Yesterday, was Ask an Atheist Day. I told everyone on a Buddhist message board to summit their questions and here are my answers.
Where does consciousness come from?
Consciousness is a very complicated concept that most people will have an hard time to agree. Personally, I believe consciousness starts when you are born and your brain starts accepting all this information. When you die or have brain damage. The date can be damaged or gone like a computer hard drive. This is why I believe when you and I die. We are just GONE. POOF! NOTHING!
Why are atheists often so defensive?
This is mainly due to our backgrounds. We lived in a mostly theistic world. For example, the United States is an Christian state due to population. We do have the “Establishment Clause” to prevent state and religion mixing, but in some parts in our government we get into a Grey area. For example the US government endorses deism due to “In God We Trust.”
In America, we are considered lest trustworthy than RAPISTS. Yep, abortion bombers, Muslims, and rapists are most trust worthy than me.
This is due to American culture from the red scare and Christianity adapting it self to the modern world. The communists were supporters of state Atheism, so during the Red Scares the US government made it a policy to endorse an god. In Christianity, it developed from a hateful god to a loving god where people who love god as good people and the people who don’t like or believe in god as evil people.
When atheist groups like “American Atheists” & “Freedom from Religion Foundation” go after cities, states, and the federal government for violating the Establishment clause. We are viewed as anti-religious bigots trying to remove god. We get attacked, death threats, or lively-hood destroyed for defending ourselves and the majority of theists would happy to see Atheists gone. We are trying to uphold the US Constitution and try to have the Untied States to keep it’s secularism.
Why do atheists tend to me more fervent than evangelicals?
We are tired of being told to “Sit Down and Shut up.” for a long time. How do you like being told that your an unmoral human being and your deserve eternal torture. You can’t do anything about it because you are an minority. A lot of atheists lose friends, family, and jobs due to being an atheist. We are telling the world (Well mostly America.) we are Atheists and were not going anywhere.
What do you call a Buddhist who doesn’t believe in a God?
An Buddhist Atheist!!
What do you call a Buddhist who does believe in God?
As an atheist how can you tell right from wrong?
The same reason why an Christian, Animalist, Druids, Hindus, and etc can tell right from wrong. It is society who thinks right and wrong. Also a bit of evolution in human development that help us to tell right and wrong. Since Murder and steal from each other doesn’t help us survive when we were in small social clans. We humans are an social animals. We love groups. We went from small family clans to big clans full of millions of people.
As an atheist what’s your purpose in life?
To lead a good, happy, and compassionate short life.
as an atheist what’s your excuse for being?
Should there be an excuse for being? That is the wrong question to ask. There is nothing wrong for being.
As an atheist do you have all the answers?
As an atheist where will you find any answers at all?
For some, but not all answers. Religion is has not filled any of my answers.
Why label yourself as an atheist?
For the same reason you may call yourself Buddhist. Also in America, it’s better for more people to admit and come out of the closet and be an atheist. Maybe our stigma will go away.
What’s the best way to make Baked Alaska?
I don’t know. I never made a “Baked Alaska.”
Do you agree the difference between “atheist” and “a theist” is not bigger than one space?
That space is pretty big in the quantum world.
Why do some Atheists make fun of people for believing in God?
Since sometimes, theists are so into their religion. They will ignore all facts. When I debate Christians I feel like I chatting to a brink wall. For example, on facebook a Christian told me that “my parents never knew her god.” and yet I told her that my parents are Christians who believe in the same god and is she suggesting that my parents are not true Christians. She keeps ignoring my question and kept on saying that I must accept Christ as my savior to get my answer. I dug in and told her to answer my question and I still get the same response: “Just need FAITH! Jesus loves you and you know it.”
Sometimes making fun of people is a reactionary tactic to get their attention on how silly their reasoning is since they will or can not debate us.
Especially when their belief in God helps them live their life?
I have no problem if they think that way. If they do trying push their religion onto me or through government. I do have an issue. If they are an young Earth creationist. Yes, it good to call them out even by making fun of them to show how silly their views is and even damaging it is to society.
He stole stuff, treated people like crap,etc. Then he got sent to jail and when he was in jail, he was “born again” and found Jesus and god. After that, he stopped stealing stuff, stopped treating people like crap. He became a nice guy. What’s wrong with that?
Have no issue like that, but there are some people like for example General Butt Naked (Joshua Milton Blahyi). A warlord in Africa who killed thousands of people, sent children to slavery, and admitted to sacrifice children by taking their still beating heart before every battle. Years later he convert to Christianity and the evangelical community calls him an hero and a good person now.
Really, I do have an issue like that. A evil mass murder can get an accepted, but an good atheist is not accepted.
Was Jesus Divine, or just a prophet and healer?
There is still a debate, but I believe there was a radical rabbi who may or not be called Jesus who called himself a prophet of the Jews and the Romans killed him. That his story of the current form of Jesus came out of legend and exaggeration.
Did he survive the Crucifixion, and if so, where did he go afterward?
I believe he did died and never survived.
When does the next season of Doctor Who start? And what is the question???
This fall and did you forget the last episode. The question is: Doctor Who?