Atheism is a Conclusion, Not a belief!
What makes you an atheist? Do they say, “God undeniably does not exist”? Certainly most atheists wouldn’t say that. Regrettably, like most religious people, most dictionaries distort atheism, with definitions like “Rejection of the existence of God.”
Atheism is a conclusion, not a belief!
- Verification and knowledge are the proper basis for any beliefs.
Those who make an proclamation have the obligation to prove it.
If a person has no knowledge to persuade with, and he can’t prove the existence of God, he has no purpose to believe God exists. He also has no reason to say God doesn’t exist, if he cannot prove his credence. Why would he waste time trying to “prove” the non-existence in reality of a concept as indefinable as God? If someone said a big serpent in the sky governed the universe, you wouldn’t believe it, and you would be an “ atheist,” but you wouldn’t start gathering verification to “prove” that no invisible big serpent was up there, would you?
The Other “A” Word
Perhaps those who call themselves agnostics are just afraid of the other “A” word. You might wonder, since atheism is simply non-belief due to implausible evidence, rather than a contrary belief, where does this leave agnostics? The most honest categorization would be as a type of atheist. They hold open the prospect of a god (as does any rational atheist if presented with good proof), but since they don’t really believe in God, they are atheistic, aren’t they?
Of course, words refer to something, even if it is only to ideas. In that sense, we can say God does exist as a notion, and a powerful one at that. Some atheists even like innumerable versions of this idea. God, the idea, may be the cause of wars and horrible crimes, but he (it) can also be an uplifting or at least beneficial theory.
We might refer to these types of mind-sets as “helpful falsehoods” because regardless of their truth or falsity, they can be beneficial as “operational principles.” The notion that everything happens for a reason, for instance, doesn’t have to be true for it to be a useful opinion or operating principle. It can certainly get you looking for the teachings and other values to be found in bad situations, rather becoming depressed.
We can say then that God exists, at least as a shared faith, or “helpful falsehoods”. This idea may even do some good in the world. What about His existence in reality? Actually, even an atheist can believe in that – the moment God comes down and shakes his hand.
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