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


The

Gospel According to

Atheism

 

 

I.      EARTHLY SALVATION PROMISE

II.     HEALING POWER OF ATHEISM

III.    ONLY GOD YOU NEED IS YOU

IV.    FREE WILL IS A LIE

V.      FREE FROM HATRED & GUILT

VI.    THINK FOR YOURSELF

VII.   NON-EXISTENCE OF GOD

VIII.  EVIL OF RELIGION

IX.    ATHEISM: JOY & MEANING OF LIFE

X.     THE HUMANIST WAY

XI.    ENJOYMENT OF SEXUALITY

XII.   BARE ESSENTIALS

XIII. ABOUT HUMANISM

XIV. ULTIMATE TRUTH THEOREMS

 

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PART 2 OF THE GOSPEL, THE HEALING POWER OF ATHEISM
 
HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF
PRINCIPLE 1, YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY!
PRINCIPLE 2, YOU CAN BE HAPPY!
PRINCIPLE 3, TO LOVE YOURSELF ALONE IS ONLY RIGHT

HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF

The First Principle of Self-love is to see that you want to be happy.

The Second Principle of Self-love is to see that you can be happy.

The Third Principle of Self-love is that love for yourself alone is only right and nothing else is possible and nothing else can cause you to be happy.

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 Fifth Principle of Self-love is the recognition that you cause the fears you have and so only you can undo them and that nobody or nothing can make you unhappy unless you let them get them get to you.

The Sixth Principle of Self-love is not to try and force yourself to be happy or happier but to just let it happen and accept whatever amount of happiness you have. This avoids stress and fear which both increase unhappiness.

The Seventh Principle of Self-love is that you must reduce your needs. Be easygoing.

The Eighth Principle of Self-love is that you must do good to yourself and others and that will break down the barriers inside your head and heart that prevent happiness in yourself from emerging but do it to see that you are good not to earn a sense of that you are good.

The Ninth Principle of Self-love is to see that you must do everything altruists say you must do but the only difference is to have respect for yourself. This way you manage to retain the benefits of altruism and improve it by putting in the best of egoism. Neither altruism or egoism is perfect but egoism is the best of the two.

The Tenth Principle of Self-love is that you will be happier when doing kind deeds, if you forget what is in it for you and this act of forgetting is itself an act of self-love. When you have problems no matter how small it always helps to get your mind off yourself by keeping busy. This is a selfish act for you seek the pleasure of forgetting about what bothers you.

The Eleventh Principle of Self-love is that you should never condemn yourself no matter what you do but believe that what wrong you do is not you but faults in the programming in you. This attitude will remove guilt gradually.

The Twelfth Principle of Self-love is that you must not worry about what others think but just do good so that what bad things they think become insignificant. This involves the abandonment of the concept of a nosey God.

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PRINCIPLE 1, YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY!

The First Principle of Self-love is to see that you want to be happy.

Some insist that we do not want to be happy because we torment ourselves over things we donít really need and we have to stop that and start wanting to be happy. The truth is we do want to be happy and that is why we run after things we think we need. Need means you require something in order to be happy. We need to be aware that we have had the bad habit of needing unimportant things for so long that our feelings block us from embracing real happiness easily.

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PRINCIPLE 2, YOU CAN BE HAPPY!

The Second Principle of Self-love is to see that you can be happy.

The natural state of every person is happiness. It is just that we let wrong thinking cloud our minds to this fact and warp our feelings and ideas to make us feel sad and angry and fearful.

The only exception would be people who suffer from a chemical disorder in the brain that prevents happiness. These people need medical help in unison with the secrets of happiness that Humanism offers. Nevertheless it is normal to be happy but if the disorder cannot be entirely cured they have to accept this for their own good. Nature does not always respect normality.

Happiness is not found in any person or thing for it is innate and all you have to do is let yourself experience it. It is part of you. It is there for the taking because it is already there and is just suppressed. Only you can make yourself happy. Nobody and nothing can get you down unless you let them or it. Even when it is impossible to feel good this remains true because you learned the habits that made it impossible over time and it will take a lot of un-learning to be free.

The proof that all you have to do to be happy is to decide to be is that when you find joy in God, people and things it is your judgement of them based on your intelligence, perception and your feelings that gives you the joy not them. It is just you using them for thrills. It is all you and about you. When it is all you to start with, it can be all you - period!

It is important to know that the prize of happiness is inside you for it encourages you and shows that there is every reason to be hopeful of attaining happiness.

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PRINCIPLE 3, TO LOVE YOURSELF ALONE IS ONLY RIGHT

The Third Principle of Self-love is that love for yourself alone is only right and nothing else is possible and nothing else can cause you to be happy.

Egoism is the doctrine that I should be selfish in a way that harms none intentionally. Egotism is the doctrine that I should be selfish and harm others if I want to. Altruism is the doctrine that I should not love myself but just love other people. Altruism is one and the same thing as sacrifice and declares that love is sacrifice. You have to believe in and follow one of these. You cannot move from one to the other and you have to stick with one. It would be inconsistent to egoistically make a grand meal for yourself and say you believe in altruism too while an altruist would prepare the meal for a friend. Because you cannot be happy if you do not use your head carefully for reason is in you for your self-preservation, the strongest instinct you possess, logic says choose egoism. It is best for you and for others.

When I sacrifice, I nevertheless do what I want to do under the circumstances so it is not a sacrifice for I am after gratification. When I say I want a car it is not the car that is important to me but the desire for the car and I have the desire for one end, self-gratification. Anything I do, I feel I want to do. Even when I hate doing it I feel it is best to do it under the circumstances so I like it more than I hate it. This is a very comforting thought. Be aware that when you are doing something that makes you feel bad that you want to do it more than not to and focus on this fact. This makes you feel happier about it. It makes you feel free and cherish that feeling. It helps you get over it.
 
I cannot help loving only myself and nobody else. When I say I love somebody I only mean I like what they do for me and enjoy my feelings and thoughts for them. I do not value them. I value myself because it is my delights I value. Therefore altruism is not an option.

The new fashion expressed in the view that doing good for others because you enjoy it and want to help them is unselfish is seriously mistaken. If you want to be unselfish, or altruistic as it is sometimes called, you have to believe that you should do nothing for yourself but just do it all for others and that the more you suffer to help others the better and if you should suffer so much then you should walk ten miles to get somebody a glass of milk if they ask you. Why? Because if helping others because it gives you emotional fulfilment is unselfishness then looking for money for yourself has got to be unselfishness as well for the motive or goal is the same: gratification. It is only the focus of your desires that is different and it is the motive that counts in determining if an action is selfish or unselfish. Unselfishness, thankfully, is impossible though there are disordered forms of selfishness that are disguised as unselfishness.

Those who tell you that you must sacrifice yourself and be altruistic or to love God or others are destructive to your self-esteem for they are telling you that you are only good if you can do the impossible.

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