Ah, but if God doesn’t provide any evidence at all of his own existence, there is nothing through which one could possibly reason he exists, and of course cannot love him because one does not think he is there. Again, even if God somehow provides slight or minuscule evidence of his own existence, how could one possibly use that to give a compulsion or desire to love that being?
"I tell you the truth", the one who posts a quote like this knows deep within his mind that God has not provided evidence of any sort of his own existence. Instead of recognizing this though, the mind reasons, though falsely, the above thought. Free will itself likely does not exist in the sense we generally think of it, and it should be even clearer that we cannot choose to love or not love something or someone. We either do or we do not, there is no choice.
Without God: Life from the Stars
A common theme and emotion I run across on this campus is everyone’s need and desire for God. Jesus is the central role model of their life, and they find meaning in the thought of using the life they have now to prepare for an eternity of peace, love, and servitude to God in heaven. I remember feeling the same way; it is no surprise that they frequently front the perspective that the life of an atheist is meaningless and empty.
I’d like to reverse the question and pose it as an answer. How can you find meaning in this? If you live forever, then any action you take is arbitrary - you can easily decide to delay an action for a day, a year, or a century. Living forever is actually what is meaningless. The inherent nature of religion though clouds this reasoning. Usually from childhood, the religious have been told, repeated out loud, and convinced their minds (and mine used to be convinced to) that life is not worth living without God. Just like even in a moment of sadness, the sheer repetition of verbally saying “I am happy, I am happy, I am happy” etc. can convince the mind that it is actually happy and not sad, the repetition of the message behind religion can convince the mind that life is empty without the God they serve.
From this then, my life must seem empty indeed; this mind that has been unfortunate enough to be indoctrinated so deeply and so powerfully that God and an eternity of eternal bliss is the meaning of life, my lack of belief must seem like a dark and void life.
Not true. Never before have I felt a freer mind and a love for everyone around me. Meaning has life, not life has a meaning. As a religious believer, I did not feel the awe and the excitement and joy of uncovering the fabric of the cosmos. I did not appreciate fully the understanding of the power and deep philosophical meaning behind science, and the peace and contentment in understanding that I will die one day, yet life will continue beyond me was absent.
I have taken control of my life though, and I find a deep and unchanging peace behind studying the cosmos, the universe learning about itself, and enjoying and loving the people who are alive around me as I live right now. My mind truly feels awakened and unafraid of what lies in the future. I desire more than anything else to act in a way and spread my experience in such a way that it contributes to breaking the bonds that religion places firmly among the minds of children today.
You are NOT a broken, fallen human being. You are NOT immoral and hopeless without God. You do NOT need to fear the unknown or death.
You ARE a beautiful, unique, and intelligent mind born in the stars. That we all have in common. We are a united humanity in our origins - we do not come from Abraham, or Ishmael, or entitled to land given to us as an inheritance from God. This land, the earth, IS our inheritance, and it is our gift from the stars. We are not dust returning to dust. We are stardust that is currently alive, breathing and experiencing itself before we are reunited to the cosmos in its basic forms of matter.
Atheism describes who I am not; scientist, mathematician, philosopher and Tumblr user with a message describes who I am.
From author to reader, one human being to another,
Been really busy at college, that’s why I haven’t been posting very much. Studies and work must come first…
Today at lunch I talked with a guy who is a pretty convicted Christian. (Surprise surprise. :P) We had a really good talk actually; he’s a nice guy, and he actually came to me looking for advice for asking a girl out. I would never have expected being asked that… especially by him. lol
Anyway, he was curious to know more about what I “believe” (he knew I’m an atheist before we discussed). So, I simply said it was simply what I didn’t believe. I said atheism is a philosophical perspective and worldview relative to this culture, but it doesn’t actually believe anything.
He then asked me if there were other types of atheism. (I think he was going for something with denominations? Like in Christianity? I don’t know…) So I told him about agnostic and gnostic atheism as well as pantheism. He looked me in the eyes and said “Well, if everything’s god, then nothing is. If everything’s the same thing, nothing’s special.” I thought about it for a second and just said “Yeah.” He repeated it several times in various pitches and thinking poses, each time I just said “More or less, yeah.” And gave a little shrug of the shoulders. He just didn’t get it.
Not worrying about a meaning in life is perhaps the most liberating thing you can experience. When you stop looking for meaning in life, and instead find that life in a sense is meaning. That’s when the fun, the searching of the universe’s depths (and maybe even beyond) unafraid of what might lie ahead begins. Curiosity and passion driving you onwards. The love and emotions that you feel in the journey through life, the highs and the lows… All cast into a perfect eternal perspective of sorts, of which it is the joy of the finite mind to fathom the depths of the unknown.