The Myth of the Unbeliever in Religious Nomenclature.
in Hinduism. The infidel
in Islam. The atheist
in Roman emperor-worship
and classical antiquity. Heresy
in Christianity and Protestantism. The blasphemer
, the skeptic
, the nihilist
, the pagan
, the heathen
—from within religious narrative, these words are condemnations against a soulless, ungrateful
betrayer and enemy of God. Outside of religion, they are meaningless.
Oh atheists, how you allow yourself to play along with the religious narrative. As diligent as any acolyte has ever been, you’ve once again bought
into this story as you continue to mine an already exhausted vein in seeking any sign of yourself among the dusty statues and ghosts of religious
nomenclature. Worse, you play a parody of yourself in their show, a caricature, and instead of destroying outright the idea of the unbeliever, the
infidel, the heretic and the atheist by proving beyond a shadow of a doubt through your works and your deeds and your reason, that the idea that there
are soulless, sinful betrayers of God wandering the Earth is not only completely wrong, but untenable, just like every other superstition in their
canons, you instead adopt them and justify the superstition. Indeed, you act them out. Perhaps you were too busy imagining that there are some ideas
within the religious doctrines to not believe in, as if it was possible to not believe in something that was never there in the first place, but you
forgot to negate the very dangerous idea of the unbeliever in your quest for vanity, and started to believe in it. Where you could have emancipated
the memory of those who were wrongly put to death for atheism and heresy, you fuel the flames beneath their feet and push the hemlock through their
veins by embodying the very same character that they were once condemned for being.
Sure, you’re an atheist, and you should perhaps be very proud of yourself; but remember that you are only an atheist in reference to the religions
and to nothing besides. Nowhere outside of religion and religious discussion will you find use for your precious label. As a matter of fact, In order
to call yourself an atheist, you must in some way hang about religion, and refer to yourself from within its shadow. This is, of course, a necessity,
because it was the religions themselves who condemned and slandered human beings with these words, and nowhere outside the religions do they have any
other purpose. Who would have thought that these human beings would take up the cause and start slandering themselves? In a strange twist of irony,
those same people who were condemned for so long started to wear their pejoratives as badges of honour—at least when it was safe enough to do
so—as if the religious priests and inquisitors and those who seek to impose a spiritual ladder of which and where you seem to remain on the bottom
rung, have been right all along.
The spiritual hierarchy is a myth, and all designations and labels designed to inflate this non-existent pecking-order are superstitions. The agnostic
theistic argument that “there are no such beings as atheists” is actually quite apt, but better, and more humorously, this argument is more an
admission of guilt than anything, for if there are no such things as atheists, every religious doctrine has been wrong for condemning people as such.
Of course they were wrong! Of course there are no atheists! Atheism, the unbeliever, the infidel, the heretic, is church propaganda, rhetorical
inventions, cleverly devised to convince others of some hidden evil within their brothers and sisters—a sin called non-belief.
It’s not that you lack faith or belief as those who would condemn you—even yourself—would have you believe, but that you instead have more faith
than any “man of faith” could ever hope to have. With no need for vast stretches of the imagination, you have faith in the substantive, in
reality, in the knowledge reaching and creating drives that each human possesses, when they have faith in mere words and parables that someone wrote
down one time. Trade with a theist one tiny piece of God for the small rock you hold in your hand, and you possess infinitely more in your hand than
he could ever hope to grasp. Your faith is greater and of more value, and your belief, of higher quality and refinement—theirs, empty.
So while you fight tooth and nail to seize this church idea and frame it to your liking, rhetorically redefining it here and there against the
thousands of years of its traditional use by making it more meaningless than it ever was, and in the process throwing off real faith and real belief
in favour of their version of unfaith and unbelief in order to fit into their little category, remember that one was only an unbeliever when he was
systematically condemned as such by church nomenclature.
Thank you for reading,
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