Constitution of the United States
This site is not anyhow affiliated with any particular religion, including atheism, nor it is against any specific religion. We, however, heartily acknowledge the significance and crucial importance of the theological knowledge and consideration. As we already noted, the religion and art are what makes human to be human as opposed to an animal. Whether God made us this way or we are evolved naturally is not crucial with this regard. The topic of Genesis does not belong here, nor do we intend to discuss it here, but it is essential from an economic standpoint to provide the ground for different theologies to co-exist without a conflict.
We are human because we cannot help ourselves to stop thinking about the purpose of life, our destiny, and relationship with Natura or God (section “God and Natura” explains the use of these words through this site). If a set of core principles to stand on in one’s life is called religion, one has to have one in order to put the soul at comfort. If you do not have the deep inner comfort inside your heart, go to get one. There are many ways to bring a comfort into your life through one of the existent religions or theological constructions, including atheism and agnosticism. Alternatively, anyone may invent a new one.
Firm believers of some specific religion may not be quite happy with the above statement at first glance. They would probably rather find here a supporter of their version of the faith. Please bear with us a bit longer, and you may like it at the end.
It is important to realize for a believer of one religion that their soulmate from other religion believes their version exactly as much, leaving absolutely no chance for a mutual understanding or reconciliation. Yes, sometimes people change religion, rather rarely, usually when a person was not really a believer, but merely a follower inherited the belief by birth, family, city, country or such. If one is a real genuinely reborn believer, there is no chance of the change.
It is imperative to accept that as much as there is no possibility of a change of their religion, there is no need for a change either, as long as we learn to respect the choice of others. The choice of worship, which brings happiness to a person does not affect their productivity, ability to think, to learn, to work and to participate in social life.
Trying to convince of your belief somebody from another teaching will bring nothing but disappointment, feeling of alienation, exhausting, tiredness, and possibly even anger. That is how many nasty conflicts started, little wars between friendly classmates, helpful coworkers, charming street strangers, lovely spouses, as well as more significant wars between villages, cities, counties, etc.
It seems that the best thing to do is to stop trying to convince people of your religion. Never bring a topic of your religion up unless somebody asks. It is only essential that your choice of the religion makes you happy, and the happier you are, the happier people around you are.
I expect some people to disagree here strongly. “You do not know what God is, but I do know, and I can teach you to know too.” – haven’t you ever heard a similar statement?
If some religion had an undoubtful proof of mathematical level accuracy, then all people would switch to that religion at once, and there would be no any problem. If the God reveals his presence to people in a clear, reliable, repeatable, and communicative way, then everyone would listen to what they say. However, that did not happen yet, and, under the circumstances, we need to figure out a way to live and to bring happiness, calmness, comfort, and meaningfulness to our life on our own until God let us know what we are designed for in an undoubtfully clear way. Some people will argue here that God already did so, and people did not listen, but let God be in charge, not people. If God wants us to attend, they will find a way to make us listen, is not they powerful enough for that?
If you think you are in communication with God and they tell you what to do, good for you. Prove this with showing how happy and productive you are, but do not expect other people to believe you. Keep it to yourselves, unless somebody asks you to teach them your way. It is your own business. It is how you found a way to be happy. If you are not happy, then you are plainly communicating with anyone but God. If you think that God tells you it is ok to break the law, then you are surely not in communication with God, especially if you think you are allowed to kill other people who do not share your belief. If you insist on such belief, the society will use the available laws to limit your freedom. God may never advise you to perform any destructive activity. You will never be able to convince people through killing them, not to mention that you will never be happy through doing so.
Currently, only science has a way to convince people beyond a reasonable doubt. Scientific proof is based on repeatability and logical rules, which once stated become an absolute truth since everyone can verify and validate it at wish. When enough people endorsed a statement, it becomes commonly accepted fact, which we get so used to, that we forget the original proof and feel no necessity in assertion anymore. There is more on this topic in the section “Science and scientism.”
If the God suddenly provides such a proof, all people will follow it willingly and joyfully. Some believers will object and insist that they already have proof. However, the real fact is that no religion, including atheism and agnosticism, can undoubtedly win all the people so far.
Until that happens, we have to deal with our lives on our own. Historically, forcing one religion on others has never worked. That includes atheism too. Should not we learn out of the experience and give up trying? I mean really give up, not pretend to give up. What would it take? It seems a lot must happen before we give up indeed.
I do not think that the majority of people are ready for that. No matter how open we are to tolerate the differences, some part of us still rebels.
“Love your neighbor” is probably the most famous thesis, which one can find in every religion in one form or another. Of course, “neighbor” here means anyone with whom we communicate through our life, it includes friends, spouses, co-workers, acquaintances and anyone who we meet through our life. There is more on this topic in section “Art of Loving a Neighbor.”
Do you love your neighbor? When we see a clumsy kitten walking on the floor or the grass, we get some warm feeling about the kitten: “Look at it, how cute … where is it going?” Do we get a similar feeling when we see a neighbor walking to their car? Something like: “They went shopping … hmm, cool …” Yes, it is what real neighbor loving people feel.
Do you feel that way? And yes, we should. How do we learn to do that?
It is probably impossible to achieve with currently living people. We need to bring up new generations, who will grow up with the idea of global tolerance learned from the very early childhood. There is more on this topic in section “Education.”
How can we achieve that? Bringing up the level of education may undoubtedly help. We need more teachers, and not just teachers, but well-prepared teachers. Schools in remote still undeveloped areas should be able to invite teachers from different countries.
The global tolerance, acceptance, love of a neighbor, should be topics discussed at schools more frequently than any other subject.
Instead of not teaching any religion at the school, we need to learn the basic principles of all the major religions. It is probably more important than teaching history, or, in other words, we may teach history through teaching all the religions. Our children must grow up with full knowledge of all the fundamental forces in the World and be capable of really loving a neighbor.
The educational aspects are discussed in the other section, and here we would like to simply emphasize and to admit the importance of religious education. Through the open learning of all the religions, a person may make an educated choice of one of them for themselves or find a way to bring the peace in the heart in another way, still respecting the choice of the others.