Hi, I'm an Atheist | The Oracle Institute
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 11:42 pm

Hi, I'm an Atheist

Hi my name is Don and I’m an Atheist. I am not interested in challenging other people’s Religious beliefs or perspectives, but I just ask for the same respect from others. I am a true advocate for religious freedom, because when we start taking away the rights of others that we do not believe in, we set the stage for the same to occur to our own.

I don’t have all the answers, nor do I expect to. I have come to the decision of Atheism due to the information that I have received as well as my own personal experiences. I have arrived at this decision quite seriously. For me, the God that is expressed biblically, and theologically can not exist. Could I be wrong? Absolutely. But I have decided that based on the information and experiences that I have witnessed, MY answer is “No.” and I have chosen to trust my heart and mind that the decision I have come to is the best one for me. It can and will possibly change, but we spend entirely too much time waiting on perfect answers, and become stagnant in the meantime. We get hung up on issues (social as well as personal) that cause us all to waste so much precious energy that we can and should be using for forward progress.

I wait for the day that we can stop assuming that the person/people that disagree with us are a bunch of ignorant, good-for-nothing Neanderthals who know nothing of what they speak, questioning even how they make it through each death breathing on their own. Only we can overcome these assumptions and opinions can we begin to open the door to discussions that benefit us all. I am a father, and one thing we all have in common as parents is a hope for a better world for our children than the one we were given. I want a world that shares love and compassion for all. Not just a world that fits my personal world view.

It is a tragic waste of time and energy to be perpetually looking for the bad that surrounds us, always looking for proof that the world is as bad as we are told it is. When the discussions regarding end times arise, it bothers me that such thoughts are so seemingly self-oriented. I don’t wish the world to end for a very simple reason: I have children. I have been able to enjoy a life full of adventures, and I will do everything in my power to ensure the same for my kids. I don’t want to turn to my kids and say “Sorry, no world for you.”

Let me be clear here. I do not wish this to be a soapbox for me to bash or ridicule ANYONE’S beliefs. I only wish for this to be the place where I put down my own thoughts, and work together amongst those who find these (hopefully) humble words to find a common ground.