Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mat 10:28 CSB)
Choosing the term atheist for myself is both difficult, and freeing. It is only difficult because of the way this term is “demonized”. It is difficult because it is such a controversial term. It is said that if a politician was to define themselves as atheist in this country that it would be considered political suicide. I realize that what a person believes reveals something about their character, and so for people who believe 100% of the bible, and that it is inspired, and inerrant, that the bible declares the character of an atheist to be a “fool” (Ps. 14:1; Ps. 53:1). Therefore, I get the presumption that a persons character is immediately limited by this declaration that “god does not exist”. However, shouldn’t a persons character be defined by their actions, not by what they believe? A belief in god, or lack thereof does not guarantee someones character at all. Look no further then the catholic priest scandal across the world. The term, “break every chain” I have heard used numerous times to explain what the relationship with Jesus will do for a person. I want to explain here the burden, and the chains, that come along with this Jesus, and how free thought will literally “break every chain” from your mind, and life.
The bible is full of verses which are intended to instill fear into its readers, and the verse above is no different. The Greek word used for fear here is “φοβεῖσθε”, or “Phobeo” which means “to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away)”. Let’s be honest, the entire concept of god, especially the christian god (I mainly say that because this is the one I am most familiar with) is entirely about accept him, or go to hell. I can hear the liberal Christians screaming now, “I don’t believe in hell”, “God loves you just as you are”. I am afraid that to sincerely believe that, you have to accept that the bible is not inerrant (bold, and wonderful thing to do), and that scripture is meant to be taken as more of a guide then literal (once again very wonderful thing to do). However, then I would just simply ask, what is the point in believing at all? The second, most common reason I hear for believing in a god is because an individual does not want to give up the hope that there is life after death. A couple thoughts on this. First, I personally have zero issues with someone believing in something that makes them happy. It is when they allow that belief to dictate how someone else is supposed to live that I have an issue. I have several issues with belief obviously, but this would be my main gripe.
There is a term in the atheist circle called FANG, the “Freewill Argument for the Nonexistence of God”. I read this first from Dan Barkers book, godless, which is a phenomenal book by a former evangelical christian who became an atheist through knowledge. The basic premise of this argument is that surely we would all accept that “God” must have freewill. However, if you believe that “God” is omniscient, knowing all, how can he have free will? You cannot choose in the future if you “know” already what you will choose. Additionally, “God” is described as omnipotent, meaning having unlimited power. “God” cannot be both omnipotent and omniscient. If your “God” is both omnipotent, and omniscient then your “God” does not exist. I know that the more fundamental Christians will claim that this is where “faith” comes in, realizing that “his ways are higher than our ways”. That is simply where I call B.S. I am sorry, but you cannot have it both ways. To the person who is contemplating their faith, their beliefs, I share with you that no matter what your Christian upbringing may have taught you, and no matter what the “preacher” preached about Sunday morning (or Saturday night), your chains are the indoctrination of religion making you think that you have done something so morally reprehensible that you deserve hell fire. Listen, you may have, I do not know everyone personally, so maybe you do deserve hell if there was one. I certainly agree that if there is a heaven and a hell, that people like Saddam Hussein, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Billy Graham should be in hell (that last name was just tongue in cheek by the way). The reality though, is that there is no hell, and you simply need to live this life in a way that you can be happy with your life.
“If you genuinely want to break the chains in your life, do not look to Jesus, or a god, the bible, or any mysticism. If you really want to break those chains, look within yourself. You obtain the power, and the ability to break those chains.”
The other reality is that you live in a society, so your opinion is not the only one that matters (something Christians often push, their opinion). We do have laws, morals, and ethics which we created. The thing is, they seem to mostly make sense to me, as I think they do to most people. Even so, we have laws that are severely flawed. Our justice system here in the USA is severely lacking in so many areas, especially one supposedly based on the “good book”.
If you genuinely want to break the chains in your life, do not look to Jesus, or a god, the bible, or any mysticism. If you really want to break those chains, look within yourself. You obtain the power, and the ability to break those chains. That is not to say you may not need help at times, but that is where actual, physical people can be there for you (even the atheist ones). There are cruel people, and what they believe generally has very little to do with whether or not they are cruel or good. You will hear a Christian ask, “who defines good?”, to which I can confidently reply, “we do”. I, you, we do not owe an explanation to some invisible god in the sky. You owe an explanation to yourself. If there is something you need to change in your life, change it. If there is something you are unhappy about in your life, do something about it. Get up off your ass, and get moving. If you genuinely cannot help yourself, then ask for help! Not from a god, but from people. I hope you all have a wonderful day! Break those chains!
The Godless Preacher