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What Is An Atheist

An Atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. An Atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth for all men together to enjoy.

An Atheist believes that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction, and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and enjoy it.

An Atheist believes that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment.

He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man.

He wants an ethical way of life. He believes that we cannot rely on a god or channel action into prayer nor hope for an end of troubles in a hereafter.

He believes that we are our brother's keepers; and are keepers of our own lives; that we are responsible persons and the job is here and the time is now.”

Godfree110158 Godfree110158 51-55, M 56 Responses Jul 27, 2008

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Godfree I bet you never would have guessed that your story would have so much attention

So many great comments that I don't know what to say. I will say that I'm encouraged to read about aestheticism in such a wonderful light. I think that emphases on religion and not on connection with the world leads to a lot of hurt and misunderstandings.<br />
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People are people, so we are different but we have to stop looking at the external as a means of bonding. If we live lives that are productive and positive who cares what we believe, that's all superficial anyway. I just shy away from generalizing negative statements about any group of people. Promoting ethical practices that encourage unity, not exclusion, is powerful and its what life is all about.

All Religions=the 4 C's<br />
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Confuse<br />
Condemn<br />
Control<br />
Conflict<br />
Im new so i'll explain more in a new post. I do enjoy the outlook you have though, its the same as mine except i believe god resides in all of us but kissing a** wont get you anywhere.

LOL - Godfree, you're cheering me up with that last comment considering I have a major hangover at the mo!

Thanks for the compliment Godfree. But hey we all know whats best for us, (or at least we think we do, or to some degree at least hope that we do!)... its our lives and how we live it has nothing to do with anyone else, right..<br />
Have a great week end! ♥

now, now, TG. Diane knows best, after all she just had coffee with god and he told her you were wrong

Diane, I know for a fact that in my heart and my mind, I don't believe in God - hence why I joined this group!

the same goes for santa, diane

Its JUST not possible for any human being to be born of blood, living and breathing on this earth, to say I don't believe in God.......Its a lie.<br />
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You may "think" so in your mind, but deep in the very core of your being...your heart, no ways. not possible, your heart will never lie to you, ask it! and you will be amazed at what you will discover.

Well who ever read it can decide for themselves whether it had an effect on them or not.

I don't think quoting scripture is going to be very effective in the "I don't believe in God" group.

Thats right there are no atheists, just people who have been seriously lied to, confused, walking in darkness and "think", well lets be a part of a group who dont believe in God...Come now mature adults?<br />
Psalm 82.5 says, they do not know neither will they understand they walk on in darkness", when there is light all around?<br />
An inumeral crowd of witnesses to the life of God which they experience on a daily basis, they number more than the grains of sand on the seashore! Those who have had the eyes of their understanding enlightened and have revelation knowledge of who they are and why they are really here. not to occupy space but to live a life of purpose and bring glory to the one who created them unique in every way!<br />
But no, as Psa 107:10 says Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron...<br />
Like do you have a solution to your affliction, sickness and pain or when you have a loved one with a terminal illness? or an affliction that is incurable? I think not, for you walk in darkness...<br />
Psa 107:17 Fools because of their transgression,and because of their iniquities are afflicted!<br />
Whos fooling who, here? you can try tell me I am wrong, what makes you think you are SO right?<br />
Loves his fellow man instead of God? Come now lets reason together.... really, stop insulting your own intelligence!!

No there are no atheists, just misguided, confused folk who walk in the darkness, who have believed a lie and try to convince others and themselves that they love their fellow man instead of God! Come now grown mature people?

A cut and paste dictionary definition of God says absolutely nothing. The definition translates into "beyond human comprehension" or the inability to intelligently deny or confirm.

Diane, you're saying there are no atheists. You're wrong. We may all worship something or be a slave to something, but that has nothing to do with it.

Function: noun<br />
Pronunciation: 'gäd also 'go d<br />
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German got god<br />
1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: as a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshiped as creator and ruler of the universe b Christian Science : the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind <br />
2 : a being or ob<x>ject believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship ; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality <br />
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No we dont.

Everybody believes in God....We all have a god whether we like or not whether we believe it or not some call it money others food, alcohol, drugs and some call it sex, some believe in religion as in a God of the bible and some believe in budha or mohammed, either way we all have a heart to believe in god and god is whatever is most important to us in our lives, and takes presidence over all else, even the ones we love.♥

Funny how a story about one person's belief in athieism, has turned into a talk about God and the Devil...... so funny!<br />
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Personally, I have no idea what I believe, and I'm happy that way.

I would really like to know what marji said that was so awful. And you know, maybe there *is* an EP clique after all. Marji says something I'm assuming was bitchy and everyone takes up for her.<BR><BR>I'm not saying it's a bad thing.

that's lovely and everything, but the truth is not all atheists believe any of that. Being atheist doesn't mean you're a "good" person, nor does claiming a religious affiliation. <br />
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An atheist doesn't believe in God. The rest depends on the individual.

Well, I am not having a great day either. Not at all. Hopefully, it will get better. Probably after I leave this story...keep fighting the good fight, Godfree.

FAITH SMAITH.<br />
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"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the son's of God"<br />
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Why do you want to argue so much, Marji? Jesus was nice to the devil when he tempted him-why don't you think you should at least follow his example in that way?<br />
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I know plenty of Christians, and they don't act that immature.

Great post, but a lot of the atheists I have met don't believe a lot of the things you just mentioned. They deny they are their brother's keeper for example. In fact, I find as many variations in the belief of atheists as I do of theists, and that is OK.<br />
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But I don't trust people who are certain there is no God anymore than I trust those who say with certainty there is a God. Both are a form of fundamentalism.<br />
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If you try to consider the real concept of God, you will find that God is not an ob<x>ject in which one can argue for or against.<br />
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To argue for or against something you have to have some way of defining that which is "greater than can be conceived." You cannot define that.<br />
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Therefore, in my view, you can, at best say something like the following.<br />
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If you believe that all human emotion or desire, including a mother's love for her child, is nothing more than chemical reactions designed to achieve survival of the species, and there is nothing more, then you will tend to be an atheist.<br />
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However, if you believe that after all is tallied up, there is something more, then you tend to be a theist.<br />
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There are people here on EP that have lost loved ones, and tell us they have felt the presence of these people in their daily lives. To deny the reality of their experience, and claim with certainty, that this experience is simply imagination is extreme arrogance in my opinion.<br />
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It seems to me that what you believe is not too important anyway. It is what you do. You say you are "your brother's keeper." That is all that counts. If there is a God, you are serving Her by your deeds, and if there isn't you are serving humanity...same difference no matter what you believe.

"To argue for or against something you have to have some way of defining that which is "greater than can be conceived." You cannot define that."

This is a theistic argument that is meant to justify the fact that in 2000 years and counting, there still hasn't been found a single proof of the alleged existence of this god thing! So there's really no point in your using this "argument".

Type your comment here...Believe it or not, Christians want the same thing. Yes, we love God and we wish to become closer to him. But we also love our fellow man and in helping him we become closer to God. We pray because we need to reach out to someone , something other than ourselves. Does God always answer? Yes. It's not always the way we want. Sometimes he answers with silence. Whatever the answer may be it is up to each man to carry his own weight. Read the Bible. The great leaders of the Bible did not sit around all day and just pray. They got up, they cared for their families, they fought battles, and they also died in said battles. Prayer helps a man find that inner conviction and strength to carry on. You may not like this, but in many ways we want the same thing. We're just going about a different way to get it.

Interesting how you can claim to know all these things without an actual proof...

I used to be a Jehovahs witness...Im not anymore......I havnt thought about god for some time and its been great.........................I want nothing to do with people who profess to be christians...because usually they are anything but.....

Wonderful post. I agree completely