In this video my mom and I talk about how we get along even though we believe completely different things as far as religion goes. We also talk about the false messages contained in the movie: God’s Not Dead.
I am a pro-life advocate, but I am not an atheism advocate. The reason is that atheism is a lack of belief, but being pro-life is an actual belief that life is relevant, true, and good. Usually atheists believe that their life on earth is the only one they get. This means that they should think twice before killing anything. The fact that those claiming to be atheists are mostly pro-choice seems impossible to me. Something is wrong.
If atheism was an actual belief system, it could be checked for validity. Instead, I have the challenge of watching individual people who claim to be atheists. Do their words match their actions? Are they truly freethinkers or do they make the mistake of siding with popular opinion?
I understand why some theists might be pro-choice if they have been convinced that murder is God’s will, but for atheists, it is a whole different story. Since atheists don’t have a God telling them what to do, they have the potential to do things that theists can’t do. Some of these things are good and others are bad.
I am disappointed to see that relativism has infected both theists and atheists. The key difference for the atheist is that they don’t have a God to blame their actions on when they do something wrong. This makes them MORE responsible for all their actions. This is something I remember in everything I do.
I think of morality as being something that is based in reality. The Golden Rule is the standard I go by. The reason is because not only is it nice, but also because it is the only thing that makes sense!
If I consider the life of other people to be as relevant as my own, then I don’t kill them. If I kill myself, I don’t live long enough to kill someone else. I don’t understand those who kill other people and then themselves. If they would just start with themselves, then no one’s choice is violated.
Aside from the Golden Rule, there is another rule that I live by. If an action is one that can’t be undone, I should either NOT do it, or I need to have a REALLY GOOD REASON for it. Some things can be reversed and others can’t.
When someone steals something, it is bad, but if they can give it back, then the damage is reversed. If they lie, they will lose trust, but they may be able to tell the truth before more damage is done. In those cases, the damage is reversible. When someone kills someone, they have no way of bringing them back to life. This means that killing is the ULTIMATE irreversible act.
The entire point of being an atheist is that it does not actually define who I am. It only defines what I am not. It strips away all presuppositions so that I can find meaning in my life without needing other sources to tell me what it is.
Not all information is useful and there are motivations for deceiving people. Atheists who hold the pro-choice position on abortion need to stop their hypocrisy. Being pro-choice about things involving life and death means that life does not matter enough to you. If life does not mean anything, then you might as well let the world be run over by those annoying theists who force their God on you.
Avoid the relativism that says that it does not matter what you believe or do. It tells us to be so “tolerant” that we stop asking questions or thinking about things that matter. If this is the only life that we have, then pretending that all truth is relative to an individual means that truth exists only in the minds of the living and then dies. This is why I care about standards that apply equally to life everywhere.
I do not want to let fear control my life anymore. For me, being an atheist means that no God, scientist, philosopher, or king has the right to stop me from telling the truth. They can stop me by killing me, but in the end, they would only be showing their weakness. I find great humor in the way that every time someone comes along and tells people not to kill people, it isn’t long before somebody kills them.
I am convinced that protecting life is the most rational thing that anyone can do. This applies to atheists even more because they can’t expect God to resurrect everyone and make everything right. Many atheists protect their own lives at any cost, but deny the relevance of other people when they see them as a threat. This is mostly based on fear. I want to bridge the gap between theists and atheists.
To help theists understand why I have my own problems with the majority of the atheists, I need to explain that atheists also have “gods” that dictate to them what is right or wrong. Whatever they place their trust in is what they will defend in the same way that theists defend their gods.
If they are trusting in money, then everything becomes about getting money. If this means killing, lying, or stealing, then they WILL do it at the first chance. This can lead to the destruction of many lives. The worst part is that all the work people do at earning money will be completely irrelevant when they die. This is the greatest tragedy of all.
With the knowledge that money does not exist, but life does, it only makes sense to be pro-life rather than pro-money. A pro-money position usually becomes a pro-death position.
As far as whether a creator named God exists, I will let other people fight about that. In daily life, I do not see God, but every day I see the words “In God we trust” . It is written on the paper and metal people refer to as money. There seems to be a relevance between God and money.
When humans choose to murder other humans or other animals. They often say “It is okay to kill because: money.” or “It is okay to kill because: God.”. What then is the difference between God and money? What is it that people put their “trust” in.
The fact that I am not 100 percent sure that God or money exist outside of human brains means that I cannot trust in either. I cannot serve God or money. What then do I serve?
I serve relevance over irrelevance, truth over falsehood, good over bad, life over death.
I trust in what I have seen with my own eyes, heard with my own ears, and touched with my own hands.
By these rules I have chosen, I am convinced that even if I don’t stay an atheist, I will stay pro-life.
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.
Deism is not as popular as theism. The words mean the same thing but they are understood differently. A deist usually refers to a person who may believe in some type of god, deity, or supernatural being. Usually the belief ends there. Deism makes no definite assumption about what the deity is. It may or may not intervene in the world. It may or may not have to do with an afterlife.
I could be called a deist since I know that the existence of something beyond my knowledge is possible. I do not subscribe to ideas traditionally connected with religion such as an afterlife. In this way, I find deism to be irreligious. I think of it as an agnostic theism. It is not a religion by my opinion but others may see it that way.
I see religion as something entirely different from believing in any deity. While I have no motivation to believe in something I cannot see, I also have no reason to stop someone else from doing so. It is only when someone thinks that they are commanded by their god to do something bad to me or someone else that it becomes a problem.
Deism by itself is relevant to me because it allows for separation of a god from a religion. I prefer them to be irrelevant to each other.
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.