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
FORGIVENESS IS A SNARE!
 
Forgiveness is deciding that some wrong you believe a person did of their own free will does not matter anymore. It is a form of mercy which reduces or cancels the punishment a person deserves. You become their friend again and refuse to treat them with the anger they deserve. People say forgiveness is not weak and is not pretending that the wrongdoing was not so bad after all but is about freeing yourself and hopefully the offender from bad feelings to live better in the future. In practice it is saying the wrongdoing is nothing to worry about. A bit of anger can be a good thing. It is what you do with it that counts. There is no doubt that forgiveness has the same results as condoning which is pretending that the past evil does not matter. In practice and in theory they are the same so forgiveness is hypocritically rewarding evil. You can be upset at the loss of life a murderer caused but not be upset about the abuse of his will which led to that so forgiving does not mean you will be upset no more about the deaths. To say a past evil you did with your free will does not matter is the same as saying that you donít matter for you can go beneath yourself and should. Forgiveness is evil. The excuse for making a distinction between forgiving and condoning is that you can forgive and still punish for punishment is intended for the personís own good and everybody elseís. The punishment has nothing to do with the evil act for it has been pardoned. Itís done for other reasons so it is not really punishment but glorified revenge. At the same time we are still dealing with condoning here. Itís a confused mixture. Sometimes people who condone have to send the criminals they condoned to jail. You should punish because you condemn and you have decided not to condemn therefore to punish would be revenge and inconsistent with heartfelt forgiveness.
 
We do not believe in forgiveness for there is nothing to forgive when choice does not exist. Do not hold grudges. There is nothing to forgive and keep affirming and believing that and the grudge will disappear. True - other people should not have hurt you, but they were not in their right minds when they hurt you. A grudge is an act of self-hatred because it prolongs the pain and the hurt in yourself. It is crazy to hold a grudge against a person who slaps you in the face when by holding the grudge you are creating more pain for yourself than that person ever created for you. Most of the time, we hold grudges against people we do not know that well while we love our friends though they have done worse. That is harmful thinking and is caused by unfair suspicion. Let go of the personal antagonism but do not forget the offence when it is necessary to remember. It is true that we encourage crime by not holding any spite but as the criminal has no free will there is no room for spite at all and so we cannot hold any.

The fact that there are many evils that can be inflicted on us that we do not fear as much as others or perhaps do not fear at all shows that we are in control of our reactions and that gives us hope and confidence that we can win and be happy despite what life throws at us.

I forgive because I feel like it not because I think I should therefore I am condoning the offence for I ignore the offence and just worry about what I feel. Anything I do I do it for my indulgence. Therefore I do not really forgive my enemy because if I did I would be doing it for their sake too which is one of the things forgiveness is supposed to be about. Forgiveness is a sanctimonious sham and all shams are detrimental to the health of the mind. We reject forgiveness; it is letting go we believe in. We believe in the real thing. Not doing it forces the past to have an unhealthy hold on you and make you afraid and fear breeds more fear and more evil and those who work and live with us will be affected by it. Most of your problems will be instantly solved if you let go.
 
Forgiveness is evil because it rewards an evil that is freely brought into existence. We behave much the same way as people who forgive do but that is not because we condone but because we have to do it for criminals have been perverted by forces not under their control. That is why we have to put up with the same bad consequences that come about when people forgive.
 
Without forgiving and instead replacing it with an understanding that ceases to want to hurt the wrongdoer but wants to help them live as decent people we avoid the pitfall of pretending we can love the sinner and not the sin which is plainly seen to be hypocrisy when you translate it as blame the sin and not the sinner and is more positive and encouraging for no condemnation is involved.
 
Understanding and letting go of the past is what we believe in and we must remember that it is not other people that we have to do this for because when we hold a grudge the true target of the grudge is ourselves and we only kid ourselves that it is the person(s) who hurt us we hate. The grudge only hurts you and is you punishing yourself for wrong being done to you. To accept and love yourself is the only thing you need to do and the only way to have affection for others.