The Lasting Supper Potluck Hangout: “I Think I’m An Atheist”

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Four members of The Lasting Supper discuss their journeys towards agnosticism/atheism.

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It was refreshing listening to the various viewpoints and experiences shared by some of the members of The Lasting Supper on how they eventually left organised religion and overcame the fears of not being part of the establishment, of losing friends, of the false concept of a literal hell, and so on. I agree with some of them that it is better to be honest with oneself and leave organised religion than to remain in the religious establishment and be unhappy.

Life without religion is indeed more free and more focused on the present moment as we can choose to focus on living and loving ourselves and one another in this life instead of being preoccupied with the afterlife. We also learn to be more compassionate as we can empathise with and relate better to other people, especially those who do not subscribe to a particular belief system or those whose beliefs are different from ours.

Last but not least, being free from religion liberates us from having to label ourselves according to our belief systems because our beliefs are ever evolving. Our identity as a human being also remains the same whether we choose to believe in something since we all share a common humanity.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Wayne says:

    Many people who live in the realms of “organized religion” focus far less upon “the afterlife” than atheists believe. The faith of almost all mature believers drives them toward lives of growing compassion, deep commitments, sacrificial giving, and deepening levels of love. It’s not at all about “my life’s better than yours.” Atheists, it seems to me, are the people who are more likely to say things like: “life without religion is indeed more free and more focused upon the present moment.” Does that sound like empathy? Does an “evolving” belief-system drive one toward critical judgments and harsh (and often unimformed) criticism of others? Atheists, as far as I’m concerned, are free to evolve and develop in any way that they wish. I just wish that, in their “evolved” state, they would learn that they’re not going “become more” by making those who live their lives with a growing and mature faith appear “less” – or somehow “lacking.”

    1. jimmytst says:

      Thanks for your comment. That statement was made in response to a member in the video who shared her experience of leaving a religious establishment that appeared to be preoccupied with the afterlife. No one is better than the other, whether atheists or theists. In fact, one of the members also shared that some non believers have the misconception that atheists are more intelligent than religious people, hence they become arrogant and seek to “evangelise” Christians to leave their religions. So, this discussion in the video, as I understand it, is not about promoting atheism over theism but rather an open and honest sharing among the members on how they cope with the painful journeys of having to deal with difficult questions and doubts about the idea of God and struggle with the stigma of being discriminated by the highly controlling religious establishments for not conforming to their norms. If people choose to be in a religion and are mature, open minded and compassionate towards others who are different or believe differently from them, I would say that is great.

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