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3.29.2009

How Atheism Can Bring You Closer to God

I know. I know.

I thought long and hard about whether to tackle this one. But I have a solid logical case and I'm now going to explain why I think religious believers who want to get closer to GOD should consider converting to ATHEISM.I even think it is quite possible that you are "damned if you don't." But since there is an inherent catch-22 in being damned by a non-existent being, I'll leave that alone. This is my basic thesis...

Let us assume, as most religious believers do, that GOD is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, or put simply all-powerful, ever-present, and all-knowing. Would it not then be fair to say that GOD is everywhere in all things at all times? And if so, then is not GOD = EVERYTHING?

So, if you agree with that, then we have established that EVERYTHING is GOD. So isn't the worship of GOD then also the worship of EVERYTHING (i.e., the entire universe)? And if the universe is infinite, then isn't GOD also infinite, as most religious believers would agree?



That's fairly straightforward. Here is where it gets a little hairy if you can't keep your mind open...

Most religions like to "define" GOD using a set of beliefs unique to their particular faith. But there is a problem with defining INFINITY as most mathemticians will tell you. And in short, trying to define GOD is basically like trying to "count to infinity" or "divide" infinity by something. There is really no good way to define infinity. It is something beyond human comprehension.

But that doesn't stop religions from trying to define GOD, and once you do that, then you are no longer defining the infinite. You then have something FINITE, which based on the logic above must be something LESS THAN GOD.

Conversely, atheists fully accept the notion of an infinite universe, full of an infinite number of very real things moving through time in a consistent logical way FOREVER (i.e., infinite time). We atheists have no problem with that and since we believe in and accept the INFINITE EVERYTHING that is the UNIVERSE, we essentially believe in the ONE TRUE GOD as defined above.

So, religious believers, I ask you to consider if you can ever truly be close to GOD until you throw off the burdensome definitions imposed by your faiths and stop trying to pigeon-hole GOD into a box of your FINITE liking.

You see, as soon as you INSTITUTIONALIZE God (and I don't mean that in the sense of some bearded old white guy in a straight jacket being dragged into a padded room by orderlies), as your religious institutions would have you do, you have essentially made GOD finite and less than ALL-KNOWING, EVER-PRESENT, and ALL-POWERFUL. Thus, not really GOD but something less than GOD.

So, give it some thought. We atheists are pretty decent folks and we always welcome converts.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/29/2009

    God is not in everything according to the Bible. God is everywhere but not in everything unless you are a Hindu where you believe that God is in cows or ants or rocks or whatever. God is omnipresent to Christians as follows:In the Judeo-Christian religions, God is omnipresent in a way that He is able to interact with his creation however he chooses, and is not the very essence of his creation. So, at least for Christians God is not "in" everything. So your argument fails unless it is made to a Hindu!

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  2. All comments welcome here. Since there is no God any definition of God is both right and wrong simultaneously. And since the Bible was written by people, it does not preclude an omniscient and omnipresent God. But it is interesting that Christians desert their all powerful God and make him less potent when their dogma is threatened. I guess that is kind of like choosing whatever Biblical passage supports whatever argument you are trying to make at a given time. No reason to comment anonymously. We are all peace loving atheists here. We won't come try to murder you for speaking badly about our lack of faith. It's what makes us so cool.

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  3. joanna3/31/2009

    New here...hello.

    If God is everywhere and everything and infinite and therefore beyond human comprehension, then I suppose I could agree.

    I just have no possible way of knowing and no evidence provided that's been sufficient to convince me. And why would I worship this "being"? Does this "being" expect worship? That seems like a human quality to me...as do the qualities of jealousy, possessiveness, and spite that often crop up in descriptions of the God in OT Scripture.

    I've been religiously unaffiliated since 1986 and have been enjoying the freedom of "no invisible means of support" ever since!

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  4. Thanks Joanna. Sorry I am replying so late. I concur. Yahweh admits to be brutally jealous in the OT. He is not shy about it. I like his brutal honesty. He makes no bones about slaughtering thousands of women and children if they disobey him. There's a certain nobility to that, though it's counterproductive.

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