Why Agnostics are right

by Zoe.Papadatos on September 11, 2013 - 12:03pm

For as long as humans have roamed the earth, there have been questions about theism. To put it in the simplest terms I can think of, there are people who believe in God and people who don’t believe in God (atheists).

Atheists have a hard time believing in God for several reasons. For one, there are too many religions claiming to be the one “true” religion, yet none of them have any proof to back up their beliefs. Faith is simply not enough for atheists. Also, God killed more people in the bible than the devil. Many atheists believe that God is a monster. How else could be allow so many people to die and suffer? Meanwhile, there are theists who believe in God because the world is so beautiful and perfect. They have a hard time believing the world became so complicated yet harmonious by accident. They also question how the universe even started (many believe in the Big Bang yet question how even that all started). Furthermore, who controls the laws of nature?

As for my opinion, the title of this piece probably already gave me away. I chose to be an agnostic not because I’m a lazy atheist, but because there are too many questions on both sides to find one real answer. Is there even one real answer? I’ll probably never know. I don’t agree with atheism because many followers are anti-establishment rather than true atheists. I believe that religious opportunists painted that picture of God. Meanwhile, many theists are believers only because they are wishful thinking and are too afraid of death to accept anything else. “Live a good life. If there are Gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no Gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” –Marcus Aurelius


I'd like to begin by saying I'm an atheist, but my opinion on religion is a little unique from who I have spoken too. I am completely fine with religion if it helps you cope with troubles or events in your life. There is very little too argue that religion does help people deal with tough situations in their lifetime. Although some outspoken atheists like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens often said religion should not even be used as a coping method because as a whole it brings more bad then good. While I agree that it does bring more bad then good I don't see the pain in letting people feel safer or happier because of it.
When religion begins affecting peoples choices, rights or even worse creating conflict is where I draw the line.
In short personally I don't believe in God and unless he floats down from the heavens to say hi to me I never will. That however doesn't mean others should not be able to use it to help deal with situations in their lifetime. I would like to leave you with a quote from Stephen Hawking to end.

"We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful."

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