Frodo Baggins. Luke Skywalker. Harry Potter…everyone knows and accepts these are fictitious characters from movies and books, created to provide entertainment. So why when the subject of God being fictitious is brought up do people get all hoity-toity?
As John Lennon once famously sang “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” While this undeniable deep and probably true, I’d have tweaked the lyrics somewhat. I’d have said that God is a concept by which we measure our rationality. And to me believing in God and creationism is right up on the ‘call-for-the-men-in-white-coats’ end of the rationality scale.
How can people side with the theory of creationism when there is a wall of evidence for evolutionism?! I can’t even begin to describe how shallow and fickle minded people must be if they categorically believe literally everything was created by ‘God’ in only six days. The sun, the earth, the sky, the stars, man, woman…everything.
And even Adam Savage of the Discovery Channels Mythbusters has said “I’m sick of fifty percent of [America] thinking creationism is reasonable!”
It’s incomprehensibly irrational be in denial of the evolution theory because the evidence is damning. Evolution vs. creationism is like pitting a fully grown, hungry, angry tyrannosaurus rex against a friendly kitten. We all know what the outcome’s going to be but there is always going to be a daft bunch that fully roots for the Desmond the kitten.
When we eventually die, what happens? There have been millions of people wanting to know what happens when after death. Well I’ll tell you what happens. You either get put in a box and buried, or put in a box and burnt. It’s not the nicest thing to think about, but it’s what happens. But there are people that choose to believe that when we die we’re all going to ascend to Heaven and float around wearing crisp white robes and halos and playing harps. And if people do believe that then that’s alright, if it gives them some comfort and hope then I have no problem with them believing it.
Comedian Ricky Gervais has brought the subject of atheism back into the spotlight via his Twitter account, relentlessly and remorselessly dismissing any notions of their being a God/Gods. He stands firmly behind his beliefs (or lack thereof) with tweets such as: “Everyone has the right to believe anything they want. However illogical. And anyone else has the right to find it fucking ridiculous” and “we shouldn’t even need the word “atheism”. If people didn’t invent ridiculous imaginary Gods, rational people wouldn’t have to deny them.”
Personally I’m 110% behind Mr Gervais and Mr Savage. Once again I want to point out that people can believe what they want to! It’s a free world so live and let live! If it makes you feel better or helps you sleep at night then that’s your prerogative and more power to you. But don’t shove it in the face of those who don’t believe because it’s really not going to help your case. And before you say it, it’s not like I can’t see where the religious people are coming from. I’m well read on both sides of the argument. Up until the age of 10 or 11 I used to go to a church school, so I was bombarded with dogmatic and narrow minded Christian views for many years.
But in the end I’m an atheist. An atheist and a realist. While atheism and realism may not be completely happy go lucky and occasionally downright bleak, the fact remains that THIS IS IT. We’re born, we live, and we die. We come from nothing, we go to nothing. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
End of story.
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