This will probably be my last questionnaire post, I like doing them, because they are fun, simple, and easy to do. But they don’t serve the true purpose of the blog, which is too examine and evaluate the belief in the Christian God. This questionnaire I found on the Ballon Man Blog.
1. What would you need in order to become a believer?
Probably first a definition of which God I would be believing in. And then evidence of that God’s existence. But if we are talking about the God of the Bible, then I would say nothing considering, I’ve studied Christianity and the bible enough to be able to say confidently that it is a man-made religion just like all the others.
2. Why are you an atheist?
I would say the Bible turned me into an atheist. “A book that changed me? The Bible. It turned me into an Atheist.”-Andy Hamilton
However, after talking to my wife, I think the term non-theist is probably the most accurate definition of my position. Nontheism by definition is a term that covers a range of both religious and nonreligious[ attitudes characterized by the absence or rejection of theism or any belief in a personal god(s).
3. Why do you think a belief in deity has permeated almost every society and culture since the dawn of mankind?
God was man’s first attempt at science and explaining things. When man did not understand earthquakes and tectonics plates; it was God. When man did not understand solar eclipses and the lunar cycle; it was God. We have now evolved our thinking to include reasoning into our logic. So that our reasoning for understanding how the world works is not God, but let’s investigate to truly find out how this thing works. In that we look for scientific answers and not religious ones. I actually like the way Albert Einstein articulated it.
4. Why does existentialism make sense to you?
It actually doesn’t make sense to me because from my understanding on the topic, is that existentialism was birthed out of the precepts of Christianity through Christian Theologian Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), who is considered the father of existentialism.
5. Of either faith, Islam or Christianity, which of these two makes the most sense to you? You must pick one.
Neither, I know enough about the bible, that any Abrahamic religion based off the bible is man-made.
6. Have you ever, even for a moment, believed in a God(s)?
Yes, just a few months ago.
7. If you die as an atheist are you prepared to go to hell?
No —–I would be completely and utterly shocked. It would be like for a Christian; if you die are you prepared to be wrong, and see that God was really Pee-Wee Herman. It would be a complete and utter shock, you wouldn’t know what to say or react. That’s how I feel about the situation.
8. Morality seems to change with the times in the atheist community. Why are morals so subjective within the atheist community?
Just like in any community (I.E. The Christian Community) We change with the times.
9. Why, if you are an atheist, do you spend so much time speaking about religion (especially the christian faith?)
Because I am surrounded by it. I think if religion in general did not play such a large role in my everyday life, then I probably would not have a blog.
10. Why does so many of your interests (art, and entertainment) center around human suffering and tragedy? Does this reflect an inner turmoil because of the absence of god?
Actually, my interests don’t. I don’t find human suffering or tragedy funny or entertaining. To me human suffering and tragedy is disheartening, everybody who knows me, knows that.
11. If Jesus were physically alive today, and preaching the same message as he did before, would you accept his teaching as being valid and viable to our community and your own personal life?
Honestly I don’t know. His teachings would be useful, but not original. In the end unless he performs a genuine miracle, he is just another man, with a couple good sayings. In my mind his teachings would not surpass those works of Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Leo Tolstey, Nelson Mendela, Harriet Tubman, or Mahavira/Prince Vardhaman. It’s not just being a great moral teacher, but also great moral actions that influenced and changed culture & societies. And it seems to be the legend of Jesus is more popular than the historicity of Jesus.
Also I would say as great as some of his teachings were, Jesus failed in the sense that not all his teachings were crystal clear.
12. Considering all the opinions you express about the dangers of religion and the world’s problems, why don’t you offer any solutions to the problems on a specific level?
Actually I think dealing with reality as it is, is the best solution. It is only when we accept our reality and the problems of this reality, can we truly focus on solving the problems of this world. Unfortunately, we live in a world, where the majority of people believe where an invisible being will fix their problems and the world problems.
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