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 4, FEAR - THE FATHER OF EVIL

The Fourth Principle of Self-love is seeing that fear of unhappiness is the cause of all human evil for you do evil for you think it is going to make you happy and fear is caused by ignorance. Because self-love or happiness is the root of all good, fear has to be the origin of evil as manifested by humankind.

The reason that love makes us happy is because it delivers us from fear.

If you are happy you treat others well and they are made happy by being around you and that makes you happier and feel safer in the world. The evil you do is caused by the fear of unhappiness. Since you have to love yourself to be happy, and happiness and self-love or self-esteem are exactly the same thing, it follows that if you develop a strong self-esteem you will not only feel you are a wonderful person but act it. Knowing how to be happy makes you happier for then you have the resources to make yourself happy and stay happy therefore ignorance is the cause of fear and its child, unhappiness. And fear is the root of all evil. The ignorance that causes fear is the ignorance that you should only love yourself and the ignorance concerning how best to achieve self-love. It is the ignorance that you are perfect as you are and ignorance also produces fear which leads to acts and thoughts of evil. We all fear what we do not understand and we are afraid of change because we are afraid of the new while we know the old better and consequently feel safer with the old. So that is where Humanism comes in. The philosophy is hoped to deliver you from ignorance and we are confident that it can! Our philosophy is the only way to salvation and merely knowing the philosophy and understanding it is a tremendous source of comfort for it gives hope.

Do not fight the evil that attracts you but simply see that it is a liar and promises happiness that it will not deliver. Just see it as bad and you won’t do it. To struggle with evil is to give evil power over you to inflict pain on you and to give it the hope of triumphing over you for it might win the struggle. To do evil even if it makes you happy for the rest of your life is to degrade yourself by becoming the vehicle for the origination of a force that has harmed you terribly and is against your dignity for that reason.

Love is often perverted into something that makes people harm themselves. Our job is to guide people to love themselves properly and this is the solution to all life’s problems.