10 Questions For Every Atheist

I ran across this series of questions not too long ago and decided to take a crack at them myself. These are presented as “Some Questions Atheist Cannot Truly and Honestly REALLY Answer!”. Which is just ridiculous considering the amount of atheist I’ve seen answer these before. These are not even really that thought provoking, but it seems that they are being passed around the circles as something just too tough for us stupid atheist to handle.

1. How Did You Become an Atheist?

It was a long and thoughtful process that took many years. It didn’t just happen overnight. The simplest answer that I give people is “I thought about it”. That’s it. I used my critical thinking skills and I questioned everything.

2. What happens when we die?

Your brainwaves stop, your organs fail and you perish. Your body begins to decay. It will happen and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. You will be unaware of this just as you were unaware of existence before you were born. The rest of the world will keep on going just as it always has.

Why does death bother you so much anyway? You don’t need to create an afterlife to enjoy your actual life.

3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

Then I’m wrong and I’ll have to deal with the consequences. Now, what if YOU’RE wrong? I’ve never seen a christian answer this themselves. There have been thousands of gods throughout human history. There have been many religions before Christianity. If there is a possibility that I am wrong, there is a possibility that you are as well.

4. Without God, where do you get your morality from?

I, like ever other human being, have derived my morality from past experience. You don’t need religion to be a moral person. It should be common sense that if I shoot you it will hurt and you might die. I don’t want to die right this second, so I don’t want to be shot. Likewise, I don’t want you to die, so I won’t shoot you. Christians try to make it out like they are the only people on earth that have morals. You people are really kind of arrogant about this shit. You are not the ultimate authority on morality. You do not have a monopoly on morality.

Even god has many immoral qualities on display in the bible. If god is the only reason you have for not doing something wrong then you need to reexamine your life and priorities.

5. If there is no God, can we do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape? While good deeds are unrewarded?

You’re free to murder and rape now. God hasn’t stopped it from happening yet, has he? Again, if god is the ONLY reason you have for stopping yourself from doing something immoral then there is something mentally wrong with you.

6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?

The same way your life has meaning. The meaning of life is whatever you give it. Everyone has a different meaning of life. There is no one answer. It’s illogical to think otherwise.

7. Where did the universe come from?

No one knows exactly. Someday we may know. I don’t think anyone alive today will know the answer if it comes. Just because we don’t have an answer to that question doesn’t mean you should jump to “god did it”. Then the question changes to “Where did god come from?”. If god could “always be” then why can’t the universe?

8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

What about miracles? You say there are miracles. I say that what you describe as miracles have practical scientific answers. Just like the above question, just because you cannot explain something does not mean that god must have done it. It just means that you don’t have the answer yet.

So what if people claim to have a connection with Jesus. People also claim to be abducted by aliens and to have magical powers. Even if 99% of the people on earth claimed something doesn’t necessarily mean that it is true.

They can claim to have seen saints and angels all they want. It doesn’t make it true. Unless they have verifiable, testable proof of these things there is no reason to believe them.

9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

I view them as other human beings. I don’t understand why this is such an “important” question for Christians. I was an atheist long before I knew who Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennet, Dillahunty or any other famous atheist you want to name even were. I respect their expertise on their given fields. I respect what they have done for the atheist community. They have no bearing on me being an atheist. What’s your view of Comfort, Hovind, Ham, Bruggencate, Slick or any of the other christian apologist you want to name? I’m fairly positive that even without them you would still be a believer.

10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

Gods and the supernatural were created by men to explain the unexplained. Before there was science people still wanted to know how things worked. They came up with the gods to explain everything from rain to how the sun moves. We now have science and the gods are obsolete.

You should really look at this question a little more though. If there is a god, then why does every society have a different one? Shouldn’t they all be the same? Your question kind of disproves itself.

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