- 8 years ago
I consider myself and my SO to be “Apatheist” which basically means in short that we are not interested in accepting nor denying the claims of a higher being, as whether or not they exist, it has no impact on our life.
1. In your view, what is responsible for the existence of the universe? Where did the world come from? How did it come into being? I have to follow the way of science. Do I believe they have it all figured out? No Way… but there is proof to many of their theories. Humans in my mind where put on this earth to destroy this world just like any other parasite that destroys its host on this earth.
2. What are the basic elements of your belief system? I just copied this from Wikipedia but it pretty much sums it up “Thousands of years of debate have neither proven, nor dis-proven, the existence of one or more deities. This view concludes that even if one or more deities exist, they do not appear to be concerned about the fate of humans. Therefore, their existence has little impact on personal human affairs and should be of little theological interest.” Also that I believe that people just need something to believe in, it makes them feel better, justifies the actions of others and themselves, comforts them in times of sorrow etc. The rules of religion are just another type or law; it forces morals and values onto the followers, and scares them into doing what they are told too whether it is for the good of others or not.
3. Explain to me in which religion you were raised by your parents, if any. How did your parents approach religion in the home (strict, lax, etc.)? My parents did not raise me under a religion, we did not go to church and it was never talked about. They basically told me I can make my own decision. I have gone to church/youth groups under my own free will, not to follow the religion but because I generally enjoy the motivational speeches about life that they give to youth and adults too.
4. What events in your past affected your beliefs about God’s existence (e.g. – I studied biology; comparative religions or anthropology; or I met a boy/girl I liked and was influenced by him/her)?
5. What are your main objections to belief in God’s existence (e.g. – suffering; pluralism; hiddenness)? Blind Faith is the root of all the problems, believing just because you are told to believe stops society from changing and advancing in life, which is easily seen in parts of the world that are heavily religious. Believing that your religion is the right one and everyone else is wrong is just not right; it is close minded. I have an open mind and respect to all religions, and in turn I have an open mind to everyone. I have just as much respect for someone that is Christian as I do for someone that is Jewish or Sikh or Mormon or whatever.
6. What is your purpose in life, and why did you choose that purpose? Is it just yours, or for everyone else too? My purpose in life is to be happy, to help others, to learn as much as I can about the world and myself and to pass on my knowledge to future generations. That is the circle of life… really we are just here to increase the population but I prefer to aim higher than that. J
7. What happens to a person at death? The same as before you were born… nothing. It is a terrifying thought but that is just how it is. Why I am I seeing though my eyes and you are seeing through yours, nobody knows, it’s just how life is. Kind of like you don’t remember being a baby yet you were still a baby at one point. I may “wake up” as someone else after I die, but I won’t know it, so what’s the difference.
8. How important is your belief system to you in terms of your decision making process? How does it enter into the ways that you establish priorities and goals? I base my choices in life off of logic, plan and simple, I make choices and accept the consequences for those choices, I have hopes and dreams of course but I don’t jump and pray that god will catch my fall. If someone dies I do not blame god same as I do not pray to him to get better, we control what we have control over but some things are out of our control and almost everything is the result of choices that we or someone else has made. I also fully believe in survival of the fittest.
9. If you could say anything you want about what you perceive to be the Christian community, what would you say? What are the problems with the Christian view of reality? What do you like/appreciate about Christians? What do you not like or appreciate? I don’t know enough about the Christian religion to pass judgement on it, but I do believe the every religion has its strong points, certain values or moral should be followed by everyone. Honestly if you took the good points from every religion and got rid of the crazy ridiculous parts and combined them all together we would have on amazing society.
10. Is there anything else you think I should know about atheism from your perspective? You should never be afraid to question something, don’t believe someone just because you are told too. Show respect and love for everything regardless of their life choices until they give you a reason not to. Everyone has a right to make their own decisions in life, your mind, your body, and your choices. You are not wrong for thinking differently from someone else, including your parents, there is never only one way to do something.
11. Please include a little about yourself, for example: age, gender, worldview affiliation, occupation, education level, married or not, etc.
Age: 24 / Female / Agriculture / University Grad / Married.