I want to start with what is more of an assertion: You know that there is god! You just want to be free to sin, sin, sin.
Gnosis is the Greek noun meaning knowledge. Gnosis supplies the root for the word agnostic, the a at the beginning means without. Agnostic means without knowledge, hence a person that states that they do not know that there is a god is not claiming that there is no god. They are claim not to know for certain that there is or is not a god. An atheist is also not making a claim that there is no god. Actually some atheists do in fact claim that there are no gods. This is typically what is meant by positive atheism. Atheism is a word that means without theistic beliefs. The word atheists was first used by the Romans and applied to the early christians. It means those that don’t believe in the gods. Most atheists are agnostic atheists. That is to say as do I; I don’t know whether there is a god or not, I see no unambiguous evidence for the existence for a god, any god. The claims made for the gods just don’t stand up under scrutiny.
If you’re a christian, try this experiment. How many of the over 3000 gods listed on godchecker.com do you not believe in. You know that there are many gods right? You just do want to believe in them right? Reads like a pretty hollow claim when you think of it in this light don’t you think?
What’s the harm in believing? If I’m wrong and there’s no god, then I am out nothing. But if I’m right and there’s a god I get to go heaven and you Mr. Atheist are in trouble, burning/frying in hell. All the while I’m with Jesus and we are laughing, pointing, and staring at you. So it best to believe.
Your’s is a tendentious belief. You assume that you are believing in the right god in the first place. And yet there are and have been thousands of other –true gods– worshiped through the militia. Godchecker.com is a place where you can find a list and description of all the other gods you might want to consider accepting. After all all you have is faith that you got the right one, and faith is not knowing with certainty. In fact it’s the opposite of being sure, the opposite of knowing. Remember that Jesus stated that he would return in the life time of his followers, and yes as it is written he meant it. How did that work out. I don’t recall him returning in power for all the world to see. Can you really trust the bible god, or Jesus?
The second part to address is the I’m out nothing proclamation. You’re out of the time you wasted in church, the time wasted praying, not to mention the money you tossed into the church coffers. The simple pleasures that you denied yourself because it might be a sin. Movies that you missed, time spent with friends. Perhaps you were shunned by one group of family or believers because you didn’t believe what they did. According to the Encyclopedia of Christianity there’s over 30,000 plus different variants of christianity. Suffice it to say you are no doubt going to somebody else’s version hell. Just as you believe that they are going to hell for not accepting your beliefs.
If there is a god, perhaps that god really hates people that believe in your barbaric, raging misogynistic minor warrior god of the “Old Testament”–Hebrew Tenauch. You might after all be the one at risk. That god might reason that I don’t believe because too much has been made out of Yahweh.
To be on the safe side I’ll stay unencumbered by theistic constructs.
Doesn’t it take just as much faith to be an atheist?
Atheism is a religion too. Or the old I haven’t got enough faith to be an atheist.
Because he explains it so well I am going to quote Matt Dillahunty of the ACA. The Atheist Community of Austin. He is a co-host of the Atheist Experience which is a cable television show produced by the ACA and can be seen via a live video feed anywhere in the world via the internet. I am paraphrasing Matt,
Atheism isn’t a belief, it’s an answer to one question. Is there a god? Thats it. There is no dogma, no underlying beliefs or rituals that have to be observed. One cannot be excommunicated from the fold, for holding differences of opinion or observing ritual not deemed atheist enough. There is no governing body, no prescribed texts. Certainly no higher authority to bow and scrape too. I do not, nor does any other atheist have to answer to another atheist for my beliefs or rather non-belief.
Atheism is to faith/religion as bald is to hair color.
You may have heard christian apologists like William Lane Craig saying that they haven’t the faith that it takes to be an atheist. I agree in part, accepting something on faith is stupid, unwarranted. Not willing to accept something because there is a dearth of evidence to back it up it the correct stance to take. What they are saying is that they haven’t enough faith to disbelieve in other gods, and yet thats just what they claim to do. No evidence, no belief, no problem for the atheist.