Why I (a Christian) Admire Atheists
Simply put, I admire Atheists. You would think, given my religious perspective and convictions, that an Atheist would be considered my “Darth Vader” (like they are to many believers), but such is not the case. I honestly believe that today’s Theist can, and should, adopt some vital lessons from the 21st century Atheists.
Atheism requires a continuous quest for knowledge. As a result, the Atheist often advances their own cognitive condition by subjecting themselves to a wealth of information with an overall goal to progress in their beliefs. Information at the Atheist’s fingertips comes from personal experience, psychology, physiology, astronomy, mathematics, history, philosophy, and countless other sources. The Atheist attempts to maximize their potential through continuous self-improvement. The “church” of Atheism provides a supportive, collaborative mechanism for such progression to occur.
The Atheist is quite admirable.
Christians today could gain much by taking a lesson out of the Atheist “school of learning”. A large percentage of believers do not really know the tenets behind their faith. In fact, many Christians have not even read the Bible! Such reasoning does not make sense. I constantly urge Christian followers to be responsible with their faith and beliefs (pointing to an Atheist for an example). Christians could also benefit by actively pursuing the disciplines I previously listed as it helps us to understand the world and encourages the use of humanity’s gift of an overwhelmingly sophisticated logos.
The Atheist “church” is also something to learn from. Too often Christian church establishments stray away from their original intent of community support and member spiritual/intellectual progression. Unfortunately, many churches have become havens for divisions, persecution, and external judgment (all very un-Christian might I add). Instead, Evangelical churches attempt to “sell” the religion with false prosperity claims, while fundamental churches preach a gospel of superiority.
The Christian church should be like the Atheist establishment – supporting, teaching, encouraging, and fostering an environment of spiritual advancement, among other things.
Responsibility is immensely important in regards to faith and beliefs, and Atheists provide a good example.
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