I’ve been thinking about atheism and atheists lately, trying to understand them, both the people who believe in atheism as well as the concept of it. The conclusion I have reached is that there is no conclusion. Why? Because people will believe what they want, and no matter what you do to convince someone of your beliefs, they will always come up with a counter argument.
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It’s like the Kennedy assassination, no matter what evidence someone comes up with the either prove it was a conspiracy or nor, someone will come up with another piece of evidence disputing the first evidence. It never ends, like the debate on religion and whether there is a God or not. But here is a question I have on atheism and on what atheists believe: Whether you believe there is a God or not, and whether you believe the Bible is truth or a piece of fiction, how can you argue with the moral teachings of the Bible?
Let’s take the Ten Commandments for example. The Bible says in Matthew 5: 19 – 20
Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Let’s assume you don’t believe in the kingdom of heaven, isn’t it still a good idea to not kill, not steal or commit adultery? What about the golden rule?
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 6: 12
These are good rules whether you believe in God or not, yet atheists are offended if they are displayed publicly. Why would that be? They argue believers shouldn’t force their religion(s) or them, which I can understand, but how is displaying good, solid advice forcing a religion on someone? Does an atheist believe it is okay to kill another? Does an atheist believe it is okay to steal from others? This is what I don’t understand.
What if these same Ten Commandments were written without attribution in a public place, writing them differently and in a different order? Would an atheist also find this offensive? Or could it be they just like to be contrary?
I admit I haven’t read the whole Bible, I am working on it but am not there yet. There is much in there in the way of good advice, whether or not you believe in the historical accounts on how the world was made or whether or not a man could be crucified and be raised from the dead. If you are a non-believer is reading the Bible any different from reading any other book, whether it be fiction or non-fiction? When there are good, moral lessons to be learned, we should learn them, no matter where they are from. I can’t understand why atheists cannot see this.