Atheism is The Answer: Why I Reject The Existence of God

I’d first like to tell you a bit about my past. I grew up in a middle class family: I went to a private school, received a good education and lived with my parents. My upbringing was a bit confusing though. My dad is an atheist but my mother is a Christian, albeit not a very practising one. On the one hand, my father told me there is no God and on the other, my mother told me Jesus is God. I felt a bit confused growing up but ,when I was 17, I made a decision for myself: I decided there isn’t a God, He is made up. In the same way there isn’t — as far as we know — unicorns, werewolves or pixies, what reason is their to believe in a God?

Let’s face it: the universe is far too complex and mysterious for us to say there is a ‘God’. A few hundred years ago, way before the recent developments in modern-day science, a belief in God would have seemed plausible. However, due to the rapid advancements in society, we no longer have any reasons to believe in a Supernatural Being. If I have any belief, it is in science; one day we will eliminate God from the equation. It’s foolish and, in fact damaging to our society to believe in such a mysterious Being when, really, we should be concentrating on the here and now.

Furthermore, I don’t need a moral code or a religious scripture to dictate to me how to behave, I can rely on my own moral compass, thank you.

Karl Marx once said that his idea of misery is “submission“. And it’s true, why should I worship and obey this ‘God’ when, not only is there no evidence for ‘His’ existence, but I have no knowledge of this mystical entity. Why does ‘He’ want us to worship Him anyway, is He that greedy for praise? I once heard someone say: ‘When we worship Him, it doesn’t benefit Him, it benefits us’. Well, that makes no sense, how exactly does it benefit us? All it does is keep us in a state of heedlessness and delusion. It benefits us in that it helps to dismiss our deep-rooted, psychological need for a father-figure and provide us comfort from the inevitable: death.

If ‘God’ really does exist, why can’t He just come down and show himself to us, is He not able to? And the very reason we say ‘He’, shows the inherent sexism indelibly marked in our Judeo-Christian heritage and, in particular, religious scriptures.

Why would God put restrictions on us and tell us what to do if He gave us free will? Why would I believe in a God who tells me that I can’t go out and drink alcohol or eat pork but then implores me to kill non-believers and accept his other barbaric codes of living?

I am not perfect, but who is? I am sometimes accused of being arrogant and having a bit too much pride, but I would like to think I’m a good person. I don’t go round killing or hurting anyone – religious extremists and suicide bombers, however, can’t exactly say the same, can they? But then they are the ones who go to ‘Heaven’? I remember reading the Bible years ago and thinking: what a pile of tripe; the Old Testament in particular is so vociferously condemning of anyone who opposes the Law, and the New Testament is riddled with contradictions. And, if Christians can’t even explain the concept of the Trinity to me, why should I believe it? Admittedly, I agree with the great man himself, Richard Dawkins, when he says Jesus was a great moral preacher. While Jesus may have been a nice person, what reason is there to believe any of his metaphysical theories? I’ve read the Quran too, well half of it, I felt uncomfortable reading it and it was too incoherent to bother with. Muslims sometimes say to me: ‘Look at all these scientific miracles in the Quran, look how amazing linguistically it is’, or worse, ‘look how amazing the Prophet Muhammad’s life was: his kindness, humility and sincerity’ – yeah, he was pretty amazing, at being a war Lord, I’ll give him that.

I don’t need a ‘God’ to make me happy: I have women and money; I live in a big house and I’ve got a great car – I’m happy with all the things I’ve got in life; although I feel a bit disquieted when I’m alone sometimes. I don’t think I’ll ever believe in ‘God’, in fact, I’m willing to place a pretty large bet that I’ll never believe in ‘Him’.

If you have taken what I said at face value, you have not understood this – read it again, think and look at the italicised words.

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  1. thought question – Can you give me one a sentence where one must use the word “faith,” and cannot replace that with “hope,” yet at the same time isn’t an example of pretending to know something that we don’t know ?

  2. On the Judgment Day, the author would be addressing O Allah! Forgive these foolish persons that didn’t understand the “hidden message” I gave in my article. When I wrote I do not believe in God, I meant I do believe You. When I said I am an atheist I meant I am not an atheist. Please, Allah, read my article one “last” time and then pronounce Your Judgment. And even You could not follow the hidden message in my article it is not my fault.

  3. This thousands years old debate between the believers and non-believers would continue to surface and resurface. Some people have more than enough time for this. It is easier for those that can not debate on other issues to dare challenge prove where, why and how is God. Nobody can prove. You do not believe in God, fair enough, what have we to do for this? We have other big issues for discussion. In this free world every person has a right to own their personal opinion but certainly it is not binding on others. We are least concerned with your mehood.

    I believe in God because I am wise enough. If there were no God, there would not be any judgement day, there won’t be any heaven or hell, there would not be life after death, in nut shell nobody would be there to punish me for believing in God. And if there IS GOD, I would be standing in the queues of believers with head high. It is as simple as that.

    • This blog is not about me and if you think it’s about me and not believing in God you haven’t read between the lines. Try and read it again.

      • I think I commented after reading the full text. When you write about your family history and then start “I do not believe in God” naturally my comment would be directed to you. It is true you have forwarded strong reasoning for not believing in God. But, my dear friend, these reasonings I have read many a times and, sorry to say, it does not look original, so I abstained from replying those reasoning. There is a thin line between logics and faith but it makes a big difference in life. Faith is above logic and faith can not be bogged down by the latter. Faith is inside and can not be scratched out by agnostic arguments. When communism was abandoned in Russia all the deserted churches and mosques were full houses. Atheism is based on the life we are passing. End of life end of story. Then why Lenin in Switzerland called the Russians “Mother Russia needs your blood” (this call was made when Germany invaded Russia). Was not that anti-atheism principle? In every atheist heart there is a God sitting. Similarly in every believer heart a tinge of disbelief is hidden. And thats the bottom line.

      • You havent understood this blog. I am not an atheist or an agnostic. Now read it again for a final time 🙂

  4. I’m thinking you might have some unresolved Dad issues 🙂

    That aside, I think your jab at the supposed egocentrisim of an atheistic worldview is completely belied by the facts. There is nothing egocentric at all about observing and explaining the universe rationally. In fact, it is quite humbling to recognize what a very small and ultimately unimportant part of the cosmos that you really are; and at the same time uplifting to realize how beautiful it’s complexity, of which you are a part, really is.

    Egocentrism, to me, is expecting a omniscient, omnipotent being with control over all that exists to take interest in the minute details of your life. Thinking that such a god really cares whether or not you get that job or that mortgage or that your mother or wife lives another day is the worst egocentricity of all.

    You really aren’t that important.

    • Neither are you.

      The egocentrism that I suppoedly ‘jab’ at, is your opinion of this blog, not necessarily the correct opinion. Others have interpreted it in different ways. Either way, it’s interesting to see how people interpret this piece.

    • But on the subject of egocentrism: It’s interesting how you start with a mild insult and end with a ‘you aren’t that important’ – you didn’t say ‘we’ which would have been more befitting seeing that we both exist in this universe.

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