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Because atheism is a belief about the supernatural, particularly about the existence of God, I think that it is justified to say that one who holds to it has faith. Do my atheist friends agree with that?
So even atheists can be said to have a journey of faith. If you're an atheist please tell us how you arrived at the belief. If you're correct then believers in God are deluded and wasting lots of time, money, and effort. I believe that Jesus is God, so the kindest thing you can do is to talk me and other believers out of our beliefs, so go ahead and try to change our minds. Be persuasive!
I disagree. I think faith has nothing to do with it. I don't need faith in believing there is no god, because I see nothing that tells me there is one. It is not faith, it just is. However, let's look at the definition of faith.
1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
I may fit the bill of faith on the first part, but certainly not the second part. So, for the discussion how about we call the first part faith and the second part spiritual faith?
I have faith/confidense in the idea that there is no god since there is no proof. I have no spiritual faith on this subject for the same reason.
I also disagree that faith plays a part in my aetheism, because I don't have "complete trust or confidence" that it is the correct doctrine to subscribe to. I constantly question my beliefs. So far, I've continued to remain aetheist because I've found nothing better (read: something I can more readily believe in) with which to replace it.
And, I don't really view atheism as "a belief of the supernatural" so much as a
of the belief in the supernatural. In fact, I don't believe in ANYTHING as supernatural. I think everything that happens can be explained in a completely
manner. Some things might happen that we do not currently have the capability to fully understand or explain, but at the same time I don't believe that lack of knowledge instantly catapults an event into a "supernatural" realm.
I'd ask you what you believe about Allah, or Buda or Kali or Zeus, Odin, Zoraster, or any of the thousands of non-christian gods. Surely you have an opinion about them so does that mean you share their faith? Or are you an atheist with respect to their gods?
Faith, in ANY religious sense, is only required when you have no proof. Anything that was true would never require you to believe it on faith. Evidence is the difference.
My background in religion is, as a kid, I attended a Luther Church, did bible study at a Protestant Sunday School, all while taking private catechism classes to become a confirmed Roman Catholic. I was put in private catechism and ended up getting asked not to come back to Sunday School for asking too many questions at the age of 13. I was said to be disrupting the faith of others. I stayed a Catholic until I was 18 and decided, they keep changing things they told me were laws and I decided that they had know idea what they were really doing. In the early 90's I did a stint of 1.5 years as a Born Again Christian. With the Born Again faith, they started speaking in tongues. I did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so I left as I was really questioning things anyway. I hated leaving as that fire was really burning in me. The Born Agains, started showing cult like signs when I left and that only confirmed to me that I made the right decision. So, I may not know as much as many of you about the bible and religion, but I have been involved in it from different perspectives.
Now I question everything and try to have an open mind.
It's mostly the same reason I don't believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, or Flying Saucers. If you want to call that faith, I don't care.
Also, there's the whole thing about each of the various gods we are supposed to worship being horribly cruel. I acknowledge the possibility that there might be a god, or Santa Claus, or Flying Saucers, and so forth, but I don't expect I'd worship any of the supposed "gods" even if I met them face to face. Most likely I'd try to spit at them, stab them with their steely knives, or what have you.
I used to be agnostic, but I feel one big thing that changed my mind is that the only reason I ever believed there could be god(s) is because everyone else did...making it seem like a normal logical idea. Obviously there are many other factors, but this is one thing that makes it so easy to believe in all these religions. That and the fact that so many are forced into it at a young age when they just believe in whatever they are told.
Edit: I just thought I'd add that I never had a religion as a child(parents never had us going to church), which is part of the reason that I had only been agnostic .
Do you belive in Allah? What about ODIN the father of viking gods or Loki, the trickster?
Many disciples of Anton LaVay still hold faith that it was Jehova the enslaver that Lucifer valliantly opposed so to free man from the bondage of the evil Yaweh.
How do you share their faiths?
I, as an atheist. holds NO belief in the supernatural. Do not try to denigrate my position by trying to compare it to yours. It makes you look worse.
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