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

LIBERATION FROM GUILT

Guilt is caused by belief in free choice. Guilt is the perception you have that you are a bad person and should be made to pay for the badness in you. Guilt is useless because the past is over and this moment is another moment. It is a new moment from which change is possible. Guilt looks back to the past when what you should be feeling is optimism that you will do something to correct the evil you have done as far as you can and that you have learned from your mistake. Guilt is the feeling that you want to suffer for what you did wrong and it is one fulfilment of that desire for it is painful. It is a disorder because it is wanting to be happy and believing that you should be happy that can get you started improving and clear up the mess. It does not matter how common something is, that does not make it normal. Only reason can say for sure what is normal.

Do away with the concept of deserving punishment – the fact that you never work to earn self-esteem but just break down the internal barriers that prevent it being unleashed in you proves that the concept of deserving is bad news. No matter what you have done in the past the only thing you deserve is the power to live a good life and be happy. Redemption is better than punishment. If you believe you should be punished then you are in trouble. All this is true even if you do believe in free will and that punishment is what we deserve because the deserving bad is blanked out by the deserving good. You deserve all good and the reason you deserve it is because of what you are and not because of what actions you perform. What you are is a conscious intelligent being who can be happy or unhappy and that automatically tells you that you should be happy. Babies cannot do good or evil but they “deserve” to be happy because they are babies.

The effective way to deal with guilt when it appears is to refute its accusations against you and its will to punish you by doing as much good as you can and as soon as possible. Prove it wrong.