The way I see it, it would be easy to be an atheist. You’ve got no one’s rules to follow but your own. As long as you also follow the laws of the land where you live, you’ve got no problem.
With no belief in God, there are so many life experiences that one could experiment with, without fear that they would have to give account to anyone for their actions. You wouldn’t feel guilty for living a selfish life, doing only what feels good and right to you… or even breaking the law – if and when you think you could get away with it! I mean, what does it matter anyway?
So, now all I have to think about is my business and my family – that’s if I ever settle down to have one. I mean, there are no restrictions on who I can sleep with, or even how many. Why do I have to get tied down? And who needs kids anyway? Yes, they are adorable, but what a way to waste precious time and money! So I guess it will just be about the business…
So much more free time to get that money! And lots of it too!!! No point giving to anybody else, because anyone who can’t get their own is bloody lazy or stupid! Don’t mind my french.
Now, what will I do with all that money…? No Church. No charity. No family. Friends? Any friend of mine will certainly have their own money, so they won’t need mine. Well, maybe I’ll buy my own island! Awesome idea!!!
So, imagine I got my own island. It only took me about 30 years because of those thieving tax laws. Now I don’t have to pay taxes ever! The Island is pretty small though. I need to get some food. Oh damn! I don’t know anything about farming!
Got to get that stuff imported. In the end, I figure out that I need more than food. I need other people to help with building my mansion, and hooking me up with all the services I need, so I won’t need to travel back and forth so much.
By the time I get everything set up, and pay everyone their due wages, I’m going to need a job again! This lifestyle is expensive.
And I hate to admit that I’m lonely. Sleeping with prostitutes wiped me out! If I’d settled down, I’d have gotten sex for free. Plus, they would have helped with a lot of the stuff I had to do on my own… And maybe they’d have been good company too. I quite like that idea now…
But, alas, I’m too old… Nobody wants to hire me. Nobody fancies me. Heck, no one likes me. I don’t even know if I like me 😦 What’s the point of living anyway, if no one cares that you’re alive?
In this very unlikely scenario, that’s when one might realize that life has to be for more than self. This person was actually fortunate to get this far. He or she could have met their end with many kinds of misfortune, including victimization (with the crime rates in such an irreligious society), imprisonment (for his petty or major crimes), sickness, accident, sudden death, poverty and destitution, among many things that humans face.
Maybe with suffering, they might have come to realize that they need other people sooner than that. That to live in harmony with others, we need more than state laws, but moral laws that keep us from hurting others – even if no one but us knows about it! Maybe they might have appreciated the value of friends and family, and the fact that money can’t buy happiness. Maybe they would agree with Jesus that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Maybe you’re an athiest, and can’t see any comparison to the person I’ve illustrated because you love life, family and friends. My question to you is – if there’s no God, no rules and no morality, why are those things important to you?
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