Posted: Jan 18, 2011 12:58 pm
by rEvolutionist
fastonez wrote:
Durro wrote:
fastonez wrote:I'm not saying that you should believe in god, but for me, it helps me a lot in certain situations where I need to be strong. A lot of challenges in life can be handled with the right mindset and a belief in god is an example of a mindset which can be of benefit.

I wondered if other theists here (where are you?) could relate to that.

That's an interesting way to live your life. From my perspective as an atheist, if seems to be abrogating your responsibilities for yourself and thrusting the onus onto a deity.

I find being an atheist far more rewarding and fulfilling, as I know that when I achieve certain things or overcome adversity, it is a result of my own efforts. Similarly, I take full responsibility for any problematic issues in my life and work hard towards fixing them, rather than sitting back and hoping that an imaginary friend does it all for me.

I find atheism liberating and comforting in that I am (mostly) in control of my own life and don't waste enormous amounts of time, energy and money worshipping a fictitious character who is quite frankly, rather moody, punitive and inconsistent.

But, whatever floats your boat I suppose. If you wish to avoid responsibility for yourself, and blame/thank your imaginary friend for events in your life, then so be it. I would like to point out one theistic trueism that might be worthwhile mentioning to you... "God helps those who help themselves". Now, I wonder why that could be ?

Giving up control of myself and my life is the last thing I'd want to do.

But doesn't God tell you what you can and can't do?