|Posted by Tajanator on May 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM||
Seriously!! Why do people think that when I say Atheist, I must mean Satanist???!! So that no one is confused, here are the differences:
Atheism, Atheist, atheism noun
- the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
- disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.
Satanism, Satanist Satanism noun
- the worship of Satan or the powers of evil.
- a travesty of Christian rites in which Satan is worshiped.
- diabolical or satanic disposition, behavior, or activity.
So, I someone is an Atheist and believes in NOTHING, clearly that doesn’t mean they believe in Satan. Also, while we are on the subject, I don’t care who believes in what. I know there are plenty stupid or radical atheists out there that yell from the tops of buildings trying to convince everyone that there is no God, and there are those who are trying to remove God and all Religion from our Schools, and Government.. but My Hubby and I are not those people! Every group has their radicals. There have been Devoted Christians who blow up abortion clinics. There are Catholics who have raped children and ruined whole lives. Weren’t the Jews the ones that hung Jesus from a cross? And, we all know that there are Muslims who have killed whole civilizations. But, if I met a Catholic I would not assume he is a racist. I also would not assume all Jews and Muslims to be bad people; only extremists are bad. Extremists of any background are bad. So… haven’t we noticed how stupid we look when we group a whole people into a stigma?
I would like to clear up another misconception, while I am on the subject. Just because I am atheist, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in being kind to your neighbor and do unto others as you would have done upon yourself. I have heard my share of Christians try to figure us out and many of them actually think Atheists cannot possibly be good or live a good live because an Atheist doesn’t follow “God’s Laws” which are to be good to thy fellow man, etc. C’mon now! You Christians don’t really think you are the only ones who thought to be nice and play well with others; Did you?? I mean, if you live on Planet Earth, you already know these rules. They are not only God’s laws?. They are humanity’s laws. You have to obey certain niceties to live amongst other people no matter WHAT your upbringing.
So, next time you hear the word “Atheist” or “Atheism” don’t think Crazy person, or Satanism, or lack of humanity, or whatever… even if you are looking at a crazy Atheist extremist. Remember the definition of Atheist as simply a Lack of faith or belief in a God? and stop there. We are the same in almost every other way. Remember, atheists don?t believe in life after death. We don’t believe in Heaven. So, we try to make our time on Earth as pleasant as possible because it is the only time we have. And, just because we don’t believe in Hell, that doesn’t automatically believe that we throw the Good Book? out the window because we won’t be held accountable for our sins after death. We are held accountable for our sins immediately by our peers and by our state officials. There are morals that we should all live by regardless of beliefs!