So I went to my Secular Group tonight and we are getting a few folks together to talk to religious deists and it inspired the same question.
Why exactly are you an atheist and when did you figure out you were?
I am an agnostic. I don't exactly care anymore, and the reason is, if there is a god, then it doesn't have a conscious and is like a "cell". It created it all, and left .. and that's that and maybe even died or evolved into some other organism. I don't believe in infinity so that's why I believe something created it all.. cause and effect. Infinity is a laugh. The reason I say that, is because I believe there is an end to "existence as I know it."
I don't believe in Jesus Chris, Allah, the Hebrew God, or anything that has a monotheist personality.
Why? Faith, Hope and Love are man made inventions. We choose to get along, because either we are apathetic or because we were lead to believe there is something at the end of the tunnel.
I honestly think when it all boils down though, we are all individualists trying to find some type of synergy. Some type of clay to put us all back together. Some type of thing that we can all unite in. That's what most of the times Christianity and groups like it are for. Some place where we can all validate a belief due to something that happened 2000 years ago.
I don't think everything on earth happened 2000,3000 years ago.. I believe we are small minded to even phathom that. Christianity sometimes seem so desperate to defend itself, when sometimes, all I do is ask a simple question like..
What would I tell you if Jeff Dahmer or Hitler went to Heaven? They both believed in Jesus, so according to the good book, they are now in Heaven. It's a contradiction if you say otherwise.
Me, I think there is nothing at the end of the rainbow. What we have is what we have. Unfortunately some were born lucky, and through wisdom, some get unluckier throughout life. Though by putting a face or a belief behind why something happened, is a little bit of a scape goat.
It destroys my belief doctrine in Humanitarianism and Naturalism. I believe men and women can eventually work together as long as they are not too pig headed about opinions. If people are willing to work with different Faiths and accept that people will always make up deities in order to "fill the void", then we might get along on this small rock we call Earth.
Some times it's just something to do.. Sometimes it's just something people unify in. Sometimes it's just something to work towards. A true Christian, doesn't scare me..
A Christian who tries to indoctrinate religion in law/war scares the shit out of me. Same thing with Islamic beliefs as well. If one tries to say, you can't do something, due to it's in the bible.. that scares me too.
Not everything in the Bible/Torah/Qur'an is Moral/Ethical. So it really stomps out belief overall.