Why I don’t see myself becoming an atheist:
The short answer:
I don’t see what atheism has to offer me.
The long answer:
If I were to wake up tomorrow morning and think to myself You know, I don’t want to do the whole ‘God’ thing anymore, other than not taking part in Catholic ceremonies (like the mass), I don’t see how my life would change.
For example: Let’s talk about sex.
My Catholic faith says “Don’t have sex until marriage.”
And, as an atheist, I would say the same thing I say now: “Sounds like a good idea.”
If everything goes the way it’s supposed to during sex, 9 months later my lady will push a bundle of joy out of her.
And in order to ensure that my kid is, in the words of Joe Esperanto, “The best around” (who no one will keep down), than my lady and I should be married. If for no other reason than to help make sure that, one day, one of us doesn’t choose to make like a banana and split. Because divorce is not a choice made lightly.
What about being “logical”?
What do I mean?
In atheist circles, I’ve heard of an emphasis on using logic — not accepting things on faith.
And to that, I say: “Sounds good.”
Be all that jazz.
Here’s the thing:
Just because I believe in a god doesn’t mean that I don’t believe 2 + 2 = 4.
My belief in God is just that: Belief.
Do I know for a fact that there is a god?
And I never want to claim to.
“Why believe in a god?” you might be asking.
2 reasons, off the top of my head, for why I believe:
- I believe evil exists. I’ve seen and heard enough about demonic possession to believe that there is something dark going on there. Not everyone claiming to be possessed can be faking it, or suffering from some other condition.
- I’m prideful. Believing in someone greater than me keeps me humble.
On another note:
I think even the most hardcore atheist would, mostly, agree with the 10 Commandments.
For example: Whether you’re religious or non-religious, I think we can both agree that murdering people is not what a law-abiding citizen would do. Thou shalt not kill.
Other than not going to Catholic ceremonies (like the mass) I don’t see how my life would change if I became an atheist.
Despite my belief in a god, I don’t see myself as irrational because my belief is just: Belief. I’m not claiming that I have and know, with certainty, all the answers.
So, the way I see it, what harm is there in believing in a god? As long as I still believe that 2 + 2 = 4 and that all of a person’s organs need to stay inside their body, I would say I’m in good shape.