Rationals MommaSquid on 09 Dec 2006 02:17 pm
How many gods do you believe in?
Ask that question in America, and the answer is usually â€œoneâ€â€¦but not always.Â Depending on which poll you read, anywhere from 2% to 10% of Americans are atheists.Â
I am an atheist.Â But what is an atheist?
There is no simple answer to that question.Â Even atheists donâ€™t agree.Â I can only speak for myself.Â I do not believe in any supernatural being, including the god of the bible.Â I donâ€™t believe in any god or goddess that has ever been worshipped by a human being.Â
Itâ€™s safe to say that you donâ€™t believe in Zeus or Ra either and yet you probably canâ€™t understand why I donâ€™t believe in the Judeo-Christian god.Â
For me the answer is this:Â the bible doesnâ€™t make sense.Â The bible is a book written approximately two thousand years ago by uneducated, superstitious men who knew nothing about physics or science.Â They didnâ€™t understand how the world works, so they made up stories to help them feel less afraid.Â
Sure, some of the Ten Commandments are good rules to follow:Â donâ€™t lie, donâ€™t steal, and donâ€™t kill people.Â These are good rules of thumb, like the Golden Rule. But I donâ€™t believe the commandments were dictated by a god.
The fact that the God of the bible is okay with people owning slaves is proof that the bible wasnâ€™t written by a god:Â it was written by men who owned slaves.Â If god truly wrote (or at least inspired men to write) the bible, donâ€™t you think he would have proclaimed in a deep god-like voice, â€œSlavery is wrong and I will not tolerate it any longer.â€?Â It seems logical that a loving god wouldnâ€™t want any of his people to be enslaved by others.
I realize I am not going to change anyoneâ€™s beliefs with just one example, but I invite you to do some research of your own.Â Thatâ€™s how I came to believe the things I believe and donâ€™t believe; by reading and thinking for myself.
Atheists are not evil, devil-worshipping pedophile criminals.Â For the most part, atheists are hard-working, patriotic, law-abiding citizens.Â We pay our taxes, love our families, and worry about the price of gas.Â We respect the rights of others and we try to love our neighbors.Â
I hope you will do the same.