Why I am an Atheist and an Antichrist
There seem to be a lot of different reasons that people are Atheist. There are also a lot of different reasons why people are religious. The main reasons for my not being religious are listed below. The reasons why I think others should not be religious are also listed below.
I was born into a family that had a strong belief system based on a mix of Christian values and the witches/pagans belief in the ability to perform magic through the use of spells. It's hard to explain how I felt growing up in a family full of people who had a strong belief in something that I did not. I wondered how they could believe in something that they couldn't see, touch or smell. I wondered why they wanted to believe and why I didn't want to believe. Then I started to read about science and also I read a bit on religion and began to see how things could be explained with science. Now I'm not a genius, I do not have an extremely high I.Q. But a lot of things are as simple as looking and comparing. My family being mostly witch/pagan, I began to read books about witches and pagan and magic. I wonder how many witches/pagans over look that part in almost every practical magic book that says, "The spell has been performed, now its up to you." Then it goes on to explain that the spell casters have to put forth some effort to get the spell into effect. Basically what this says to me is that they just needed a push that would help them to do it themselves. They believe so strongly that this "spell" is going to come into effect as long as they do what they are told, but instead they are actually making it happen themselves. The poor people are so involved that they don't even realize that they have been taken for a ride so that someone could make money off of them. I came to this realization with a lot of religions.
It was especially hard when people that I knew and loved (or thought I loved because of blood) came to me and said that they had seen a "spirit" or had a spiritual encounter. I had for the longest time thought that I had seen and heard things also. It is called mass hysteria. One person claims that there is a "ghost" in your house, and suddenly everyone starts having weird sightings and hears things that are unexplainable. I think that because we as people give off a specific energy (documented with Auras) that everything in the world that is organic in nature gives off energy. Given a concentrated amount in one general area might cause some of the images that have been captured on film and sited as "ghosts" or "paranormal". This however is what I think personally. I don't know for sure of this and openly admit it, because I am no scholar. But just because someone shows me a picture of a "ghost" and a specialist says that it hasn't been doctored doesn't mean that it is a "ghost". Just like if someone shows me a picture and says it is "god" I would not believe them until I saw proof. The point to this is there are a lot of things that can currently not be explained, but that does not make it a "miracle of the almighty".
Looking back over the years I realize that yes there are things that I wish I could have done differently. Since this is the only life that I have I am mad that there are really big mistakes that I have made. However having the knowledge that this is the only life that I have I cannot sit and worry and think all the time about the "what if". People everywhere are stricken with a delusion that an "almighty god" will make their lives better. When in fact they know that they are the people that have to work to make themselves and their lives better. How can people have beliefs that would suggest that there Is someone out there that cannot be seen or even proven to exist yet this person, god as it were, is going to make everything all better for them? Do they not see that when they pray that it is them and the people around them who are actually making those prayers come to fruition? And what really gets me is that a lot of these so-called good Christian people have the dirtiest mouths, the meanest threats, and also to go with that really bad delusions and what appears to be some pretty hefty mental illnesses. If this is what organized religion does to people I want nothing to do with it.
Reading has been something that I have done a lot of. I read just to see sometimes what kind of science can be found within the publication. I see a lot of things also that are just impossible and people get sucked/suckered into believing the crap. Why, for instance, should a good Christian have to go pay for a book (the holy bible) that its knowledge is specifically supposed to be shared at no charge with other people? I have seen bibles that are upwards of 50-100 dollars. How ridiculous is that? It is because so called good Christians are money hungry hypocrites. Why would you NEED to give money to a collection plate in church? Is not their "god" so mighty and powerful that he can provide them with everything they should need? NO. That is why there are no gods. Or everyone would have everything they needed in life to survive. There would be no homeless people, there would be no one starving to death thousands at a time on a daily basis. If there were real gods, that were merciful and powerful, we would all be living comfortably, not to mention happily. Why would a god allow suffering, disease, pain, mental diseases like depression and schizophrenia? If there was a god they would not allow it. That is why there is no reason to believe. When I look at that word, BELIEVE, This is what I see - beLIEve.
See I never believed that gods would help because I knew that if my friends and family were going to be helped it would be by doctors. I hear people all the time after a doctor has saved a patients life "Thank god so and so is alive." Why would you thank a god for something that was clearly done by a doctor?? I never saw a point in thanking a deity that obviously had no hand in helping.
So basically its not a question of why I am an atheist, it should be obvious to anyone who has any common sense that its just not natural to be religious? we are not born with the knowledge of a deity, we are taught that knowledge, we learn it. If you were secluded from all religions and no one ever told you about them or about the possibility of them and you were a perfectly sane human being (I will not say normal as normal is a lie also) you would never know that there were such things as religion or gods.
Looking at things from a scientific point of view all my life has made me more open-minded. I have noticed that people who view things from a religious standpoint are normally uptight and they are convinced that what they say is always right. Most of them have absolutely no consideration for others views and opinions what so ever. That is terribly sad. I see religion like I see drugs. People use religion to escape from reality. Then in the course of "using" religion, they become addicted and can no longer see the world for what it really is. Church and prayer are like a fix. If they go to church or at the very least pray, they think that things will be better. You can only make your life better by putting forth effort and not depending on others (including gods) to do things for you. I cannot stress this point enough. Your religion and your god have nothing to do with how good or bad your life is.
Why would anyone want to live a life that is governed by a book that has no factual properties what so ever? I ask myself this every time I hear someone say "Live your life by the word of god and you shall have everlasting life." I just don't see how that can be relevant when that so called word of god is full of contradictions and inconsistencies. All I know is that my life has been less depressing and more fulfilling since I just quit thinking about religion and all the blah blah blah that goes with it. I have more confidence; better self esteem, more friends (because I am no longer afraid of who I make friends with) and an all around better outlook on life. I don't want to waste my life worrying about who is/isn't watching me. I don't want to worry about saying or doing things that would have me sent to "hell". As a result I am happier, stronger, more secure, and believe it or not I am also healthier (in my case it is mental health). So why make yourself sick and tired and unhappy with all this religion crap? Just say no.
This is the opinion that I, Rebecca, have formulated over the years growing up on this planet. If you don't like my opinion I am not sorry for having it, but I AM sorry that you are probably one of the many sheep on this planet that have been fooled into believing in something that just isn't true.
Last Updated: Fri Sep 19 22:54:56 UTC 2003