I Am An Athiest

yes for real. I was raised a christian and began drifting after I nearly got sucked into a cult.  The experience prompted me to trust my ability draw my own conclusions. The death knell for my faith came when I finished Karen Armstrong's "History of God." Her book gently challenged  my understanding of god and finally gave me the last piece of the puzzle I needed let go of my "faith." It was a reverse epiphany, the scales fell from my eyes and I saw things in a new way. When I looked at the whole story laid out from beginning to end there was only one conclusion for me to draw if I was honest with myself. Humans made up gods and religion.

It was difficult to accept, I loved God...the idea of it, the inner peace it offered, the benevolent omnipotient parent that would always take care of me. It has been difficult to replace those things, difficult to recognise those qualities that I ascribed to God in myself (I refer to the inner peace, unconditional love, the universal parent, not creator of the universe). I often feel alone in the world but I don't think that means I can make up a god to take away my feelings of helplessness. I suspect that this fear and loneliness exist in others, too, and that is why believe in God is so prevalent. No one wants to think that their life might not hold any meaning apart from what they themselves give it, or that there is no way to answer the questions they have about life.

Religion is still importaint to me. I don't beleive in god anymore, but I need a way to structure my life, to figure out what works and what doesn't for me, and what is importaint to me. My values and and my practices are my religion, and I am an Athiest.

betz71 betz71
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10 Responses Nov 17, 2009

Here’s why the materialist, naturalistic, agnostic, atheistic view of the world does not conform with contemporary discoveries in physics and astronomy:

(1) Everything that exists has an objective explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or in an external cause.
(A) If atheism is true, the universe has no objective explanation of its existence.
(B) If the universe has an objective explanation of its existence then atheism is false.

(2) The universe exists.
(3) The space-time universe does not exist out of the necessity of it’s own nature for it did not exist until 13.70 billion years ago.
(4) Therefore, the space-time universe exists because of an external cause.

(5) The external cause of the universe must necessarily be a transcendent, beginningless, spaceless, immaterial, timeless, unchanging, omnipotent and personal being.
(6) A transcendent, beginningless, spaceless, immaterial, timeless, unchanging, omnipotent and personal being is the definition of God.
(7) Therefore, the objective explanation of the universe's existence is God.

What a wonderful post. Very thoughtful and well written. I'll be getting a copy of the book you referenced, sounds interesting!

i agree with you, i know many people who say they just 'wish or hope' for a god so that when they die its not it, and so that they feel theres somebody looking otu for them, being an athiest though i find comfort in facts, knowing i wasn't just created by chance and knowing i myself play a part in the evalution of a species,

George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.

I don't feel guilty at all...perhaps that is insensitive of me, but I don't. I know plenty of people who are no worse off for not having a firm belief in god...so I don't think I will harm anyone with my musings. If I am honest than good things will happen, eventually. Even the bible says it "The truth shall set us free." (ask me if I love the irony of that)<br />
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I have to say the direction of this conversation surprises me, I never considered weather or not my words might influence another, or that I should feel guilty if they contributed to an outcome. Where did the question come from?

that's interesting, i was afraid that you might feel guilty having been the straw that broke my faith... truth be told though, i think i'm an agnostic (at least on my good days)

If someone finds my words meaningful, then I am thrilled.<br />
I used to have a bible teacher who told us "you can't argue someone into the kingdom of heaven." It works both ways; you can argue them out either.<br />
If a person is here and looking I suspect they were already questioning the validity of belief in a god. I hope they give themselves proper credit for being able to draw intelligent conclusions in the face of the scariest of all consequences of non-belief, accepting that we are responsible for how our lives turn out. <br />
This was and is the hardest part for me…but I think it’s worth it to have the chance to grow up.

if someone was inspired by your article, how would that make you feel? what if after reading what you have written here (but of course they have been pondering this same question for years), someone else decides that they too can now confidently identify themselves as an athiest, what if your little bit here was exactly what they needed to hear to give them the strength and courage to continue their journey "alone", and they never again believed in any type of God?

Labels can be a problem, words take their meaning from the context of each human life, so I am adding some context to this "story".<br />
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I am feeling the word "Atheist" today, the idea that I have to rely on what I have access to with my senses. <br />
The nameless is what I must find in myself. Reliable sources of wisdom, authority, companionship, all yet to be discovered. I think for me they develop with experience. And they are often different from experience to experience.<br />
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Before I lost my faith in god I thought these things came from god, from outside of me. Letting go of this concept was and is scary, it's like living without a safety net. <br />
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"Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such authority over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens."<br />
— Albert Einstein<br />
It is the idea of unalterable givens that I need to be rid of.

I sometimes wonder if "Labels" are the problem. People call themselves all sorts of things, "Christian"---"Muslim"----"Atheist"....All those words mean different things to different people......When it comes right down to it, I wonder if there are any words to describe the deep relationship that we each one have with the Nameless.