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"An atheist loves his fellow man instead of god and believes that heaven is something for which we should work now?here on earth for all men together to enjoy. He believes he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and enjoy it.
An atheist believes that only in knowledge of himself and knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will lead to a life of fulfillment... He believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church, that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. He strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man.
He wants an ethical way of life. He believes that we cannot rely on a god or channel action into prayer nor hope for an end of troubles in a hereafter. He believes that we are our brother's keepers and are keepers of our own lives; that we are responsible persons and the job is here and the time is now."
nobody should force u to any religion, it is your own decision. but it depends on the country, on cultural habits of the society which surrounds you, e.g. in USA, huge majority believes in God and some countries are nearly fully atheist.... but the final decision is on you.
One thing for sure, we really are born with the right to choose what we believe. And being forced to believe something or even to Not believe something, regardless of what it is they are presenting to us is infringing on our rights, really. And, even if we tried to believe what they presented, it couldn't be authenic for us, I don't think. So, my answer to "is it ok to be an atheist?' is: you do have the right to choose what you believe. But, I might add that if you adopt a belief system opposite of that which you feel you are pressured about, then it could be an act against the pressure you feel and not necessarily the belief itself. I do think that sometimes, there is a season in our life where frankly, we just don't know quite clearly what exactly we believe in. If that is you and it is that season for you, then maybe it would be ok to not just jump into anything and just try to be able to come to a place where when you do seek out what to believe, you can do so with clarity and it not come at a time where it would be hard not to be biased because you have felt such pressure as you described. Hopefully, this helped in answer to your question.
I was a very happy theist for most of my life, but I never experienced the utter peace of mind that I have now as an atheist. I am now free of all those troubling doubts and conundrums that were presented by my belief in an unknowable deity and what that deity expected of me.
Atheism is viewed suspiciously by people due to Madeline Murray O'Hair and the militant atheists she led (now championed by Dawkins). She was notoriously prickly, litigious, and caused most of the 1960's-1980's changes in schools to remove prayer, bible reading, etc. She is widely credited with originating the Militant Atheist movement. Militant atheists are largely responsible for the phenomenal increase in home schooling and private schooling. The result is many adults are removing support for school bonds-- you wont approve a bond if schools are educating children from foreign countries (and not your kids), doing it badly, and not reflecting your values. Atheists and their teacher-union thugs are causing public schools to be populated with teachers who cannot teach and consequently children who aren't learning. My observation is that militant atheists are evidently anti-child. It Occams Razor's answer to why they are leaders of the abortion industry, which kills over a million children in America every year. If you write God out of consideration, anything you want to do becomes lawful. This is the reason why people are skeptical of atheists, because they can't tell if you are the benign kind, or the militant kind.
Is it ok? Yes. No one can force you to believe anything against your will. I have rejected organized religion because there are so many doctrines in it that are illogical and because many if not all of them use fear to push their beliefs. I do believe in God but I don't believe everything that any religion says about God. You are free to believe what you choose. Even if you live in a society that tries to force a belief you might be compelled to say you believe something but you can't be forced to actually believe it.
No one can force you to believe something.But the Bible says this,"....Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." God does not judge us according to some standard that we know nothing about and that is out of our control. He judges us according to our own choices and actions. In other words-we choose our judgment-not God. He offers us the choice of life or death and then acts according to what we have chosen. It is not up to God-it is up to you and me. God did His part-He sent Jesus as a sacrifice to cut a covenant between God and us, so that life and blessing would actually be one of our choices. Without Jesus-there is no choice-death and cursing would be our destiny.
Atheist til proven otherwise; has been my experience after I knew Gods love for a time. We all learn what is right by us though. I agree you should not feel pressured to think one way or another but I would encourage you to seek the truth with a disillusioned eye and rejoice the fragments of wisdom scattered behind the lies.
It is not right to force someone to believe something that they don't. So although I would like to encourage you to believe in God and have faith, you shouldn't be forced to, and you are free to choose your own path. All that you have to do is make sure that it is the right one.
You have to make your own decision and nobody can tell you what to believe in. I do not know your reasons for your disbelief in God. I know that for all of us it's really hard to comprehend a God that has always been here and will always be here. "What may be known about God is manifest among us, for God made it manifest to us. For his invisible [qualities] are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable." It also may be hard to believe in something that you've never seen or heard before but think about this. Can we see the wind?.. No. Nobody can see the wind. But you can see the things the wind does. You can see the leaves move when the wind blows through the branches of a tree. So you believe that there is wind. You can see evidence of God's existence everyday through creation; including yourself. How you are made and the things you are capable of doing. That's what I believe and I just wanted to share my thoughts but it's up to you to decide.
totally i'm an atheist, i tryed christianity and jewdism but i didn't connect to either of them so i decided i didn't believe in a higher power (people have told me that i will go to hell but i just say "see u there")
Of course, you are free to believe anything you want. And just as free to live with the consequences. No one on earth is your judge. And if there is a supreme being, God, then each of us will give account of ourselves before Him.
Do you believe in cold? Do you believe in hot? yes, because you have experienced them right? Well, you dont believe in God because you haven't experienced his love.....try to to get close to him...trust me your life will have a true meaning...remember like the Beatles said "all you need is love" and Love is God, God is love
Just be careful. If someone forced u into something u weren't comfortable with, thats not cool, but don't give up on God. People often want the best foe someone so much that they tend to be forceful with their help. God is real, and he is perfect, its us humans who are not.
You should believe in God. You may not be able to se him but, there are alot of things we dont see and still believe in. I mean you can see air but you breathe it. Right? God loves you and wants you to see his love for you. He loves you no matter what and will forgive you of any sins if you just ask him to come into your heart.
It's okay. Just don't be those people who still celebrate Christmas just for presents (it's so disrespectful!), like celebrating Hanukkah if you're a Nazi (not that I'm saying atheists are at all like Nazis! Just that it goes again everything you stand for).
The word Atheist seems to have become a singled out ostracized identity by all the people of religion but I didn't realize there were 3 groupings like the benign to militant. Anyway, I recently learned that the word 'theist' is to believe in one single god - to be "A"theist is like being "A"political or "A"sexual = a 'non-participant' or impartial within that belief system....not a "hater" or destroyer of religion .... which people tend to assume atheists are. For those who don't know ? Christianity, Judaism and Islam are "mono"theist (single belief systems) ... some religions like Bahai, Daoism, Animism and some Bhuddist sects ?endorse "poly"theism (many belief systems) .... Theology in any form, in my logical understanding is the study of metaphorical allegories and anecdotal moral codes mixed in with fear and servitude and hasn't been updated to suit modern society.
yes, its okay to be atheist. some people will reject you because you think for yourself and dont have a book thinking for you. nothing wrong with being atheist. after all its the religious people in this world that haev created most of the worlds inappropriate and obscene forms of entertainment. just saying in case a religous person tells you atheists are aholes. but theres nothing wrong with it. it means you believe something because you truly believe it
I'm agnostic, but more of an atheist I guess. I'm not completely set, I guess it could be real possibly, and if you do get sent to hell for not believing (which is just plain stupid if you ask me) then why would anyone WANT to believe in that God?
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i'm a christian therefor i don't think it is right....but this is a free country i will respect what you choose to be....i just hope and pray one day you will experience him without feeling as if you were being pushed then you will see his true love...but for now i will respect your decision and hope you respect mine and fellow christian believers
i am a catholic and i believe but i think that every one has a right to believe in what ever they want and i respect what everyone's beliefs whether i think the same way or not. So as long as you don't go off and start bagging on every other religion then i think its great that you believe in what you do and don't let anyone force you to believe in something that you don't :)