Thursday, 12 December 2013

Things That Drive Me Nuts - Zealous Atheists

I was watching a December fail compilation a couple of minutes ago and I noticed one of the idiots wearing a jumper that said, “God belongs”… couldn’t make it the rest. Curiosity drove me to search for this on Google sure enough I found, God belongs in my city - a website devoted to promoting Christianity in New York City.

I then clicked on the about section and found this…

”In October of 2009, a youth group passionate for God in New York City saw an Atheist advertisement campaign in their subway system which stated, ‘A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?’ They were so stirred up by this, that they went to their Youth Pastor who then went to his network of Youth Pastors/leaders to ask, ’What are we, as the body of Christ going to do about this?.’ They prayed…”
Well you can assume the rest. Who was the idiot atheist who came up with that slogan and then stuck it on the subway wall? The number of people who say they believe in God is going down year by year. The idea of an all-powerful being that created the universe is becoming a redundant.

In the past when humanity was far more ignorant than what they are now, the only explanation for the world and our existence was God or gods. There is less mystery in the world than there was in earlier generations.

I’m not really comfortable with the idea of an all knowing all-powerful God. This quote sums up my feelings about God:
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

― Epicurus
Why indeed. The existence of God can’t be explained by logic or reason. Any educated person who is willing to do some intense introspection and ignore tradition, has a good chance of becoming an atheist. Some people will go through this process and come to the opposite conclusion - there is nothing wrong with that.

There are religious people out there who continue to try to get converts. There are also groups of zealous atheists who try to convert people to their beliefs. These groups are both as bad as each other as they don’t allow for people to examine their own beliefs and come to their own conclusions.

I strongly believe this version of zealous atheism is counter-productive. It is actually apathy that is the greatest weapon of the atheist. I believe it is inevitable that increasing numbers of people will become atheist. Advertising atheism in this way will only harden the beliefs of the religious and antagonise them. Also telling people what to believe sometimes causes them to believe the opposite.

The last thing atheists need is for God to become cool.

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