“Oh, you’re an Atheist? You guys are just arrogant know-it-alls!”
I’ve heard this exact statement and and ones very similar to it numerous times throughout my short, but illustrious career as a human being on this planet, and I’m baffled by it! I’m baffled by the people who say this too; “If you don’t believe in God, then what’s stopping you from raping and murdering anyone you want to?” Whenever I’m asked this question, I simply take three or four slow steps back away from the person, then I throw a heavy piece of masonry at the fire alarm on the ceiling, setting it off, therefore giving everyone in the room, ESPECIALLY ME, an excuse to run away……you don’t want to be rude in those awkward social scenarios.
Now, being a non-believer, I am prevented from murdering and raping because I don’t want to do those things, ever. My question would be this to the religionists; “Are you seriously saying that you’d rape and murder if you didn’t believe in God! Because you’re a dangerous person if you really would!”
We wouldn’t be here today as a species if we just murdered and raped and destroyed everything in sight! A sense of goodness and altruism must be innate in us as humans, is my hypothesis.
Also, atheism is not arrogant, it couldn’t possibly be. Although certain atheists can indeed be arrogant. If you are person who thinks that atheism is a religion, then you’re quite wrong! Put it this way; ‘Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby’.
Atheism is actually a bit of a useless word. It has no content, it’s like having a special word for not believing in fairies. I like to call myself a non-believer, or an anti-theist (because I’m actually disgusted by religion in the vast majority of cases. Atheism is this; it’s the complete and total lack of belief in any of the Gods that humans have made up along the years (we also acknowledge that such a God or Gods COULD exist, although, until some real evidence comes up, we don’t believe). That’s not arrogant is it?
You know what IS arrogant?
Arrogance is the heavy-duty Christian or Muslim saying any of the following;
- God created the universe in 7 days…..yuck!
- You’ll be punished for eternity after you die if you don’t accept God……more yuck!
- The universe was created solely for humans!
- All the animals on Earth were put here for us to control and eat as we please!
- Science, and the greatest minds who have ever lived, are simply wrong about the nature of the universe…we’re right!
- Without religion in your life, you’re lost and somehow lesser than us!
- Books written over a thousand years ago are the only things worth reading, everything else doesn’t compare at all!
Now, ask yourself, which group is more arrogant? We non-believers? Or the believers who are so certain in their faith that they’re willing to ignore the greater good for all humanity because their ‘big guy in the sky’ tells them otherwise!?