Of course you don't become an atheist if you really believe in God. But if you logically have come to the conclusion that there is no god, should you still lie to yourself? I don't see what good it will do. On the contrary, a false belief in gods has several disadvantages. As an atheist:*.You don't have to believe the preachers on funerals when they tell you that your loved ones where sinful. (I found it extremely bothersome on my grandfather's funeral that the preacher talked about sin all the time; and I'm glad I could reject that as religious superstition. Unfortunately I had to listen to the bullshit though.)*.There is no one watching you when you masturbate, have sex, go to the bathroom or do anything else private. If I believed in such a god, I would certainly become totally paranoid.*.You don't run the risk of being punished eternally for your opinions. (i.e. you are not sent to hell for not believing the bible)*.You won't be as easily fooled to give away all your money to impostors*.There are no evil creatures or devils to fear (except for religious fundamentalists. Some of them are really dangerous, such as people that blow up abortion clinics, kill doctors or issue death penalties on authors).You don't have to waste your timereading ancient myths to decide how to live.

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Comment by Michael Penn on April 3, 2014 at 10:45pm

You have all of that right! Sometimes though I'm really not sure. I keep thinking god is watching me as I take a crap. Religious belief can make you paranoid!

Comment by Allen Dudley on April 3, 2014 at 4:14am

I find anything that brings me close to preachers (parasites) problematic. It really irritates me when preachers or other religious zealots tell me at a funeral that the deceased has "gone to a better place". To be a deist, you have to pretend to know things you really don't know.

Comment by Future on March 31, 2014 at 9:00am
Humans can be incredibly naive about the god concept. In fact, if it turned out that when we die, we find that we indeed do have a life force that remains and enters a different natural realm with others, and that realm is equally as void of any evidence for gods, I bet most of the ones who were religious in this life would remain blindly faithful and see the new realm as being one step closer to their god. For the record, I don't believe in a realm beyond this one for our consciousness. This is just a statement as to how stubbornly religionists can be about their fairy tale beliefs.
Comment by Sentient Biped on March 30, 2014 at 2:13pm

Welcome Sikandar.

You make a well reasoned statement.

I especially like that you state "You won't be as easily fooled to give away all your money to impostors".  A big part of religion is either motivated to bring wealth to the religious leaders, or power to the religious and political charlatans.  You are absolutely correct.

Thank you for posting.

Comment by Irrelevant People on March 30, 2014 at 4:51am

Nice , I can totally relate to this. 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 29, 2014 at 4:45am

In my opinion there are two broad types of religionists, the idiots who really believes all that nonsense and the fraudsters who prey on the idiots, such as clergy and those with ulterior reasons for upholding a religious persona.

The bible is just nonsense written by ancient people, interpreted and translated through languages into an archaic form of English. Theology is a load of crap. The supernatural doesn't exist. The universe has a natural history. Our life is everything we will ever have and we should enjoy it and be happy.

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