Fri, Sep 23 2005 - 06:33 PM
I Do Not Hate God!
Without fail someone who is new to the viewpoint of atheism will ask me why I hate God. Then follows the brainstorm that if I can hate God, then I must believe in God. I find it difficult to persuade believers that I do not hate God. I do not think on God at all, except when debating, discussing, questioning belief in God, or contemplating God's moral concepts in comparison to ...say, my moral concepts. I do not believe in many supernatural entities, and I don't hate them either. When I was a believer, I believed in supernatural entities, and I both feared and hated them....but more feared, as in very afraid of them. If God was real to me, then so were werewolves, ghosts, vampires, ghouls, demons. They were worthy of fear and hatred, but even then I did not hate God. I am not angry at God, either, as many believers will tell you about atheists. No, I am not angry at a supernatural entity in whom I do not believe. But believers tend not to accept this fact about atheism. It appears that if I cannot believe and love God, then I must hate and be angry with God. What is the point? Oh, yes, I do not love nor fear Satan, either....because I do not believe in Satan. So, I am not a Satan worshipper...now you know. May I speak plainly?....Only those who believe in God can hate God or be angry with God. Atheists must make do with directing their emotions toward humans.....and humans will usually respond in kind, so we tend to temper our emotions if possible. But, God? I am as indifferent to God as I am toward all other deities. It is only when the actions of those with deity belief impact my life or my country that I lose that indifference.