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 12, BE YOUR OWN PERSON

The Twelfth Principle of Self-love is that you must not worry about what others think but just do good so that what bad things they think become insignificant. This involves the abandonment of the concept of a nosey God.

To worry about what others think too much is trying to put the approval of others before yourself. You alone are the reason why you feel that way about their approval so you can change yourself to do without it. It is a sure indication of perverted self-esteem. It is the same if you worry about what God thinks. Since it is what you think about you that matters, cut all ties with all the gods that humanity has invented. If you be a blessing in the lives of others from day to day you will find that their disapproval wonít scare you for there is so much good that makes any real or imagined wrong you are accused of fail to make you downcast. Why should it? It is only a drop of dirt in a well of pure water. To stop yourself being hurt by the disapproval of others you must do good works and be conscious that their opinion is not necessarily right and that they are degrading and ultimately embarrassing themselves by trying to manipulate you.

Find people who may accept you for what you are. They might be counsellors or whatever but remember that they are there for you and that will help you. You will develop self-esteem faster if you make friends but you must make sure that you will outgrow needing them Ė they are only to help you get you to stand on your own two feet by yourself. The proper relationship with them is when you donít need them but have them as reminders that you are an okay person so that you and they can enjoy being together.