So you’re an Atheist…So What!!?
The other day, I was getting ready for bed, when a commercial came on. The commercial was for a site called Godlessgroup.org (I know right!!). That’s really a site, I know. I almost couldn’t believe it, so I just had to explore it. When going to the site, it actually redirects to a site called theseculardirectory.org (I know again…a site like this actually exist). At first glance, I thought to myself, you can’t be serious. Why in the world would someone put a site out there like this. And then upon looking at it again, I figured that I shouldn’t be so judgmental. It’s just a website/support group for people who don’t believe in a “higher power” or God. I said to myself there are a lot of people that don’t believe and if they don’t that’s ultimately their prerogative.
While that’s true, I did think that it was a little much to put it out there as if it really meant something. You’d be surprised though, it’s almost as if it’s some type of support group. At first glance I saw a bunch of white folks in pictures, and then I saw a picture with one black guy. I tried to play it off as if he was Hispanic or Asian or something like that, but nope…it was a black guy. Then I actually found a site called ebonyexodus.com, and realized that there are actually a lot of black people that don’t believe, and truth be told, that was a bit surprising. Either way though, if it’s a support site, for people who want or need it, then that’s just what it is.
As a black man, I can tell you that religion is deeply rooted in black culture. I mean it goes as far back as slavery times and forward. Even before in Africa, blacks have always been known to have some type of religion. Just a bit of history for those that wanna know. Let me make sure that I state that I do believe in God, and this blog isn’t about me defending what I believe. I honestly feel that what I believe speaks for itself in my daily life. That’s just what it is. I do, however, want to speak to those who are atheist. Those who claim to believe in nothing. Those that believe that there is nothing but us, who determines what happens in our lives. I could get into an argument about it, but truth to be told, what you believe is what you believe. While I do believe that we have free will to do and think what we please. I do believe that God is that deity that is out there watching over us, and protecting us from harm, guiding our paths, and giving us a source of strength to get through the hardships of life. Some might say my favorite thing, “why would a God allow babies to be raped and killed and wars to happen??…” I think that anyone can find justification in their own version of faith, if they try hard enough, but in my opinion, there are a lot of things that are supposed to remain unexplained. The man that has all the answers has nothing to aspire to…I’ll leave it at that.
So here goes…to my atheists out there…You’re an Atheist…So What!!!?? You want a cookie!!?? I’m a Christian…So What!!? (Don’t get mad at me saints…) I just mean that ultimately we believe in something different when it’s all said and done. We basically disagree on what happens after we die. I believe I’m going to heaven, and that there is a such thing as hell, and atheist believe that after life, that’s it. And that’s fine for them. Nobody cares that you’re an atheist, but atheist sure care about me believing in God it seems. And this is my one issue with the atheist belief system: Atheists seem to go out of their way to prove that there’s nothing there and make fun of Christianity. The truth is, you are almost as religious, if not more than most “super-Christians”. Billy Graham doesn’t have the conviction that atheists have. And to be truthful that’s fine. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on the subject. And I’m honestly perfectly okay with that as evangelism was never my strong suit. I do believe that’s it’s funny how the people who don’t believe are always out to disprove what so many people around the world believe. Also trying to say that things that were actually taken into account historically, aren’t true. Just like you’d say to us, “Were you there?” The answer is no, you weren’t…well…unless, you have a star-ship named Enterprise that can travel around the sun, and go back in time, but I don’t think they’d take kindly to a big spaceship back then (Yes I’m a Trekkie)
Overall, when it comes down to it. We’re just people, and we all have something that we believe strongly within ourselves. And most of us should be okay with that. I believe and love the Lord…you don’t. Some believe in Buddha, or Isis, or Zeus, that’s just the way it is. I’m not here to tell you that you should think what I think, or deal with issues of life the way I do. Bottom line: we shouldn’t judge someone off of what they believe when ultimately, when we get to know them, we’ll have plenty of other things to be judgmental about. I’m just sayin…Let’s just take a second to get along, and make the world better. It will all come out in the wash…trust me, when we die, we’ll have all the time in the world to figure out the answers.
More to come…