My philosophy is morality without deity. Even the Bible delves into this issue:
“If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Or if he ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your
heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:11-13)
So, even Christians knows that evil men still know right from wrong. Now, just because I don't follow your teachings does not mean I am going to
commit random acts of violence. In fact, belief in a higher being does not preclude an individual from committing evil acts.
The more I think about this the more I see the prideful nature coming from the believers. And that nature is "if you don't believe as I do, you are
more evil than I am because my beliefs are better than yours". Judge not least you be judged.
You stated in your OP "I get it, many Christians fail, as do atheists, but why are we judged so harshly and atheists are not judged at all. At least
we have a standard, yeah we fail at it and we still sin, but we have that standard." If accept that mantle and then proclaim to the World just how
good you are, then yes, you will be judged more harshly. But what right do you have to judge anyone whatever they believe? Isn't Christianity supposed
to be a personal relationship with God? Then where do those who follow Christ have the right to tell me I am good or evil? And how can you judge what
standard I live by without knowing who I am?
I understand you may 'fear for my soul', but what happens to my soul is between me and God. If more Christians would use compassion and understanding
instead of judgement and accusation, we may get along better.
Here is my proclamation to you: As a true Atheist I will never belittle your beliefs. I will never try to force my beliefs onto you. I will never
demonstrate against any religion. I will never think I am better than you because of how I live my life. I will, however, defend myself against others
who wish to judge me as we are all equal and human.
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