1) You may be an Atheist if your own sense of certainty is no longer built up by claims of authority. If you begin to realize, as I have, that Theism is far more comfortable with keeping said evidences at the bottom of the rung, and placing premises of inspiration at the top. Rather than saying, “I must first assume that the Bible is authoritative in order to benefit from said beliefs, you will begin to say, I must first see how the Bible is authoritative in the here and now in order to invest my life further into that system of thought.” There’s a big difference in these approaches. Past claims of authority are intending to stretch the assumptions of the past into our present scenario. Be aware of this.

 

2) You may be an Atheist if you are starting to realize your own placement in this existence and the peculiar way that you are told to accept divine claims. Your placement in the world, you may find, is one that astonishingly enough is going to dictate what you believe about God and so many other things. Your own sense of morality and self is intricately wrapped up within your own family and immediate culture. Begin to tread other waters by traveling the world and your internet search engine, and suddenly you exist within a quagmire of competing belief systems. The trend within most or all religions, as I alluded to above, is to first rely upon past authoritative statements rather than present evidence that could put these questions to rest. Sound a little fishy to you? It certainly seems to highlight why the world religions are so unyielding to one another. Clinging to past narratives about the gods is doing nobody a favor in the present.

 

3) You may be an Atheist if the concept of God is becoming increasingly incoherent due to there being no reliable way to narrow down upon the question. Is it important for the most significant truths in our lives to be available and readily identifiable? You tell me? The question of God is posed as the most important thing to know, and oddly enough provides the least amount of relevant data from which to make a basic case. If our beliefs should be in proportion to the evidence then why is Theism so starved in comparison to any other beliefs we may hold simply by interacting with reality?

 

I believe in gravity because it works on paper and depending on our acceleration, if we are in a state of freefall, like the astronauts in space, it gives the illusion of weightlessness when confined within a space shuttle. That illusion of weightlessness is just further proof of how strong the earth’s gravitational pull really is. I think I explained that correctly. My point being that there are so many actual invisible forces that we see clearly at work when we do the math and God isn’t one of them. If it was necessary in the Bible and many other accounts for a personal God to intervene and establish His presence in our universe, how is that any less important now in light of all of the competition? In light of how to reason properly about what is either reliable or unreliable, true or false, likely or unlikely? Humanity is otherwise taking a shot into the dark and that is a patently unfair way to bring people into actual belief about anything. I again rest my case. Love the questions, and that includes the uncertainty and doubt that they may bring.

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