Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


  Gospel of Atheism
1 Salvation by atheism
2 What is self-esteem?
3 Why is self-esteem important?
4 How to love yourself
5 You want to be happy
6 You can be happy
7 To love yourself means loving yourself alone ultimately
Fear is the father of evil
9 Nobody makes you unhappy but you
10 Let happiness come just pave the way and trust yourself
11 Be easy to please and life will be better
12 You just need to see your worth
13 Egoism is the way to go!
14 Distracted selfishness is your salvation
15 See that you are not a sinner
16 Be your own person
17 Only God you need is you!
18 You have a will but it is not free in the religious sense
19 Proof that there is no free will and we don't really want it
20 Belief in fate is not really that bad
21 Liberation and guilt the gospel of atheism
22 Forgiveness in the popular sense is a snare!
23 Hatred in disguise the gospel of atheism overcomes it
24 The importance of evidence and why probability not possibility is what counts
25 Using reason correctly means protecting yourself correctly
26 There is no God - be your own God
27 Show the oppressive God belief the door!
28 Belief in God thrives on attacking your self-regard
29 Why it is inhuman to condone God's often cruel plan
30 Religion is fanatical superstitious and therefore harmful
31 Why prayer offends against decency
32 Why it is bad to believe in revelation
33 Miracles are a toxic belief
34 Fast inner transformation for the atheist
35 Don't expect too much
35 Affirming atheism in a positive way
37 Humanist meditation - transforming your inner self
38 Feeling that life is meaningful
39 On optimism - the atheist and mature optimism
40 Why there is danger and irresponsibility in the afterlife doctrine
41 Telling the difference between right and wrong
42 Being fair
43 On value on human life
44 Can an egoist be a martyr for others?
45 Animal rights
46 Ways of being complicit in society's evil
47 Lying and stealing
48 Gossip is a plague
49 The need for social regulation
50 Proper relationship of church and state
51 The value of education
52 The evil of marriage
53 How to have a happy love life
54 Erotica is harmless and to be enjoyed
55 The bare essentials of atheism
56 About Humanism
57 Humanism is not a religion or a faith position
58 Atheists here are the rules if you want them!
59 Being an atheist or humanist in a religious world
60 Making friends for humanist atheism
61 How we must spread the good news of atheistic humanism
62 The end goal of atheistic humanism
63 Ultimate truth - the theorems of atheistic humanism
PRINCIPLE 8, YOU JUST NEED TO SEE YOUR WORTH

The Eighth Principle of Self-love is that you must do good to yourself and others and that will break down the barriers inside your head and heart that prevent happiness in yourself from emerging but do it to see that you are good not to earn a sense of that you are good.

Happiness is identical to seeing and feeling that you are good enough to be happy. You have to get out there and help as many people as you can to see your goodness and you have to do it forever. Remember that what you do for yourself is as important. Just see how good you are. You donít work to win happiness but to get rid of the clutter that prevents you from experiencing it.

Once you start liking yourself even a bit you will develop better feelings of love for yourself gradually so the only way is up but patience is vital! The fact that you have started to like yourself makes you a good person even if the opportunity to do some good has not come yet for your heart is good so liking yourself gives you a reason to like yourself and you must stand by that reason unconditionally. You must believe the reason is valid no matter what evil you will ever do. And why not? It is a good reason.

All desires are bad in a sense for they are at least a bit painful Ė they crave something you donít have so they are painful. This tells us that we should fill our minds with the desire to be happy through making others happy for the lust for money and anger and hate are more painful and harder and therefore too painful. You should have desires you enjoy having because that makes them worth the pain.

You need other people to do good for them so that you will like yourself better so that you will see that you are good and happiness will be yours. It is too hard and often impossible to like yourself enough any other way. You need to work for a healthy self-image by being nice to others or by trying to and you need to do this all your life for you will wake up some mornings and not like yourself a lot so you need to keep on working to keep you happy with what you are. Do not think that you must do good just to prove you are good but to remind yourself that you are good. You could even keep a diary to help you see for the person you forget to pat on the back when you achieve something is most often yourself. You canít lose the insight of how good you are for it encourages you to do better in the future.
 
Do not love yourself because of your good works or even love yourself on the basis that you will be very good and nice if your past is not much to be proud of. Love yourself unconditionally. No matter what you do, you ought to love yourself which means grabbing happiness eagerly with both hands. Not loving or liking yourself will not do you or anybody else any good at all. But loving and liking yourself will make you of benefit to yourself and others for it makes you happy to be a force for good in the world.