Losing Faith in Faith:
From Preacher to Atheist
"The very concept of sin comes from the bible.
Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be
thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a
"The longer I have been an atheist, the more amazed I am
that I ever believed Christian notions."
"How happy can you be when you think every action and
thought is being monitored by a judgmental ghost?"
"You can cite a hundred references to show that the
biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three
verses that say "God is love," they will claim that *you* are taking
things out of context!"
"I do understand what love is, and that is one of the
reasons I can never again be a Christian. Love is not self denial. Love is
not blood and suffering. Love is not murdering your son to appease
your own vanity. Love is not hatred or wrath, consigning billions of
people to eternal torture because they have offended your ego or disobeyed
Love is not obedience, conformity, or submission. It is a counterfeit love
that iscontingent upon authority, punishment, or reward. True love
is respect and admiration, compassion and kindness, freely given by a
healthy, unafraid human being."
"I have something to say to the religionist who feels
atheists never say anything positive: You are an intelligent human being.
Your life is valuable for its own sake. You are not second-class in the
universe, deriving meaning and purpose from some other mind. You are not
inherently evil--you are inherently human, possessing the positive
to help make this a world of morality, peace and joy. Trust yourself."
"There is joy in rationality, happiness in clarity of
mind. Free thought is thrilling and fulfilling--absolutely essential to
mental health and happiness."
"For my money, I'll bet on reason and humanistic
kindness. Even if I am wrong I will have enjoyed my life, the existence of
which is under little dispute."
"Not thinking critically, I assumed that the
"successful" prayers were proof that God answers prayer while the failures
were proof that there was something wrong with me."
"To think that the ruler of the universe will run to my
assistance and bend the laws of nature for me is the height of arrogance."
"Without "The Law of Moses" would we all be wandering
around like little gods, stealing, raping, and spilling blood whenever our
vanity was offended?"
"You believe in a book that has talking animals,
wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, food falling from
the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and
primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need
"If the answers to prayer are merely what God wills all
along, then why pray?"
"You keep accusing me of blasphemy all of the time, But
I cannot be convicted of a victimless crime."
"Just say NO to religion."
"Truth does not demand belief. Scientists do not join
hands every Sunday, singing, "yes, gravity is real! I will have faith! I
will be strong! I believe in my heart that what goes up, up, up must come
down, down. down. Amen!" If they did, we would think they were pretty
insecure about it."
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