If you haven’t visited David McAfee‘s blog, you need to. He’s doing a pretty awesome series called “Atheists Coming Out” that’ll be worth your time reading, especially if you’re currently “in the closet.” He’s also a pretty cool guy and gave me the chance to read the second edition of his book, “Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings.”
Personally, all of my theist friends, if you want to better understand why I tend to reject religion, you need to read this book. It’s concise and in a neat format that makes following the topic quite simple. Let me go ahead and make a CLEAR distinction about this book (which David also reiterates), it is not about demonizing the Christian God. It’s about pointing out some specific things within the Bible that make it less than reasonable to consider following as a guidebook for life and/or morals.
There are a LOT of Christians who have not read the Bible. Hell, I haven’t. I’ve tried. The language it’s written in causes my poor brain to glaze over, which means I don’t get very far. So, I really commend those who have actually READ IT. One of these days I will. Or I might spend more time over at The Brick Testament to get a better understanding of the stories inside without my brain going caput. But that’s neither here nor there really. The point is that, if you haven’t read it, how can you really know if it’s the be all end all there is for you and how you should be living your life? Especially when it was written during a time when slavery, rape, and incest were acceptable things. We have FAR outgrown this book as a society. We’ve made intense advancements and have answered MANY of the mysteries that were alluded to in the Bible. Quite simply, we’ve grown up.
Or…well…we SHOULD have.
If you need or feel the intense belief to have a personal God, that is FINE. I don’t mind the premise at all because, realistically, it doesn’t affect me. But….religions do affect me. Religions are running our country. Religions are trying to stifle new advancements by refusing to educate our children on scientifically tested theories (gravity has a “theory” too ya know, but you’re still pretty much planted in your seat aren’t you?). Religions are trying to regain control over women as objects. I am NOT an object. Religions are used as justifications for war and acts of hateful violence and death. I just…I can’t be okay with these things.
I may not have “God” in my life, but, considering all these things, I have no desire to believe in one. NONE. I was raised to be polite and punctual. It was instilled in me to do my best and to be GOOD. Not for a God, but because being GOOD is the right thing to do. I support knowledge. I support equality. I do not support oppression. I support people being free to do the things that make them happy as long as they are NOT harming others in the process. Is it really so bad that I believe in *these* things but don’t believe in a God? Does my lack of belief in a God automatically make me an untrustworthy person? Or will you still choose to judge me on my merits as a person and how I choose to treat other people?
I know I’m a good person because I feel good about being me. I’m there for my friends when they need me, I’m as helpful as I’m able to be, and when I really want something done, I DO it. I don’t pray. I do. I hate a lot of the premise that if I just pray hard enough, something will happen or come through for me. It’s just too passive for my tastes. And if that offends you, my apologies. To each their own.
Anyway, as per usual, I can take one thing and run in a similar but different direction with it in no time flat. The main point here is that you need to read David’s book if you have an interest in discovering more valid reasons why I reject something that is so very much a part of many people’s everyday lives. Sometimes, other people have a better way of eloquently displaying the very things that explain why I feel the way I do.
So, what are you waiting for?