posted on Nov, 19 2007 @ 03:30 PM
I often read comments from Christians along the lines of, "Why are atheists always trying to disprove God to us?" Especially ironic are the ones
that say this in threads where Christians are trying to disprove creationism, or where Christians are claiming they have proof that God is real. I
would like to explain my answer to that question, but first, let me explain the events and circumstances that lead me to this answer.
I once believed in God. I believed because I was told to, and Christians all around me threatened that I would go to Hell if I did not. Fortunately I
came to see that all religions threaten some sort of punishment for disobedience. I thought to myself, "Surely these punishments can't all be true.
If I do not follow this religion, I die and go to Hell, but if I do not follow that religion, I can never find inner peace?"
Right about the same point in my life, I began to enjoy my science classes in school. It was an eye-opening experience for me. All those religions
taught punishment for disobedience and disbelief, but here was a system that just said, "Here's our theory. Take it or leave it." And what's more,
science offered substantiated proof of its claims! Religions all just say, "Take our word for it, or suffer forever!" It was then that I realized
that I was an atheist.
And from there, I became interested in history and social studies. I started paying attention to the wars in the Middle East. Documented accounts of
religious wars caught my interest. I learned about witch burnings, crusades, terrorist attacks, and genocides. But I did not blame religion for this,
not at first. I blamed the people leading the masses.
But then I came to realize that those leaders needed tools. People do not do what they are told just for the sake of obedience. Tools are required to
control them, and religion was the greatest tool of all for that purpose. Take a carpenter's tools and he can only make a pile of wood. So perhaps if
we could take the tools away from warlords and imperialists, we can make a peaceful society?
The clerics use religion to dictate what we do. They use our own fear and self-doubt to keep us in line with their religions. Anything which
contradicts their teachings must be silenced or destroyed. They do not wish us to find our own way if they can only profit from people who follow
So it comes to this: I try to prove God to be false because religion holds the world back. I have three points to discuss on this. First, some of us
wish to advance our civilization and physical well-being through science. Second, some of us believe that we hold the keys to success within our own
minds. And finally, some of us desire a world of peace and prosperity and we see religion as a tool to destroy that.
We cannot advance civilization when every time we discover a new advancement, we have to bicker with the Christians about whether or not some 2000
year old book says its acceptable. Stem cell research could save millions of lives (and no, it does not require aborted fetuses.) Cloning and genetic
manipulation of livestock could put food on the tables of billions. That is what concerns us, but Christians just get mad that we want to "play
It is offensive when you tell us not to have pride in what we do, because pride is a sin. And it is even more offensive when you tell us we can't do
anything on our own, and that we are so incompetent we can't even exist by our own effort. Christians would have us believe that God is responsible
for our accomplishments, which is an insult to those of us who know better. God did not give us a rocket that took us to outer space, we built
it and went there ourselves.
There are those in this world who would create religions for us, and use them to manipulate us into waging war against their enemies and serving as
their slaves. Religion is merely a tool used by calculating, vile rulers to dupe peaceful people into serving a violent cause. I will agree that those
rulers are the root cause of the violence. However, without their tools they wouldn't have the power to wreak their havoc.
Mankind needs to realize that we are not sheep, we can be our own shepherds. For now, we limp along on the crutches of religion and barely move
forward. These crutches are built for us by evil people who profit off of our self-induced handicaps. We need only drop our religious crutches and
stop being afraid to stand on our own feet. Then, we can learn to run free.