answering atheists

anonymous asked:

Why do you not believe in God? Do you really think spacetime came from nothing? God exists by the fact of His own concept and our own existence. God exists and he is all-loving and created men and women with purposeful and good traditions. I pray you come to see the truth.

I’m wondering how you know that I’m an atheist, since I’m pretty quiet about that on this site, but I guess it doesn’t matter. The short answer is that it just wasn’t what my parents taught me growing up, but I did have a choice (both sides of my family outside of my household are religious). The long answer is below:

I believe the universe has always been and will always be, seeing as the laws of physics dictate that matter cannot be created or destroyed (with the exception of it being converted into energy and vice versa). The Big Bang was the beginning of the universe as we know it, but based on what we know about gravity, black holes, and antimatter, there were likely countless universes before this one, and there will be countless more after it is gone. I don’t believe that something created our world in part because I don’t believe it was created.

I don’t believe in the existence of a deity because I’ve never been presented with evidence that one exists outside of personal accounts (which unfortunately don’t count in the scientific sense). I also have a lot of problems with organized religions, since they’ve historically been used to control and manipulate people. That said, I recognize that organized religions aren’t inherently bad, and neither are the people belonging to them.

I feel that one’s relationship with the universe and god[s] is an extremely personal matter. As sentient beings, we are capable of learning about the world around us and appreciating how amazing it is to be alive, but we are still unfathomably small and will never know everything, let alone the will of our creator regarding the whole of humanity. It’s possible that God has spoken to some of us, but I can’t trust holy texts written thousands of years ago and translated in different ways over the centuries to suit the opinions of those in power. Searching for one’s own place in the world is a much more realistic goal than claiming to know the place of everyone on earth. If religion helps guide someone or provide them with structure and unity, then that’s fantastic, but I’m not comfortable letting anyone come between me and who I’m supposed to be.

Basically, I feel like people should feel free to define their belief system for themselves. I don’t like being told what to think, how to act, or who to be, and I’d be a very different person if I’d been raised in a religious household (probably with a lot of internalized hatred). I’m happy living the way I do and learning about who I am on my own terms, without the influence of religion. I’m focused on my happiness, my future, and my loved ones, and I believe that’s exactly what an all-loving God would want from me. ♥

Why do they consistently use kryptonite, a substance known to be poisonous and deadly to kryptonians, when handling Kara when they could just as easily replicate red sunlight? Even if they didn’t have the tech before, in season one when Kara is kidnapped by that executioner man he keeps her trapped with a red sun simulator. Why not replicate that technology and be able to dim her powers without risking her health?

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Arceus: WE ARE BOTH BEINGS CAPABLE OF INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, SO I FIND NO NEED TO CONVINCE YOU OF ANYTHING. PERSONALLY, AS AN ENTITY OF A HIGHER POWER, I HAVE NO USE OF CONVERTING ANYONE.

Arceus: WHATEVER YOU BELIEVE, IT HAS NO IMPACT ON ME, NOR ANYONE ELSE. JUST YOU. AT LEAST, UNTIL PEOPLE WANT TO BELIEVE IN YOU. SO USE THAT KNOWLEDGE WISELY, AND LET OTHERS BE OPEN.

Arceus: AS FOR ME, ALL I HAVE OFFER IN THAT CONTEXT IS, KEEP ‘EVOLVING’, OR HOWEVER YOU WISH TO WORD IT.

I walked around with my dad, and I was annoying him about Supernatural and Destiel, and he said there’s no way they will ever make it canon. Then I jokingly asked god for a sign - and I’m not fucking kidding - a huge double rainbow showed up a minute later. If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is…

anonymous asked:

Nietzsche wrote "God is dead and we have killed him'. Is God dead?

Nietzsche was the son of a Lutheran Minister. When young Nietzsche was a boy his father died an excruciating prolonged death from cancer. This started the lad to questioning his faith yet he went on to study theology where he discovered the technique of Biblical criticism. That cemented the young man’s atheism which grew into a deep hatred of Christianity.

Nietzsche was a prophet of a kind. He foresaw that Europe was changing due to scientific advances which directly refuted the Bible and as the result, there would inevitably be a wholesale rejection of Christianity in Europe. This rejection would not come until the end of the old regimes in the face of the senseless slaughter of WWI years after his death. He feared that given the loss of meaning that this would create that there was great danger ahead.

Another infamous relativist admires a bust of Nietzsche 

He was right. In part, he helped bring it on. Not because he was a Jew hater like his great fans the Nazis, he would have despised Hitler, but because he was a relativist. He said essentially might makes right. The “will to power” was all that mattered.

He was wrong in this. Moral relativism led directly to Nazi evil and Nietzsche was the high priest of moral relativism. Man is not the measure of all things. These days Nietzsche is viewed much as is his contemporary Sigmund Freud. A genius. A pioneer, but wrong about just about everything. Recently he has acquired a following among the neckbeard and fedora set on the internet who take any criticism of their flawed hero very seriously. Though most of them haven’t actually read his books but go on at length at what they THINK they say.

anonymous asked:

You're an atheist? I know by just looking at it being an atheist is the default position so I don't think you need to have a story but if you do what is it? Why do you have no religious belief? It's always fun to run into another nonbeliever!

Honestly I was raised by parents with very opposing religious beliefs so I was always forced to know what I was. I remember very early on understanding atheism and reading the Bible and as a child not getting it.
I think a defining moment for me was when I was 9 or 10 my best friend, a Catholic, asked if I believed and I wasn’t going to lie so I said no. She reasonably asked why and I said it makes sense to me just as your religion should make sense to you.
She asked where the universe came from and I said possibly a big bang but I dont know. And she asked how I could believe something I was unsure of so I replied with “well where did your God come from?”
After a moment she said, “He’s always been here.”
So I said, “Why couldn’t the universe have the same benefit of the doubt.”
And then she said, no exaggeration, “my mother probably wouldn’t want me to talk to you.”
So I tried to pursue a reason and that day I lost my best friend
I think I’ve always had to know what I believe.
Which is why going into highschool I was amazed that my hardcore Christian friends had never read the Bible. They’ll stand by something to death that they haven’t read and don’t understand and that solidified my position.
Being in the Air Force I had never, while serving, met anyone who blatantly claimed atheism but I certainly believe I’ve gotten many of them to change their minds on their previous view of a “hopeless, faithless, immoral, no-good” average atheist.
I think that seeing so many countries we consider progressive and innovative having massive spikes in atheism also means a lot to me and reassures me of the future of this world.

Sorry for the life history religion segment but I hope this means something to you or anyone else reading it!
Honestly if you found yourself thinking atheists are no-good or immoral or faithless, please feel free to message me and I promise descreetness on my part and no unwarranted publication but I’d love a chance to change your mind on that.

Thanks for the ask❤️

powerpuffpup  asked:

My friend asked about the Philosophy of witchcraft and I'm not entirely sure about how to answer. He's atheist and is interested in learning more but I'm not sure how to explain it to him thoroughly enough. Could you please help? Anything would be nice even if its really simple.

i mean, unless you’re part of a specific tradition/path, witchcraft in general doesn’t have an internal philosophy or ethos, or moral code. it’s literally just a tool, a practice. like knitting. it doesnt have a moral code, or effect, unless you start bringing other people and property into it, like sweaterbombing graffiti, and even then, it really depends on your perspective on if it’s good or not, or whatever. 

certain paths, like wicca, have the “harm none // what you dish out comes back to you 3x”, but witchcraft, not being a unified religion, leaves philosophy, ethos, and morality up to each individual witch.

Imagine being Sonny’s sister and your boyfriend Jamie helping you reconnect with your family

(A/N: Sorry for the wait… a continuation suggested by @delnquents I hope you and everyone else enjoys this)

!WARNING: Reader has anxiety and family issues/Includes a scene with a therapist!

Continuation of an imagine you can find HERE

Imagine being Sonny’s sister and your boyfriend Jamie helping you reconnect with your family

Imagine being Sonny’s sister and your boyfriend Jamie helping you reconnect with your family

“How would you feel if we spent today’s session talking about your family,” Your therapist suggested as soon as you sat down.

“How about we don’t?” You countered swiftly.

“Y/N,” She tutted, disapprovingly, “You can’t avoid the subject forever,”

“Fine,” You gave in reluctantly, shifting uncomfortably in your seat, “What do you want to know?”

“Do you get on with them?” She asked.

“Well enough,” You responded, quickly.

“What does that mean?” She countered.

“Depends on which family member we are talking about,” You replied.

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anonymous asked:

Do you still love and believe in god when you're drawing and reading alot of Bellow and Whink pictures ( pls answer this)

Hmm. I’m atheist.

anonymous asked:

au where angels go to confession

spem in alium

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“I do hold regular hours for Reconciliation,” Daniel said, tugging at his collar with a free hand. (It had been bothering him all afternoon–vestments might hide that extra five pounds, but the clerical collar was much less forgiving.) “Mondays and Fridays at 5:30, it says so on our website. You don’t have to interrupt my gardening.”

“I know,” the angel said, and Daniel could hear the shifting of its wings as it found a comfortable place on the grass. “But I prefer this to the confessional.”

Daniel reached down and yanking out a weedy tangle from the flowerbed, tossing it onto the steadily-growing pile. “I’m not even sure I can hear your confession, you know. I was commissioned to absolve the frailty of men, not…”

“So you said last time. And the time before.”

Daniel sighed heavily and sat back on the grass, wiping his hands on his pants. The angel was sitting half a yard away, sifting a handful of dirt through its fingers idly. At his gaze, it straightened up, puffing out the wings around its face. The tongue of flame over its forehead sputtered, then flared brighter–in a strange way, it reminded Daniel of a woman fidgeting with her hair.

Daniel bit back a smile. “So?” he said. “Let’s hear it.”

The angel’s lipless mouth twisted in displeasure, and the bright coils around its arms roiled. “’Let’s hear it’? Is that how you begin all your confessions?”

“Well, you didn’t like ‘in the name of the Father,’ so I thought I’d try something different this time.”

The angel watched the last of the dirt slip through its fingers, then looked up at him. Its eyes were dark and deep as space, starless and cold. “There is a woman who tends a small garden behind my building. As she passed me in the hall, I blessed her knees to keep them from aching–that she might enjoy the sunshine and not think of how her daughter had not called this week.”

Daniel bit back a smile. “I see. And you feel such an action is in need of forgiveness?”

The bands of light around the angel’s arms were undulating slowly, like waves. “My orders are not to interfere with my Father’s creation.”

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anonymous asked:

How can you find the will to worship such an awful being? Thinks men are superior to women. Thinks slavery is okay. Gave us free will and forgives all... yet made a hell for when we do things he doesn't like. Also killed millions of innocent people because they didn't do as he wanted. Lets the world be the way it is, awful. If you blame Satan (whos only killed 10 people and is bad only bc of gods word) you're wrong. God is all powerful, he should be able to overcome a "bad" spirit. - An Atheist

I’ll answer your every argument separately. And I’ll answer with all my respect for your beliefs, or non beliefs.

God thinks men are superior to women - The Bible contains many references to women that, to our modern mindset, sound discriminatory towards women. But we have to remember that when the Bible describes an action, it does not necessarily mean that the Bible endorses that action. The Bible describes men treating women as little more than property, but that does not mean God approves of that action. The Bible is far more focused on reforming our souls than our societies. God knows that a changed heart will result in a changed behavior. The cross of Christ is the great equalizer. John 3:16 says, “Whoever believes,” and that is an all-inclusive statement that leaves no one out on the basis of position in society, mental capacity, or gender. We also find a passage in Galatians that speaks of our equal opportunity for salvation. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). There is no sexism at the cross. The charge of sexism in the Bible is based upon a lack of knowledge of Scripture. When men and women of all ages have taken their God-ordained places and lived according to “thus says the LORD,” then there is a wonderful balance between the genders. That balance is what God began with, and it is what He will end with. There is an inordinate amount of attention paid to the various products of sin and not to the root of it. It is only when there is personal reconciliation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ that we find true equality. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

God thinks slavery is okay - What many fail to understand is that slavery in biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the color of their skin. In Bible times, slavery was more a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, and even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their masters. The slavery of the past few centuries was often based exclusively on skin color. In addition, both the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of “man-stealing” which is what happened in Africa in the 19th century. Africans were rounded up by slave-hunters, who sold them to slave-traders, who brought them to the New World to work on plantations and farms. This practice is abhorrent to God. In fact, the penalty for such a crime in the Mosaic Law was death: “Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death” (Exodus 21:16). Similarly, in the New Testament, slave-traders are listed among those who are “ungodly and sinful” and are in the same category as those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, adulterers and perverts, and liars and perjurers (1 Timothy 1:8-10). Another crucial point is that the purpose of the Bible is to point the way to salvation, not to reform society. The Bible often approaches issues from the inside out. If a person experiences the love, mercy, and grace of God by receiving His salvation, God will reform his soul, changing the way he thinks and acts. A person who has experienced God’s gift of salvation and freedom from the slavery of sin, as God reforms his soul, will realize that enslaving another human being is wrong. A person who has truly experienced God’s grace will in turn be gracious towards others. That would be the Bible’s prescription for ending slavery.

Gave us free will and forgives all… yet made a hell for when we do things he doesn’t like - God desires that every person spend eternity with Him (Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9), but He honors our free will (John 4:14). Anyone who so desires can go to heaven (John 1:12). Jesus already paid the price for our salvation, but we must accept that gift and transfer ownership of our lives to Him (Luke 9:23). Heaven is perfect, and God cannot take anyone there who insists on holding on to his or her sin. We must allow Him to cleanse us of our sin and make us righteous in His sight (2 Corinthians 5:21). John 1:10–12 shows us the problem and the solution: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” We can choose to trust in Jesus’ payment for our sin, or we can choose to pay for our sins ourselves—but we must remember that the payment for our sin is eternity in hell. C. S. Lewis said it this way: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

God is all powerful, he should be able to overcome a “bad” spirit - First, we know God is absolutely sovereign over all creation, and this includes Satan. Certainly, Satan and his demons wreak havoc in the world, but they are only allowed a certain amount of freedom. We also know that God has planned everything from the beginning of time to the end. Nothing can thwart His plans, and things are proceeding exactly on schedule. “The LORD of hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand’” (Isaiah 14:24). Second, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Whatever God has planned for Satan, that plan will be the best one possible. God’s perfect wrath and justice will be satisfied, and His perfect righteousness will be glorified. Those who love Him and who wait for His plan to be fulfilled will be thrilled to be part of that plan and will praise and glorify Him as they see it unfold. Third, we know that to question God’s plan and its timing is to question God Himself, His judgment, His character and His very nature. It is not wise to question His right to do exactly as He pleases. The psalmist tells us, “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30). Whatever plan comes from the mind of the Almighty is the best plan possible. It is true that we can’t expect to understand that mind perfectly, as He reminds us, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Nevertheless, our responsibility to God is to obey Him, to trust Him, and to submit to His will, whether we understand it or not. In the case of His timing for Satan’s demise, it has to be the best possible plan because it is God’s plan. But true Christians do not care about it. Because the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Romans 16:20

God bless you. - A Believer