t believe in another different definition. Since everyone has a different personality, there are as many “gods” as there are people.