I Am An Atheist: This is my story!

 

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Let me first give you a brief introduction of myself. I am not an extraordinary person. Much like you, I was born and raised in this world, with parents telling me that there is someone who takes care of us all and that someone is God. People used to tell me that God has created everything, and well they said he did it in just seven days. For some reason, the entire phenomenon of God didn’t sit well with me.

You may ask why? It’s not because I was a satanic kid or that I found pleasure in denying God, like some people out there do. However, my reason was simple; if there is God then where is he? I know there are a lot of answers to that question such as he is invisible or if he makes himself visible the entire universe will become dust and so on. Still, I couldn’t accept.

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Bought a new bike today

It takes me around 30 minutes oneway to work by bicycle, and ive been cycling for almost 3 years everyday and it was time for a new bike. Ive been looking for a electric bike for awhile because im getting sick of all the uphills and it will save me some time everyday. I had two bikes that I knew would fit my needs one was  Prodeco V3 Outlaw and the other  Phantom X2, but after alot of forth and back I finally decided  to buy the Prodeco.

So now im just waiting for the bike to arrive, ordered it today so hopefully I will have it on tuesday or wednesday.

 

What do atheists believe?

Modern atheists hold many beliefs that are common to all or nearly all atheistic believers. To be sure, there are variations based on ongoing advancements in science and mathematics. But such differences are not pivotal to the modern atheist’s beliefs. We, being all modern day atheists, do verily believe and endorse the following tenets of Atheism and acknowledge them to be true and proven, by reasonable standards of logic, reason, science, mathematics, and/or observation:

 

THE BEGINNING

Based upon the conclusions of those we reasonably believe to be the most intelligent, learned, rational, and knowledgeable in relevant intellectual pursuits, we believe that the theory known as The Big Bang correctly describes the beginning of our universe. We believe this is the only acceptable logic behind the creation of this universe.

 

LIFE

Based upon the conclusions made by learned men we believe:

1) That life came into being without purpose and without intelligent design or intervention.

2) That humans have not yet been able to create a living organism from inanimate materials, but one day we will be able to do so.

3) That some characteristics of things that are “alive” are that they: undergo metabolism, have a capacity to grow in size, maintain homeostasis, respond to stimuli, adapt to their environment and reproduce.

4) That concurrently with the advent of Life, The Speck revealed an additional law of nature – evolution. According to the law of evolution, living organisms evolve and adapt to the circumstances of their existence.

5) That the advent of living creatures also brought with it the concept of “purpose” to the universe. Living creatures imposed their own purposes on the universe. Two primary purposes which life imposed for itself are survival and reproduction.

6) That there is no identifiable reason why living things began to impose purposes into their existence, and we will never understand why this happened because life was created without purpose.

7) That more complex living organisms are more active in imposing their purposes, often affecting the purposes of other living organisms. The effects on competing organisms tend to be negative for one or all organisms competing for survival and reproduction. Cooperative organisms tend to enhance one another’s purposes through a relationship we refer to as symbiosis.

8) That from their meager origins as single cell organisms approximately 3.8 billion years ago, living organisms on earth, through applying their inexplicable purposes, evolved into the more than 8.7 billion separate species existing on earth today.

 

HUMANS

Regarding human beings, we believe:

1) That humans (homo sapiens) evolved according to the inexplicable purposes of their ancestor species, ultimately becoming the most evolved and intelligent life form on Earth.

2) The human brain controls all thoughts, emotions, speech, and actions of humans.

3) That the human brain is made up of two kinds of cells: neurons and glial cells. The entirety of brain activity is controlled by the interaction of its cells with electrical impulses (usually generated elsewhere in the human nervous system), and chemicals called neurotransmitters which exist in spaces between the brain cells (collectively, human electrochemical brain activity).

4) That human electrochemical brain activity gives humans free will and the ability to make choices regarding the individual human’s actions and inactions.

5) That such choices in turn affect human electrochemical brain activity to cause the human electrochemical brain activity to make additional choices.

6) That the human’s never-ending chain of choices, as determined by human electrochemical brain activity, become the human’s character or personality.

7) That the individual human’s personality or character, and his interactions with other living and inanimate objects determine: a) how the individual human will act or fail to act; b) what the individual will believe or not believe to be true; c) whether the human will choose purposes for his existence and which purposes he will choose.

8) That outside the realm of human electrochemical brain activity, there is no good or evil, right or wrong, fact or fallacy, love or hate, intelligence or idiocy, reason or insanity.

 

OCCAM’S RAZOR

Occam’s razor holds that, when selecting among competing hypotheses we should usually select the one which offers the simplest explanation, the foregoing beliefs are the simplest explanation for human condition. It logically follows that there is no god and we reject the possibility that god exists.

Some questions on atheist beliefs answered

How does one become an atheist? Some people are born that way and never buy into religion to begin with. Others grow up with religion and begin to question it later on. It usually happens in college, or during a midlife crisis, or after a traumatic experience that doesn’t quite fit in with the idea of an all-loving God.

Although it’s theoretically possible for a believer to become an atheist just by analyzing his beliefs in a logical and detached manner, such cases are rather rare. After all, religion is a very sensitive topic for most believers – it’s one of the first things they’ve ever learned, part of the foundation of their entire identity. Try challenging somebody’s beliefs and you’ll often get the same angry reaction you’d get if you insulted that person’s mother.

If you don’t believe in God, what’s the meaning of life? The meaning of life is to find a meaning. It’s what you make of it. For some people, it could be the pursuit of money, for others it’s serving their country or being a good parent. We atheists come from all walks of life, and we’re all different, except for our lack of belief in gods. Since we are not an organized movement or a religion, there is no official atheistic position on the meaning of life, just as there is no atheistic consensus on the best kind of ice cream.

Atheist beliefs just make a person selfish!

Some of us are selfish, and some of us are not. Sure, we get to sleep in on Sunday mornings, but just because we don’t want to spend our time praying to an invisible man in the sky, doesn’t mean there’s something inherently wrong with us. And moreover, what is more selfish: following a moral code and taking responsibility of all your actions, or justifying your wrong deeds just to score enough brownie points in the eyes of God?

The Various Advantages of Being a Friendly Atheist

A friendly atheist is someone who is skeptical and doesn’t believe in the existence of gods or deities, but is also friendly towards other theists. Even though theists are an atheist’s principle opposition in religious and political debates, a friendly atheist still expects to have a healthy conversation with them. There are many reasons why friendly atheism should be encouraged amongst disbelievers; one of the most important benefits is the improvement in theistic-atheistic relations.

In the strictest sense, atheism is the rejection of belief in gods and deities. However, it is often very closely associated with humanism too. Since humanism and humanitarianism are also closely related, one would expect atheists to be friendly. Nevertheless, you should note that there is no connection between atheism and humanism, and humanitarianism and friendliness. Being a friendly atheist is a personal choice that reflects more on the person’s intrinsic moral values than it does of his or her atheistic stance.

 

 

 

Historically, atheists have been discriminated against and persecuted for their irreligious stance. The atmosphere today is also very hostile towards atheists; however, it is far better than what it used to be in olden times. Nonetheless, in spite of the background history and the ongoing discrimination, an atheist has to show true resolve and courage to be friendly to his opponents. A friendly atheist holds the opinion that a theist is justified to believe in a supreme being, even though it contracts with his own rational arguments.

The concept of god or a creator is borne out of a need to explain many natural phenomena; it is also an answer to why and how we came into existence on this planet. Many cultures and civilizations all around the world have come up with their own versions of gods and deities, and each one of them hold many similar elements. In short, god or a creator is just an idea. Those who believe in this idea are called theists, while those who do not are called atheists. Hence, it is very important that you make a distinction between an idea and the person believing in that idea.

A friendly atheist is someone who is staunchly against the idea of theism, but still remains favorable with those believe in it. To give an analogy, it is similar to disliking a book or a movie, but still remaining in friendly terms with the fans of that particular book or movie. Another analogy is to like a mentally unstable person, who might have a complete wrong view of the world in spite of all the evidence.

According to the dictionary, the word “friendly” means acting like a friend, or being kind and helpful. However, the definition of a friendly atheist has very little to do with the regular meaning of the word ‘friendly.’ Here, it means being open and social to other theists and their arguments, and understanding that theists are justified in their belief of god.

However, many atheists face opposition within their own communities when they are open to theists and their ideas. While even this behavior may be justified, it is a completely false position to assume every atheist to be the same. Indeed, no two atheists hold the same beliefs, and are only united in their disbelief of a supreme being. As a result, being friendly would strengthen help the relationship between atheists and the rest of the society, whether it is largely based of theists or not.

Also, it would help remove the stereotype narcissistic and self-important image that atheists are associated with. Since the world is majorly compromised of theists, atheists inadvertently find themselves forced to live in a theist-centric society; that can explain the aggressive and persistent stance of many atheists when it comes to human rights. However, it does harm the image of the atheists. Thus, more friendly atheists may help improve the image of atheists in the society.

It is worth noting that many theists and theist-centric media label aggressive disbelievers as “militant atheists.” This is a completely blatant use of the word “militant,” considering the fact that atheists are only aggressive in claiming the rights they’ve been denied, as opposed to some theists who resort to violence and real militant behavior. Having a sane voice in the atheism camp would help initiate a debate on the intermingling of state and religion, which is nothing but a disaster waiting to happen.

Furthermore, a friendly atheist position is desirable to “convert” theists to atheism. While this may seem like a deplorable activity if pursued relentlessly – just like the missionaries do – it is still very much desirable. Changing the stance of theists is just a side-effect of friendly atheism, and not an end goal. In this day and age where religious zealots are trying everything in their power to assert their religious morality on everyone else, it becomes extremely important that one combats them from within.

However, if you are wondering whether friendly atheists are required to be open to hostile theists, then you’ve imagined it wrong. Sometimes, even a friend has to go against his emotions to do the right thing. A friendly atheist sees most of the theists as deeply confused people who need help and counseling. Being friendly to these people is the only way to convince them that they are living a lie. <br><br>However, it is advised that you adapt an experimental attitude towards all the theists. Be friendly with them in the beginning and treat them with respect. However, if they ever try to be hostile with you, or use bigoted logic in their arguments, then you have every right to go ballistic against them. After all, a good friend is always your worst enemy.

In conclusion, friendly atheism is a very plausible view that every atheist should give serious consideration to. However, the friendly nature shouldn’t just be mimicked to appear warm and welcoming; it should be genuine and frank. Since a majority of the modern atheistic movements are centered on the principles of humanism, a friendly atheist is perhaps the need of the hour to improve atheistic-theistic relations.