Let's make a religionless world.
Examining religions, and exploring why atheism is right for you.
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"Religion is dying." It is poison. It is the root of all evil.August 2019
There's no denying that atheism is on the rise. Whether you want to call it that, or agnosticism, it's safe to say that a lot of people are giving up on God. The stories no longer resonate with most people. And it almost seems like every day we learn about another scandal in the religious community. The general public is finally coming to the truth. Many of us have discovered that we were mislead, but now we can begin to take real control over our lives, actions, and futures. We no longer have to live under the threat of going to heaven or hell. Nor do we have to spend out precious lives worshiping someone who has never presented even a shred of evidence for his existence. Albeit, atheism will only rise in popularity with the expansion of global internet and other technological advancements. Religion surely must fade away into a thing of the past; a time when we latched on to answers without sufficient evidence.
The Pew Research Center did a study in 2014 and found exactly this trend in the United States: Americans are becoming less religious. Religious organizations, and their founders were just losing interest.
General Belief in God
Based on 2007 studies, over 70% of Americans claim they are absolutely certain that God exists. What a staggering figure. Yet, by 2014 the number falls by almost ten percent. But to be honest, these numbers are still absurdly high. This claims that God definitely does exist, which is the belief in something that nobody has ever been able to prove. There have been thousands of discussions about the proof for the existence of God, and nobody has made a case that fundamentally differs from the requirement of faith based belief.
Unsurprisingly, almost 1 in 10 Americans say they do not believe in God. Back in 2007, that number was half that. So, fortunately we expect to see this number continue growing every year.
But why do we believe? Are we on a path towards a more skeptical society?
It's obvious that we came from something, so it's sensible to ask why we are here. For much of our history, people have dedicated their lives seeking to answer this question, and still no one has been able to definitively prove it. But we want to know the truth about the origin of the universe. We want to know what happens before and after death.
Religion, unfortunately, provides answers to most of our questions about life. How we got here, and why we are here have been answered by religions. Generally, based on where you were born and what socio-economic status you come from, you're religion could be easily guessed. So, if you happened to be raised in the Middle East, you would likely be a Muslim. If you were born in Brazil, your would likely be Roman Catholic. These religions offer answers to our most difficult questions. However, they do so at the expense of science and analysis. The Quran famously states that Muhammad flew to heaven on a winged horse. Jesus was said to have walked on water, and risen from the dead. Claims as significant as extraordinary as these should require extraordinary evidence to support them. Yet no religions are able to truly prove their correctness. This is clearly demonstrated by the overall decline of organized religion in the Wester world.
Humans have been believing in gods for tens of thousands of years. We've created over 2,500 different gods, granted many of them share quite a lot things. Most people, at least in the United States, only believe in 1 of those gods. That would naturally imply feeling "atheist" in regards to at least 2,499 other gods. And an "atheist" simply feels that way about all 2,500+ of them..
Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! ... But he loves you.
— George Carlin
We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
— Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion