Tag Archives: Lack of Faith

Beyond Doubt

In response to Daily Prompt, Doubters Alert.

What commonly accepted truth (or “truth”) do you think is wrong, or at least seriously doubt?  Why?

The Doubt

I have doubted the existence of god for more than a decade, maybe close to two decades.

Why?

There are too many reasons to list why, so I’ve chosen a handful:

  • Too many biblical contradictions. See http://bibviz.com/.
  • Scientifically impossible events.

And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
Genesis 5:26-27

  • Promotes violence, discrimination, and misogyny.

And everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel. Then… the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die.

  • Anti intellectual – “just have faith.” Don’t think for yourself, trust the bible and the “experts.” That just doesn’t sit well with me.
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Nonbeliever Nation

Food for thought. From “Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans” by David Niose

“But more significantly, when we actually compare the values and beliefs of atheists and secular people to those of religious people, the former are markedly less nationalistic, less prejudiced, less anti-Semitic, less racist, less dogmatic, less ethnocentric, less close-minded, and less authoritarian.””

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Shame? Not Me!

A coworker who knows some of my personal background and how much stress I’ve dealt with over the years asked me if I am a church goer.  I simply said “no” to begin with, hoping he’d just drop it.  Well, he didn’t.  He suggested that I might find a lot of support from church.  I’m sure that is true, but it is not for me.  I said I’m totally NOT a church person.

He actually said “oh, shame on you.”

R E A L L Y!

I feel no shame in the fact that I don’t go to church.  I would feel shame – on the other hand – if I were to go and fake it the whole time.  I would feel shame that I let other people’s beliefs direct my behavior.

If it works for you, great.  I support you and will not try to change your mind.

It doesn’t work for me, so don’t try to change my mind, in the guise of saving me.  And especially don’t try to assign shame to me because I don’t believe like you do.