Here are some of the most common unfounded myths about non-believers (Athiests, Agnostic Theists, Free-thinkers etc.) For this blogpost, I hope to dispel the wrongful assumptions made by religious believers about the Non-believers. And I do want to remind everyone that among the non religious non-believers, there is no dogma, each non-believer represents himself and each of us have our own individual opinions, and the reason why we share so many of them is because the objective evidence led us there.
1. You just want to sin
Most believers that I have met, think that our non-belief stems from our desire to sin and because we are afraid of hell, that we delude ourselves into non-belief just so we can continue our excessive lifestyle. Using that reasoning is equivalent to using this argument “You are not a Muslim because you just want to continue eating pork.” Of course that is not it is it! You are not a Muslim because you do not believe in Allah and you do not see anything sinful with eating pork. You may not even like pork! So for the non-believers, we do not believe in hell, or the curse of sin. Or your god. Because there is a lack of evidence for us to accept your god’s existence.
2. You hate god
No. Anti-theists hate god. Non-believers do not. How do you hate something you do not believe in? Do you hate the Grinch when you find that there are no presents under the tree? No. You blame your parents. Not the Grinch. Do we hate god? No. Do we hate religion? Some of us do. Some of us don’t.
3. You have a belief too
Non-belief is not a belief. Just like how abstinence is not a sex position. Or not playing chess is a hobby. But of course there will be arguments like ” It takes a certain kind of belief that all of these order comes without a creator.” This is an appeal to ignorance. Just because we don’t know, doesn’t equate to god. In the past, we couldn’t explain why the sun rises and set, we said god pulled the sun. Now, we learnt about how the sun gives the illusion of rising and setting because of the Earth’s rotation on its axis and we are able to explain it. God has been our explanation for things we cannot explain since the beginning of mankind. Non-believers recognize that, and realizes that “I don’t know”= “I don’t know”. Plus this argument assumes that we have to know what is, in order to know what isn’t. But that is not the case, I’m not an expert on cars, I have no idea how they work and so if someone asked me how cars are able to move, I really couldn’t tell them. But if someone told me that there is are twenty hamsters inside running on a wheel which powers the car, I would be more that just a bit skeptical of such a claim. In truth, I would call such a claim ridiculous and so would you. Even though I don’t personally know how cars work, I am reasonably certain that hamsters are not involved. I would need to see some pretty solid evidence to convince me otherwise. So, even though I do not understand everything about how life came about etc. I do have enough amount of information to discredit the other religions plus a severe lack of evidence on the part of religion to conclude with a fair amount of certainty that a particular’s god does not exist.
4. You believe in the theory of evolution
I do not believe in the theory of evolution. I understand it. “But you need faith to believe in evolution” Faith is an acceptance of something without evidence. Evolution has an overwhelming amount of evidence to support it. “But you have to believe in it because it just a theory, it has not been proven.” In everyday usage, we do use theory as guesswork and hunches. However, within the scientific community, the word theory means a well-substantiated, well documented, well-supported explanation for our observations through testing. Just like the theory of gravity.Evolution is supported by a wide range of observations throughout the fields of genetics, anatomy, ecology, animal behavior, paleontology, and others. If you wish to challenge the theory of evolution as a belief of faith, you must address that evidence and explain why it is wrong or unsupported.
5. You are immoral because you reject god
If you put a non-believer in a room full of believers, chances are you won’t be able to identify one from their behaviors. Just because we do not believe in your god, does not mean we do not have morals. We all have morals. And we think that morality comes from ourselves, not the bible. To perhaps prove this point, I would like to say that in the bible, we are asked to stone gays, pay 30 silver coins for rape, to brand our slaves and pass them down to our sons etc. but we don’t follow those rules anymore. Choosing which part of the bible to believe in, suggests that morality is within us. And we do not need the bible to tell us what is right or wrong. Plus, when faced with moral dilemmas, one does not have to refer to the bible to know what one has to do. We hold responsibility over our actions and we understand that we should treat people like how we want to be treated ourselves.
6. You are arrogant to think that you do not have a creator
I actually think its a much more arrogant position to think we are the center of the universe.That we are not animals. That god created this incredibly huge universe, so that we can live on a speck of his creation. That when we pray, we can amend the will of god. That your religion is the one true religion. Here’s a quote to explain the arrogance of religious thinking, “the supreme arrogance of religious thinking:That a carbon-based bag of mostly water on a speck of iron-silicate dust around a boring dwarf star in a minor galaxy in an underpopulated group of galaxies in an unfashionable suburb of a supercluster would look up at the sky and declare “it was all made so I could exist”.” Peter Walker I do not think the world was made for me, nor do i think that some all powerful god would take trouble to help me find my car keys. I am a product of chance, I am an animal that has evolved relatively higher cognitive functions among my peers in the animal kingdom.
7. Your life has no purpose
This is my take on this. Freedom from religion can offer a freeing and positive world view where you can govern your own destiny. The meaning of life becomes a more personal question. Without a belief in a personal god, the universe is still a beautiful and amazing place. Scientific discovery emerges as the best way to continue uncovering the wonders of life and improving our prosperity. Natural disasters and misery become things we can address without accepting “God’s will.” No personal god means we must take responsibility to protect the world and each other. With no eternal salvation we must treasure the life we have and make it the best life we possibly can. Click here: https://unconfirmedabsolutes.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/a-lifetime/
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