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
DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH

Do not expect other people to treat you well and you will not be disappointed or as hurt if they treat you badly. This is more than just good advice: it makes sense not to expect people to respect you when there are forces outside of each and every one of us that determine what way we are going to behave. Expecting good behaviour from them is not going to make them deliver what you expect but it empowers them to hurt you terribly and when deprived of that power they will be less likely to harm you and you will be spared much pain if they do.

Where does trust come into all this? When you trust another you trust your own judgment of her or him and not her or him personally so you cannot trust another person. You trust your perception but you do not let yourself be shocked if your perception is proved wrong for it is just your perception. So you end up with all the advantages of you trusting them. It is easier to feel safer with others if you are a good person yourself who is happy to help others. A bad person cannot feel safe in the world because the person he or she knows best that is himself or herself is bad and that summons up the fear: “What if the people I deal with are as bad as me inside?”
 
When you cannot trust yourself to do right you cannot really trust other people even if you act as if you do so doing right is necessary for a good healthy self-image. You need to be happy with other people so you have to stop fearing them. Fear and mistrust are much the same thing so when you mistrust people or life it is because you have no faith in yourself. For example, if you say, “I will never work in an office again to go through all that bullying again,” what you are really saying is that you cannot trust yourself to find a nicer job in an office and succeed in being friends with your co-workers. This is another proof that loving and trusting yourself most of all is the solution to all problems and is best for other people too not loving your neighbour as yourself. Trying to love and trust your neighbour as yourself will result in two things, failure and fear.
 
Look on the good side of everything and everyone. The badness in a person is only a small part of them. The badness is really just warped goodness. To help a bad person change is an exciting challenge. There is nothing to fear- all sorrow ends sometime. Every evil can be turned into an advantage.