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
FEELING THAT LIFE IS MEANINGFUL

The belief that God has a mysterious purpose for evil in this world implies that God could command or inflict what we see as evil for he sees the full picture which is that it will have justifiable results under his patronage Ė no wonder religion tends to make inhuman rules. This automatically leads to fear for the truth is that I care only for one person and that is myself and I do not want to be a sacrificial lamb that a God has chosen for the benefit of others. Fear is destruction and this fear will give birth to the other monster called guilt. I can give meaning to my life without God by loving myself and seeing how valuable I am and therefore I should.

Since the one thing I am most sure of is that I exist and I am less sure that others exist for they might be dreams it follows that reason decrees that the only thing that should give me meaning in my life is loving myself. Or loving myself should give me meaning for I can only love myself in the strict sense of the word. If I truly and correctly love myself I will not need a God to make me happy. A God can only make me happy because of myself therefore I should be able to take the short-cut to happiness without believing in one. If I canít then I am ill and I am being cruel to myself. To say that I love others is to say that I am good for others and they for me. It is really just loving myself. The only person I can love is myself. My life is the most important thing I have got and I am sure that self-love is the way to put that life first therefore to seek meaning in God is abnormal for it is trying to put something first that cannot come first for I am not sure enough about it.

If we give ourselves everything we want we will grow tired of it so it is important to deny ourselves in order to reach some kind of happiness and not having all gives us the pleasure of appreciation for what we do have and of being generous if we have the right outlook and accept that life is not perfect. It helps to prevent boredom and it is not sacrifice for it is done to increase future pleasures. The paradox is that in not letting the ego have all it wants we give the ego what it really wants which is why the denial can by no means be considered to be altruism or a sacrifice. The search then for a perfect bliss in Heaven or Nirvana is unnatural and abnormal and unrealistic.

Religion and belief in God thrive on the fear of death among other things. Many want to believe that death is not the end and that they can be saved from it and live forever. To be happy to die because you think God will save you and has a reason to take your life is abnormal and evil. The reason is that since you are more sure you will live on if your body does than that a God will save you, nobody and not even you has any business condoning a God taking your life. It is as easy for people to condone what God does to other people as it is vile. Death is inevitable and we have to accept that and stop fearing it and live the present moment for everything it is worth.

If you practice the principles of positive thinking and they are as undiluted as only our system has them then you will not fear death. This will not happen overnight. You will have the rational and therefore normal mind-set that it is good to be alive even for a while even if death is the end and that since death is at worst just like falling asleep forever you wonít be hurt and there is nothing to fear.