To you atheists out there listen up.
To what do you place your faith in? Atheism to me is the highest level of narcissism. To believe that none is higher or more powerful than yourself and there couldn't possibly be something greater than you. You believe in your own power not the power of faith. You despair in your own pride yet grieve in your feeble concepts of relying on yourself and placing your hopes on falsified circumstances to make yourself feel better. There is nothing wrong with personal strength we all have it but Tell me
Where do you place your faith?
If in humanity what about the concept of the soul? To be atheist is to deny the concept of a soul. You admit you have consciousness and life but no soul. How sorrowful is that?
The concept of life after death? You believe you die then you do. No higher plane of existence? But, doesn't that contradict you? To believe you are the highest of the high , the greatest of the great yet a place is not prepared for you?
Where do you place your faith?
"To be atheist is to deny the concept of a soul. You admit you have consciousness and life but no soul. How sorrowful is that?"
lol, you should know that there are many Christian intellectuals who support the materialist view and do not believe humans have souls, either. They believe we have a material body and that body will be resurrected some day, but they do not believe in a "soul" or "spirit" concept since there is absolutely no proof in either one. I've known professors at Christian colleges who support this view.
"The concept of life after death? You believe you die then you do. No higher plane of existence? "
Your own beliefs about the afterlife are handed to you by people who have never experienced it. No living person ever has.
Jimahl is right, most atheists have come to realize how insignificant they are in the grand scheme of things, given how enormous the universe truly is. It is Christians who believe that we are the center of God's attention, and that we are the most powerful beings, given free reign over the earth. Geocentricism was a concept taught by the Catholic church, let's not forget. This seems a little arrogant, don't you think?
You are make so many assumptions and false arguments.
I know of no atheist who thinks he is more powerful than everything else in the universe. In fact, I beleive most think are rather insignificant when it comes to looking at the whole universe.
You ask where do we place our faith? It depends on what you mean by faith. I have faith in things based on my experience. I have faith my wife and kids love me, because they show me all the time. I have faith that even if I do something wrong, they will still love me, because my experience tells me so. However, I do not have faith in some being that has never once has showed himself to me nor has offered any proof of his existence. I have no experience that tells me god exists, and neither does anyone else who buys into the dogma. They just believe it with out one iota of proof. To me, that is an incredible waste of time and energy. I choose to live in the real world.
Things just are. You are using your own belief in something to dismiss those who don't believe. If you think it will sway anyone, you are wasting your time.
First off, I'm a christian. So I do believe in God, Jesus and a soul. I also DO NOT believe in calling other people sorry just b/c they don't believe in the same things I did. I don't judge people by their beliefs but by their actions. The people who are truly sorry are the ones who beat their spouses, children, pets, people they don't even know, who use drugs, leave their kids alone when they are too young, have kids when they can't even afford to make a basic living and most of all, those who are sooo wrapped up in their own selfishness that they steal from their own family. I think it's more important to reach out to these kinds of people than to people who treat other people well and can survive independently without being a burden or hurting others but don't believe in God. Jesus' public teachings told people to repent and turn away from sin. Not that they had to believe in Him or God. When he described punishment, it was for those who were truly wicked, not for those who just didn't believe.
I don't partake in blind faith. I believe in trust which is based on evidence. I trust in myself, my family, my friends and the natural order of things. I do not make decisions based on wild hopes that may or may not come to pass.
This universe and the laws of nature are much greater than I am. I believe in science, critical thinking and free inquiry. These are the tools that have brought humankind this far and they will take us much farther if we use them properly.
Why is the concept of a soul so comforting? Why must there be an afterlife for the here-and-now to have purpose and meaning? I am quite content believing that this is all there is. So I make the best use of the time I have now because tomorrow isn't guaranteed in either a body or a spirit.
Your questions read more like accusations. I hope you'll read these answers and get to know us before you make anymore brash and erroneous statements.
If you define soul as a consciousness that survives physical death I don't believe in it.
I also think dead is dead. When your brain stops functioning so does your consciousness.
Believers often tell me that their faith sustains them and makes them happy but I get along just fine with no invisible means of support.
While nihilism seems to be a short step from atheism most of the atheists I meet are happy and optimistic.
I consider cynicism and criticism to be virtues and faith a weakness. Know more and believe less.
I place my faith where it belongs, things that are real to me. Family, friends, people who have actually done something for me because they care. And my loyalty lies with them, not an invisable person in the sky demanding I warship him or I will go to hell. Now who sounds self absorbed. And it does suck not to believe in life after death, but you know what. At least we live in the moment, we know that this is all there ever will be, so make the most of it.
Believers keep telling me it takes more faith not to believe in gods than it does to believe in them. They also tell me faith is honorable, virtuous, and brings great joy. Therefor, atheists are the most honorable, virtuous, and joyful people on the planet.
(by the way, you're projecting your cognitive dissonance)
your going to get beaten up one this one. you know my believes on love hope and faith, but many go through life with out them, I wouldn't call this live I call it serviving and min. for everyone else the bases is that Love, Hope And Faith are the 3 strongest magics and with them life can be enjoyed to the fullest
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