christians say all you need to do is believe in jesus to be saved – the problem is I have seen posters on the internet who not only believe in
jesus, they believe they are jesus - so I have no use for belief, in the end it does nothing useful
A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
But this I understand:
"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the
virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but
will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."
The above was from a post I made earlier* so I though I better add something new
We didn’t do religion at home when I was growing up; it wasn’t until I was 11 that I was exposed to any christianity and I though it was flawed
from the start.
But here’s how I figured out what that flaw was:
We used to have coal delivered to our house in one ton loads, but at the end of every summer we would get two ton’s for winter, a lorry would pull
up to the gate, tip the coal on the path and leave and it was up to the householder to put the coal away.
So the situation was, end of summer, 12 year old me, two tons of coal and parents not available, so I decided to put the coal away.
While filling the barrow with coal to take to the coal bunker, my first thought was how this would get me something good as a reward.
After a while I then realised just how much hard work this was and I stopped thinking about getting a reward when I realised how happy my dad would be
that he wouldn’t have to do it
Next I found I was actually enjoying doing the job – I’m young it’s a hot sunny day lots of physical activity and I was getting a real sense of
accomplishment – so rewards, happy dad, all that was ok - but better still was me just doing a good job, the work had become its own reward.
It was at this point I realised what the flaw in christianity was, if there was a god and he had created the world and was trying to filter people in
to a good/bad person grouping then he wasn’t going to get good results with his carrot (heaven) /stick (hell) approach, he was going to get people
who are good but only to get the reward (heaven) or to avoid the punishment (hell) - who really aren't good people
Surely what he really wanted (if he was real) would be people who are good for goodness’s own sake or who at least make a solid effort to be
so I decided I wasn’t going to worry about the whole god/heaven thing, what I was going to do was focus on me been a good guy (that sounded like a
full time job any way)
I was going to be good because it was right and for no other reason and if there was a god and he had a problem with me doing it this way (my answer
to his puzzle of life if you like) then there must be something wrong with god, in which case I wouldn't care, I would have done the right thing any
And so an atheist was born – true story by the way
*thanks to jmdewey60