The absence of God and the atheist conversion kit

It can be the hardest thing for people who have been in the Christian religion for a long time to let go of the psychological crutch of believing in God because it may be the last thing that keeps them from facing their inner anxieties, doubts and uncertainties, which takes courage and honesty. Language itself is very limited when it comes to describing God, whose presence can be said to be found in the absence, as Peter Rollins has pointed out in Jesus’ atheistic experience at the cross when he cried “my god, my god, why have you forsaken me?” It is observed that people who have not chosen to acknowledge their own brokenness and doubts would lose touch with their own humanity and may become insensitive and callous towards others who are struggling with their own dark night of the soul, thinking that others ought to try to measure up to their own “high spiritual level”, when actually the fact is that these same people are living in denial and are suppressing their own doubts and brokenness, and losing connection with their own humanness, thereby losing their sensitivity and empathy towards their fellow human beings too.

I have finished watching the above video on the atheist conversion kit, and I think the speaker at the beginning has made several good points to illustrate why we human beings can be considered more moral and decent than the god of the bible who supported slavery, child sacrifice and cared more about what people believed than what they did in life, and would punish those who could not live up to his impossible demands and so on. Like what he shared, any believer of this kind of god who is honest would find that difficult questions that expose the immorality and cruelty of such a god produce a moral struggle within themselves, and they would have to acknowledge they humans are in fact better than their god and their religion, and they need courage to admit that.

It is also interesting to note the speaker’s non-religious definitions of “sin”, if he were to consider it a valid concept, which would include voluntary wilful ignorance, letting fear preventing them from understanding reality, and wasting their one and only life they know they are going to have by worrying about and working for an afterlife that someone told them might be there. At least these definitions make a bit more sense than the religious concept of “sin” that is based on fear, guilt, shame and condemnation. Overall, I think this video would give people something to think about to reconsider what they have always believed about god, especially those from mainstream Christian circles.

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