9 Common Misconceptions About Atheism

9 Common Misconceptions About Atheism

Atheists are people too.

Atheism is the belief (or lack thereof) that there is no God, no divine power, or anything of the sort controlling the world we live in. Atheists don't believe in organized religion or even in a God. They usually refer to the scientific discoveries mankind has made to develop their thinking on where the world is. Often times Atheists get a bad reputation and here are some general things you should know.

1. Atheists don't like religious people.

This is definitely not true. Personally, some of my best friends are quite religious, as well as most of my family. Atheists have nothing against religious people. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and beliefs just like on any other subject.

2. Atheists are out to get people of religion.

Again, simply not true. Atheists aren't trying to discourage people from being part of a religion or practicing a certain way. When that religion starts to discriminate or judge other people, then it's a different story.

3. Atheists don't want to know about other religions.

Actually, most Atheists find other religions interesting, even though it's not their belief. It helps to understand other beliefs to make yours stronger. Plus, we love to debate.

4. Atheists have never tried to practice organized religion.

Almost all Atheists come from a prior religion. The reasons they could have left vary, but it basically comes down to it just not being a good fit for them. People who decide to leave a religion often realize what they really believe in.

5. People who are Atheists are bad people.

Atheists are far from bad people. Their beliefs don't encourage violence, discrimination, racism, or any other harmful qualities. They simply just don't believe in organized religion and those set of beliefs.

6. Atheists don't have good values.

Similarly, just because Atheists don't believe in religious values doesn't mean they don't have others' best interest in mind. Atheists are usually some of the most accepting and tolerant of people because of their lack of previous influence and because they simply rely on the laws of nature.

7. Atheists don't believe in miracles.

Miracles come in all shapes and sizes. A miracle isn't something you can define to a religion or single belief. Miracles mean different things to different people, even Atheists.

8. Atheists just go along with religion because of family history.

This is only partially incorrect, where some people probably do still observe main holidays with family. However, an Atheist doesn't celebrate, for example, Christmas as the birth of Jesus, but rather a season of giving and kindness. But Atheists won't go against their true beliefs and will hopefully have their family understand and respect that.

9. Atheists never question things they can't explain.

Atheists actually question everything. It's a motivation for more answers and discovery. The main difference would be that instead of ruling unknown instances as a God power, we decide to think of it as a path unexplored, and hope to see it resolved in the future.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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Thank you for making me strong.

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Where Is The Good In Good Friday?

The million dollar question: why is it called Good Friday if what happened to Jesus on this day was so gruesome?


The name of this holiday and what happened on this day all those years ago just don't seem to add up. Jesus was beaten, mocked, and scorned. He hung on a cross with nails driven through his hands and his feet. He had to struggle for every breath of air up until his last one. This doesn't seem to fit our definition of good, So why do we call it Good Friday?

Perhaps the reason for the name of this day is not because what Jesus had to go through was good, but because what was to come was. When Jesus died on the cross, nobody who loved Jesus at that time perceived that moment as good. There was so much sorrow and hurt and darkness literally fell over the earth. They had no idea that on the third day Jesus would conquer death and raise from the dead.

Good Friday is good in the eyes of Christians because without that gruesome death Jesus went through on the cross, we would never be able to experience life with Him. When Christ died, the veil of the temple was torn in two, thus erasing the separation between God and man. We wouldn't have His holy spirit living inside of us without His death.

Another reason Good Friday is good is because His death had to occur in order for the resurrection to happen. The resurrection happened on the third day, the day we also know as Easter. This is a day of great celebration because we perceive the fact that Jesus defeated death and came back to life as a good thing. It makes you wonder why it's not called "Good Sunday". This celebrated resurrection could not have happened without the gruesome death, which Jesus knew as He was hanging on that cross.

While it's difficult to give a definitive answer to the question of why Good Friday is, in fact, good, I hope this provides a little bit of perspective. On this day, let's remember Jesus' death and celebrate because of what it means. When Jesus died, so did our sin and shame, but unlike Jesus, they did not come back to life. The death of Jesus means the death of sin and the death of the shame that accompanies it.

Let's celebrate Jesus and that good news on this Good Friday!

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