posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 07:40 PM
consider the definition of an atheist...
one who simply does not believe in the existence of a god or gods...supernatural entities that wield great powers.
so, in the simplest sense, do you believe in the existence of supernatural beings? an entity or entities that wield powers over humanity, or the
universe, for that matter?
now consider this...
god, as applied by religions, doesn't need applying here...for example, one can believe in a higher power, and call it god, yet not subscribe to any
religion...he or she defines this entity as a being that is not defined by any religious guidelines, but exists simply as a being who watches, and
perhaps - sometimes - intervenes at his or her will. (considering the ancient astronaut theories...)
such a belief would not make you atheist or even religious.
but, if you don't believe in such things - if you dont believe in supernatural beings - then by simple definition...
you Are an atheist - even if you wish not to be seen as such.
this would also apply to any religious context, and in the simplest sense.
consider this - in Neysa's post, she says her husband doesn't like being classified with the other christian fundamentalists...however, he does
believe in christ...which is the core of the christian faith.
so by simple definition, he is christian...regardless of whether he is or isn't associated with those within his faith who follow a stricter
understanding of the religion.
he is still aligned to the basic core of the belief system to which both he and them subscribe to.
thus, he is christian. perhaps not a christian fundamentalist...but still christian.
and keep in mind, every religion ebbs and flows based on the support it is given, whether it be mild or fanatical...as this is plainly obvious
throughout the many centuries that the major religions have lasted through.
in the end, regardless of any belief or religion, the true desire for all should be to live for the sake of humanity.
not the sake of any belief system.
consider this food for thought. nothing more.