Sorry for a mini bump but I want to express my views on the matter.
Atheism is or isn't a religion depending on how you define atheism. As a fairly new term it has so many meanings it's hard to pinpoint what one means
with the term. It gets thrown around a lot.
To me atheism the standpoint that we don't have proof and the current theories are so full of holes, inconsistencies and can be shot down rationally
for us to believe in a god. However that does not mean that there is no god(s), just that currently nothing points to there being any.
Immediately if I think why would I not believe I come over many stumbling blocks. Well first and foremost I never did or had the need to. I was born
to a very mildly Christian family, they didn't practice it but as a kid I was still exposed to the Bible and read it. I do remember somewhere in my
teens I was honest, looked at the info I have gathered, noticing it was more of a storybook and difficult to believe in without lying to oneself. I
was not really a believer to begin with, it was just a concept I knew of as a kid as I have read/heard of it and by that age I kind of noticed some
flaws that put it on the backdrop. So I would say I was always a non believer. I don't like the term atheist for the exact same reason, so many stuff
gets added to it for some reason. Belief in scientific theories become for some reason part of it, what has evolution got to do with believing in god?
People where atheistic in nature before the theory even existed and were fine without it.
So on to my obvious complaints that I can muster up on the spot.
1) People pick and choose Bilbe or Quran verses. They explain certain parts where made for older ages and we don't have to believe everything. This
seems too much of a thin red line case, who exactly decided what, where, when and to who is needed and not needed anymore. Human input was put too
much into interpreting these claims. Some gets transported from the old texts, some gets left behind, people get different meanings from the save
verses and all claim they have the right meaning. This shows that religion is not really that clear to any of the people and therefor hard to see a
real unity or something supernatural that all people behave by one code.
2) Interpretations, translations, meaning of words as a whole. People created dictionaries and meaning of words, not the other way around. A good
example is the word "gay" it changed from happy, joyful to meaning a person who is attracted to same sex persons. Word meanings change. Also there is
this thing called lost in translation, surprisingly what gets lost is usually the meaning as words don't always carry one meaning and it's hard to
find similar meanings in other languages. Thirdly humans themselves, subjective minds reading such texts have to give their own input if they
translate or copy the text, mistakes get made. Add this together and there is no way the texts have remained the same. The meanings will have changed.
People forget or mishear even simple things like "Let's meet at 2 o'clock" and make mistakes in 300 word texts. How can they keep such volumes of work
mistake free is quite hard.
3) The old mental puzzles, what comes to mind immediately is the old and overused "Can god create a rock that heavy that he can't lift it?". Also the
very nature of the Bible, why create a flood to kill everything if he is all powerful and could simply fix the problem with a "thought". Why sending
his own self as Christ to die at the cross as salvation, it does not make sense. He is again god, couldn't he simply make it ok without having to
resort to such "only way" methods.
4) Falling to sin. This concept is lost to me. The story goes that humans had free will and decided to fall into sin. Looking at a programmers aspect
of this it does not make sense. "Free will" does not mean anything it is a word pair. God had to create an entity called "Free will" and define the
meaning. He had to program what it means, what percentage one choice is taken, what percentage other etc. What I am trying to say he basically created
a faulty program as he defined what free will is (he made everything after all) and us falling into sin is his doing as he was the creator of the
possible output "free will" and humans. Even if he made us choose 50% 50% he still is responsible as he been fully aware that 50% that we chose
5) The severity of hell is totally lost on me. Even Hitler wouldn't deserve 100,000,000 billion years of torture and it's eternal.
6) The ability to bend the commandments. Do not steal, lets go for the most idiotically out of the box example to illustrate this. If I took a
murderers gun without his permission, lets say he was going to rob a shop and I took it off his car hood. That would be considered stealing as I took
without permission and I would burn for eternity in hell for that.
I'm running out of characters so I will end my explanation here. I didn't get far explaining at all sadly.
edit on 24-7-2013 by Scrap because:
Spacing, more readable now