1. Suppose you are God. You created evil and calamity (Isaiah 45:7). When horrible things happen to your creation, you watch and do nothing. When a human steps in to solve the problem, you take the credit and demand to be praised. And you expect me to die and spend eternity worshipping the only being who was powerful enough to prevent the suffering, yet chose not to? It’s much more logical to assume that no god exists, and this book was written by Bronze-Age fisherman trying to understand the world.
2. If we truly had one creator speaking to prophets, it would do so consistently, not contradictory as thousands of different religions have proven.
3. Living by the means of humans helping humans, and realizing time on earth is not a practice run, creates an urgency of life that requires fulfilling. We don’t need you. #Iam4th
4. When my daughter was a toddler, I asked her where the stars came from. She confidently said “The moon made them.” I followed by asking “Then where did the moon come from?” She strongly asserted “Daddy, the moon is the boss. Nobody made the moon.” This is an unmistakably familiar mindset; and rightfully embarrassing for an adult to hold such similar thought.
5. Demeter, Jesus, Apollo, Horus, Zeus, Mithra, Yahweh, Tammuz, Ganesha, and Allah are only 10 of the thousands of gods recorded in history. An atheist is not one who refuses to read religious doctrine; but most often, one who reads too many.
6. In the technicalities of most religions, there is no difference between a believer who dies before having time to repent, and a nonbeliever who rejected the doctrine altogether. You may be in my group and not even know it.
7. If the Christian god created humans as sinners, how could he rightfully expect us to believe the corrupt messengers he has sent to teach us the way of life?
8. “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?” – Epicurus
9. We’re born atheists. Religions are taught depending on the location and era in which you are raised. Being born in the U.S. in 1974 does not make you right, it most likely just makes you another Christian. That’s no better or worse than the person born in Tibet in 1955, who proudly worships the Dalai Lama. Truth is not based on location. Opinions are.
10. It is better to find your own answers and make an educated decision, than to remain willfully ignorant and make a fearful one.
11. A loving god would judge his creation on their treatment of one another, not punish them for requesting evidence.
12. You can choose your behaviors, not your beliefs. And I simply refuse to be a hypocrite. I could go through the motions, attend the churches, shake the hands, sing the songs, and help with the luncheons. That still wouldn’t make me a believer. It would make me a pretender. I am honest with myself and those around me that these things don’t make sense. That doesn’t make me a bad person. It makes me an honest atheist.
13. Love. Humans love humans too much to worship a being who doesn’t seem to love us at all.