The Benefits of Being an Atheist

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When you think about it, there are some real benefits of being an atheist or an agnostic, such as:

You don’t need to waste time – Churches and prayer are nothing more than time wasting to an atheist, if you are not religious then you get all the more free hours in your life. Even if you’re religious; God already know what you want, and I’m sure you have better things to do than go to a pointy building and listen to a man in a dress read a poem!

“So why do I have to go to church to pray? If there is a God can’t he hear me at my house?” – unknown

You can be moral properly – Humanists behave decently without expectations of rewards once they are dead. If you do not do the same than you can hardly call yourself moral. If you are only good because your God tells you too, are you actually good at all?

You can celebrate atheist/secular inspired festivals – Like zombie Jesus day and draw Muhammad day. (but that last one isn’t atheist inspired.) There are plenty of atheist, agnostic and secular events all across the globe.

You are free to learn without trying to warp the information around your belief system – It is better than rejecting scientific fact all together, but it is still difficult and time consuming to warp facts around a religion.

You can save money – No more donating to the Church or Tithing, you can save money by being an atheist, and that’s a pretty good motive! You also don’t have to act like a door to door evangelist and have people slam doors in your face!

You don’t have to live in fear of Hell or Satan – That’s right, there is no monster living under your bed. If you are an atheist then you don’t have to worry about burning for eternity if you do something wrong, or have some mythological monster chasing after your soul.

You can make your own purpose in life – instead of believing that it was handed down to you by an all-powerful being who’s plan was pre-made without your input.

And the list goes on and on…

Further reading:

Hell – not a threat to an atheist

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10 thoughts on “The Benefits of Being an Atheist

  1. These reasons to be “happy” are precisely what was offered to Adam and Eve as depicted in Genesis. Whether one believes the story to be literally true or a sort of parable, the Story of Original Sin rings true even today! Satan offered Jesus all earthly kingdom by simply doing an act of worship. Jesus refused because it undermines human freedom. True freedom is acting according to our very nature as Man not as zombies following our whims and caprice.

    “Don’t waste time. Eat the Forbidden Fruit and you get godlike characters right away, forget about sweating it out.” -Devil
    “With this, you get to know good and evil you own. Your own terms, your own rules. How good can it be? Forget God’s ways.” -Devil

    A hypothetical plant imbued with freedom and refuses to photosynthesize is a false freedom because its action causes it to be less plant. But another plant which chooses to produce artistic leaves helping other organisms in the process is a plant truly free. If Man, in his freedom, refuses to achieve his very nature, Man becomes more like beasts rather than human being.

    If atheist are indeed free, they should be free to participate in religious events as well without any negative reactions from their peers. This is a matter of choice, not whether can be done or not. Christians are free to join or participate in secular events, except that they choose not to participate in those events that are offensive to their beliefs. Atheist or theist, there’s no difference here. It can be seen as a matter of taste. But truth is not about taste it’s about whether you have it or not.

    Being atheist is spending your life in securities and material sustainability. In fact, as an atheist, one tend to enroll in all sorts of security plans. Death is seen as an ultimate end and therefore scrambles to “make the most of the remaining life”. Being a theist is secure as a consequence of a right belief in the Providence in all that s/he do. Being a Christian is having no fear of death, in fact. The fear of Christians reside in sinning (doing morally wrong acts), not in death.

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    • So you are saying that humans were created to follow God and obey him no matter what? And that acting with our own free will and making our own decisions is a bad thing? I fail to see the freedom of obeying a deity without question.

      I do not have the assumption that religious must only go to religious festivals and atheists must only go to atheist festivals, but it would be somewhat odd for a Christian to go to an atheist event specifically for arguments on how to disprove God. (Or something similar)

      Atheists who assume that there is no afterlife try to make the most of this life and make an impact to the world, however great or small. We do not believe in ignoring this life in hope of another one. An afterlife devalues the lives that we have here.

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      • Christian Faith urges us to believe in God and obey Him in our capacity of full freedom. Note that the phrase “no matter what” is a phrase often added and spoils the whole freedom of man. Just as it becomes unreasonable to imagine someone to believe in Science “no matter what”, it is the same for believing in a faith without thinking like a human being. The act of faith required in the Christian Faith is a free will and a very personal decision. Hence, I don’t think Christianity espouses such assumption as “acting with our own free will” and “making our own decision” are all bad things. If this is so, indeed this is not freedom at all and God cannot make a claim that believing in Him and joining his Family attaining a “human life to the fullest.”

        I do not find it odd for an atheist to go to a theist event proving that God exists or at least exploring to “experience” the presence of God; or the same atheist attending theological symposium that talks about how God’s existence may be proven. IMHO, an atheist or an agnostic who explores all plausible possibilities and avoids easily dismissing “other” ideas by a hand waving argument is the one true scientist. Meanwhile, it is odd to someone having the Catholic Faith attend such events that sways him/her away from the Faith since it is natural for someone who claims to have found the Truth to avoid turning away from it. Thus, an atheist or an agnostic that avoids turning away from his version of truth is not a true atheist or agnostic but mimics the one with faith-based acceptance of Truth.

        Perhaps you as a version of atheist or agnostic does not believe in ignoring this life in lieu of non-existent afterlife but a larger portion of the same kind of believer are. The statement that “[a]n afterlife devalues the lives that we have here.” is an overstatement. This statement undermines the true belief of the Faith. The Faith, in fact, deepens the value of the life we have here because it determines the fate in the afterlife, similar to the vein: “faith without works is dead”. Without doing anything from the heart (however great or small) AND in lieu of the love for the true God, one will not deserve to see God in the afterlife (beatific vision). Atheist or christian try to make the most of this life; the difference lies in the purpose since the earlier is natural purpose (i.e. impact to the world or to own species to own bloodline or to own person) and the latter is supernatural purpose (i.e. for the love of God and the whole human race and Creation because of the love of its Creator).

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  2. ”You are free to learn without trying to warp the information around your belief system ”

    Favorite part of being Agnostic!

    and my personal favorite is that you’re being HONEST with yourself, at least I am!

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    • The problem is that warping information can also be done by myself. If one would want to be honest with him-/herself at least there should be a kind of “triangulation” of facts and perspective. One would not want to live in a totally relativistic world where any explanation is plausible.

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      • You are never trying to fit science, such as the Big Bang or evolution, around the Bible or other religious text. This saves time and stress; large conflicts have been going on between YEC extremists and ‘normal’ Christians about how to interpret the Bible, and scientific discovery isn’t making it any easier.

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        • Science is a second eye of Man besides the Faith. One should not be afraid of complications in trying to reconcile the two. It’s not about “fitting” science or faith onto another. It’s looking at these two as consistent with each other. Interpretation of the Bible will only be significant if it is seen as a scientific book as well. But it’s not, it’s a book on Faith.

          Time and stress has always been part of the human history. Avoiding the issue of consistency between faith and science (*not* fitting one onto another) is worth the time so that one day the whole human race will be looking towards the same direction. This in the natural level is a good and noble goal. Sometimes, we spend effort and time for goals that are worthy and greater good than time and material resource. For example, time and stress and money in the search for the Higgs particle is never questioned.

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          • The Bible says that the earth is 6000 years old and everything was made by God in 6 days. Science says that the earth is 4.5 billion years old and everything was made using various methods such as evolution, planetary formation and abiogenesis. You see the problem? A literal interpretation of the Bible is inconsistent with science.

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            • Indeed. The Bible must be understood as a book of faith rather than science. I don’t think that the Bible says it so. It must be interpretation that concludes these numbers and timing. There are alternative interpretations such as proposed by Benedict XVI in his book “In the beginning”. If seen in the eyes of faith, Genesis does not contradict science. The original word used can be interpreted as “eons” or era or age. The sequence of creation sufficiently matches the theory of evolution (from simple living systems to most complex, humans). The creation story is narrated in the context of religious poetry in a matrix of the seven day cycle. If one reads other apologetics on Genesis, especially the Catholic ones, there’s no contradiction to science.

              Inconsistency can always be conjured unless we are open to some plausible science-consistent interpretations.

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            • Perhaps, the too literal interpretation is pressed to imagine inconsistency when there are possible interpretation that makes it consistent.

              Obviously, the Genesis account is unique in its time and surrounding culture: (1) it claims that there is only one Creator; (2) that celestial orbs are not gods or goddesses but are part of the Created reality; and that (3) the whole created world is made well organized and has order and well-defined hierarchy. All these are never in contradiction with our current sciences.

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