Instead of launching into writing and releasing so many blog posts first I maybe should have explained my reasoning. After all, what’s the big deal? Why not let people believe what they believe and leave them alone? Why spend so much time talking about something you don’t believe to exist?
Well let’s start.
The first obvious reason is that it’s fun and what I enjoy doing. I think about these things a lot and it’s fun to share them online. I also like having discussions and conversations about it.
One thing I’ve found myself saying way too much, to the point that it’s kind of become a catchphrase is that the truth has nothing to fear from investigation. If my objections to religion are wrong, I want to know about it, because then I can not get tortured forever! If other people are wrong, I want them to know about it so they don’t spend their whole life believing rubbish!
After inspection and many years of Christianity, I’ve found that I believed I was wrong, and subsequently, don’t feel like I’m wasting my life anymore. If by comparing my notes and experiences from my trip I can help other people change, that’s good. And if I release my objections and other people can correct them, and I see where I’m wrong, that’s good too.
I myself don’t think God exists, however I know for sure that believes exist, in their vast majorities, and obviously these are the people I want to most have a conversation with.
There is another reason, and that is that I don’t want to live in a place where a child can have the same religious upbringing that I did. I was taken to church every single Sunday, and attended a religious primary school, so this meant that every single day except for Saturday I was made to worship and learn about God. If that doesn’t sound like indoctrination to you then you are simply crazy.
Christianity is not a fact of life. It is a world view. Granted many people treat it as if it is a fact, but that by no way gives you the right to teach it to children and other people as it is one. It is completely immoral, in the same way that it’s immoral to teach a child atheism from a young age every day.
Think that it’s not too bad to do that to a child? Well simply replace the religion with Islam, Hinduism, Judaism or Sikhism, is this fair? If not, why can Christianity get a free pass? Simply asserting that it is true doesn’t, as you can’t prove it either, much like all those other religions. And to all of those other religions your religion looks just as crazy. And to everyone who is in a religion, it feels just as true and real to them as it does to you.
And if your religion isn’t Christianity, you probably understood what I meant without me needing to explain it all.
Until any religion can be proven as fact, then it’s immoral to teach it as such. I put it on the same level of teaching children the earth is flat, you would never allow it, even though some people do sincerely believe it.
I think the best solution is to never tell a child that any of them is correct, but that they should be taught about all of them (or as many as possible) at once, and then made to form their own conclusions.
Here’s why this is better. Let’s imagine you were unborn, and looking at the entire world where you could be born into. At most there is a 1/7th chance that you will be born into the religion that you currently are, and that means 6/7th of the time you would need to find out the truth for yourself. Would you rather be born into a society where you are free to choose and try as many religions as possible without nobody telling you that you are right or wrong, or brought up in a different religion where you’re made to participate in their religious practices 6/7 days of the week, with a very real chance of being persecuted, shunned, or simply disliked if you change your mind.
I know which one I’d choose, and I think to form a fair society everyone should choose the former.
But if you are religious you should ask yourself, why is this idea of a world something that makes you fear? Surely, if your religion is correct, then you have nothing to fear, as people will take a look at all the evidence out there and make the correct conclusion for themselves. It’s only if you’re wrong, that you really have something to worry about.
I would never be so arrogant to claim that I know a God doesn’t exist. I am just unconvinced, and believe that an existence of a God is extremely unlikely. But I’m happy to be convinced, and I’m happy to convince people the other way, and I think that’s good.
To be honest I’m a fan of the idea that you can believe whatever you want, just keep it to yourself. I myself am not talking to people who I know are religious, or trying to find people I know who are religious to try and persuade them. Instead I release blog posts, they are there on the internet, and it’s always people’s choice to click on them and reply, it’s very easy to ignore, and I look to have interesting conversations with people who also want to have those conversations.
When it comes to the church becoming a part of state, or children being indoctrinated, that’s where I draw the line.
Of course theirs another reason. That is that I don’t want people to believe for bad reasons, or take for granted terrible things of their doctrine. Making people’s reasons better is also a good thing, and if they have bad reasons that don’t make sense, all the better to make their belief unwarranted.
So that’s what I can offer you with such a large amount of athiest posts. Not a person aiming to be intolerant, but simply trying to have a conversation. Because if it is true, I want to know about it. And if it’s wrong I want you to know about it.