What It Means To Be An Atheist

I think that there is prejudice against other religions and atheism being propagated by the Church. I know someone who stopped speaking to a friend of mine after finding out that I was not a Christian. I suppose that some people take the word "yoked" very seriously (2 Corinthians 6:14). So let me try to explain my point of view: My morals are much like those of your average Christian on some things, and different on others. I realize that moral behavior is not set in stone, and I don't have a book to guide me. (e.g. Killing is justified in some cases.) So where did I get my morals? From the predominantly Christian culture in which I was raised. I believe that people are always responsible for their actions, and that they should not feel guilty for something that Adam and Eve or their fathers did. When I do something wrong, I do my best to make up for that mistake, and try hard not to do it again.

So what is the meaning of life for an atheist? Well, there isn't one, per se. Life is what you make of it. A good summary of the way I feel on the subject has been written by Adrian Barnett.

On a related subject, I don't think that Christians today don't follow the letter of the Bible on issues of morality. They don't own slaves, for example, and divorce is almost fully accepted. See my page on morality for more.

Yes, I study the Bible in order to determine its truth. Some people think that if you merely study Christianity, you will become a Christian. People who say this are already Christians, so every evidence of the faith or doctrine seems utterly obvious and reasonable. Unfortunately, atheists are not predisposed to believe anything. A few examples of such issues are:

This dichotomy causes a lack of communication between Christians and atheists, since atheists can not explain to Christians their point of view, since nothing could cause them to doubt their faith. Christians wonder why atheists could be so idiotic to ignore the truth before their eyes, and atheists wonder why Christians continue to hold an uncertain position on faith alone.

If I ever do become a believer in a god, I doubt that it will be the one that Christians follow today. The reason for this is that I have trouble believing the Trinity has Biblical support, that God can see the future, that the Genesis account is true, the idea of original sin, that the Bible is divinely inspired, and more. But, for all I know, God started this universe and then stepped out of the picture.

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