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Being an atheist... by BlackJill Being an atheist... by BlackJill
...does not mean that I don't believe in anything.

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I'm incredibly sick and tired of hearing Christians tell me that just because I don't believe in God that I must not believe in anything. Even if I argue that I believe in all the same things they do: peace, love, tolerance, etc., my beliefs are dismissed because they're my own.

We don't need to be told to be good people in order to be a good person. We don't need to be told to do good deeds in order to do something good. Atheists have the same beliefs as religious people do, the only difference is that what we believe in are things we believe in because it's simply the right thing to do rather than stemming from some fear of an all powerful, all knowing parent figure that'll split the skies in two just to shake a finger at us, nor do we need to read it from a book.

When they sit there and tell us that we're going to hell because we don't follow the word of their God and that we're bad people because they assume we believe in nothing, I have to wonder about all the Christian rapists, murderers, child molesters, thieves, corrupt politicians and corrupt cops, etc etc etc. I'm not saying atheists are saints, don't get me wrong, but it just pisses me off when Christians act like they're better than atheists just because they have religion and we don't.

So I was having a debate with someone a few hours ago on the separation of Church and state and how they really need to remain separated. We ended up getting into the Christian vs. atheist argument and I told him that I shared many of the same beliefs as he does. He seemed pleased that we agreed on something finally but as soon as I mentioned afterward that I was atheist...

Him: "Oh well, it doesn't count then."

Me: "What doesn't count?"

Him: "What you believe in. If it isn't coming from God, then it doesn't mean anything. Only God can make you a good person."

So, there you have it. Atheists don't believe in anything and if you don't believe in God you can't be a good person. We have to respect their rights to expression and belief but ours are invalid.

Go figure.
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BillyWeirdo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
PS: Sorry for the looooooong comment. :P
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BillyWeirdo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
I don'r really like discussing Politics and Religion in sites like DA, but, what the frog, let's do this, just for the sake of argument.
First off, I believe in God, and like to think of myself as a Christian. I don't know about other people, but my faith in God helps me understand myself and affirm my life and my moral values, which is the ultimate reason of being of religion as far as I can tell from my experience.
Obviously, I cannot expect anyone to believe in the same things as I do. I don't think I could handle being an atheist as you do, but that's just because we're different people with different ways of understanding the world. Ultimately, the one thing that brings us together is the fact that every human being needs faith. Everyone needs something to believe in: a God, a Being, a Force, Justice, Beauty, Mankind, their children, you name it. It is only the Mark of Man.
As for those so called 'Christians' that dare use the name of God in vane to label themselves as such when they are corrupt and evil... ugh, I'm sorry, really, but I'm actually kind of tired of saying that those people should be left out of the argument. Those are evil people, and Jesus Christ never once told his followers to be evil. Should we judge a religion by the actions of the people that label themselves as followers of that religion, or by the values, the philosophy behind it? Both, you may say. Well, yeah, perhaps. But the way I see it, the only way it really makes sense to me, Christianism is not its people, it is the message of Jesus of Nazaret. The Messiah who, rather than following the Jew l l becoming a general of the Israeli warriors in a ruthless battle against the 'enemies of God', gave us but one mission: 'Love one another, as I love you.' That's the core of Christianism and whenever you stop following that simple order, you are a sinner, and the one that allows himself or herself to not follow Jesus' little piece of advice, his claims of 'I am a Christian' is meaningless.
Maybe I'm too much of an idealist, but really, this is the only way I understand this matter. I think that when people nowadays hear a word that ends in -ism, they think of the people instead of the idea behind it all. My reflex is to do the exact opposite. When someone mentions Marxism, his listeners will think of Lenin, Stalin and Fidel Castro; I think of Karl Marx's philosophy. When someone mentions the US politics, people will probably start thinking of Barack Obama, George Bush, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; I think of the Constitution of 1776. That is why I get exasperated when some of the people I talk to try to argue Christianism is evil because 'Christians' are evil. To those I say: 'If they are evil, they can't be "Christians". Call them "bad Christians" instead. It really helps. It's what I do.'
I hope I didn't cause you much distress with my argument. Unfortunately, this is a very sensitive matter to discuss (after all, it's only questioning the ultimate answer to our understanding of the real and existent!). But I think that allowing ourselves to let go of our beliefs for a few moments and try to understand each other perspectives by means of a rich and reasonable discussions... man, that is what really distinguishes the brave from the cowardly, don't you think?
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karasu-kiba Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh i understand how u feel. i am myself a christian, but i know that the people who try to shove it down other people's throats are fake ass religious people. i mean half the christians i've met who judge others have done bad as well. talk about hypocritical. i guess what im trying to say is the people who try and pull that kind of shit aren't true christians. they're fake. because they're supposed to worry about fixing themselves, not other people xD so i understand how u feel. but christianity isn't meant to be like how u described. in fact people of any religion like that make me sick//
im not even straight but i believe in god and all that. gahh im rambling, my bad xD
but i hope you will meet a true christian someday who will accept you as you are :3
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KamitheGodwolf Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness! Clapity clap clap
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DragonbloodRain Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
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Blackestfang Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This guy on youtube asked me whats the point of doing good and where I get the ability to know right from wrong -_-. Common sense is how I know and I do good because I can, I should do good so I can go to heaven? NO! People say no good deed shouldn't go unrewarded well I disagree it should go unrewarded! you do it because it's right, not to get something! they also asked what's the point in life if there is no god and I say just live it to it's fullest and do your part to make it better. 
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TrueGrimReaper64 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What annoys me the most is that a condescending attitude is BUILT INTO most, if not all, religious teachings. They believe they are superior simply BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE in it. I know I can't (and I imagine most atheists can't) keep myself from being agitated when discussing ideas with a religious believer because of that attitude. Most of the time it's unintentional on their part because its what they have been taught. They just don't and cannot see our ideas as equal. Its not in their logic. I hate being pitied for believing something different. 
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EUR0BEAT Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, please make one for Creationists! So many atheists/evolutionists/ect. have bashed me or said I am stupid just because I believe that there is a God.
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NaaraHatake Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad my Christian friends are not bible thumping retards. I say what I want and they don't bash me. Why can't all Christians be like that?
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Favs-for-points Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
oh yeah! I agree I sometimes feel awkward around Christians when it comes to talking about beliefs because I am afraid they will think less of me for being an atheist. I sometimes feel like i talk to them about religion as if i am talking about harry potter or pokemon. I say stuff as if its real but not really believe it.
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Favninthedirewolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not that I have anything against Christians, but any Christian I've ever known has been constantly "sharing" their religion and how great it is. However, when an atheist shares one tiny little thing about science, all hell breaks loose with the Christians.
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ForbiddenDarkSoull Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice stamp! :D
But it's awkward when it stops in the end and doesn't repeat again, or it kinda doesn't make sense :meow:
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BlackJill Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does repeat.
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ForbiddenDarkSoull Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow then it's my computer I guess o_o' . stupid computer always messing with my mind ><
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Ntn2 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
It happens sometimes.
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ForbiddenDarkSoull Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yhea, but now I recharge the page like 3 times and it fixes ^^;
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AlienPinataBob Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
People actually backed away from me once they learned I'm atheist (though these were of course "excuse me, have you ever heard of Jesus Christ?" people).

They could not comprehend that I'm atheist, even though I read the Bible. They then started talking about how God's rules are fair and how atheists basically are doomed to go to hell because we follow the wrong rules. Alright.
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IheartWaffies Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   General Artist
That's how society is these days. Intolerant.
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MasterSaruwatari Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Writer
Can I add this tag to my page?
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BlackJill Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.
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MasterSaruwatari Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Writer
Now I need to figure out how to do that. lol...
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BlackJill Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thumb code.
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MasterSaruwatari Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Writer
okay.
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StalkerofChernobyl Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Might wanna fix the description to "does not mean that I don't believe in anything."
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BlackJill Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for pointing out typo.
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Only God can make you a good person." That is honestly where some Christians fail. Christians believe God gave free will to human beings, but they keep saying that only God can make you do the right things, or the devil makes you do the wrong things. No the devil just temps and people choose whether they follow him or not. The devil can't make anyone do anything. I assume God can, but God ultimately doesn't because God is the one who gave us free will. So how does that argument even stand? If you don't believe this it is fine, but I'm arguing against other Christians on a Christian standpoint. I don't know whether that is contradictory or not. XD
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