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?

Patrick H
Gormley


Believe that you own what you own!

Owning means you have a right to control or be considered master of property.

 

What about owning yourself?  You are more than property but that does not mean the property concept is unhelpful in relation to yourself.  People talk about owning their own body.  That is okay as long as you don't think you are some kind of mind inside the body like the body is just a house and is not you.  Being your own property is central to your dignity.  It is what you are gives you ownership.  The brick owns its red colour for it is part of what it is.

 

The idea of God challenges that.  All depends on him for existence for he is the reason there is anything rather than nothing.  If you believe in God you would have to believe that your wealth is his creation and reflects his power and beauty and love. Who is richer than him if he exists? He made all things so ultimately he owns all things. He has given some of his wealth away to each one of us.

 

Who says I can own. God. Who says what I own. God. I can't really know if I own.  So I own nothing.  Maybe there is no God to give me ownership and maybe he doesn't give me ownership anyway.  He may give me gifts?  But are they gifts?  Do I own them?  Not really. He owns all he gives so there is no giving. 

 

It is said that we do not own anything. It is said that we only use what we call possessions for a while and then somebody else will use them. If that is true, then stealing wouldn't be wrong. How could you thank someone for a gift if it isn't theirs or become yours? The concept of God implies that God owns all things and we are only users of what he gives. We are custodians of what he owns and own nothing. To think we do not own things implies that we should not seek them. Owning is a right. If we do not own our rights we own nothing and should seek nothing. The belief that there is no ownership creates poverty and damages mental health. 

 

I feel I have free will.  I don't have any reason to find the idea of free will plausible for I think I am in my head looking out at the world as if I am the only thing that really exists and everything else is just like a film around me.  When I have that illusion I can have others.  If I am programmed to act free when I actually am not free then if there is a God then it might be said that I only have free will only in spiritual or unspiritual matters. Free will is limited to how I react to God.  Everything else is programmed.  Occam's Razor says that if God gives me free will so I can love him by being loving and just - just is about ownership - then that is what I need to suppose.  It shows then that free will and ownership need not go together.  I can own without God. 

 

Atheism in its most positive light says, "I own me.  I alone decide what I will do.  Its not about God.  I reject the very idea of God."  I do not own because of God but I own because there is no God.  From When I say No, I Feel Guilty by Manuel J Smith we learn, "The right to be the final judge of yourself is the prime assertive right which allows no one to manipulate you."  That is another way of looking at the value of self-ownership.