Why I Don't Believe In God
From: "[name suppressed]"
To: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, June 26, 2000 11:38 AM
Recently I decided to write a rant for a friend, I got very into what I was writing about, so I decided I'd let someone else read it. I haven't really proof read it, but I think it's very interesting.
Why I don't believe in God:
Religion is ignorance, it is just a bunch of B.S. that people believe because some man said there was a god 2000 years ago. People thought the world was flat 2000 years ago also, so if I go sail the oceans will I fall off the earth at some point? I think not. When I was little people told me there was a Santa, but as I grew older due to common sense I knew he was not real, same with god, common sense, he(or her, or whatever people believe it is) is not real. What proof do we have that there is a god? Ok some people claim they have seen god, people also claim they have seen the boogy man, the loch ness monster, the Easter bunny, and one I see every year at the mall, Santa. About 3 years ago in my old town, god was supposedly seen on a local church wall. It was on the front page of the paper, people from all over came to see it, people believed god was present in that church. Of course out of curiosity, I went to see, since it was nearby anyway. This was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.. remember when you were younger you always pointed out that that cloud in the sky looks like a tree? Or it looks like a cow or something? Well this wall slightly resembled the shape of 'god.' My ceiling has circles all over it, one circle intersects and forms a weird shape, this must be a sign right? How people could be so amazed with this wall astonishes me, its like seeing a group of people staring at a cloud shaped like a tree, its stupid. A friend once said to me she believes in god because the world must have come from somewhere. I'm gonna believe in Santa now because those presents must have come from somewhere. Sure that analogy is a bad one, but its pathetic if the only reason you believe in something is because you have nothing else to believe. Every religion is so sure that their religion is true, don't people realize that if there's 100 religions(I don't know how many there actually are), then all 100 religions CAN'T be true?? It's common sense people, common sense. Many people say that god exists because the bible said god exists, if the bible said that humans could fly I wouldn't be surprised when they find dead bodies at the bottom of cliffs. Sure there's proof that a man named Jesus existed. It's also proof that a girl named [name suppressed] exists. It doesn't mean anything does it? How do we know that Jesus is any more special than [name suppressed]? Jesus was probably a guy who had a friend who decided to tell a tall tale and decided to use his friends name. I could easily make my own religion stating anything I want, and if I pushed these beliefs on enough people, people would probably start to believe it. Are people so insecure that they have to believe in something in order to live a stable and fulfilling life? My life is very good, I have shelter, i have food, i have clothing, and above all i have happiness, do i really need a god? I'm fine without it.
Now if God was supposed to be loving, and love everyone, then why would he send people to hell? Religious people say that those that go to hell did not devote their lives to God. So basically someone who was nice, maybe even won a Pulitzer prize or something would go to hell because he did not devote his life to god. Is that fair? Why would anyone wanna love a god who would do that to someone anyway? Here's a story, ok you were born on a farm in a secluded area, your parents were not religious, so you had little knowledge of religion. You never once learned about religion because you never once had the opportunity to. When you were 20 you died. According to the bible you will go to hell. Is that fair? This person was a kind human being with high morals, never hurt a soul in his life, he never denied god because he never had any knowledge of him in the first place. Why would anyone want to believe in a god who would punish someone from lack of knowledge of him? I strongly believe there is no god, and even if there was, I'm glad I don't worship a god like that anyway. If I go to hell so be it, better than going to heaven for believing in a god that would have sent an innocent uneducated child to hell. I go to church every once in a while because my friend asks me too, I go because honestly I think its interesting(the Christian one). Of course I don't believe anything they say that relates to god, but I go for 2 reasons. The moral reasons, some churches talk about morals, in life having morals is an important thing. Another reason I go, is because in order to criticize religion so much, I have to have knowledge about it. I have gone to church many many times in my life, i think i know enough about it to be able to criticize it. It's amazing that when I go I see so many people so glued to the church. I have been to 2 churches with different religions, both I feel the need to make fun of. First Catholic churches, they are the worst. You walk in, you dip your finger into holy water and put it on your head(personally I'd rather keep my head dry). Then as you approach your seat you kneel down and make a cross(personally the energy to kneel is just not worth it). Then you sit quietly, if you're not quiet people glare at you, so not only do we have to go through the torture of going to the church in the first place, you have to be silent there too. Then the priest reads some story from the bible, the story is ridiculous, it never makes sense, and its just plain boring to listen to. Then the priest keeps talking and talking, and I honestly don't even know what about cause my attention span for things that are boring and pointless is rather small. In between there, you say several poems that everyone in that church has memorized, I would never waste my time memorizing anything that stupid, the only reason I have one memorized is because in order to get my communion when I was little I was forced to recite it. I didn't like it as a kid, and as I get older I think its more and more stupid. Also during the Mass you give handshakes to the people around you and say 'god be with you.' Next Christmas I'm going to give everyone a handshake and say 'santa be with you.' Its insanely ridiculous how people are so glued to the church, what does it really do for them? Takes time out of their sundays? Yeah that's about it. Now on to my other church, a Christian one, now this church is much less irritating, and this is the one I previously talked about how I sometimes liked going to. You walk in, you sit, it's a lot more of an open environment than the catholic churches. The first 30 minutes you worship, as in you sing church songs and dance. You would not believe how funny it is to see a group of people dancing in a circle with their hands up, they say they are praising god, but really all they are doing is looking silly. After this worship the priest gives his sermon, for some time he talks about moral type things and doesn't mention god that much, now that is somewhat interesting, now he goes to talking about god and how you must praise him. What does he know, he wasted his whole life worshiping god when he could have accomplished so much. Religion is ridiculous, it's amazing how so many people can follow something that is the same as one of those silly fairy tales you hear as a child. Is there really a difference? It's simply just wishful thinking, I always wanted Santa to be real, but then common sense hit me, how does this common sense seem to miss so many people? I just don't get it. Here's a quote I once read, "I don't believe in god, because I don't believe in mother goose," by Clarence Darrow. That is the base of my belief, god is just a little made up fairy tale. It is has no reasonable proof what so ever, and until they find something, which i believe will be never, i will remain believing what i believe.
Recently a friend told me that she doesn't think she would be able to be friends with someone who did not believe in god. Obviously she does not know my opinion on god, if she did then I'm sure she would change her opinion of me. I'm still the same person whether I believe in god or not. The thing that bothers me is that it seems that most religious people are so narrow minded. I am capable of being friends with people no matter what they believe, yet the believers of god find it hard to like anyone who is not a believer of god. Has the belief in god, and their church controlled their opinion on others that much? Apparently so. These people are a bunch of hypocrites. According to them god taught them to be loving and caring and to respect others, it seems like they have no respect for anyone but their own kind. The bible says preaching is a sin, if I said I did not believe in god to them, the preaching would immediately begin. I don't bother them with my opinions why do they feel they can bother me with theirs? We are entitled to believe whatever we want. Another sin in exact words, 'one who tries to straighten out others,' yet people seem to think its ok to try to straighten out atheists and make them believe, or take homosexuals and try to make them heterosexual. Hypocrites
Thanks for your time
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