REALIZATION

 

One day I realized just why religious people, or that fraction of “Believers” hate atheists, is that they are literally scared of us.

They are simply afraid that their beliefs will be shown to be false.

And with that, the made up afterlife will not be there for them.

There is no great beyond.

There isn’t a “higher order” or that they are the “Chosen” of the all mighty.

Their lives are, at least in their eyes, limited, or pointless.

Instead of looking at life as something to be enjoyed, they look upon it as drudgery.

How sad.

To live your life hoping that when you die, it will all be better, and in a better place.

Seems to me they’d be happier believing in the Wheel of Life.

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Comment by David Maxwell on May 31, 2014 at 9:27am

I also agree with Sam Harris’s assessment of the religionists view of death. Death can be one of the most scary fact’s of existence that people can contemplate. It’s also (in my opinion) one of the most artificial obstacles as well, for men oftentimes feel that it’s important to give life “meaning” but not give the same the same level of importance to death. That’s why I’ve long felt that God is mankind’s earliest attempt at creating “artificial need’s”, for (as the false ideology goes) “God” want’s us us to believe that men have these thing’s called “soul’s” and that these “soul’s” can live on beyond the death of the body. If you live according to what this “God” want’s you’ll be rewarded with something great or you’ll be allowed to come back to Earth again.

I call it an artificial obstacle because the religionist lives a life that is described by their religious leader (which is not always described in their scripture), as such the faithful never realize their genuine potential as a human and slough off such concerns for “the next life”. I.e. “I’ll do a better job in the next life”, or “I’ll be a better person in the next life”, or “I won’t make those mistakes in the next life”, like death affords the individual a form of retrospect that they can act upon and improve themselves.

Also, have you ever noticed how often Catholic’s seem to link the idea that Atheist’s simply don’t possess a soul?

Comment by Michael Penn on May 30, 2014 at 4:51pm

I do agree that religionists are afraid of atheists. There fear and hatred might actually be addressed in a different way. Sam Harris said it best when he said "they are afraid of death."

There is nowhere else for a religionist to go, and you are knocking the props out from under them. What do I do if there is no heaven and I die? Damn those atheists! How dare they do this!

Comment by Pat on May 30, 2014 at 7:23am

There's another facet to the fear they have of us. If you look at it from their perspective (inside the bubble of their belief system), we are incredibly dangerous. More dangerous than a serial killer, or the pedophile clergy that live among them.

For if we convinced one of them to turn away from their cult and their god, we have condemned that individual to an eternity of hell fire, damnation and torture. According them, this life is fleeting, but eternity is - well - eternal. And while harming someone in this life may be bad. Very bad, in fact. The idea of participating in throwing someone in the pit of perdition forever, is worse than anything anyone can do in this lifetime. And, according to them, we are the agents of the gate of hell.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2014 at 6:12am

Exactly so. We upset their applecart. We make a lie of Psalms 14 how we live and conduct ourselves, and our lives (as I pointed out in a recent letter to the editor) are likely little better or worse than theirs are for our lack of belief. The world continues to behave as though there is no god, a fact which they may apprehend at some level or other ... and yeah, some of them are liable to find that a bothersome datum.

And with luck, maybe it will make them think a bit.

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