Sabbath Series:15 - the Atheist Mind

I'm sitting in church yesterday surrounded by other fellow believers and for a moment I paused and asked myself if this was real. Christians believe in Jesus and most people on this planet believe in the idea of God but atheist don't believe in it at all. We were talking about evangelism and I couldn't understand how you would reach a person who doesn't even believe in God or doesn't see that there is something missing.

Try as I might i can't seem to wrap my head around a godless world, maybe i have been sheltered too much or i am just narrow minded but the idea of being an atheist or coming to the conclusion that God does not exist is terrifying.

Now others might disagree with mii including C.S. Lewis who says
"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning..."


So yeah here's the question do you agree with mii or C.S. do you think it is easier to believe in God or do you think Atheism is the simple route?


Have at it

17 comments:

StandTall-The Activist said...

believing in God is not so simple really. There so much confusion by the religion leaders but finding God in once own way.

Atheism? Hmmm

Temite said...

Hello Kafo,
Blogville's resident atheist here...I dont think either one is simple at all. It takes courage to let go of the intellect, of reason and reach for faith in a God that is all powerful, kind, omnipresent, omnipotent, alpha and the Omega, the beggining and he will be the end. A god that is LOVE, that genuinly cares about us tiny humans. On the other end, one must be extremely brave to let go of the belonging to a cominity and the culture of religion, to let go of the comfort one gets in the powerful embrace of a most high diety. Both takes strength of spirit. and believe me its an uphill battle. When I cry there is no one to lean on, except for myself. When I am in trouble, I only have myself. Imagine being alone and knowing that the world is choatic and no one is at the helm. Imagine knowing that children starve to death and are eaten by vultures and its up to us humans to fix thing. It gets tiring but then for me, there is no other way. There is nothing simple about atheism. Not at all.

ShonaVixen said...

I agree with Temite with either one of them isn't simple..its simply a question of one's faith..I am a Christian but won't judge an atheist because its not my role to judge other people's belief nor do i understand them BUT i will respect them!and my gurl Temite knows that!!!

KM said...

There is also this issue: atheism doesn't always discount the possibility that there *could* be some kind of superior being; it just views it as so highly unlikely as to fall off the consideration table. (Even Richard Dawkins has allowed for the possibility that life was seeded on Earth by other life-forms, though this only postpones the question of where those forms came from.) More commonly, atheism wrestles with the noise and crackles that religions -- all religions -- have added to the god concept, the dogmatism with which we pursue the infinite and the unknown, and the walls which those pursuits put up between us.

I came across a saying late last year: "All men are atheists in respect to other men's gods." Full-scale atheists are simply more consistent about this!

I think what your Sabbath realization brought home to you is that religion speaks a very different language from the rest of the world. Fundamentalist and evangelical denominations like ours are especially foreign. Since we all speak different languages, and we have different pre-conceptions, we must begin to listen to one another more carefully... and ask much better questions. That shift requires great humility, and, surprisingly, great trust.

TheEO said...

"Try as I might i can't seem to wrap my head around a godless world"

We all come across things we cannot grasp or that appear to be too strange to be true. This is no reason for accepting the "god of the gaps". You have found a space in your understanding and you have allowed someone to fill it with a fairy tale. It is not your fault but you have been indoctrinated. There are thousands of these fairy tales all ardently believed by the people infected - hence all the different religions.

If you do not have reliable evidence - then it is acceptable to say we do not have the answers - yet.

I am an atheist who sees no evidence for life after death. I am not terrified, I am released.

You need to read "The God Delusion" - three times and take a look at "The Selfish Gene".

Robyn said...
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Robyn said...

i think beliving in God is simpler than not believing in Him.

AlooFar said...

I'd suggest you read Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion.

check here.... www.richarddawkins.net

DAL said...

I think we need to differentiate between the idea of a Creator and the idea of gods. There must be a Creator because it is axiomatic that nothing can never come from nothing. "Nothing from nothing comes," the sage said. But whether the Creator desires to be treated as a god is another question altogether. I suspect He does not, though He seems to have the tendency to deal with people wherever they maybe until they rise to where He wants them to be,.

Debbie said...

No one is easy. The atheist doesn't know that his mind has been blinded by the God of this world, they believe they are making a choice, in truth the enemy of our soul is in control of their mind, until the glorious gosple of christ shines through, which is why we have to keep spreading the word.
It is also a form of escapism too, as owning to a believe may seem to belittle some in the eyes of their peeps.

simeone said...

the two are not easy ..but like you it also scares me to think i can think there is no God..
but i guess concluding there is no God is the easier way out of the whole thing...

DAL said...

It is Christians, not atheists, who are blinded. Christians are blinded to the fact that it is not left to them to define what the Creator is like and to insist that everyone must accept their opinions. They are the ones living under a delusion.

stuck in my throat o said...

I don't like thinking about it because it is not my circle of concern.
They will deal with their issues when the time comes...

N.I.M.M.O said...

Very interesting blog you have here. My first time.

Atheism. Agnosticism. Deism.

Is it the Universe? Is it God? Is it Life? What exactly is it?

Sincerely, neither is easy. Just pick the one that works for you.

Either way, you will find GOD.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

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Saved Girl said...

nice post. God is the easiest thing for me to believe in my life. like your blog too.

Adejoh Momoh said...

Believeing in God is somewhat complicated, owing to the fact that there are plenty contradictions as regards religion or faith. I do think, however, it's more difficult not to believe in God. I think its insane to not believe in a higher calling.