The Implications of Atheism

In this post, I just want to point out a couple of things that atheism imply. But first of all, I want to make it clear that I am not attacking atheists, but atheism as a rule.

1. Life is Random

Atheism is the belief that there is no God. This is coupled with the belief that life has evolved over a long period of time. I’m not going to go into the details about why I don’t believe this is the case, because I already wrote a post about that. But the belief that life has evolved randomly has its own implications. It implies that life is unimportant. If every organism is random, and every organ has come into this world by chance, why should we treasure life? When someone dies, they just stop existing. There is nothing else that we can do about it, and they are no longer happy, sad, or feeling any other emotion, so why is death even sad?

This belief would imply that we should be completely self-centered. After all, we are here on this Earth because we were the stronger organisms, the survivors. We need to survive at all costs, regardless of the harm it may do to others. After all, the are only here by chance anyway.

2. Authority is irrelevant

A further implication of the first point is that authority is irrelevant. We could make a very strong argument that the government and the other authority figures in our life are just as random as we are, and thus have no ground to tell us what to do. After all, laws and ordinances are in place to protect not only our personal freedom, but that of everyone around us. It is the whole “you are free to do whatever you want unless you endanger the freedom of somebody else.” But if you no longer care about the freedom of other people, why would you respect authority?

Atheists do NOT believe these things

I stated above that I believe that Atheism implies the above two points. I do, however, have many atheist friends, and I would say as a rule, they do not believe either that life is unimportant or that authority is irrelevant. Why? I would argue it is because they are created by God, whether they believe it or not. God created human beings. Which means they are not random. And every human being, unless they have been hardened by some outer situation, has an implicit respect for human beings. Which is why a life ends, it is incredibly sad. And atheists usually respect of authority. Because as humans, we have an innate sense that society will function better if we respect authority.

I would argue, however, that belief in God strengthens both of these senses. In my experience, the more I have come to know and love my God, the more I have implicitly loved and respected all those around me. I was raised by God-fearing parents, so a love for all creatures was imparted to me while growing up, but as I’ve grown older, that love has been strengthened. After all, if God has created a person in a particular way, who am I to criticize His work? He’s God. And He loves all creatures, great and small. So who am I to disagree with Him? No one. My respect for authority has also increased. The Bible says that all authority is ordained by God, and I believe it with all my heart. It says in 1 Corinthians that “all things are lawful to me, but not all things are profitable.” Christ fulfilled the law on the cross, so actually there is absolutely NO offense that He can not or will not forgive. But, as a Christian, I can testify that the life of a Christian is not a lawless life. The more I come to know my God, the more I have an inward desire to become right with both God and men. The more I come to love my God, the more He limits me in what I do and say. I have found that when I respect not only the God-ordained authority around me (the government, my boss, my parents, etc.), and when I take care of the God-given feeling in my conscience when I deal with other people, my Lord is much, much richer and enjoyable to me. He doesn’t allow me to do everything. I disobey a lot (because I am also a fallen human being), but I am happiest when I allow my Lord to rule me.

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  1. I’ve gotta reply in German.

    Du solltest zwischen zwei verschiedenen GLaubensrichtungen unterscheiden
    a) Diejenigen die na eine höhere Ordnung glauben, die aber nicht Gott ist. Dazu gehören u.a. Evolutionstheoretiker die an den anfängichen Zufall glauben und alles andere läuft Plan. Wer sich das “ausgedacht” hat oder was ist denen egal und was seine Motive waren spielt auch keine Rolle. Es gibt auch die, die an Schicksal glauben, der aber nicht von einem Gott betimmt ist sondern von einem oder seiner Handlung selbst. Hier ist Authorität nicht egal, sie ist halt kein Gott sondern irgendetwas anderes, wirre phyikalische Strukturen oder weiß der geier was.
    b) Diejenigen die daran glauben das alles vollkommen planlos ist. Wir hätten auch auf der Venus leben könenn als grüne EIchhörnchen. Für diese Leute ist auch Authorität egal.

    Atheist zu sein heißt nicht, den Menschen zu hassen. Sie hassen lediglich den kirchlíchen “Druck” dahinter und sie hassen es Dingen oder Personen zu folgen, die sie nie gesehen haben. Sie würden zu dem, was Bibel, Koran oder Buddhas Lehren sagen teilweise auch “ja” sagen, glauben aber nicht an die geschichte wie sie geschrieben ist.

    Wieso gibt es Atheisten?
    1. Die Personen finden in keiner der Hauptglaubensrichtung eine Erklärung dafür. Btw: Alles scheint irgendwie zusammengesetzt, fast genauso wie urvölker versucht haben den Blitz zu erklären.
    2. Sie sehen sämtliche Glaubenstexte als Weisheitslehren, und Glauben an sich als Ordnung die die Personen brauchen um durchs Leben zu gehen.
    3. Gott erscheint sehr menschenlich. er liebt, betreut, dankt und heilt… Man hätte ja uch einen Gott erschaffen können der bös ist und die Menshcen nicht versteht.

    WAs denken Atheistren nach dem Tod?
    1. Er/sie hatte ein schönes Leben usn hat mir viel hinterlassen womit ich der Welt dienen kann.
    2. Er/sie wird zu Erde. Diese nutzt uns auch.
    3. Das Leben ist nur so kurz, damit man sein Wissen anderen Generationen weitergeben kann. der Zyklus muss ständig weirtergehen damit die Erde nicht kaputt geht.
    Also: Nach dem Tod ist nichts außer purer Realisms.

    Die These, dass Gott uns alle geschaffen hat und wir deswegen gut sind, können Atheisten genauso begründen. Was auch immer der Grund ist, dass wir da sind – Wir sind ein neutrales Wesen und lernen aus Efahrungen. Die einen gut, die anderne schlecht. Deswegen gibt es gute und schlechte menschen. Leben ist das, was sie daraus machen. Du bist da, weil deine Mutter dich auf dei Welt gesetzt hat. ;-)

    Und nun eine gefährliche Frage, die du dir nächste Mal stellen darfst:
    Wenn Gott jeden liebt, ob gläubig oder nicht, wieso hat er die Ungläubigen erschaffen?

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  2. Disclaimer: I’m not a native english speaker but I’ll try my best. Also I dont want to insult anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings.

    I think you got evolution wrong. Evolution does not mean that everything happens randomly. It is random which of the parents genes are combined and there might even a bit random mutation happening but what really drives evolution is the survival of the fittest. If an individual has a slight advantage over the other members of the species it lives longer and produces more offsprings. For instance a giraffe that is larger and can reach leafs that are higher above. The genes that are responsible for the advantage of this particular individual are spread more and the species evolves. In the end giraffes became three meters high. Evolution can be observed in the lab. Practically every biologist accepts the theory of evolution in the same way that the theory of gravity is accepted by the physicists. Not as a fact but as a theory that explains things very well.

    In computer science you can see that the rules of evolution work even outside biological systems. Given the rules for recombination of genes, mutation and survival of the fittest evolutionary algorithms can find good approximate solutions to very hard problems. Where do the rules come from one might ask but that is not a matter of science. I tend to not postulate a god.

    But your implications are more of a philosophical nature and I also want to comment on that.

    Even if we accept the premise that life is random I think your conclusion is not correct. Human beings are social animals. We need the protection and cooperation of the group to survive. So at least the lives of the members of our group are very important for us. Being social animals (something we basically inherited from our primate ancestors) was beside our improved brain and our hands one of our evolutionary advantages.

    You write that atheism would imply that we do not have to be sad if someone dies. I think the opposite is the case. As an atheist I believe that if someone dies he’s gone forever. If you believe in god and an eternal life there is no reason to be sad about the death of someone.

    Also as individuals we require protection of the group and therefore we need to confirm to laws. Also breaking laws could directly harm us. Conforming to certain rules is for atheist as necessary as for theists. It is simply not related to the beliefs.

    And there is another thing I strongly have to disagree with. If the bible says that all authority is ordained by god than this implies that Hussein, al-Gaddafi, Milosevic, Stalin and Hitler to name but a few are also ordained by god and people should respect their authority. I am very sure that you did not meant that and that you agree that respecting authorities must have limits.

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    • I actually completely 100% agree with the theory of evolution. From a scientific perspective. I agree that species mutate and adapt to be better suited to the environment that surrounds them. I wrote a whole post on that subject which comes at the topic from a more scientific perspective. My firm belief is that it takes just as much faith to believe in “non-creationism” as it takes to believe in that God created everything. The probability that a one celled organism would come into being is so small that it really takes a huge chunk of faith to believe it. If you do, I certainly respect that. It is your choice to believe in whatever you want to.

      Some people consider evolution to be proof that God didn’t create the universe. I think it shows that He did a good job.

      And I think that computer science (the field in which I have the most expertise) also shows that evolution is not quite plausible. Why? Because I work with software development. I know just how much effort it takes to get write a program that does what it is supposed to do. It takes my brain power and my ability to design. I don’t get a functioning program by randomly typing away on my computer. Theoretically, there is the CHANCE that I might manage to write a syntactically correct program. But the probability? Not likely. Technology today is nowhere near as complex as life (it tends to break down when something unexpected comes its way instead of adapting to the environment). But how many thousands of man-years (and the designer instinct that comes with it) have been invested in technology to bring it to the point that it is today?

      All authority is from God. But it is also important to remember that Satan, the devil, also has a certain authority over the Earth. Before he rebelled against God, he was God’s archangel. He was the leading authority. And, with this God-given authority, he also has a certain power over the Earth. Stalin, Hilter, Hussein, and all the other dictators on Earth abuse their power and align themselves with the devil. I definitely agree that respecting authority has it’s limits. I would never follow the orders of anyone if it meant denying what God, in His far greater authority, has commanded me.

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