Why I am an Atheist
by Temy R. Beal, editor of SOAR
I was a Christian for over 25 years... then I started questioning instead of "just believing." I could probably list a thousand reasons for being atheist now that I have been for about 10 years or so, but I will limit it to these:
All the alleged "Holy Books" I have read, especially the Bible, are full of mythology, presumably intended to be taken as fact. Examples: Any rational person knows the sun did NOT "stand still" or move backwards! and that no one ever "walked on water," etc.
During my decades of prayer, not a single one was ever answered.
The savage brutality of many of the biblical stories reflect the mentality of the relatively primitive people who wrote them, not the sentiments of an alleged "loving god."
As for origins, saying "God did it," is not an answer - it merely adds an unnecessary element to the question.
One of the most fundamental precepts of science is that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. The universe obviously exists and is made of matter. Therefore the universe itself is eternal (in some form) and had no need of a creator.
The other "Big Question" religion purports to answer is what happens when we die. Different religions have different answers - all wrong. There is no big mystery here. What makes you YOU, is the functioning of your brain. This is amply proven millions of times over in science. When your brain ceases to function, YOU cease to exist. It's just that simple. You don't "go" anywhere when you die, just as the hole in the donut doesn't "go" somewhere when it's eaten, or the flame of a candle doesn't "go" somewhere when it is extinguished.
When one has acquired the education, intellectual honesty, and psychological strength to face the truths of the universe head-on without hiding behind "I believes," one will be an atheist.